It’s Instrumental: An Evening of Chamber Music Gala

Sponsored by First Alliance Credit Union

Friday, October 29, 6:30-8 PM. Somerby Golf Club

SEMYO is pleased to host our 6th annual It’s Instrumental gala on Friday, October 29 from 6:30-9 PM at Somerby Golf Club. The event will include dinner, drinks, dessert auction, and live performances featuring SEMYO students and area professional musicians. Highlights will include harpist Amy Nam, the SEMYO Brass Quintet, and clarinetist Sarah Gifford joined by members of the Concert Orchestra for a performance of the Mozart Clarinet Quintet. SEMYO will also present the Bravura Music Educator Award to Dover-Eyota band director Ryan Anderson. A plated dinner will be served and include chicken parmesan with green beans almondine, herb roasted yukon potatoes, a garden salad, and dinner roll. A vegetarian entrée of butternut squash ravioli may also be substituted upon request.

It’s Instrumental will also be live-streamed for anyone not comfortable attending in person. A minimum donation of $25 is asked for access to the live stream.

All proceeds go to benefit SEMYO scholarship and outreach programs and help us provide a high-quality music education program that is affordable for families in our community.

Due to COVID-19 precautions all guests must be fully vaccinated to attend and must present proof of vaccination status at the door. Our guests, volunteers, and performers will also be required to wear masks except for when eating and SEMYO will adjust seating to allow maximum space between attendees. We are committed to keeping our guests and musicians safe and will continue to modify COVID prevention measures as needed and required.

Thank you to our event sponsors First Alliance Credit Union and Arlene Schuman (Remax Results).

To learn how to become an event sponsor contact Corey Henke at


Help us reaching our goal of of earning $20,000 by purchasing an event ticket or making tax-deductible.  Your contribution will have a positive impact in our community and help keep this activity affordable for youth throughout Southeastern Minnesota.

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“I play music because I get to experience new worlds and emotions that I normally wouldn’t. It allows me to travel the world without leaving home and feel someone else’s pain without having experienced it firsthand. SEMYO has allowed me to discover orchestra, a discovery that has truly changed my life for the better. Listening to the sound of an orchestra is enthralling, but being a part of that sound is a magical experience.”

  Sue, SEMYO Alumni        

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