Pat Arling, Mark Russell Smith, Megan Balda
Skip Thaler introduced our speakers Artistic Director Mark Russell Smith and Megen Balda, Executive Director of the Greater Twin Cities Youth Symphonies (GTCYS.) GTCYS broadens access to orchestral music and reaches more than 16,000 children and adults through core educational programs, free outreach activities and workshops, concerts, and special performances throughout the Twin Cities.  Their programs provide a youth orchestra experience for young musicians of all ages and abilities, aiding in their development as young artists and adults. In the 16-17 season, GTCYS served 16,000 students ages 8 to 18 from across the Twin Cities and provided more than $50,000 in scholarships.
The club was also treated to a performance of the “Polish Dance” by Skip’s granddaughter Paige Thaler.
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