The GDYO is the most advanced orchestral ensemble in the program. A full symphony orchestra, it is comprised of 108 string, woodwind, brass and percussion players who are high school seniors or younger. The GDYO is "one of Dallas' treasures" according to Scott Cantrell, classical music critic for the Dallas Morning News. Directed by Maestro Richard Giangiulio, the GDYO performs four concerts annually at the Meyerson Symphony Center.
Programs include a variety of music - Baroque, Classical, Romantic, Impressionistic, and Modern. The GDYO repertoire includes major orchestral works such as Shostakovich's Symphony No. 5 and Beethoven's Eroica Symphony as well as the music of living composers such as David Dzubay and Robert Xavier Rodriguez, who conducted the GDYO performances of their own compositions.
Each December, the GDYO performs a "Holiday Magic" concert with the Children's Chorus and Youth Chorus of Greater Dallas. This opportunity allows musicians and audience members to experience great choral masterpieces such as Vivaldi's Gloria and Vaughan Williams' Fantasia on Christmas Carols.
Each season, famed international soloists such as violinist Cho-Liang Lin, violinist Maria Schleuning, cellist Nathaniel Rosen, hornist Gregory Hustis, baritone Donnie Ray Albert and pianist Alessio Bax perform with the GDYO. These artists enlighten and inspire GDYO musicians and audiences alike.
The annual GDYO Concerto Competition cultivates solo performance. Dallas area professional musicians judge orchestra members. The winner receives an opportunity to solo with the GDYO during the March concert and is featured on the concert poster and other advertisements.
GDYO and DSO
The GDYO maintains close ties to the Dallas Symphony Orchestra (DSO). Andrew Litton, former Music Director and Conductor of the DSO, has been a guest conductor and current conductor, Jaap Van Sweden has rehearsed with the ensemble. Members of the DSO and other local musicians serve as coaches for GDYO sectionals. The GDYO performed its most recent side-by-side concert with the DSO in June 2008.
Since 1994, the GDYO has had five highly successful European tours. In the summer of 2004, the GDYO traveled to Germany, Poland and the Czech Republic. The GDYO traveled to China in 2007 and, most recently, to Germany and the Czech Republic in 2012.
Rehearsals and Requirements
GDYO rehearsals take place during the season on Sunday evenings at the Sammons Center for the Arts, from 5:00 to 8:30 pm. All GDYO musicians are expected to participate in their school music programs.
GDYO Music Director
Richard Giangiulio, Music Director and Conductor of the Greater Dallas Youth Orchestra, is now in his thirty-third season with the GDYO. He began conducting GDYO in 1980.
Mr. Giangiulio holds music degrees from the Curtis Institute of Music, the Juilliard School of Music and the Paris Conservatory where he studied under Maurice Andre while on a Fulbright grant, and was awarded the first prize. In 1967, Mr. Giangiulio was a First Medal winner in the Geneva International Trumpet Competition. He has appeared as soloist with the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Dallas Symphony, the Knoxville Symphony, and at summer festivals in Ansbach, Germany; Lucerne, Switzerland; and Lieksa, Finland. He served as Principal and Co-Principal trumpet of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra for thirty- two years. From 1977-1982 Mr. Giangiulio was the assistant conductor for educational concerts with the Dallas Symphony, developing and conducting multi-age youth and park concerts.
Mr. Giangiulio is also the Music Director and Conductor of the Allen Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra (ASPO). He was Music Director of the New Philharmonic Orchestra of Irving for eleven years before moving to the APSO. He has recorded seven albums with Crystal Records. Mr. Giangiulio has four children, 3 have been members of the Greater Dallas Youth Orchestra.
GDYO Sectional Coaches:
Violin: Filip Fenrych, Maria Schluening, Bing Wang and Kaori Yoshida
Viola: Ralph Fielding and David Sywak
Cello: Kari Nostbakken and Jolyon Pegis
Bass: Clifford Spohr
Flute: Helen Blackburn and Kara Kirkendoll
Oboe: Erin Hannigan
Clarinet: Paul Garner and Gregory Raden
Bassoon: Peter Grenier and Wilfred Roberts
Horn: Gregory Hustis
Trumpet: John Holt, Ryan Anthony and Bert Truax
Trombone/Tuba: Philip Graham
Percussion: Douglas Howard