“This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Central MN Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund."
2017/2018 Calendar Events

(selections listed do not reflect all music that will be performed)
2017/2018 DISCOVERY DAY!

Thursday, August 17, 2017
Salem Lutheran Church

2:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Students will bring their Instruments and will play a couple pieces!  Parents will meet with staff to discuss the exciting new year.   Student Activities!

(More information will be added in July!)
In the Spirit of Unity: The Journey
Featuring the Cadenza, Intermezzo & Encore Ensembles

Saturday, November 11, 2017, 4:30 pm
Salem Lutheran Church
90 Riverside Dr SE, St Cloud, MN 56304

Saint Paul Suite Op. 29 No.2       Gustuv Holst
Claim                                            Michael Zellgert
Pendulum Op. 16 - Mosaic           Anthony Glise

       Guest Artists: Dr. Nicholas Raths & Nicholas Mordal
Saint Cloud Symphony "Children's Holiday Fantasy"

CMYO Lobby Performance

Saturday, December 9, 2017, 3:00 pm
St Cloud State University, Ritsche Auditorium Lobby

Come join us in the lobby to enjoy music performed by the CMYO program.  Afterwards, enjoy the beautiful and fun sounds from the Saint Cloud Symphony!
CMYO Rehearsals Begin!

Saturday, September 9, 2017 at the College of St. Benedict - Benedicta Arts Center

Program Duration: 10:00 am to 1:30 pm 

12:30 pm   Prelude
11:00 am   Cadenza
12:00 pm   Intermezzo
10:00 am   Encore

(Schedules will be available in July!)

O. Nicholas Raths is a founding member of the Minneapolis Guitar Quartet, a nationally renowned chamber ensemble he performed across the country with for twenty-five years. He attended the University of Southern California, where he studied with classical guitarist Pepe Romero and jazz guitarists Jimmy Wyble and Howard Roberts and received his DMA from the University of Minnesota under the direction of classical guitarist Jeffrey Van. He teaches at St. John’s University and Augsburg College.

Nick Mordal is a freelance guitarist and private instructor. While earning a bachelors degree at Augsburg College he studied under Nick Raths and was one of two students to earn a Hognander music scholarship during the year 2014-15.

In the Spirit of Unity: Continuity

Saturday, April 14, 2018, 4:30 pm
The Great Hall, St. John's University

QUOTE: “Music creates order out of chaos: for rhythm imposes unanimity upon the divergent, melody imposes continuity upon the disjointed, and harmony imposes compatibility upon the incongruous.”

Yehudi Menuhin
In the Spirit of Unity: Empower

CONCERT: January 13, 2018 @ 7:30 pm
St. Cloud State University - Stewart Hall - Ritsche Auditorium

VIP+ (backstage pass - 6:30 pm) $35; VIP $25; Adults $15; Students $5

Tickets are available at Johnsons Violins & Eckroth Music

Youth Outreach: LINCOLN TRIO

Saturday, November 11, 2017 10:00 am (arrive)
Salem Lutheran Church

Students will have the opportunity to meet world-class artists in residence prior to the  big performance day!

International recording artist Mark Wood, an original member of the multiplatinum selling Trans-Siberian Orchestra and creator of the revolutionary Viper electric violin, SV Stingray, and Cobra cello is bringing his groundbreaking music education program Electrify Your Strings! (EYS) to Apollo and Technical High Schools, South Jr. High School, Kennedy Community School, Saint John’s Preparatory School, Sartell High School, and Central Minnesota Youth Orchestra. This exciting event will transform the student musicians into a full-fledged Rock Orchestra! Mark will be performing with the students on his handcrafted 7-string fretted electric Viper violin as part of the 2017-2018 Electrify Your Strings! “No Limits Tour” on Saturday, January 13, 2018 at St. Cloud University Atwood Memorial Center Ritsche Auditorium. The audience will be entertained by Mark’s original material, as well as his exciting arrangements of music by Led Zeppelin, Cream, The Beatles, and more. The Regional Schools presented by Central Minnesota Youth Orchestra will perform in a live concert alongside Mark Wood.  The concert is open to the public with all profits going to the school music programs.

This large-scale EYS event also features vocalist Laura Kaye, cellist Greg Byers, and Mark’s band The Mark Wood Experience.

The program - now in it’s 18th year - is a music education experience like no other. Wood and his team work directly with a school’s orchestra director to tailor-design a rock orchestra makeover complete with a public performance at the end of the experience. EYS builds on the strong foundation in classical music provided by music teachers; creating a partnership with educators that inspires students, boosting their self-esteem and motivation on stage and off. EYS has been featured on The Today Show, The CBS Evenings News, and many more.

Mark Wood is the owner and operator of Wood Violins, the premier manufacturer of electric orchestra string instruments worldwide. He studied under Maestro Leonard Bernstein, is a Juilliard-trained violinist and Emmy-winning composer. In addition his solo and the Trans-Siberian Orchestra Mark has worked with Celine Dion, Lenny Kravitz, Billy Joel, and more.

Laura Kaye is Vice President and co-owner of Mark Wood Music Productions, and Wood Violins, Mark's wife, and has worked with James Brown, Aretha Franklin, Lenny Kravitz, and Sean Lennon among others.

Utilizing Mark’s music arrangements that were sent to the district prior to this visit, Mark will be teaching the students improvisation, composition, and personal expression on their violins, violas, cellos and basses.
"To provide a unique orchestral experience leading to performances that shape, educate and inspire lives of developing youth musicians in the communities of Central Minnesota."

"To provide a unique orchestral experience leading to performances that shape, educate and inspire lives of developing youth musicians in the communities of Central Minnesota."