Welcome (back) 2014-15 Musicians!

It’s time for another GRYS & CO season to begin.  Letters are being sent to those who auditioned informing them of their status for the 2014-15 season.  If you plan on joining the orchestras this coming season, you have a few things to do:

If you may need tuition assistance, Tuition Assistance form .

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May Concert Features Skip Gates Winners, Pictures at an Exhibition


Alena Olsen, 2014 Skip Gates Concerto Winner playing a violin concerto by Saint Saens with the Youth Symphony.

The May concert featured this year’s Skip Gates Concerto Winners as well as a number of other pieces performed by the Classical Orchestra and Youth Symphony.  Audio and video recordings will be posted soon.  Photos are already available here.


2014 Skip Gates Concerto winner Margarite Filla playing a Teleman viola concerto with the Classical Orchestra

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2014 Skip Gates Concerto Competition results announced

The results from the 2014 Skip Gates Concerto Competition have been announced.  First place winners will perform with the Classical Orchestra and Youth Symphony as part of our Season Finale Concert.

Classical Orchestra

  • First Place:  Margarite Filla
  • Second Place: Rachel Thomas
  • Third Place: Catherine Filla
  • Honorable Mention: Miriam DeVries

Youth Symphony

  • First Place: Alena Olsen (violin)
  • Second Place (tie): Brent Proseus (trumpet) and Becca Suttner (violin)
  • Third Place: Trevor Sooy
  • Honorable Mention (In Alphabetical Order):  Camden Cheek, Kat Jonker, Annie Morreta
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March concert features piano concerto


The March 2 concert of the Grand Rapids Youth Symphony and Classical Orchestra featured this year’s piano concerto competition winner, Andrew Busscher, a 17-year-old junior at Holland Christian High School. Andrew began studying piano at age six with Mrs. Judy Koeman, and in 2010 he started lessons with Ms. Joan Conway – professor emerita of Hope College. Andrew’s piano performance achievements include winning 3rd place in the 2012 MMTA SAT competition, winning 1st place in the Holland Piano Clubs competition, and performing in Joan Conway’s Free@3 concert series.

The concert also featured a symphony by Mahler and three works performed by the Classical Orchestra.

Photos from the concert are available from our photos menu, and our video streams have been updated in the video menu item.

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First Concert a Success

Our concert season is one third over.  That leaves you will two more opportunities to see and hear the Youth Symphony and Classical Orchestra live in concert.

For those of you who missed the October concert, you can find recordings and photos to see what you missed.

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Season Tickets Available Now

The 2013-14 season is underway, and season tickets are available now.  Join us for three concerts

  • Sunday, October 27 at DeVos Center for Arts and Worship (Grand Rapids Christian High School)
  • Sunday, March 2 at DeVos Hall (downtown Grand Rapids)
  • Sunday, May 11 at DeVos Hall (downtown Grand Rapids)

All concerts begin at 3:00 pm.

Order your season tickets here.

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GRYS participates in ArtPrize 2013 festivities

Threatening weather led to swiftly modified plans for the Youth Symphony appearance on  Miranda: Where You Live.  The Youth Symphony was unable to perform as planned, but several musicians played solos or were interviewed by Miranda live from Rosa Parks Circle on Thursday, October 3. Click the photo below to see more photos of GRYS at ArtPrize 2013.

GRYS at ArtPrize2013

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Help Us Build Our Site

We’d like to add some more information about summer camps, workshops, master classes, scholarship sources, ways to raise money to attend summer camp and the like.  Are you interested in pulling some of this together into an article for us to post, contact our webmaster for more information at webmaster@grys.org.

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