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With COVID-19 on the minds of many, we wanted to update our community as well as prospective members about the current status at GSYO:

First, the GSYO Office is closed until the "Shelter In Place" order is lifted. Currently, we are all well and working from home. Please email us if you have questions! We will do our best to reply as quickly as we are able, but please do be patient with us as our hours vary. If you have specific questions about rehearsals, concerts, or Office-related items, please email Executive Director Seth Ducey at sducey@gsyomusic.org.

Second, we are holding auditions for the upcoming 20-21 Season! This spring we are accepting video submissions. Detailed instructions are outlined on the Audition Requirements page.

We recently concluded our first round of auditions and placement notifications have been sent (check your email inbox!)! We are still accepting applications for all open positions. Please see the individual orchestra requirement pages for open instrument listings.

Lastly, regrettably, we have canceled our orchestra concerts for the remainder of the 19-20 season.

Take care!
GSYO Staff

Frequently Asked Questions

As the COVID-19 situation evolves and we receive additional guidelines from Santa Clara County, the California Department of Public Health, etc., we will update the FAQs. Thank you for your patience and understanding during this time of uncertainty.

Summer Conservatory

Will this still happen in July?

Yes! We are moving the program online. Details will be sent out and updated on the web page in mid-June.

Will I get a refund if this is cancelled?

For those who previously enrolled in the in-person 2020 Summer Conservatory program: you will contacted about canceling your registration and receiving a full refund, or participating in the online program, with a partial refund (minus the fees due for the distance classes).

Will this be postponed/rescheduled?

No, it will not be rescheduled.

Symphony Retreat

Will this still happen in August?

We will not be holding the Retreat at UC Santa Cruz. We hope to hold an alternate version of the Retreat locally (Palo Alto, Los Altos, etc), from August 2-7, planning for rehearsals and sectionals during the day with social distancing. Any alternate version of Retreat will not include overnight stays and organized/official group meals for safety reasons.

Will I get a refund if this is cancelled?

If this alternate version of Retreat happens, a cost for it will be determined and partial refunds for the difference will be issued to families who have made payments. If you have not yet paid for Retreat, you'll pay the revised cost. A full refund will be issued to families in the event we can't have any kind of Retreat. 

Will this be postponed/rescheduled possibly?

Yes, possibly. It’s unlikely we can hold a 5 day retreat later in the season, but we may try to hold an alternate version at some point. In this case, partial refunds may be issued.

If the Retreat happens, will social distancing for the students apply and will my child be safe?

Yes, for certain and we assume this will be required by Santa Clara County, the State of California, etc; equally, GSYO will follow all safety recommendations/requirements from these government agencies.

Sinfonietta August Allegretto

Will this still happen in August?

We are planning to hold the Allegretto Camp. Any decision to cancel will be made in early July and participants will be notified accordingly.

Will I get a refund if this is cancelled?

Yes, full refunds will be issued if cancelled.

Will this be postponed/rescheduled?

Yes, possibly. If we think we can hold the camp (or an abridged version of the camp) later in the fall, we will reschedule if possible. In this case, refunds will not be issued.

If the Allegretto Camp happens, will social distancing for the students apply?

Yes, for certain and we assume this will be required by Santa Clara County, the State of California, etc; equally, GSYO will follow all safety recommendations/requirements from these government agencies.

Galbraith Honor Strings September Staccato

Will this still happen in September?

We are planning on holding the September Staccato camp. Any decision to cancel will be made in August and participants will be notified accordingly.

Will I get a refund if this is cancelled?

Yes, full refunds will be issued if cancelled.

Will this be postponed/rescheduled?

Yes, possibly. If we think we can hold the camp (or an abridged version of the camp) later in the fall, we will reschedule if possible. In this case, refunds will not be issued.

If the Staccato Camp happens, will social distancing for the students apply?

Yes, for certain and we assume this will be required by Santa Clara County, the State of California, etc; equally, GSYO will follow all safety recommendations/requirements from these government agencies.

New Member Auditions for '20-'21

We are inviting new and current members to audition for the 2020-2021 season! 

We look forward to having you as a part of Golden State Youth Orchestra! Find out how to join now!

Symphony Season Highlights:

  • Germany & Poland Tour '21
  • STRAVINSKY Firebird Suite
  • RIMSKY-KORSAKOV Scheherazade
  • PROKOFIEV Romeo and Juliet Suite No. 2

We are inviting new and current members to audition for the 2020-2021 season! There are openings for all instruments at all levels for next season.

We look forward to having you as a part of Golden State Youth Orchestra! Find out how to join now!

Symphony Season Highlights:

  • Germany & Poland Tour '21
  • STRAVINSKY Firebird Suite
  • RIMSKY-KORSAKOV Scheherazade
  • PROKOFIEV Romeo and Juliet Suite No. 2

Sinfonietta Program Highlights:

  • BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 1
  • MOZART Symphony No. 40 in G minor
  • SCHUMANN The Bride of Messina Overture
  • SCHUBERT "Ballet Music" from Rosamunde

Galbraith Honor Strings Program Highlights:

  • BRITTEN Simple Symphony
  • DVORAK Slavonic Dances
  • MENDELSSOHN String Symphony No. 9
  • GRIEG Herzwunden

Galbraith Honor Strings Program Highlights:

  • BRITTEN Simple Symphony
  • DVORAK Slavonic Dances
  • MENDELSSOHN String Symphony No. 9
  • GRIEG Herzwunden

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