GPAC Youth Symphony Orchestra (GYSO) was founded in 2009 by former GPAC Executive Director, Tania Castroverde Moskalenko and Music Director and Conductor, Pu-Qi Jiang. GYSO was created to offer opportunities for young musicians across the Tri-State area to improve upon their technique, learn basic music theory, work with an ensemble and interact with professional guest artists performing at GPAC.
In 2011, GYSO merged with the Mid South Young People's Orchestra and added two younger string ensembles, Mendelssohn String Orchestra and Mozart String Ensemble for students ages 7-14 years of age thus creating the GPAC Youth Symphony Orchestra Program. Each ensemble performs 2 concerts each season along with special access to master classes, workshops and performances with partners, The IRIS Orchestra and Concerts International.
Additionally, GYSO was named a Finalist in the American Prize Youth Orchestra national competition in 2012 along with taking two international performing and learning tours to China in 2011 and Europe in 2014.
The GPAC Youth Symphony Program is dedicated to the highest standards of music and is open to career-oriented students as well as those who wish to study music for the pure enjoyment, inherent benefits of and appreciation for the art form.
Mozart String Ensemble
The Mozart String Ensemble is under the direction of Dr. Sheryl Lane for students 7-12 years of age with a beginner to intermediate level. Student placement is based on ability, talent and skill along with their age and maturity. Rehearsals are held Thursdays from 4:30 - 5:45 p.m.
Mendelssohn String Orchestra
The Mendelssohn String Orchestra is under the direction of Long Long Kang for students 12-16 years of age with an intermediate to advanced level. Designed to hone their orchestral skills and further develop their abilities, this program prepares students to advance to the Youth Symphony Orchestra. Rehearsals are held Thursdays from 5:45 - 7 p.m.
Wind Ensemble is a newly expanded ensemble made up of woodwind, brass and percussion students from across the Mid-South. The focus is to provide a high quality musical experience for its members built on fundamentals and musicianship through the great and ever-expanding concert repertoire only for wind ensemble. Under the direction of Jonathan Schallert, the Wind Ensemble rehearses from 12:30 - 1:30p.m. on Saturdays and then participates in the weekly music appreciation class from 1:30 - 2:30p.m.
GPAC Youth Symphony Orchestra
The GPAC Youth Symphony Orchestra is a full orchestra consisting of strings, winds, brass, percussion, harp, and keyboard. Admitted by audition, GYSO musicians are advanced students from 14-19 years of age and participate in weekly orchestra rehearsals, sectional rehearsals and weekly music appreciation class. In 2015-2016, GYSO will have the unique opportunity to participate with GPAC’s resident orchestra, IRIS Orchestra for special master classes with soloists and orchestra members. Students participate in a weekly music appreciation class from 1:30 - 2:30p.m. and rehearsal from 2:30 - 4p.m. at GPAC on Saturdays.
2016-2017 Concert Schedule
Sun. November 20 at 3pm
Sun. May 7 at 3pm
2016-2017 Late Audition Information
*Please note, that the following positions are currently filled for the GPAC Youth Symphony Orchestra: Flute, Clarinet and Percussion
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