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School Outreach Concerts

The GMYS Concert Orchestra sometimes visits local public schools for half a day each to reach kindergarten through eighth grade students with classroom visits, instrument demonstrations, and short performances. Student musicians playing music for their peers is an exciting and effective way to introduce classical music and orchestral instruments to new audiences.

Outreach concerts:

  1. Establish positive, collaborative relationships between local music teachers and the Green Mountain Youth Symphony;

  2. Support public school music programs by encouraging student participation;

  3. Educate future audience members to enjoy and participate in all types of musical and artistic presentations.

So far, GMYS has visited the following schools:

  • Northfield Elementary School

  • Union Elementary School in Montpelier

  • Calais Elementary School

  • Twinfield Union School

  • Cabot School

  • Main Street Middle School in Montpelier

  • Barre Town Elementary and Middle School

  • Moretown Elementary School

  • Berlin Elementary School

  • Rumney Memorial


If your school is interested in organizing an outreach concert with GMYS, please contact us!

“I can definitely say it was one of the best assemblies I’ve been to, ever. You were fantastic with the kids and took every opportunity to teach them and involve them in the music. It was just delightful from beginning to end.”

- GMYS outreach concert teacher

Community Collaborations

​The Green Mountain Youth Symphony is an important part of the musical community in central and northern Vermont and works closely with other local performing venues, organizations, and artists.

If you know of a collaborative opportunity for us, please let us know!

Past collaborative ventures and performance highlights of the GMYS orchestra program have included:

  • Sharing the stage with Black Violin! in 2018

  • First Night Montpelier 2005–2010

  • First Night North 2016

  • Next Chapter Bookstore (Repertory) & Montshire Museum of Science (Concert Orchestra) 2017

  • Montpelier’s Independence Day Celebration: 2008, 2010, 2011 and 2012

  • Farmers Night

  • Family concerts with the Vermont Philharmonic in 2009 - 2020

  • Project Outreach with the Montpelier Chamber Orchestra Society 2008 - 2012

  • World-premiere performances of commissioned works by Vermont composers such as Erik Nielsen, Laura Koplewitz, Lydia Lowry Busler, and Dennis Bathory-Kitsz

  • Guest performances at the St. Johnsbury Academy, at the Chandler Music Hall in Randolph, and in a concert sponsored by the Paine Mountain Arts Council in Northfield

  • Vermont Mountaineers national anthem several summers

  • Joint performances with ensembles from the Upper Valley Music Center at the Lebanon Opera House in New Hampshire and the Barre Opera House in Vermont in 2011 and 2012

  • Eurochestries Festival in Québec August 2011

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