Practicing 101

One of the struggles all musicians face is learning how to practice efficiently and effectively and then making time to practice.  You see what I did there?  It’s not about finding time.  It’s about making time.  If you want to do this


Wind Symphony featured at Texas Bandmasters Association Convention

At the end of July, GDYO's Wind Symphony traveled to San Antonio, where, under the direction of Dr. Nicholas Williams, the Wind Symphony performed as part of the 66th Annual Texas Bandmasters Association Convention.  GDYO’s Wind Symphony was the only performing group to be asked unsolicited, without having to submit a recording.  In addition, the concert was


Greater Dallas Youth Orchestra - Alumni

Dear GDYO Alumni,

We hope you are doing well!  Included in this article are two links that we think you will enjoy!

First, a fresh Alumni Newsletter with lots of fun updates about GDYO happenings.  Take a look.  Please make note of the red text that asks for your feedback--related to the survey!

Second, a survey to get your feedback on a few alumni-focused items.  Take a few minutes to complete this, please.


GDYO Announces Winner of Giangiulio Scholarship, Dylan Hunn

The Richard Giangiulio Artist Development Scholarship provides support for a current GDYO ensemble member to attend a summer music camp or festival.  Participation in summer enrichment is very rewarding for motivated musicians. Applications are required with a deadline in February.  Applications are considered without knowledge of the student’s name.  An essay, written by the student, as well as letters of recommendation from music teachers, private teachers, and Maestro Giangiulio, are a part of the application package.

The award is based on the following criteria:

  • Demonstrated Passion, Participation, and Dedication for Music
  • Ability/Musicianship
  • Goals
  • Leadership
  • Recommendations

This year's recipient is GDYO percussionist Dylan Hunn.  One of Dylan’s teachers concisely sums up the reasons he is the recipient of this year’s award by saying, “He is highly creative yet extremely logical, he is gifted academically and musically, his passion for music knows no bounds, and he is one of the most upstanding students and citizens I have encountered in my career.”

Dylan Hunn, an avid percussionist and composer, is a junior at Plano West Senior High School.  A student of percussion since age five, Dylan is presently Principal Percussionist with the Greater Dallas Youth Orchestra; he has been a member of the GDYO organization for 4 years. He has also appeared in concert as a soloist with internationally acclaimed marimbist Naoko Takada, has won accolades in concerto competitions, and has consistently received “superior” ratings at local solo festivals. A regular performer with honor bands and orchestras, Dylan has been selected to the All-Region programs each year of high school and has performed with the Texas All-State Band twice, each time ranking in the top ten high school percussionists in the state.

As a composer, Dylan has been selected as a finalist in the O'Donnell Young Masters competition and is a consistent winner of his local PTA “Reflections” composition competition; some of his prize-winning work has been exhibited at the Dallas Museum of Art. Dylan has received seven consecutive gold medals in theory through the Texas Music Teachers Association and has similar accreditation in theory through the Royal Conservatory/Carnegie Hall Achievement Program, earning marks of “first class honors with distinction” as well as best-in-state awards for both theory and piano. He studies with Drew Lang (SMU, Dallas Opera) and Dr. Xi Wang (SMU).

When not performing or composing, Dylan prides himself on maintaining strong academics, with a top 1% class rank, and enjoys creative writing, a discipline in which he has had work published.