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Honorary Chair Pat Rayes, GDYO President Doug Haloftis, GDYO Executive Director Cathy Hernandez, Honorary Chair Linda Rayes.


Evening Featured Guest Speaker Scott Cantrell, Silent Auction, Buffet Dinner, Concert and Dessert Reception

Greater Dallas Youth Orchestra celebrated the end of the season in style with a Mother’s Day Dinner & Spring Concert at 5:30 p.m. on Sunday, May 13, 2018 at the Meyerson Symphony Center. The evening included a buffet dinner and silent auction before the concert. Scott Cantrell, freelance classical music critic with The Dallas Morning News, was the guest speaker. A post-concert dessert reception was sponsored by the GDYO Guild. 

Honorary Chairs for the event were Linda and Pat Rayes who have been long time supporters of GDYO since the organization’s earliest days. Mr. Rayes served as a past officer and board member who championed the organization during tumultuous years. He has been committed to GDYO since that time and is being honored at this year’s gala.

The event was chaired by long time board member Wilma May. Doug Haloftis is President of the Greater Dallas Youth Orchestra.

The world-renowned Greater Dallas Youth Orchestra had a full season of concerts during the 2017-2018 season. Scott Cantrell has said that “Dallas should be proud to have such ambassadors” and “...lucky are these kids to be initiated into symphonic music in so professional an environment. Even the ones who don’t go on to performing careers will be passionate and knowledgeable and demanding audiences of tomorrow.

The event celebrates GDYO families and patrons and raises critical funding to grow and support music education and performance opportunities for the talented and dedicated area youth.  Each season, GDYO serves more than 450 musicians, ages 6-18, from more than 50 communities in Dallas and North Texas.

The evening’s performance featured the Greater Dallas Youth Orchestra, under the direction of Richard Giangiulio, with guest organist, Bradley Welch performing Francis Poulenc's Concerto for Organ, Strings and Timpani. The orchestra performed Johann Sebastian Bach's Passacaglia in C-minor as transcribed for orchestra by Respighi and Camile Saint-Saens powerful Symphony No. 3the Organ Symphony where the orchestra was once again accompanied by Bradley Welch on the famed Lay Family Organ.

The funds raised from this event support the Scholarship Fund and International 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. Each year, young musicians in GDYO receive $20,000 in scholarships, and that number doubles in a tour year.

About GDYO

The Greater Dallas Youth Orchestra was founded in 1972 by parents, educators, and members of the Dallas music community.  In 46 years it has grown to include:  The Greater Dallas Youth Orchestra, the Philharmonic, the Wind Symphony, the Sinfonietta, the Dallas String Ensemble, the Young Performers Orchestra, the Flute Choir, and the Jazz Institute.

The Greater Dallas Youth Orchestra program offers training to 480 talented youth musicians, ages 8 to 18.

In addition to performing at the Meyerson the GDYO tours internationally which have included China, Germany and the Czech Republic.

The GDYO is funded in part by the City of Dallas Office of Cultural Affairs, TACA, and the Texas Commission on the Arts, with funding from the State of Texas and the National Endowments for the Arts.

For additional information please call the GDYO office at 214.528.7747 or email at

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