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

Auditions Update

Auditions for our 2020-2021 season have now closed. Our thanks to all students who participated, despite our need to use an altered process because of coronavirus concerns.

COVID-19 Update: Spring Cancellations

Grand Rapids Youth Symphony announces the cancellation of two spring performances:

  • Spring Concert: Following guidance from our parent organization, the Grand Rapids Symphony, we have cancelled the May 3, 2020, concert of the Grand Rapids Youth Symphony and Classical Orchestra. This cancellation is intended to slow the spread of the coronavirus and protect the health and safety of our members and the West Michigan community, based on input from state and national health officials. Our next planned concert is Sunday, November 1, 2020.
  • Festival of the Arts performance: In mid-March, the Festival of the Arts board of directors announced the cancellation of the June 2020 festival because of coronavirus concerns. The Youth Symphony’s planned performance in June 5 will therefore not take place.

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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