Since 1972, the Greater Dallas Youth Orchestra has grown from an unknown orchestra to an internationally acclaimed ensemble. Today, Greater Dallas Youth Orchestras, Inc. serves over 400 talented musician and includes a total of seven ensembles:
- the Greater Dallas Youth Orchestra (GDYO)
- the Philharmonic
- the Wind Symphony
- the Sinfonietta
- the Dallas String Ensemble (DSE)
- Young Performers Orchestra (YPO).
- the Flute Choir
Through competitive auditions held each spring, students are selected for membership and placed in appropriate ensembles. Any student who successfully auditions for any Greater Dallas Youth Orchestras ensemble is accepted regardless of ability to pay. Spring auditions determine placement for the beginning of the new season. The Greater Dallas Youth Orchestras season aligns with most area school calendars, beginning in late August and concluding in May, with breaks for holidays.