A pair of instrumental ensembles featuring some of West Michigan’s most talented young musicians

“The GRYSO did a brilliant job under the bold, dynamic hand of John Varineau. . . . His animated style inspired wonders from his young players who performed difficult pieces with vigor and ease.”

—concert review in The Grand Rapids Press

Upcoming Performances

  • GRYS & CO Concert - March 3, 2019  3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
    DeVos Performance Hall, 303 Monroe Ave. NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503, USA

    Concert features the Piano Concerto Competition winner

  • GRYS & CO Concert - April 28, 2019  3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
    DeVos Performance Hall, 303 Monroe Ave. NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503, USA

    Concert features the Skip Gates Concerto Competition winners

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Skip Gates Concerto Competition

All GR Youth Symphony and Classical Orchestra members are encouraged to audition on March 4, 2019, for the annual Skip Gates Concerto Competition. Application deadline is January 28, 2019. Winners will perform at the concert on April 28, 2019. More info >>


200-Minute Practice Challenge

Middle school-age musicians (students in grades 5 through 8) are invited to participate in the Grand Rapids Youth Symphony 200-minute practice challenge. More info >>