Since 1972, the Greater Dallas Youth Orchestra has grown from an unknown orchestra to an internationally acclaimed ensemble. Today, Greater Dallas Youth Orchestra serves over 450 talented musician and includes a total of eight ensembles:
Through competitive auditions held each spring, students are selected for membership and placed in appropriate ensembles. Any student who successfully auditions for any Greater Dallas Youth Orchestra ensemble is accepted regardless of ability to pay. Spring auditions determine placement for the beginning of the new season. The Greater Dallas Youth Orchestra season aligns with most area school calendars, beginning in late August and concluding in May, with breaks for holidays.
The GDYO is the most advanced orchestral ensemble in the program. A full symphony orchestra, it is comprised of 110 string, woodwind, brass and percussion players who are high school seniors or younger.
Comprised of approximately 100 members, high school seniors or younger, the Philharmonic is a full symphony orchestra. The combination of strings, woodwinds, brass and percussion makes possible symphonic music.
The Wind Symphony is an ensemble of 55 to 60 wind, brass and percussion players who are high school seniors or younger. The GDYO Wind Symphony performs four to five concerts annually throughout the DFW Metroplex.
With approximately 30 total violin, viola, cello and bass players, Sinfonietta members experience a heightened sense of the importance of each part and individual musician. Sinfonietta members are 11th grade or younger.
The DSE consists of approximately 50 string players (violin, viola, cello and bass), all ninth graders or younger. Musicians encounter complex rhythms and begin to explore the interaction between various harmonies and melodies.
Members of the YPO are seventh graders and younger. This ensemble currently consists of 50 string players (violin, viola, cello and bass) and is the first ensemble experience for many of its members.
The GDYO Chamber Showcase is a chance to see and hear students in the GDYO program featured in small groups. This concert/competition features the best chamber groups made up of GDYO students.
Thanks to our partnership with Chamber Music International, we have been able to offer the winning ensembles chances to perform on concerts with professional chamber groups from around the world.