Golden State Youth Orchestra


Golden State Youth Orchestra (GSYO) is distinguished by its unusually large and diverse number of ensembles, a creative structure that enables GSYO teachers to offer an enriching musical education to the widest possible range of youth. The young musicians of GSYO are culturally diverse and range from those at the beginning of their musical training to those ready to establish their creative careers as performing artists. All receive high-quality learning, performance and leadership opportunities.

A vibrant repertoire challenges the young musicians to excel as ensemble and solo players. Annual performance series and tours meet critical acclaim and inspire local, national and international audiences. An ongoing program of performance and ticket outreach makes these programs accessible to a diverse community of underserved youth, families, and seniors.

An internationally recognized artistic faculty supports the young musicians, who also have opportunities to perform in collaboration with soloists of international stature. GSYO musicians receive mentoring and coaching from a distinguished roster of professional musicians and conductors dedicated to opening the world of orchestral music to the next generation.

Each season more than ten outstanding student concerto competition participants are awarded performances with GSYO orchestras.

We are the music of the future. We set high standards for artistry and education. We learn and perform in harmony. We are Golden State Youth Orchestra.

Two core principles underlie the GSYO mission:

  • Music Education, to nurture, train and develop young musicians from culturally diverse backgrounds and encourage a lasting appreciation of music.

  • Musical Excellence, to provide high-quality performance opportunities for young people and outstanding musical events for the wider community.

GSYO offers scholarships to students who demonstrate financial need. In addition, the different ensembles participate in various outreach and educational programs designed to bring music to the community.


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