Wind Symphony to feature Concerto Competition Winner

On Sunday, May 4th at 7:30, the GDYO Wind Symphony and Flute Choir will perform at the Dallas City Performance Hall.  (Earlier that day, the Philharmonic, Sinfonietta, DSE, and YPO will perform at 2:30pm at the Meyerson Symphony Center.)  Wind Symphony will feature the winner of the 2013-2014 concert competition, horn player Scott Van Gundy on the Strauss Horn Concerto No. 1.

Scott Van Gundy is currently a Senior Wind Symphony member at Flower Mound Marcus High School Band, were he plays under the direction of Amanda Drinkwater.   Scott started out on the Horn in the 6th grade.  The horn and his music quickly became the passion and focus of his life.  Scott has been selected to the TMEA 5-A All-State Symphonic band, as well as LISD Outstanding Soloist. Scott was a member of the Marcus Wind Symphony that performed the Finale Concert at the Midwest Clinic in 2012. During that same trip he had the opportunity to fill in with the Lone Star Wind Orchestra under the Direction of Leonard Slatkin.  Scott has performed on numerous occasions in the greatest concert halls around the state with both Marcus High School and GDYO Wind Symphony. Performing at the Dallas Wind Symphony/GDYO side by side concert has always been a favorite, as well as working with David Lesser (Principal Horn DWS), who has been an amazing mentor and teacher to Scott.

Scott has been a member of the GDYO Wind Symphony for three years.  He has thoroughly enjoyed his time with the Wind Symphony and Dr. Williams, who he looks up to and has learned so much from.  The GDYO Wind Symphony has been such a big part of Scott’s life and he will miss all the time spent here. His favorite piece that the ensemble has performed is Till Eulenspiegels lustige Streiche by Richard Strauss.  And his most memorable experience was the Texas Bandmasters Association Convention trip and performance last summer!

He will pursue a degree in Horn Performance at the University of Texas at Arlington, allowing him to continue his studies on the Horn and music.  You can find out more about this concert here (link to concert page??).


The League and what it means to you

The League of American Orchestras (The League) is an important institution in the life of an American symphony orchestra.  It is the umbrella organization that provides support and resources for all symphony orchestras in the United States, including youth orchestras.  The only national organization dedicated solely to the orchestral experience, the League is a nexus of knowledge and innovation, advocacy, and leadership advancement for managers, musicians, volunteers, and boards.  Its conferences and events, award-winning Symphony magazine, website, and other publications inform music lovers around the world about orchestral activity and developments.  Founded in 1942 and chartered by Congress in 1962, the League links a national network of thousands of instrumentalists, conductors, managers and administrators, board members, volunteers, and business partners.  

GDYO is extremely fortunate to have Mr. Jesse Rosen, CEO of the League of American Orchestra, as our Honorary Chair of the GDYO Gala this year.