Each year, the GDYO program offers concerto competitions for four of the ensembles—Greater Dallas Youth Orchestra, Philharmonic, Wind Symphony, and Flute Choir. 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—Greg Hustis, Principal Horn of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, and Anshel Brusilow, conductor and composer and Chair in Orchestral Studies at the University of North Texas—judged the orchestra members of the Greater Dallas Youth Orchestra at their competition on September 7. The 2013-2014 winner is violinist Samantha Choo, who will perform Saint-Saens Violin Concerto No. 3 in B Minor, I. Allegro non troppo, on October 27th, 7:30 p.m., at the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center.