Founded in 1987, the Green Mountain Youth Orchestra (GMYO) accepts musicians of all ages and levels. Talented musicians from the VT/MA/NY tri-state area rehearse weekly and perform two to three times a season. The GMYO represents the fulfillment of founder Ellen Sager's longtime goal of reestablishing a quality string and orchestral program in the area. Director Jay Sager welcomes musicians of all talents and ages to join the GMYO. The Orchestra is the only one of its kind to accept amateur adults as well as youth into all levels of the ensembles.
For the 2017–18 academic year, the GMYO is comprised of three performance groups:
Repertory String Ensemble for string players who are still developing their skills. The group works on string orchestra repertoire while refining scales, theory and tone production. The Repertory Strings perform two to three times a year.
Senior String Ensemble for string players who are in the Symphonic Orchestra; Senior strings have sectional rehearsal on the symphony orchestra repertoire and added string orchestra repertoire.
Symphonic Orchestra is comprised of strings, woodwinds, brass and percussion that rehearse and perform standard and original concert works. Jurassic Park, William Tell Overture, and 1812 Overture are a few of our recent works. GMYO has performed with other youth orchestras as well as the Sage City Symphony.
All three groups meet on Wednesdays. All rehearsals, unless otherwise specified, are in the Mount Anthony Union Middle School Band Room in Bennington, Vermont. Information on membership dues and applications can be found on our Fees and Forms page. Any string, woodwind, brass or percussion musician interested in playing with the orchestra is welcome to contact Jay for more information. No auditions are required.