GDYO receives Grant from Bloomberg Philanthropies

GDYO is proud to be a recipient of a grant from Bloomberg Philanthropies. We plan to use this grant and the knowledge we gain from the AIM Program (which is a part of the grant) to increase awareness of GDYO as well as donations. Doing so will allow us to continue to provide the high level of education and performance opportunities we are known for, and so we can grow when and where it is needed.

Bloomberg Philanthropies announced the nationwide expansion of the Arts Innovation and Management (AIM) program, formerly known as the Arts Advancement Initiative. The invitation-only program seeks to strengthen nearly 300 small- and mid-sized organizations within six cities: Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Detroit, Los Angeles and San Francisco. Through the two-year initiative, Bloomberg Philanthropies will offer $30 million of unrestricted general operating support. It will also include arts management training in fundraising, audience development and board member engagement.

“Nonprofit arts groups do so much to help cities thrive, but they often face major funding challenges. Effective management and fundraising practices are absolutely critical for arts organizations, especially those with small budgets,” said Michael R. Bloomberg. “These grants will help arts groups make the most of their resources, reach more people, and have an even bigger impact on their communities.”

Read more here: Bloomberg philanthropies invest 30 million arts cultural organizations six cities nationwide


GDYO to Make Third Appearance in China During Summer in June

Orchestra will perform five concerts in prestigious venues including Forbidden City Concert Hall, Shanghai Poly Grand Theater, and Tianjin Concert Hall

Classical Movements is pleased to announce the upcoming concerts for the Greater Dallas Youth Orchestra’s tour to China this June, under the direction of Richard Giangiulio and featuring violin soloist Maria Schleuning. The orchestra, as part of their third tour to China, will perform five concerts in major concert hall across China, including Forbidden City Concert Hall, Tianjin Concert Hall, Shanghai Poly Grand Theater, Xi’an Concert Hall, and the Music Conservatory of Hangzhou Normal University. Apart from sightseeing in Beijing, Shanghai, Hangzhou, and Xi’an, the orchestra will also participate in a musical exchange with a local high school. The orchestra has a wonderful history that has paved the way for numerous international tours to countries such as Germany, Czech Republic, Poland, England, Scotland, France, and Switzerland. All travel and concert arrangements have been provided by Classical Movements.

Founded in 1972, the Greater Dallas Youth Orchestras (GDYO) is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing music education and performance opportunities for youth with demonstrated musical ability that foster musical excellence, cultivate learning, encourage creativity, inspire self-motivation, and develop social skills.  In its forty-two year history, it has grown from a single orchestra of 35 members to a program of over 440 talented musicians, ages 8 to 18, performing in seven ensembles and socializing with a diverse group of highly talented peers from more than 50 communities.

Development Director Amber Oosterwaal says “For 43 years, GDYO has provided wholesome, challenging opportunities for this special group of young musicians who, as always, enrich the cultural life of our city and carry the cultural riches of Dallas wherever they travel.” 

Richard Giangiulio, Music Director and Conductor of the Greater Dallas Youth Orchestra, is now in his 35th season with the orchestra.  While on a Fulbright grant, he studied under Maurice Andre at the Paris Conservatory and was awarded the First Prize. In 1967, Mr. Giangiulio was a First Medal winner in the Geneva International Trumpet Competition.  For 30 years he was co-principal trumpet with the Dallas Symphony.  He has appeared as soloist with the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Dallas Symphony, the Knoxville Symphony, and has been a featured soloist at summer festivals in Ansbach, Germany; Lucerne, Switzerland; and Lieksa, Finland. Orchestra.   From 1977-1982 Mr. Giangiulio was the Assistant Conductor for educational concerts with the Dallas Symphony, developing and conducting multi-age youth concerts and park concerts. 

Concert Details

Saturday, June 20 – 7:30 PM

  • Shanghai Poly Grand Theater

Sunday, June 21 – 7:30 PM

  • Music Conservatory of Hangzhou Normal University

Tuesday, June 23 – 7:45 PM

  • Xi’an Concert Hall

Friday, June 26 – 7:30 PM

  • Forbidden City Concert Hall

Saturday, June 27 – 7:30 PM

  • Tianjin Concert Hall


  • Ludvig van Beethoven, Leonore #III  
  • Maurice Ravel, Tzigane with violinist, Maria Schleuning
  • Aaron Copland, Appalachian Spring  
  • Antonín Leopold Dvorak, New World Symphony  

About Classical Movements, Inc.

Classical Movements is one of the world’s leading concert planning and music management companies. Clients include some of the world’s finest orchestras, including the National Symphony Orchestra, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, London Philharmonic, and several other European and American Orchestras. They also are a leader in making concert and travel arrangements for some of the best choruses around the world, including The Collegiate Chorale, Dallas Symphony Orchestra Chorus, Pacific Boychoir, VocalEssence, Young People’s Chorus, and many more! In its 22 years, Classical Movements has worked in over 140 countries on six continents.  The company also produces the Eric Daniel Helms New Music Program for new music commissions, an international choral series, and four annual international music festivals in Europe, South America, Africa and North America. A winner of the prestigious BCA10: Best Businesses Partnering with the Arts in America given by Americans for the Arts, Classical Movements strives to spread global understanding and unity through the universal language of music.

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