Welcome to the
Greater Boulder Youth Orchestras
Challenging Rewarding Fun!
Join in as composer Paul Fowler works with GBYO students and YOU (the audience) to create and perform a piece of music before your very eyes and ears. This unique event will be captivating for everyone, creating a truly memorable experience for all involved.
And this piece will be performed only once, ever!
About the composer:
Sourcing materials parsed from the world’s spiritual traditions and natural beauty, Paul Fowler’s music will “work on you from the inside out” (Philadelphia Inquirer). Fowler draws from his experience as a vocalist, improvising pianist and electronic musician to integrate old and new into “emotionally intense” (Washington Post) works which are “radiant, ghostly and shimmering” (New York Times).
GBYO wraps up the amazing 2018-2019 season with a world premiere, Saint-Saens, Dvorak's 8th, and more!
Concerto Competition winners Michael Smith, violin, and Max Van Lanen, violin, perform their works with their respective orchestras. The Symphony will perform Dvorak's Eighth Symphony, and the Wind Ensemble gives the world premiere of Bridge to Manhattan by Elena Specht.
Audition for the 10 year anniversary season of the Greater Boulder Youth Orchestras, including a trip to Italy!
Work with 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!
The Greater Boulder Youth Orchestras and Boulder Phil proudly presented a November 2018 residency with Midori, world-renowned violinist and educator.
GBYO students had the extraordinary opportunity to rehearse and perform with Midori. She worked with each ensemble in GBYO! The residency culminated with her performances of the third movement of Mendelssohn's Violin Concerto with the GBYO Symphony, and the Largo movement of the Bach Double Violin Concerto with the GBYO Wind Ensemble. Midori also performed with the Boulder Philharmonic and engaged the Boulder community with many activities during her residency.
Cicero's Dream, a new work by composer Daniel Kellogg, received its world premiere by GBYO on November 5, 2018.
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.
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.
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.
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.