SEMYO invites you to our 8th annual It’s Instrumental: An Evening of Chamber Music event on Friday, October 27 from 6-8:30 at the historic Chateau Theatre in downtown Rochester. Its Instrumental is a creative black tie event that will feature dinner, drinks, music performed by talented SEMYO musicians and their teachers, and our popular dessert auction. The highlight of the evening will be the presentation of the Bravura Award for Excellence to John Adams Middle School orchestra director Dr. Sarah RusinEnjoy great music, fun company, and celebrate music education in a beautiful, historic setting!

Music for the event will include:

  • SEMYO String Quartet featuring students Sawyer Thompson (violin), Jerry Zhang (violin), James Bajzer (viola), and Tom Sella (cello).
  • Bass duo featuring students Alex and Oliver Borisch
  • W.O.W. Woodwind Quintet featuring Corey Henke (horn), Sarah Gifford (clarinet), Amanda Peloquin (flute), Karla Sukov (oboe), and Spencer Ketterling (bassoon).
  • Cello duo featuring Amy Crockett and Alayna Thompson
  • Additional background music featuring SEMYO students and ensembles

It’s Instrumental is graciously sponsored by realtor Arlene Schuman of REMAX Results and Rochester Title and Minnesota Secured Title.

Help SEMYO reach our goal of raising $25,000!

It's Instrumental!


Thank you to our generous donors and sponsors that helped us exceed our It’s Instrumental goal!! Your contributions ensure that SEMYO can provide high-quality programming that is affordable to families in our community!

How can you be instrumental?

Purchase a ticket to It’s Instrumental and join us for a fun and memorable evening!

Dinner includes your choice of chicken breast with basil cream sauce, parmesan walleye with cream sauce, or butternut squash ravioli (vegan/vegetarian). All dinners come with vegetables, salad, dinner rolls, and coffee. Guests will also enjoy cheese and fruit appetizers!

Single dinner purchases or tables of 8 available.

Combine a ticket purchase with a contribution to SEMYO!

Individuals or families are invited to purchase a special event sponsorship that includes admission, sponsorship of a SEMYO musician(s), and donation. With your tax-deductible purchase of a chair sponsorship, your chosen chair name will appear in all concert programs underneath your sponsored musician.

*See below for list of sponsorship levels

Donate to SEMYO

Make a tax-deductible donation of any amount to SEMYO or sponsor one or more musician chairs. Contribute online at or simply mail a check to:

SEMYO, 1530 Greenview Dr. SW – Suite 108A, Rochester, MN

*There are three levels of sponsorship that include 2 tickets, chair sponsorships, and a contribution. Purchases are tax deductible minus $100 for the fair market value of event tickets. Sponsors will be listed in the printed event program!

$500 Music Hero Sponsorship: 2 Dinners ($150) + 2 Chair Sponsorships ($200) + $150 Donation
$400 Maestro Sponsorship: 2 Dinners ($150) + 2 Chair Sponsorship ($200) +$50 Donation
$300 Symphony Sponsorship: 2 Dinners ($150) + 1 Chair Sponsorship ($100) + $50 Donation

If you prefer to pay by check please mail payment and a note with dinner preferences and guest names to SEMYO, 1530 Greenview Dr. SW – Suite 108A, Rochester, MN 55902.

Tickets are $75 per adult, $40 for youth (under age 18), or $500 for a table of 8.

Thank you to our 2023 It’s Instrumental Sponsors!

Interested in becoming a corporate sponsor? Contact Corey Henke at or call 507-218-2160 to find out how SEMYO can help you market your business and increase your name recognition in our community.

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