Welcome to the
Greater Boulder Youth Orchestras
The premier youth orchestra experience of Boulder and beyond
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!
Enjoy the Colorado Music Festival's Fresh Friday concert featuring Bernstein's Symphonic Dances from “West Side Story” and John Adams' Doctor Atomic Symphony.
Join us for pizza afterward!
GBYO students can use their passes to attend for free, and friends and family may receive an additional 50% discount with the code GBYO18 at the box office.
RSVP here so we know how much pizza to order.
Fresh Fridays: A concert experience – remixed. Start at 6:30 pm with an hour-long (intermission free) concert, and still have time to go out for post-concert dinner and drinks – the night is still young. A great date night or fun for the entire family!
All GBYO members have the extraordinary opportunity to attend six Colorado Music Festival concerts for free!
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 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 GBYO Wind Ensemble and Symphony Strings performed at the Kennedy Center!
Tuesday March 28, 2017, at 6pm, the young musicians of GBYO performed 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 invited GBYO!
We toured monuments and museums, saw the cherry blossoms in bloom around the Jefferson Memorial, met with Representative Jared Polis, toured the Capitol Building, sat in the Senate gallery, got a behind the scenes tour at the Library of Congress including the Stradivarius collection, and of course performed at the Lincoln Memorial and Kennedy Center!
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.