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Greater Boulder Youth Orchestras

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Bring a Friend to Rehearsal

Experience a GBYO rehearsal and enjoy making great music with friends! No pressure to commit. Any K-12 student is welcome to participate.

  • Monday February 26
  • Rehearsals 4:30 - 8:30. See rsvp below for detailed times.
  • At Mt. View United Methodist Church
    355 Ponca Place
    Boulder CO 80303
  • Bring your instrument.
  • Drop in or RSVP below.
  • Interested in joining GBYO for the spring concert? More info about joining.
  • Questions? greaterboulderyo@gmail.com

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Spring 2024


Join the spring concert 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, GBYO is a home for young musicians ages 6-21!


House Concert

GBYO invites you to an Evening of Concertos featuring performances by GBYO students:

Alexander Zhao, bassoon: von Weber Andante E Rondo Ungaress
Doris Romatschke, viola: Seitz Concerto Nr. 3 in C minor, Mvt. 1
James Song, violin: Vivaldi Concerto in A Minor Op. 3, No. 6, Mvt. 1
Tong Liu, violin: de Beriot Concerto No. 9 in A Minor, Op. 104, Mvt. 1

  • Sunday March 3, 4-6pm
  • At the home of Margot Crowe
  • Donations appreciated

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A unique, interactive fundraiser.

Compose new music! Support the arts! Support the youth!

Join a composer and GBYO students to create a brand-new piece of music on the spot. Raise funds while having fun creating music! The piece is performed only once in the history of human beings: that very night. You have to be there to take part and witness its creation.

2018: Andy Reiner, Gobby Boggy Fly
2019: Paul Fowler, 5638 Why Didn't We Get to Eat?
2020: Leanna Kirchoff, Blue Jay
2021: PROJECT Trio, Colorado Sunrise
2022: Tom Hagerman, Dry Erase Noise Explosion?
2023: Chappell Kingsland, Invasion of the...
2024: ???


Spring Concert

Featuring the winners of the annual Concerto Competition, a world premiere, and special guest Francisco Fullana!

  • Sunday April 28, 2:00 pm
  • Macky Auditorium
  • Jiyu Kim, violin & Seungjae Kim, violin, Concerto Competition winners
  • Complimentary tickets available for music teachers.
  • Sponsored by Scherer Violin Shop and Paul's Coffee and Tea

Concert ticket: Spring 2023

Concert ticket: Spring 2024

$10.00 - $15.00

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Support GBYO

There are several ways to support the young musicians of GBYO

See some of the benefits of supporting GBYO.

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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.

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 on to study music in college.

Listen to GBYO

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What students and parents have to say about GBYO

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Contact GBYO

Contact Executive Director Dr. Jack: