A Day of Musical Excellence and FUN!

Sunday, November 16
2:30pm ~ 4:30pm ~ 7:30pm
Dallas City Performance Hall

Join GDYO on Sunday as we present three (3!) concerts!!  Head over to the Dallas City Performance Hall on Sunday, November 16th for a day of musical excellence and fun. With three concerts during the day, you will surely find something to enjoy! The Greater Dallas Youth Orchestra program was founded in 1972 by parents, educators, and members of the Dallas music community. It has grown to include 5 orchestras, a wind symphony, a flute choir, and 6 jazz combos.  More than 360 talented young musicians will perform on Sunday, November 16th!


At 2:30pm, GDYO will feature the Young Performers Orchestra, Dallas String Ensemble, and the Sinfonietta, performing string orchestra favorites from Mozart, Meyer, Bartók, and Parry.

At 4:30pm in the lobby, GDYO will feature the newest members of the program, with the 6 Jazz Institute combos.  These performances are FREE!

The 7:30pm concert is dedicated to the memory of two GDYO alumni who tragically passed away this summer.  Laura Onwudinanti and Jack Stewart will be remembered with pieces by Giroux and Ireland. The Wind Symphony and Philharmonic will also perform pieces by Grainger, Dahl, and Brahms. This concert will also feature the 2013-2014 Philharmonic Concerto Competition Winner Samantha Powell, performing the Saint-Saëns Cello Concerto.


Single tickets to the 2:30pm and 7:30pm concerts are $5-12. The 4:30pm Jazz Institute concert is free. You can purchase single tickets either at Purchase Concert Tickets or call (214)528-7747 or the day of the performance at the performance venue.


Announcing the 2014-2015 Meyerson Series

The world-renowned Greater Dallas Youth Orchestra has a full season of concerts during the 2014-2015 season. The top ensemble, the GDYO, brings together 115 of the DFW area’s best high school musicians.  This season is particularly special because the ensemble is preparing for a 2015 tour of China.  Scott Cantrell of the Dallas Morning News has said “Dallas should be proud to have such ambassadors” and “...lucky are these kids to be initiated into symphonic music in so professional an environment. Even the ones who don’t go on to performing careers will be passionate and knowledgeable and demanding audiences of tomorrow.”

Family, Home, and Country

On October 26, 2014 at 7:30pm, join the Greater Dallas Youth Orchestra as we open our 43rd season with special guest flute soloist Demarre McGill, Dallas Symphony Orchestra Principal Flute, performing Mozart’s Flute Concert No. 1 in G-major.  Also on the program, Beethoven’s Leonore Overture No. 3, Copland’s Appalachian Spring, and Tchaikovsky’s Capriccio Italian.

Angels and Shepherds

GDYO’s holiday magic concert on December 17, 2014 at 7:30pm is a time-honored holiday tradition for many music lovers in the community.  Featuring the Youth Chorus and the Women’s Youth Chorus of the Children’s Chorus of Greater Dallas, the concert repertoire will include holiday favorites and orchestral classics.  Pieces to be performed include: Ola Gjeilo, Gloria; Rutter, The Shepherds Pipe Carol; Rutter, Angels Carol; and many more!

Young Virtuosos and Ancient Airs

On March 1, 2015 at 7:30pm, Greater Dallas Youth Orchestra will feature a young virtuoso.  Each year, the GDYO program offers concerto competitions for four of the ensembles, including the Greater Dallas Youth Orchestra.   These competitions cultivate solo performance, encourage personal excellence, and acknowledge the high degree of talent and hard work exhibited by individual musicians in the program.  Dallas area professional musicians will judge the orchestra members at their competition in early September, 2014.  The winner of the competition will be featured on this concert, along with Barber’s Overture to the School for Scandal, Respighi’s Ancient Airs and Dances Set III, Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 9.

Cossacks, Gypsies, and a Scoundrel

The Greater Dallas Youth Orchestras will present the season finale on May 17, 2015 at 7:30pm preceded by the Spring Gala.  Pieces to be performed on the concert include Tchaikovsky’s Cossack Dance from Mazeppa (with the 2014-15 student conducting competition winner), Ravel’s Tzigane with violin soloist Maria Schleuning (of the Dallas Symphony and Voices of Change), Strauss’ Till Eulenspiegel, and Dvorak’s Symphony No. 9.

Season tickets are $32-$130.  Single tickets are $10-$40.  You can purchase season or single tickets by clicking here or by calling (214) 528-7747. Tickets are also available the night of the performance at the Meyerson Box Office.  The Meyerson is located at 2301 Flora Street in Dallas.