2016-17 season begins with retreat on Sep 10

The 2016-17 season will begin with an all-day retreat on September 10.

Music for the first concert has been posted at members.grys.org (password required) so you can begin practicing.  You can also listen to music using our Naxos subscription.

Looking for a carpool?   A membership list has been posted at members.grys.org (only available after logging in).

Along with good food and games we will actually have some intensive rehearsals.  This will allow you to learn the music better before those all-important chair auditions.  Our retreat location is easy to get to and close to Grand Rapids, so there is minimal driving.  It is at the Salvation Army Conference Grounds on Pine Island Drive.  Please plan to arrive at about 8:30 – 8:45 am so that we can start at 9:00 am.  We will be done at 5:15 pm.  There is no additional cost – it is part of your enrollment fee.  You’ll be fed one meal – lunch.

Please bring:

  •  a folding music stand with your name taped on it!
  •  your instrument
  •  your music
  •  appropriate clothing for the weather – we’ll be inside and outside

All musicians are expected to attend the retreat.  If you have a conflict because of a school-related activity, you should still come to as much of the retreat as possible.  If you have questions/conflicts about the retreat please email  our manager at: manager@grys.org or John Varineau at: conductor@grys.org

Need directions?  Follow this link.

Once you arrive:   There is a large parking lot on the right side of the road when you get to the Conference Grounds.  Park there and walk down the hill to the main building.  The main building faces beautiful Pine Island Lake. Weather permitting, registration will be set up between the main building and the lake.

End of the day:  The traditional end of the retreat is an informal mini-performance by both ensembles starting at 4:30 pm.  Each ensemble will perform a portion of the music rehearsed at the retreat.  Parents are welcome to enjoy the music, upstairs in the main building.

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Welcome 2016-17 Musicians

The audition results are in and letters have been sent to all members of the 2016-17 Youth Symphony and Classical Orchestra. If you were invited into one of these ensembles, be sure to complete your membership by

  1. signing and returning your acceptance form (parents too!)
  2. paying your membership fee (for example, by paypal)
  3. filling out the complete your membership form
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2015-16 Concert Videos available online and on air


The videos from the November and March concerts are now available.  The concerts include both the Classical Orchestra and Youth Symphony performances.

Also, the videos from the past couple of years can now be accessed under the “recordings tab” above.

On Air

GRTV and WKTV air the Grand Rapids Classical orchestra and Youth Symphony’s concerts, typically 2-4 weeks after the performance.  Scheduled times will be posted here as they become available.

3/19/2016, 8:00-9:30PM

  • Live Wire Comcast Channel #24 (ARTS).  Live Wire #24 can be seen on Comcast through out the entire Grand Rapids Metro Area, which includes Grand Rapids, Wyoming, Kentwood, Gaines TWP, Byron Center, Rockford, Caledonia, Jenison, Grandville and Hudsonville.  Note: This broadcast is NOT available on AT&T UVerse.

3/22/2016, 9:00-10:30PM and  3/26/2016, 10:00-11:30PM

  • Comcast Channel #25 in Wyoming, Kentwood and Gaines TWP
  • AT&T U-verse Channel #99 in the Metro Grand Rapids Area and possibly in Holland, MI.

We hope you enjoy the videos brought to you by WKTV and with the production by Kin Ma and his team of volunteers.

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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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