Endangered Instruments


Vladimir Klibanov

Leslie Hart

Bruce Moyer

Yueh Chou

Endangered Instruments Program

The GSYO Endangered Instruments Program (EIP) encourages young musicians to learn to play these instruments that are highly sought after by orchestras:

  • Bassoon
  • Double Bass
  • French Horn
  • Viola

If you're a young musician who is interested in learning to play, and/or switching to an endangered instrument, join this unique program/

Students enrolled in EIP receive:

  • Subsidized group lessons (2-6 students per class)
  • A free rental instrument
  • Placement in a GSYO orchestra or ensemble once their skills have reached a sufficient level
Who should apply?

Musicians ages 8-13. Older students may be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Motivated musicians. Students should have good practice habits, and be willing to dedicate regular practice time to learning a new instrument.

Musicians should have at least one-year experience on any instrument, be able to read music and pass an audition with EIP faculty.

What instrument is right for you?

The Bassoon is recommended for the more mature musician. Middle school-aged pianists are great candidates to take up Bassoon. Many pianists wish to play in an orchestra, but the piano is mainly a solo instrument. Pianists already have strong reading, good pitch, and knowledge of music theory.

Double Bass 

Cellists are great candidates to take up the double bass; they have experience on a string instrument and know how to read bass clef. Young players can take up string bass as it does come in many sizes!

French Horn 

Middle school wind and brass students should make quick progress on horn; this program is great for horn students who are in band but don’t receive individual lessons.


It is relatively easy for Violinists to switch to Viola. Young players can take up viola as it comes in many sizes!


EIP scholarships, which are need-based, are available. Ask us about our scholarship program.

Time Commitment

EIP classes are offered in sessions. The Fall and Spring sessions are approximately 10 weeks long, with one class meeting per week. After each session, the musicians are evaluated for orchestra. Most students will participate in two sessions before moving into a GSYO ensemble, though individual progress varies. Students are expected to start private instruction on their endangered instrument once they have received orchestra placement.



Monday: OPEN
Schedule: 6-7pm
Coach: Yueh Chou

Double Bass

Tuesday: FULL
Schedule: 5:30-6:30pm
Coach: Bruce Moyer

French Horn 

Wednesday: FULL
Schedule: 5:30-7pm
Coach: Leslie Hart


Schedule: 4:00-5:25pm
Coach: Vladimir Klibanov

Endangered Instruments Program Interest Form

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