Two 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
COVID-19 Update: Fall Update (8/24)
Though we put contingency plans in place and were hoping for the best, the Grand Rapids Youth Symphony, in consultation with the Grand Rapids Symphony, has determined that we will not be able to meet in person for rehearsals/performance this fall. Instead, we will use a virtual format and follow an altered schedule for the 2020-2021 season. We have cancelled our annual retreat, originally scheduled for Sept. 12. We have also cancelled our Nov. 1 concert. Students can find more information on our Members Only page.
Auditions for our 2020-2021 season have closed. Our thanks to all students who participated, despite our need to use an altered process because of coronavirus concerns.
60 Years of GRYS
The Grand Rapids Youth Symphony celebrated its 60th year of existence in 2019-2020. Conductor John Varineau, who has led the organization for over half its lifetime, invites donors to help honor our past and our future with a contribution to the Grand Rapids Youth Symphony & Classical Orchestra.
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