2024-25 Musician Handbook: Welcome to GTCYS!

Dear GTCYS Musicians,

Welcome to GTCYS’ 53rd Season! You are now part of the GTCYS family and a wonderful legacy of transforming young people through music. We are delighted and grateful to have you involved! From our youngest musicians in our Harmony strings instruction program to our Symphony musicians, every student in our eleven school-year orchestras will benefit from opportunities for music making, social activities, and personal development. These are integral parts of GTCYS’ holistic approach to music education that will equip students with skills and values to boost their success in school and beyond.

The 2024-25 season promises to be another exciting year of orchestral repertoire, concerts at Orchestra Hall, community performances, retreats, and artistic collaborations. Extra optional activities include social nights, concert outings, and leadership opportunities like our Student Leadership Team, mentoring and ambassador programs to help students develop peer-to-peer connections and skills beyond the music.

Being a GTCYS member is rewarding and enjoyable, and we know you will create lifelong memories in orchestra. It is also an honor and a responsibility. We ask students and parents to “play your part,” which begins by carefully reading this handbook. Our expectations and policies are structured to create a supportive experience and equitable culture to help students achieve their individual and collective best and feel like they belong.

This handbook should answer most of your questions about all things GTCYS, and you can count on us to communicate closely with you throughout the year. Should you have any questions or suggestions along the way, please contact a member of our staff.

Thank you for your participation in GTCYS. We look forward to a wonderful year with your family!



Megen Balda                 Mark Russell Smith
Executive Director         Artistic Director

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