Mankato Area Youth Ensembles
Mankato Area Youth Symphony Ensembles began nearly 50 years ago to enhance the opportunities for young musicians through performance of symphonic music. MAYE exists to advance the skills of youth in music. Over 50 years ago we started with one ensemble, the Mankato Area Youth Ensemble. Since then we have expanded to four groups serving strings and winds/brass groups. Our groups are listed below with descriptions about each.

NorthStar Strings
NorthStar Strings (NSS) is an introductory orchestra for students and prepares them for YP. The goal of this ensemble is to introduce students to ensemble playing and help develop note reading. Students in this orchestra will have been playing for 1-3 years in lessons. These students will typically be in the end of Suzuki book 1 or book 2 or they're equivalent. Piece difficulty will be in the 1-2 range. NSS is open to all students interested in playing a stringed instrument in an ensemble and any student who is interested is encouraged to audition. All students are accepted into this program. NSS is directed by Mark Wamma and meets in the Performing Arts Center on the campus of MSU. All students are accepted into this program.

Youth Philharmonic -- NEW!
Youth Philharmonic (YP) is the preparatory orchestra for the Symphony Orchestra. YP students should expect to see challenging key signatures (up to 4 flats/sharps), challenging rhythms, and shift into higher positions. These students will typically be in Suzuki books 3-5 or the equivalent and have been playing for 3-6 years. Piece difficulty will be in the 2-4 range. YP is directed by Mark Wamma and meets in the Performing Arts Center on the campus of MSU.

Youth Symphony Orchestra
The Youth Symphony Orchestra is our most advance orchestra offering. These students will typically be in Suzuki books 5 and above and piece difficulty will be in the 4 and above range. Think college level music. Youth Symphony Orchestra is directed by Dr. Joseph Rodgers and meets in the Performing Arts Center on the campus of MSU.

Youth Wind Ensemble
The Youth Wind Ensemble (YWE) is designed to provide an additional offering for brass, woodwinds, string bass, piano, harp and percussion players ages 14 and up.  YWE is directed by Dr. Amy Rosium Foley and meets in the Performing Arts Center on the campus of MSU.


Where are rehearsals?
MAYSO rehearses on the campus of Minnesota State University, Mankato, in the Performing Arts Center, in the basement in the band room. The building is located on the northeast corner of campus, off of Birchwwod Street. There is a parking lot right next to the building that can be used on Saturdays. The band room is on the lower level on the east side of the building. Use the eastern door on the north side of the building and go downstairs.

Tuition Fees for 2017-18
MAYSO and NSS is partially funded through tuition fees. This covers approximately 35% of the annual budget of the organization. Scholarships are available for students who might be prevented from participating due to fees, click here to apply for a scholarship.

MAYSO tuition: $360

YP tuition$260

NSS tuition$160

YWE tuition: $250 for non-YSO/YP/NSS members and $100 for current members of  YSO/YP/NSS

Tuition is based on one year of membership. For one semester, it would be half the cost as listed above. Fundraising is available to all students and funds earned go directly towards students accounts to lower cost of tuition. All scholarship students are asked to fundraise and volunteer an additional 2 hours to the group.