Musical Mentor Program

YPSCA’s Musical Mentor Program sends students to hear the great Minnesota Orchestra in the Young People’s concerts. YPSCA is committed to giving young people an appreciation for classical music, even if their school or school district cannot afford to send them to concerts.

We believe hearing music performed live awakens a young person’s musical curiosity and lays the foundation for a lifetime of enjoyment. Students learn from this experience that composers use music to convey ideas, just as authors use text. We are optimistic that our Musical Mentor Program develops an increased understanding and appreciation of symphonic music in general and particularly a new appreciation for our great Minnesota Orchestra! We are continually working to assist more schools and engage more students.

The Musical Mentor Program grants financial assistance to schools to send their students to the Minnesota Orchestra Young People’s concerts and inspires people to become Musical Mentors, thus enabling YPSCA to make those grants to the schools.


Do you need financial assistance? 

  Apply for a Musical Mentor Grant

If you are seeking financial help to send your students to the Young People’s Concerts, please apply. YPSCA has an annual review of all grant requests in February of each year. Notices of approved funding is announced in March of each year so that schools can order their tickets when Young People’s Concerts go on sale in the Spring. We accept grant applications throughout the year and may make additional grant awards if additional funds become available.


Become A Musical Mentor

Be a Musical Mentor and help send a classroom to Orchestra Hall. Musical Mentors annually give a gift of $150 or more to support a classroom from a school that would otherwise not have the economic resources to send students to the Young People’s Concerts. Each $150 gift from a Musical Mentor purchases tickets, pays for busses, and provides an engaging in-school music program designed for the specific concert the students will attend, presented by two professional musicians.

YPSCA’s assistance is deeply appreciated by participating schools. One administrator noted, “Our school’s elementary orchestra program has grown significantly, in part due to the students’ invaluable experience of attending a live symphony orchestra concert.” Another wrote: “We are so lucky to have your help. YPSCA is helping to begin the process of leveling the playing field” in bringing music education to schools that would otherwise have trouble providing it.

In-School Music Program: OboeBass!

The Musical Mentor program sends the musical duo of Carrie Vecchione, oboe, and Rolf Erdahl, double bass, to each school participating in the program. These creative musicians, known professionally as OboeBass!, present engaging concert previews to the students, introducing them to the orchestral instruments and elements of classical music. They offer stories about the music and a wealth of additional information that helps prepare students and teachers to enjoy and learn from the concert.

Who are YPSCA’s Musical Mentors?

Musical Mentors come from all sectors of our community. Many are YPSCA members, while some are non-members who simply choose to donate to the Musical Mentor Program, with contributions ranging from $150 to $1,000, all fully tax-deductible. Some donors also designate matching funds from companies or foundations with which they are affiliated. Contributions of all sizes make a difference — they enable us to enlarge the program and reach out to support other students and schools.

School and Community Partnerships

Another kind of Musical Mentor support comes from community partners.  We welcome community organizations to partner with us in making these programs possible. Some schools seek community grants to offset a portion of the cost of the program. When schools or districts can provide even a small match to YPSCA’s funds, we are able to extend our resources to support more schools.