GDYO members place high in area competitions

Every year, musicians from the Greater Dallas Youth Orchestra program compete in competitions throughout the North Texas area. We are proud of your accomplishments outside of our program, and we look forward to sharing your good news. Let’s start with the Juanita Miller Concerto Competition, which took place January 9th.

The Texas Association for Symphony Orchestras (TASO) hosts the Juanita Miller Concerto Competition each year. In 1997, Juanita and Henry S. Miller provided the initial underwriting and subsequent gifts to fund this youth competition, which now bears her name. Mr. and Mrs. Miller’s dedication, vision, generosity and devotion to music that led to the establishment of a statewide youth competition for outstanding high school musicians. In hosting this competition, TASO continues to employ a professional approach for selecting the winners by choosing outstanding judges from across the country. This year’s judges included: Mia Chung, Piano - Curtis Institure of Music; Stephen Shipps, Strings - University of Michigan School of Music; Mark Kellogg, Winds-Brass - Eastman School of Music.

Say congratulations to these musicians when you see them, especially those who are members of the GDYO program, indicated with an asterisk(*)!! And stay tuned for more GOOD NEWS in the coming days from other recent competitions.


  1. & Grand Prize - Steven Dong
  2. Ann Li
  3. Patrick Magee

HM. Joshua Painter


  1. Sai Sai Ding *
  2. Claire Wells
  3. Megan Lin

HM. Charlie Lin *, Alexander Davis-Pegis *, Nikki Naghavi


  1. Hannah Kim *
  2. Eena Lin
  3. Youngwoo Sohn

HM. Serene Supakkul *


Chuck Moore Announces Retirement

Chuck Moore has announced that he will retire as GDYO’s Executive Director effective July 31 of this year. Mr. Moore has led the GDYO since 1995.

Under Mr. Moore’s leadership the GDYO added the Wind Symphony, the Sinfonietta, the Flute Choir, and the Jazz Program. In 20 years the total student enrollment in GDYO programs has grown from 290 to an all-time high of 480, with over 800 students auditioning annually. The GDYO budget has grown from $250,000 to $670,000 and to over $1 million in triennial tour years.

In Mr. Moore’s 20 years at the GDYO, the top orchestra conducted by Richard Giangiulio has performed 6 European Concert tours and 2 tours in China. In addition, the Wind Symphony toured China in 2008 and performed invitational concerts at the Texas Band Masters Convention in San Antonio in 2002 and 2013. The GDYO Flute Choir has won performance invitations to National Flute Association Conventions in 2010, Anaheim and 2013, New Orleans.

In addition to heading the Greater Dallas Youth Orchestra program Chuck Moore serves on Board of the Youth Orchestra Division of the League of American Orchestras, the Education Committee of the Dallas Symphony and the Board of Orpheus Chamber Singers. He previously served on the Boards of The Children’s Chorus of Greater Dallas, the Friends of WRR, and the Advisory Committee of Booker T. Washington High School.

The GDYO Board of Directors has formed a search committee to receive applications and select a new Executive Director. The Board of Directors expects to name Mr. Moore’s successor by the end of May.