The League and what it means to you

The League of American Orchestras (The League) is an important institution in the life of an American symphony orchestra.  It is the umbrella organization that provides support and resources for all symphony orchestras in the United States, including youth orchestras.  The only national organization dedicated solely to the orchestral experience, the League is a nexus of knowledge and innovation, advocacy, and leadership advancement for managers, musicians, volunteers, and boards.  Its conferences and events, award-winning Symphony magazine, website, and other publications inform music lovers around the world about orchestral activity and developments.  Founded in 1942 and chartered by Congress in 1962, the League links a national network of thousands of instrumentalists, conductors, managers and administrators, board members, volunteers, and business partners.  

GDYO is extremely fortunate to have Mr. Jesse Rosen, CEO of the League of American Orchestra, as our Honorary Chair of the GDYO Gala this year.

Save the Date

On Sunday, May 18th, the Annual GDYO Gala will be held at the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center.  As this is the only fundraising event for the youth orchestra, we hope you will attend.  The Gala benefits the GDYO Scholarship Fund and the GDYO Tour Fund, allowing deserving students a chance to not only experience the GDYO program, but also to be further enriched by experiencing new cultures while traveling and performing with their peers.  Invitations will go out in April, so keep an eye out!

More about GDYO's Gala Honorary Chair:  

Jesse Rosen has been recognized as one of the outstanding thinkers in contemporary performing arts leadership. As president and CEO of the League of American Orchestras since July 2008, he has raised the level of debate about orchestras among the nation’s cultural, policy, and opinion leaders and among the League’s 800 member orchestras. Under Mr. Rosen’s guidance, the League has taken a leadership role in helping orchestras adapt to a rapidly changing environment, particularly in the recent financial downturn. New initiatives have expanded the League’s support of orchestras as they work to strengthen their fiscal health, their management and board leadership, their engagement with their communities, and their artistic vitality.

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Polyphony Concert, March 6

We don’t do this often, if ever, but we would like to tell you about someone else’s concert!

Coming up on March 6th is a very interesting concert featuring the Polyphony Foundation.  Tickets are $40 per person.  If you are interested in attending but feel the ticket price might be a bit too steep, please contact Amber Oosterwaal in the GDYO office.  We are discussing the option of GDYO covering part of the ticket cost, so we need to hear from you.

Polyphony Foundation’s purpose is to bridge the divide between Arab and Jewish communities in Israel by creating a common ground where young people come together around classical music.  Polyphony programs include music classes in schools and various ensembles where Arabs and Jews sit side by side.  Here is a link to the Polyphony website which contains a video (6 min) where the founder and some of the young people talk about their experiences:

Their concert here in Dallas features a well-known Israeli singer/songwriter named David Broza.  Broza has roots in Israel, Spain, and England.  His music performances include his famous guitar playing, ranging from flamenco flavored rhythmic and percussion techniques, to whirlwind finger picking, to a signature rock and roll sound.

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Matching Gifts

Making your donation go even further

Parents, Grandparents, Friends,

Matching gift programs are charitable giving programs set up by corporations in which the company matches donations made by employees to eligible nonprofit organizations.  For example, if a donor works for Texas Instruments and donates $500 to GDYO, Texas Instruments will "double the donation" by writing a check for $500 to GDYO as well.  Other companies, such as Bank of America, will match your volunteer hours with a donation.  If you volunteer a certain number of hours, Bank of America will send the organization a check for $250.  In both of these examples, there is paperwork or online forms to fill out.

It is a simple and easy way to make your donation or volunteer hours go further.  You'll need to check with your employer to see if they have a matching gifts program and how it works (paper forms or online).  Some companies will match gifts you have already made (within a certain time period), so go ahead and check today!  If you have any questions about matching gifts, please contact the Amber Oosterwaal in the GDYO office.


Let GDYO make your season bright!

Have you always dreamed of becoming a professional conductor?

Your dream may become a reality! GDYO will be holding a raffle to choose one lucky guest conductor who will be featured on our Holiday Magic concert. The chosen conductor will receive a mini-conducting lesson with Maestro Richard Giangiulio and the opportunity to take the podium in front of hundreds of adoring fans! Raffle tickets will be sold in the Meyerson lobby before the concert, and the lucky winner will be drawn just before intermission.  The winner also gets to take home their baton as a memorial of their grand performance (with pictures to follow, of course)! 

On December 18, 2013, at 7:30pm at the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center, the Greater Dallas Youth Orchestra will perform a holiday concert with the Children's Chorus of Greater Dallas.  The annual Holiday Magic concert features over 200 youth on the stage of the Meyerson.  This concert will feature members of the Children's Chorus of Greater Dallas and is a staple of the holiday season for many patrons.  Selections will include: Waldteufel's Skaters Waltz, Rimsky-Korsakov's The Dance of the Buffoons from the Snow Maiden, and other holiday favorites, including a sing-a-long.

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