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808 3rd Avenue South, Ste 302
Fargo, ND 58103

(701) 929-1814

The mission of the Fargo Moorhead Area Youth Symphonies (GMAYS) is to provide an exceptional and challenging orchestral experience to the young instrumental musicians of our region.


Junior Concert Strings

About the Junior High
Concert Strings

Members in the Junior High Concert Strings are in grades 6 – 8 who live in the Red River Valley and surrounding areas.  Admission to the orchestra is achieved through audition, with both new students and returning members auditioning each calendar year. Students are chosen on the basis of their musical skill, their willingness to make a commitment to the FMAYS program and the needs of the orchestra. Members are expected to be active in their local instrumental school music programs.  The Junior High Concert Strings are directed by Brian Cole.


Rehearsals:  Rehearsals for the Junior High Concert Strings are held at MSUM’s Center for the Arts Instrumental Room on Sunday from 5:15 - 7:00 pm (unless noted). Each member is expected to attend all rehearsals regularly and to perform in the scheduled concerts. Members of FMAYS are allowed two excused absences each semester. Advance notification must be given to the office. Call the FMAYS office @ 701.929.1814 or email to for notification of anticipated absence or of an illness.

Dress Rehearsals:  Dress rehearsal attendance is mandatory. A dress rehearsal is essentially a performance. Although concert attire is not normally required, a dress rehearsal is a complete run of the concert.

Concert:  Concerts are the culmination of a member’s musical preparation, including individual practice time, sectionals, and rehearsals. Members with insufficient attendance at rehearsals may not participate in the concert. Members are responsible for having all essential music at the concert; musicians who cannot perform (due to illness, etc.) must arrange to have their folders and music present at the concert.

Concert Attire

Men are required to wear black pants, black bow ties, long-sleeved white shirts, black socks and black shoes. Women are to wear black skirts which skims below the ankle or pants, white blouses and appropriate stockings and black low-heeled shoes.


The tuition per semester is $140.

Billing statements are sent in August and January. If payments are late, as indicated by the billing statement, an additional $5 per week, up to $10 will be applied. 

Please pay tuition to FMAYS, 808 3rd Ave S, Suite 302, Fargo, ND 58103.

On February 15, 2016 - 65 members of the Fargo Moorhead Area Youth Symphony traveled to perform for the faculty and staff of the middle school in Perham, Minnesota.