Concert Orchestra

About the Orchestra

Concert Orchestra is Southeastern Minnesota’s premier student ensemble that provides a full orchestra experience for advanced students on string, woodwind, brass, and percussion instruments. Students learn and perform original classical masterworks and contemporary pieces for symphony orchestra. In addition to full orchestra, students have regular sectionals with area professional musicians. Recent repertoire has included Romeo and Juliet by Tchaikovsky, Mothership by Mason Bates, and Capriccio espagnole by Rimsky-Korsakov.

Conductor – Keehun  Nam

After conducting across Europe and the United States, Keehun Nam has returned to Minnesota to grow and invest in musical communities in his home state. 

Mr. Nam currently serves as the Artistic Director of the Southeastern Minnesota Youth Orchestras (SEMYO) where he oversees its five orchestras and conducts its top ensemble. At SEMYO, he fosters a collaborative atmosphere that empowers students on personal and musical levels. 

In Europe, Mr. Nam has conducted orchestras in Berlin, St. Petersburg, Cyprus, Czech Republic, and Bulgaria. In North America, he has conducted concerts at the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music, the National Music Festival, Cornell University, Vanderbilt University, McGill University, and Ithaca College, among others. 

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Saturday mornings from 9:30 AM – 12:30 PM  (early September → Mother’s Day with holiday breaks).


Concert Orchestra performs three major concerts per year, one holiday performance, and a day-long outreach tour.  Tentative  concert dates for the 2024-2025 season are November 17, December 14 (Holiday concert), February 23, and May 18. 

Fees and Financial Assistance 

Participation fee of $250 per trimester (season – $750) + $55 Registration Fee per family. Discounts are available for families with multiple children and families traveling from outside of the greater Rochester area.

SEMYO is open to all student musicians regardless of financial constraints. To apply for tuition assistance click here.


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