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Greater Boulder Youth Orchestras
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The Greater Boulder Youth Orchestras and Boulder Phil are proud to announce a November 2018 residency with Midori, world-renowned violinist and educator.
GBYO students will have the extraordinary opportunity to rehearse and perform with Midori. She will work with each orchestra in GBYO, and the residency will culminate with her performance of the third movement of Mendelssohn's Violin Concerto. Midori will also perform with the Boulder Philharmonic and engage the Boulder community with many activities during her residency.
Midori’s Orchestra Residencies Program is a special project that aims to strengthen the ties of the American youth orchestra to its local adult orchestra, as well as bolster relationships with performers, staff, and the community.
Play along with Midori on rep from Twinkle Twinkle to Bach Double Violin Concerto!
All musicians welcome! Area teachers will lead read-throughs of common pieces.
The Greater Boulder Youth Orchestras and the Boulder Philharmonic thank Naropa University for generously sharing their space for the Play-Along with Midori as part of the Midori Orchestral Residency Program.
Audition for the tremendous 2018-2019 season of the Greater Boulder Youth Orchestras!
Work with violin superstar Midori, excellent conductors, a team of mentors, and like-minded young musicians! Join us for concerts at Macky Auditorium, chamber music, a concerto competition, a house concert, SCORE, and more. With three orchestras and a wind ensemble, GBYO has been a home for young musicians ages 6-21!
You are cordially invited to join the Boulder Phil and GBYO for an elegant night raising funds for performance education in Boulder.
On November 3, 2018 we will transform a hangar at the Rocky Mountain Metro Airport into the Best of All Possible Worlds. Delight in delicious catering from Three Leaf Concepts and an equally sumptuous slate of thrilling instrumental and operatic performances. Rub shoulders with special guest Midori, thrill to the sounds of the GBYO Sinfonia, and revel in soprano Rose Sawvel’s rendition of Glitter and Be Gay.
We asked our students why they love GBYO and this is the response we got!
Music taken from live GBYO performances. Video made by GBYO students.
We are very proud to have been one of five honorees!
The Dairy Center Honors, Boulder's opportunity to recognize five individuals or institutions that have made significant contributions to the arts in Boulder County, selected GBYO as an honoree this year!
We are pleased to announce the appointment of esteemed conductor Gary Lewis as Symphony Conductor beginning Fall 2018.
Professor Lewis, Chair of Conducting Studies and Director of Orchestral Studies at the University of Colorado Boulder, played an important role in the creation of the Greater Boulder Youth Orchestras in 2010 and was the founding Artistic Director.
A highly sought after educator and clinician, Mr. Lewis has conducted many All-State Orchestras, the Honor Orchestra of America, and the American String Teachers Association National High School Honor Orchestra. In addition to his work at CU, he is the Music Director of the Midland Odessa (TX) Symphony Orchestra, and Principal Guest Conductor of the Boulder Philharmonic.
The coming year will be highlighted by the rare opportunity to participate in a week-long residency with acclaimed violinist and pedagogue Midori. The week will conclude with a performance with Midori on November 5th at Macky Auditorium. Midori will also perform with the Boulder Philharmonic and engage the Boulder community with many activities during her residency. A new work by composer Daniel Kellogg will receive its world premiere by GBYO on the culminating concert.
Click here to read more about Professor Lewis, Midori, and the 2018-2019 season.
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The most advanced strings, winds, brass, and percussion. Conducted by Gary Lewis.
Winds, brass, and percussion from both the Symphony and Philharmonic. Conudcted by Dr. Erik Johnson.
Full orchestra of strings, winds, brass, and percussion. Conducted by Emily Bowman.
Entry level string orchestra. Conducted by Paul Rowinski.