Welcome to the

Greater Boulder Youth Orchestras

The premier youth orchestra experience of Boulder and beyond



Audition for the 2016-2017 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 October

Side by side

Boulder Phil Outreach Concert

GBYO and the Boulder Phil team up!

Join us Sunday October 23, 2pm, at the Pinnacle Performing Arts Complex for a free hour-long concert! Featuring musicians of the Boulder Philharmonic, Boulder's professional symphony orchestra!

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.

Let's keep a good thing going

Vote Yes on 4B!

The Scientific and Cultural Facilities District (SCFD) has provided millions of dollars to scientific and cultural organizations throughout the Denver area, including the Greater Boulder Youth Orchestras.

The program, funded by a 1/10 of 1% sales and use tax, has existed since the 1980s.

SCFD is up for renewal this year. Be sure to vote yes on 4B this November!

More info here.

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!

GBYO Presents

Maestro Meetings

Join us for a "behind the scenes look" at music with guests from all aspects of the field of music: from the Library of Congress to Grammy-winning research to the City of Boulder Office of Arts and Culture.

How do composers compose, what is a typical day like for a professional musician, who is involved in making city-wide decisions about arts and culture, what career paths exist in music and how can a student become involved?

Maestro Meetings are held once a month at the Boulder Piano Gallery, and are free and open to the public.

Bring your friends and your questions!

Maestro Meetings will take place at 3pm at the Boulder Piano Gallery on these days:
September 18
October 16
November 13

January 15
February 12
March 12
April 9



  • 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 | January 30-February 12
    throughout Boulder County

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

  • Maestro Meetings | Sunday February 12, 3pm
    at the Boulder Piano Gallery, Free

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

  • House Concert | Date TBD
    featuring the runners-up of the concerto competition!

  • Maestro Meetings | Sunday March 12, 3pm
    at the Boulder Piano Gallery, Free

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

  • Maestro Meetings | Sunday April 9, 3pm
    at the Boulder Piano Gallery, Free

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

Click here for the full year-long calendar.



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

Like all non-profit organizations, we directly depend on the support of members of the community. Your support makes a positive difference in the lives of gifted young musicians and the community they serve.

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

Contact Executive Director Dr. Jack via: