Alumni Spotlight

GDYO Has a very rich history, and we are proud of our Alumni, and we would like to shine a spotlight on our alumni.

Please read up on some of our alumni. we are adding new ones all the time.

Steven Lamb – 1996

1996 graduate, Steven Lamb Life After GDYO, with Steven Lamb Steven Lamb Q&A with Steven What is your GDYO story? I joined the Dallas Junior Orchestra under the direction of Michael Coren in the fall of 1991. I auditioned on the suggestion of my private lesson teacher and got in! Being a tuba player in...

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Patrick Burnett – 1989

1989 graduate, Patrick Burnett Life After GDYO, with Patrick Burnett My own experience and involvement in the arts has made me a more well-rounded person... Patrick Burnett Q&A with Patrick Tell us your GDYO Story. What years were you in the program, and what ensembles? I was a member of the double bass section of...

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Kevin Yu – 1996

1996 graduate, Kevin Yu Life After GDYO, with Kevin Yu by Megan Wright, GDYO Alumna and Intern Kevin Yu is a graduate of UT Austin McCombs School of Business and attended the National University of Singapore with a focus on international business was concertmaster of the Greater Dallas Youth Orchestra Performs in the Las Colinas...

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Ebonee Thomas – 1997

1997 graduate, Ebonee Thomas Life After GDYO, with Ebonee Thomas Current member Karan Coimbatore interviewed alumna and future board member Ebonee Thomas. Karan was in the Flute Choir during the 2015-16 season, is in the Wind Symphony for the 2016-17 season, and attends Texas Academy of Mathematics and Science (TAMS). Ebonee Thomas Ebonee grew up...

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Rachel Smith – 2004

2004 graduate, Rachel Smith Life After GDYO, with Rachel Smith Rachel Smith Q&A with Rachel 1. What is your GDYO story? I auditioned and was accepted my junior year of high school and continued to play through my senior year (2002-2004). I’m actually from Tyler - about two hours east of Dallas. There was a...

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Denise McGovern – 1992

1992 graduate, Denise McGovern Life After GDYO, with Denise McGovern Denise McGovern Q&A with Denise What is your GDYO story? I joined GDYO for only one year - 1991-1992. My best friend was auditioning and suggested I join her. I hadn’t heard of the organization before, but I played and got in! I went to...

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Peter and Meredith McCook (1976, 2005)

Father and Daughter Alumni 1976 graduate, Peter McCook 2005 graduate, Meredith McCook Life After GDYO, with Peter and Meredith McCook Peter and Meredith McCook Peter McCook was a charter member of the Greater Dallas Youth Orchestra. And his daughter Meredith is now a cellist with the Kansas City Symphony. Their experiences in GDYO were different...

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