Each year the GDYO recognizes orchestra members who have excelled in performance or made exceptional contributions to the life of the orchestra. Maestro Giangiulio announced the recipients of these awards at the concert on Sunday, May 15, 2016. Congratulations and Thank You to all!
The Jerry Wertheimer Award
In memory of Jerry Wertheimer, a charter member of the GDYO (horn) who died in a tragic accident following his first year at SMU. The award has been given annually since 1975.
Presented to graduating Seniors for their outstanding leadership and musicianship.
Harry Dearman, Bass
The Joan Mintz Award
In memory of Joan Mintz who served the GDYO as Board Member, Executive Secretary, and Manager from 1976-1987.
Presented to graduating Seniors for their dedication and enthusiasm.
Karen Yang, Viola
Outstanding Instrumentalist Award
Presented to graduating Senior for outstanding musical skill
Charlie Lin, Violin
Outstanding Service Awards
Presented to graduating Seniors with longest tenure in GDYO program.
Theo Lee Gannon, Cello 8 years
- Charlie Lin
- April Chung
- Meghan Le
- Logan Hong
Recognizing outstanding Juniors who will receive a full tuition scholarship
The Walter Abbey Scholarship
In memory of the former Chairman of the GDYO Board of Directors. Mr. Abbey, a violist in his student days, was a patron of the arts in Dallas and a strong supporter of his alma mater, the University of North Texas.
Samantha Choo, Violin
The Jeannette Early Scholarship
In memory of long-time GDYO Board Member, donor and patron of performing arts programs for young people.
Emily Chung, Cello
The Jennie T. and D. Richard Giangiulio Scholarship
In memory of the parents of GDYO Music Director Richard Giangiulio.
Cordeila DeDecker, Trumpet
The Jerry Wertheimer Scholarship
In memory of a charter member of the GDYO.
Michelle Moeller, Oboe