Greater Dallas Youth Orchestra Spring Gala



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Meyerson Symphony Center
2301 Flora Street
Dallas, Texas 75201

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GDYO Jazz Band performed at the 2017 Gala Reception.

Greater Dallas Youth Orchestra Spring Gala & Season Finale
Event Will Feature Silent Auction, Buffet Dinner, Concert and Dessert Reception

Greater Dallas Youth Orchestra will celebrate the end of the season in style with a Season Finale and Spring Gala celebrating 46 years in the community at 5:30 p.m. on Sunday, May 13, 2018 at the Meyerson Symphony Center. The evening will include a buffet dinner and silent auction before the concert with post-concert desserts. 

Honorary Chairs for the event are 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 is chaired by Wilma May and Doug Haloftis is President of the Greater Dallas Youth Orchestra.

Season Finale
The top ensemble, the GDYO, brings together 110 of the DFW area’s best high school musicians for the season finale. The evening’s performance features the Greater Dallas Youth Orchestra, under the direction of Richard Giangiulio, with guest organist, Bradley Welch.performing Franics Poulenc's Concerto for Organ, Strings and Timpani. The orchestra will also perform Johann Sebastian Bach's Passacaglia in C-minor as transcribed for orchestra by Respighi and Camile Saint-Sanes powerful Symphony No. 3the Organ Symphony where the orchestra will once again be joined by Bradley Welch on the famed Lay Family Organ.

The world-renowned Greater Dallas Youth Orchestra had a full season of concerts during the 2017-2018 season. Scott Cantrell of the Dallas Morning News 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 Gala celebrates GDYO families and patrons and raises critical funding to grow and support music education and performance opportunities for our extremely 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 funds raised from this event support the Scholarship Fund and 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.


Gala tickets begin at $125 and include a concert ticket. Gala tickets must be purchased in advance.

Concert tickets are $10-$40 and can be purchased on the GDYO website or by calling 214-528-7747. Tickets are available the night of the performance at the Meyerson Box Office. The Meyerson is located at 2301 Flora Street in Dallas. 

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About GDYO
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.

The Greater Dallas Youth Orchestra was founded in 1972 by parents, educators, and members of the Dallas music community.  In 43 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.

In addition to performing at the Meyerson the GDYO tours internationally including China in the summer of 2007, a tour of Germany and the Czech Republic in 2012, and a tour to China in 2015. The Greater Dallas Youth Orchestra program offers training to 480 talented youth musicians, ages 8 to 18.

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