MacPhail Northside Youth Orchestra (MNYO)
MacPhail Northside Youth Orchestra (MNYO) is a tuition-free symphonic orchestra program in North Minneapolis. We believe in the transformational power of music, and strive to create a welcoming space that encourages musical growth and development.
Welcome to MNYO! This year we are back in person and will be rehearsing at the Ascension Catholic school again. Our rehearsals will be back to Saturdays from 1-3pm. We are looking forward to seeing old friends and hoping to meet new ones as well!
MNYO Fall 2021 Season begins in October. 2021-22 Calendar and Registration Forms Coming Soon.
- A scale of your choosing (preferred two octaves if possible)
- A piece (2-3 minutes) you’re currently working on or something you’ve recently performed
Auditions take place in October and this year they will be in-person! Email Chi-Chi Bestmann for more information.
The Pre-requisites for MNYO
- Students must be entering grades 7-12 and have at least 1 year of previous experience playing their instrument (either in individual lessons or in a school program).
- Students should also have access to an instrument (permission from school to bring their instrument to rehearsals and for home practice).
- Students must audition on one of the following instruments: Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon, Trumpet, French Horn, Trombone, Tuba, Percussion, Violin, Viola, Cello or Double Bass.
What to Expect
- Students in our ensemble range from mid-beginner to late-intermediate level. We encourage mentoring friendship amongst our orchestra members.
- Students should plan on attending rehearsals weekly and taking their music home for additional practice
- Most rehearsals will include a full orchestra rehearsal, sectionals, bucket drumming and other enrichment activities, including guest artist visits from the Minnesota Orchestra
- MNYO performs 3-6 times in a school year, mostly between January-May.
Photos by Steve Cohen of MPR, used with permission
Email Chi-Chi Bestmann
MNYO depends on the generous contributions of individuals and the following foundations: