For most musicians, the ability to play music and be part of the world of musical performance is the number one benefit to playing a musical instrument. While playing an instrument is its own reward. Our next guest knows that’s not the only reward. It may surprise you to learn how many additional benefits come along with this satisfying and fun pursuit. Thomas Fortner is the musical director of the South Dakota Symphony Youth Orchestra. He explains why parents should encourage their kids to play an instrument and how this year’s Youth Orchestra is adapting to keep those young musicians safe during the pandemic.
Tickets are on sale now for both the South Dakota Symphony Orchestra and the Youth Orchestra seasons. Call 605-367-6000 to reserve your seats. You can also find more information about the upcoming seasons on the symphony website at SDSymphony.org. Tickets are also available by visiting the Washington Pavilion Box Office.