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New Student Auditions for Current Season

Wednesday, November 17

5-6 PM, Fairfield, CT

Registration is required!

 

Open Rehearsals for New Families

Saturday, November 13

10-11:15 AM, Fairfield, CT

Registration is required!

Prospective musicians and their families are invited to view and listen to Saturday morning rehearsals on Nov. 13, 2021, 10-11:15 am, at Roger Ludlowe Middle School in Fairfield. After touring the school and popping in on ensemble and sectional rehearsals, families will be invited to meet students, parents and Board Members and then participate in a Q&A with Music Director Chris Hisey. Learn the history and philosophy of GCTYO and what makes us a thriving and exciting organization valued by 300 families. Families who attend Open Rehearsal will receive free tickets to the Fall Concert at The Klein on Nov. 21. Attending a performance will round out the GCTYO experience for prospective members. We welcome all orchestral instruments plus saxophone and baritone. GCTYO serves students in 5th grade through 12th grade. Kindly RSVP to ExecutiveDirector@gctyo.org. Roger Ludlowe MS, 689 Unquowa Rd., Fairfield.

 

2021-22 Season Concert Schedule

Jack Lawrence Fall Concerts

Sunday, November 21, 2021

The Klein Auditorium, Bridgeport, CT

So much great music, we had to split it into three concerts!  

Concert 1, 1-2 PM

Five ensembles perform: Steel Pan Orchestra, String Orchestra, Woodwinds Orchestra, Brass Orchestra, Sinfonia Orchestra. Watch and listen to what young people can achieve! This concert is suitable for families with young children.

Concert 2, 3:30-5:15 PM

This concert has a little of everything for everyone: Steel Pan, Percussion, Jazz, Saxophone, and symphonic music by Virtuosi and Philharmonic Orchestras. Philharmonic Orchestra will debut a new piece based on the music of songwriter Jack Lawrence.

Concert 3, 7-9 PM

GCTYO’s Jazz I and Principal Orchestras will impress audiences with their professional sound. Principal will perform Brahms’ Symphony #1 under the baton of Music Director Christopher Hisey and “Overture to the Magic Flute” under the baton of Conducting Fellow Glenn Alexander II in his debut at The Klein. Plus, guest performers George Taylor on Viola and Renee Jolles on Violin, both from Eastman School of Music, will accompany Principal Orchestra in Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante. Jazz will perform a set of big band classics under the baton of Dr. Rex Cadwallader, one of which will feature GCTYO’s own student jazz vocalist!

George Flynn Classical Concert

Sunday, December 12, 2021

3 PM, The Morgan School, Clinton, CT

Principal Orchestra and Jazz I Orchestra will take GCTYO on the road to Clinton, CT to perform on the prestigious George Flynn Classical Concerts series. Tickets are free but must be reserved within 14 days of the concert. Click here for tickets.

Chamber Music & Flute Choir Concert

Saturday, December 18, 2021

2 PM, Pequot Library, Southport, CT

Enjoy a pleasant afternoon of chamber and flute music by musicians from Greater Connecticut Youth Orchestras! GCTYO will debut its newest ensemble, Flute Choir, under the direction of New York City-based musician Adrienne Baker. String students are members of GCTYO orchestras who continue their studies in the afternoon with instruction by professional musicians from the Stamford Symphony Orchestra. GCTYO is proud to partner with the Stamford Symphony on this special program. Free event suitable for families with young children. Click HERE to reserve free tickets.

 

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Concert with ConnectUs

Monday, January 17, 2022

2 PM, The Klein Auditorium, Bridgeport, CT

Pay tribute to Martin Luther King, Jr. and his legacy in this special concert hearing and honoring the voices of young people in a mixed-format concert featuring live music, dance, and spoken-word performances. GCTYO musicians will perform under the baton of GCTYO Conducting Fellow Glenn Alexander II. Admission is FREE!

 

2022 Concerto Competition

Saturday, January 22, 2022

2 PM, Pequot Library, Southport, CT

The annual GCTYO Concerto Competition will return in January 2022! Principal Orchestra musicians will compete for a $500 prize and the chance to perform as soloist at the Spring Concert. 

Watch last year’s competition on the GCTYO Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/GCTYO/

 

Winter Concerts

Sunday, March 6, 2022

The Klein Auditorium, Bridgeport, CT

In this concert series, Principal Orchestra will debut a new symphony by Cuban-American composer Armando Bayolo.

 

Chamber Music Concert

Saturday, March 26, 2022

2 PM, Pequot Library, Southport, CT

Enjoy a pleasant afternoon of chamber music by musicians from Greater Connecticut Youth Orchestras! Free event suitable for families with young children.

Spring “Concertpalooza”

Sunday, May 22, 2022

2 PM, The Klein Auditorium, Bridgeport, CT

All GCTYO ensembles perform. Don’t miss seeing the winner of the 2022 GCTYO Concerto Competition perform as soloist with Principal Orchestra!

 

Alumni Concert

Sunday, June 5, 2022

3 PM, SHU Community Theatre, Fairfield, CT

Hear GCTYO alumni of all stripes and ages perform under the baton of GCTYO alumnus and Music Director Chirstopher Hisey. Special guest soloist TBA!