Meet Our Members: Greater Bridgeport Youth Orchestras

Today, Connecticut Arts Alliance begins a series of posts spotlighting its CAA members. The Membership Program, begun earlier this year, joins together arts organizations, artists, and arts patrons throughout Connecticut in building a strong arts and culture sector that benefits the arts and all Connecticut residents.

Young people achieve amazing things at GBYO. They develop their talents beyond what they thought possible and feel pride and joy in their accomplishments. The study of great music in an ensemble setting can be a transformative experience for young musicians, and GBYO’s mission is to provide that experience in a challenging, fun, and nurturing environment.

Greater Bridgeport Youth Orchestras has been providing music education and performance opportunities to young musicians since 1961, and it is now the largest youth orchestra in the region. Its developmentally progressive music program gives ensemble members the opportunity to play at the highest level both individually and collectively. Members are selected by competitive audition and come from all over Connecticut. GBYO exposes all of its members to all types of symphonic literature and enriches their musical education.

Saturday mornings, from September through mid-May, nine separate ensembles bring young people together for music, enjoyment, community, and learning. Through rehearsals and formal performances, young musicians gain valuable experience and an important sense of achievement and self-confidence, while fostering lifelong friendships and a love of music. GBYO strives for diversity and inclusion through outreach and a generous financial assistance program.

If you agree that the advocacy efforts of Connecticut Arts Alliance on behalf of arts and culture in our state are important, please consider becoming a Charter Member today!

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  1. William Mendoza on March 25, 2019 at 11:50 am

    I am recording a new album and would love to hire a quartet to do some string work on a track to be released in May. They would be working with myself and Grammy award winner Edwin Ramos Jr. The studio is 8n Bridgeport.