Local middle school-age musicians (students in grades 5 through 8) are invited to participate in the Grand Rapids Youth Symphony’s 200-Minute Practice Challenge each winter (November, December, January, and February).

By practicing their instrument for at least 200 minutes a week and documenting their time, a student earns a free ticket to the Grand Rapids Youth Symphony & Classical Orchestra concert in February. Maximum four weeks/four free tickets per student.

What are the prizes? For each practice sheet turned in (up to four!) a student will receive:

  • One ticket to the winter Youth Symphony & Classical Orchestra Concert at DeVos Performance Hall.
  • One entry into a drawing for a new tablet device and other fabulous prizes at the concert (must be present to win).
  • Also: The first 100 participants to check in at the concert will receive a goody bag with some fun items.
  • Teachers of participating students are entered into a drawing for a restaurant gift certificate.

How to participate:

Students can submit their practice time using a paper form or online form:

Submission deadline: February 18, 2022

For more information, contact the 200-Minute Practice Challenge coordinator at practice@grys.org.