Welcome to the

Greater Boulder Youth Orchestras

The premier youth orchestra experience of Boulder and beyond

GBYO at the

Kennedy Center

The GBYO Wind Ensemble and Symphony Strings will be performing at the Kennedy Center!

Tuesday March 28, 2017, at 6pm, the young musicians of GBYO will perform on the Millennium Stage at the Kennedy Center during the SHIFT Festival. The Boulder Philharmonic has been specially selected for the this innaugural festival, and they've invited GBYO!

Watch GBYO streaming online!

Tuesday March 28, 6pm Eastern (4pm Colorado)
Kennedy Center website: http://www.kennedy-center.org/Video/Live
YouTube page: https://youtu.be/w63iQQzv_TQ
Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/KennedyCenter/?fref=nf

April 30

Spring Concert

The Greater Boulder Youth Orchestras will perform the season finale concert Sunday April 30th.

Concerto competition winners Michael Smith, violin, and Yifan Liu, clarinet, will be featured with the Philharmonic and Symphony orchestras. Other pieces include March Slav, Schubert's First Symphony, and the world premiere of a new work for Wind Ensemble.

  • Sunday April 30
  • 2pm
  • Macky Auditorium



Audition for the 2017-2018 season of the Greater Boulder Youth Orchestras!

Featuring three orchestras and a wind ensemble, GBYO is the premier youth orchestra experience in Boulder and beyond!

  • all ages, all instruments
  • More auditions in May



GBYO is a non-profit organization and relies on the support of donors.

Your support makes a positive difference in the lives of gifted young musicians and the community they serve.

New Artistic Director, Symphony Conductor

Emily Bowman, Andres Lopera

GBYO is proud to welcome Andres Lopera to the team!

The Greater Boulder Youth Orchestras announced two new appointments for the coming 2016-2017 concert season: Artistic Director Emily Bowman and Symphony Conductor Andres Lopera.

Ms. Bowman has been with GBYO since its founding in 2010 and conducts the Philharmonic Orchestra. She teaches strings at Shining Mountain Waldorf School and Boulder Suzuki Strings, and performs with the Baroque Chamber Orchestra of Colorado.

Maestro Lopera conducts the GBYO Symphony, the most advanced orchestra of GBYO. He is the assistant conductor of the Colorado Symphony.

In April 2016, founding Artistic Director and Symphony Conductor Gary Lewis stepped down after leading GBYO through its first six years. He is Director of Orchestral Studies at CU Boulder, Music Director of the Midland-Odessa (TX) Symphony Orchestra, and Principal Guest Conductor of the Boulder Philharmonic.

Click here to learn more about our conductors and here for the press release.



  • Lopera Welcome Reception | Sunday September 11, 5pm

  • Maestro Meetings | Sunday September 18, 3pm
    at the Boulder Piano Gallery, Free
    with special guest James Brody, Alexander Technique

  • Community Dinner | Monday September 19
    join us for dinner before rehearsal

  • Maestro Meetings | Sunday October 16, 3pm
    at the Boulder Piano Gallery, Free

  • GBYO with the Boulder Phil | Sunday October 23, 2pm
    Free! Pinnacle Performing Arts

  • Autumn Concert | Sunday November 6, 2pm
    at Macky Auditorium

  • Maestro Meetings | Sunday November 13, 3pm
    at the Boulder Piano Gallery, Free
    with special guest Dr. Erik Johnson, Colorado State University

  • Community Dinner | Monday November 28
    join us for dinner before rehearsal

  • Concerto Competition | Saturday January 7, 2pm
    at Frasier Meadows, Free

  • Maestro Meetings | Sunday January 15, 3pm
    at the Boulder Piano Gallery, Free
    with special guest Matthew Chasansky, Boulder Arts Commission

  • Chamber Concerts | February 4-5
    Barnes & Noble, McGuckin

  • Winter Concert | Monday February 6, 5:30pm
    at Mt. View United Methodist Church

  • House Concert | February 25
    featuring Luna Reid, violin, and Sam Jarvis, violin!
    RSVP here!

  • Community Dinner | Monday February 27
    Join us for dinner before rehearsal

  • GBYO at the Kennedy Center | Tuesday March 28, 6pm (Eastern)
    livestreaming at http://www.kennedy-center.org/video/upcoming

  • Season Finale Concert | Sunday April 30, 2pm
    at Macky Auditorium

Click here for the full year-long calendar.

Meet our team

Read more about the GBYO team

Three orchestras and a wind ensemble

Symphony, Wind Ensemble, Philharmonic, Sinfonia

GBYO Symphony

The most advanced strings, winds, brass, and percussion. Conducted by Andres Lopera.

GBYO Wind Ensemble

Winds, brass, and percussion from both the Symphony and Philharmonic. Conudcted by Dr. Erik Johnson.

GBYO Philharmonic

Full orchestra of strings, winds, brass, and percussion. Conducted by Emily Bowman.

GBYO Sinfonia

Entry level string orchestra. Conducted by Paul Rowinski.

Some of our Supporters

GBYO is a non-profit organization and relies on the support of donors.

Student tuition and ticket sales cover less than half of the costs
of this organization; the rest comes from donations and grants.

GBYO has supported dozens of students with financial assistance,
some of whom have gone to study music in college.

Listen to GBYO

Recordings taken from live performances

What students and parents have to say about GBYO

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Contact GBYO

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