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Winter Concerts

Sunday, March 3, 2024

The Klein Auditorium, Bridgeport, CT

Principal Orchestra Concert 3 will feature acclaimed artist Nuné Melik as soloist on the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto, plus “Fenix,” composed by GCTYO’s own Polina Nazaykinskaya, with multimedia! Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Ms. Nazaykinskaya on Concert 2, brings world-renowned pianist Olga Kirpicheva-Villard to the stage to perform the Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto No. 2, accompanied by the orchestra. Hear big band jazz on Concert 2 as well. Concert 1 features GCTYO’s unique advanced Saxophone Orchestra under the baton of Jim Clark, as well as Virtuosi Orchestra conducted by Britney Alcine.

All 13 GCTYO ensembles perform over 3 concerts! Doors open 30 minutes prior to concert. Box office opens 1 hour prior. TICKETS LINK.

Concert 1, 1 PM

Steel Pan Future Stars, Percussion Orchestra, Wind Orchestra, Saxophone Orchestra, String Orchestra, Virtuosi Orchestra

Concert 2, 4 PM

Steel Pan Junior Stars, Steel Pan All Stars, Jazz II Orchestra, Jazz I Orchestra, Philharmonic Orchestra with guest pianist Olga Kirpicheva-Villard performing the Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto No. 2, Mvmt. 1 with orchestra

Concert 3, 7 PM

Sinfonia Orchestra, and Principal Orchestra with guest violinist Nuné Melik performing the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto with orchestra and a special presentation with multimedia of Fenix, a symphonic poem composed by GCTYO’s own Polina Nazaykinskaya

Chamber Music Concert

Saturday, April 27, 2024

2 PM, Pequot Library, Southport, CT

Enjoy a pleasant afternoon of chamber music by advanced and intermediate string musicians from Greater Connecticut Youth Orchestras! String students are members of GCTYO orchestras who continue their studies in the afternoon with instruction by coaches from Orchestra Lumos (formerly Stamford Symphony). GCTYO is proud to partner with Orchestra Lumos on this special program. Free event suitable for families with young children.

Open Rehearsals for Prospective Families

Saturday, May 4, 2024

10-11:15 AM, Fairfield, CT

Registration is required!

Prospective musicians and their families are invited to view and listen to Saturday morning rehearsals in Fairfield. In addition to touring the school and popping in on orchestra and sectional rehearsals, families will be invited to meet students, parents and Board Members and 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 more than 300 families. Attending a Spring Concert on May 19 will round out the GCTYO experience for prospective members. We welcome all orchestral instruments plus saxophone and baritone. GCTYO serves students in 4th grade through 12th grade. Kindly RSVP to


Spring Concerts

sponsored by Masonic Lodges of Stratford

Sunday, May 19, 2024

The Klein Auditorium, Bridgeport, CT

All GCTYO ensembles perform! The winner of the 2024 GCTYO Concerto Competition will perform as soloist with Principal Orchestra. 


Alumni Concert

Sunday, June 2, 2024

SHU Community Theatre, Fairfield, CT

All Alumni are encouraged to dust off their instruments and participate in a fun weekend of rehearsals and a concert under the baton of Music Director Christopher Hisey. See old friends and reconnect with GCTYO and the Fairfield area! The weekend will begin with a rehearsal on Friday, May 31 from 5-7 PM, followed by a meet and greet from 7-8 PM. There will be an all day rehearsal from 9-4:30 on Saturday with plenty of time for socializing at lunch time, and then the concert presentation on Sunday at 2 PM. Family and friends are all invited to see you on stage once again with GCTYO! Email us with your interest.


New Student Auditions

Monday, June 10, 2024

Fairfield, CT

Register today for your GCTYO audition and join the premier youth orchestra in Connecticut! We offer 15 different ensembles at all levels for young musicians from 5th-12th grade who have been playing their instrument for a year or more, or who want to learn how to play steel pan drums. Auditions are required for all instruments except steel pan. Registration is required for everyone.


GCTYO Summer Music Festival

July 22-August 2, 2024 (weekdays only)

Roger Ludlowe MS, Fairfield, CT

Registration is now open!

Get your GCTYO fix this summer! Join our “Strings Camp” for an unbeatable summer experience with GCTYO teaching artists and students who love to make music together. 
  • 10 full days of music!
  • All ages 5th grade and up with at least 1 year experience on instrument
  • No audition necessary
  • Special opportunities for Advanced String players including Chamber Music
  • Learn from Mr. Hisey, Mr. Sloat, Mr. Hafez, and more!
  • Financial assistance available for those who qualify.