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Student Testimonials

"Before joining youth symphony, the concept of seeing beyond the notes was foreign to me. I could read music, sure, but I was missing out on a whole world of expression and interpretation - not to mention a wealth of connections and opportunities. With each practice, I explored what it meant to be a musician rather than a machine. I honed my ability to actually feel the music - both as a single musician and as a united group. Through it all, I was accompanied by students who shared my passion and aided by a conductor who pushed me past the boundaries of what I believed I was capable of. I would not be the musician or the person I am today without this experience."  Mackenzie S, cello 

"Since my daughter has joined the youth symphony, her confidence has grown exponentially. She loves playing concerts with her group and has made so many friend.  She has learned what it means to play with a group and follow the conductor.  Each student contributes their own strengths and combines it with the other students to make beautiful music.  It has been so much fun to see the group progress and grow together!" - Brenda F, parent

“I had a wonderful experience being in the youth symphony! I learned many valuable skills surrounding chamber music playing. My time with has definitely benefited my violin playing as I have transitioned to college.” – Karlee

“Youth Orchestra gives me an opportunity to perform with an advanced group playing more challenging music.  I would definitely recommend it to anyone who is interested in joining.” – Tiffany, cello 

“I like being able to perform more difficult pieces and it helps improve my orchestra grades in school.” – Emma, cello 

“I learned many valuable skills surrounding chamber music playing. My time with BMSYO has definitely benefited my violin playing as I have transitioned to college.” – Karlee Black, biology major at Concordia

“The BMSYO was a small, close-knit community where I felt comfortable asking any musical question.  The environment during rehearsal was conducive to communicating, learning, and playing as an ensemble. I am more comfortable playing in larger and more diverse ensembles because of the skills I learned in the Youth Orchestra.” – Hunter Huff Towle, concertmaster of Concordia Orchestra
 

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The Youth Orchestra is one of the grandest elements of the Bismarck Mandan Symphony Orchestra. Because of our fervent desire to foster young musical talent, we do everything we can to keep these young people playing. Part of our efforts include providing scholarships for young musicians in need. Please consider supporting the Youth Orchestra’s mission of helping as many young people as possible hone their skills and become the future performers in our community and beyond. Your DONATION to the Bismarck-Mandan Symphony Youth Orchestra will help us to continue these outreach efforts.