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Inspiring & Educating Young Musicians
Serving all of Connecticut
Music Education & Performance
|Mission||GBYO is serious about its mission to inspire and educate young musicians. Our holistic approach to music education means we challenge students at every stage of their music development while making sure they feel supported by their conductors and peers. GBYO’s young musicians develop their talents beyond what they possible and feel pride and joy in their accomplishments. The study of great music in an ensemble setting can be a transformative experience for young musicians, and the skills they learn as part of the orchestra – teamwork, perseverance, responsibility – carry over into all areas of their lives.|
Young people achieve amazing things at GBYO.
They develop their talents beyond what they
thought possible and feel pride and joy in their
accomplishments. The study of great music in
an ensemble setting can be a transformative
experience for young musicians, and GBYO’s
mission is to provide that experience in a
challenging, fun and nurturing environment.
GBYO’s programs offer sequential and
progressively challenging ensembles
to develop a child’s music education. At
least three times per season, they
perform in a professional concert
venue. Dedicated, accomplished
conductors bring out the best in our
• Students audition for placement.
Musical works for each ensemble are
both level appropriate and challenging
for continued development and growth.
• In addition to studying and performing
our students also premiere new
music. GBYO regularly commissions
new music, giving students the
opportunity to learn contemporary
pieces and work with the composer
of the new music.
• GBYO includes guest conductors
and professional soloists in some
of its concert performances; other
concerts arecollaborative productions
with other student and professional
• A Concerto Competition showcasing
our most talented students is held
annually. Winners perform as soloists
in our year-end concert.
• In addition to full orchestras, students
may audition for the GBYO Jazz Ensemble.
Jazz I Ensemble
Jazz II Ensemble