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Greater Boulder Youth Orchestras

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Join the 2023-2024 season of the Greater Boulder Youth Orchestras!

Work with excellent conductors, a team of mentors, and like-minded young musicians! Master classes, chamber music, a house concert, SCORE, and more: with three orchestras, a wind ensemble, chamber music, and fiddlers, GBYO is a home for young musicians ages 6-21!

Concerto competition winners Nathan Dane, Althea Todd, Keahi Donahue


Spring Concert

The 2022-2023 season concludes with a concert at Macky Auditorium! Featuring the winners of the concerto competition, a world premiere, and music by Boulder native Leigha Amick, Rimsky Korsakov, Dvorak, and Brahms.

  • Sunday April 23, 2pm
  • Macky Auditorium
  • Tickets available at Macky Auditorium
    Complimentary tickets available for music teachers.
  • View the program.
  • Sponsored by Paul's Coffee & Tea


    GBYO offers:
  • Fiddlers
  • Chamber music
  • Three orchestras
  • Wind Ensemble
  • Concerts in Macky Auditorium
  • Performances in the community
  • Concerto competition
  • So much more!
  • GBYO showed me a community of dedicated musicians I was unaware of as a high school student.
  • My favorite thing about playing in GBYO was meeting other talented and dedicated musicians. I enjoyed connecting with the GBYO community and becoming friends with many musicians. I also enjoyed the opportunity to play alongside other talented musicians and challenge myself outside of my high school orchestra.
  • GBYO was an incredibly welcoming community where I built the majority of the friendships I still have today, and the orchestras completely transformed my musicianship by giving me the opportunity to play exciting and challenging music under the conductorship of remarkable teachers, musicians, and mentors, as well as alongside other students who were just as invested in music as I was.
  • The best thing about GBYO is the incredible group of people involved. In addition to all the progress that GBYO helped me make on my instrument, GBYO was truly transformative in helping me to recognize and appreciate the intricate beauty of both classical music and ensemble playing. The memories of awe and pure joy I felt in rehearsals and performances with GBYO are treasures I will cherish for the rest of my life. 

About GBYO

GBYO highlight

Midori + GBYO

World famous violinist and teacher Midori joined GBYO for a week-long residency in 2018!

GBYO highlight

Dairy Center Honors

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!

GBYO highlight

Trip to DC

The GBYO Wind Ensemble and Symphony Strings performed at the Lincoln Memorial and 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 performed at the Lincoln Memorial and Kennedy Center!

Benefits of joining GBYO include:
  • Rehearsals. More than two dozen rehearsals throughout the school year conducted by professionals, during which students learn the finer points and collaborative nature of preparing ensemble music for performance.
  • New friends. Join like-minded excellent young musicians from across Colorado, encompassing approximately 45 different schools.
  • Outstanding conductors. Motivating, challenging, award winning, knowledgeable, in demand, inspiring… GBYO conductors are awesome! Young musicians typically have the opportunity to work with such conductors once or twice a year at a brief festival like All State. GBYO musicians work with these conductors each week!
  • Mentors. Outstanding professional musicians and graduate students work with GBYO students weekly. Read more.
  • Performances in a large ensemble. GBYO has three orchestras and a wind ensemble.
  • Performing works by master composers. Past performances have included works by Tchaikovsky, Beethoven, Bach, Gershwin, Copland, and so many more.
  • Performing world premieres. GBYO ensembles have premiered several new works.
  • Performing in concert halls like Macky Auditorium (or maybe even the Kennedy Center!).
  • Chamber music. Hone your skills in musicianship, leadership, and teamwork.
  • Community. Connect with many people from throughout Colorado. Perform in the community, outside of the concert hall.
  • Mini retreat. Each ensemble gets together for a special afternoon beyond the usual rehearsal time.
  • Collaborations. GBYO collaborates with oustanding professional groups like the Boulder Philharmonic and Colorado Music Festival.
  • Guest musicians. Musicians from professional orchestras like Colorado Ballet, Boulder Bach Festival, and universities often work with GBYO ensembles.
  • Masterclass opportunities. GBYO musicians have performed in masterclasses with musicians like Maureen Murchie, Takacs String Quartet, Brook Ferguson, Augustin Hadelich, Vadim Repin, and more.
  • Life skills. Participation in instrumental music results in profound and lasting positive change in behavior, as evidenced in much scientific research: music students have an easier time staying focused, learning new languages, and thinking abstractly, and have higher level cognitive processes. GBYO rehearsals fully engage students; the skills learned in practicing and preparing carry over to school and all areas of life, and our members use these skills to boost achievement.
  • Opportunities. GBYO students are better prepared for other prestigious opportunities, and have participated in programs like All State Orchestra, Interlochen, and Tanglewood. GBYO graduates have gone on to study music at leading institutions like Juilliard, University of Michigan, and Eastman.



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.

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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 Gary Lewis.

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.

GBYO Chamber Music

Small groups of 4-10. Led by Matt Dane.

Online Music Labs

Composition, improv, and more!

Special events

Guests, masterclasses, and more. Free and open to everyone, not just GBYO students.

Tuition Assistance

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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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