GBYO and GBYSO members are selected through competitive auditions held each spring. Membership is open to all students, who study privately and are prepared to commit to an ambitious rehearsal and concert schedule. Youth orchestra members are expected to participate in their school music organizations.
The GBYO is our most advanced orchestra and is reserved for players whose technical skills and musicality are at the highest level. Students should prepare a NYSSMA level 5 or 6, grades 8-12.
The Greater Buffalo Youth String Orchestra (GBYSO) is our string-only ensemble for younger developing musicians and they should prepare a NYSSMA level 4 or 5 solo, grades 4-9.
All students should be studying privately.
Each student must re-audition every year.
For the entrance audition, students are required to perform a solo of their choice, orchestral excerpts which are mailed two weeks prior to the scheduled audition, and sight-reading. Violins and violas are asked to perform a 3-octave scale of their choice; cellos and basses a two-octave scale. There is a non-refundable $25 audition fee.
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION FOR WINDS/BRASS:
Flutes should play or be willing to learn to play piccolo.
Oboes should play or be willing to learn to play English horn.
Clarinets should be able to transpose parts in A, or own an A clarinet.
Horns should be able to transpose.
Trumpets should be able to transpose.
(It is recommended that students own both Bb and C trumpets.)
Trombones should be able to read bass clef and tenor clef, and be willing to learn alto clef.
Rehearsals are on Monday evenings, from September to May for GBYO and Sunday afternoons for GBYSO. Both rehearse at Christ United Methodist Church, Saratoga and Harlem, Amherst.
GBYSO rehearsals will be Sunday afternoons - 3-5pm.
GBYO rehearsals will be Monday evenings - 7-9:15pm.
Entrance audition applications for 2019-2020 are available below:
GBYO/GBYSO 2019-20 Audition Application
Auditions dates are June 12-16, 2019.
Please list any schedule conflicts on your application.
Some students may be named as alternates and could be contacted to play with the orchestra when the need arises.
Tuition for GBYO - $500; GBYSO - $300
Financial Aid is available. Upon acceptance, please submit the Financial Aid form by July 15th.