Category Archives: Education & Community

GSO in the Community

Young Artist Competition
The Genesee Symphony Young Artist Competition is a wonderful opportunity for young musicians in our region.  All instrumental and vocal students in grades eight through eleven who can perform a NYSSMA Solo, Level  V or  VI, are welcome to audition.  Applications and information are sent to music educators at schools in the surrounding area in the fall. The competition will be held at the First Presbyterian Church in Batavia. Each participant will be awarded a certificate of achievement. The winner will be featured as soloist with the GSO. We have very talented teachers and students in our area, and we look forward to meeting this year’s candidates.

Below is a list of pertinent information needed for those wishing to compete in the 2018-2019 young artist competition:
 1.  Student must currently be enrolled in grades 8-11.
 2.  The student must perform a NYSSMA Solo Level V or VI and consider auditioning on the selection to be performed with the Orchestra.
 3.  There will be a non-refundable $10 fee.
 4.  The Competition will take place at the First Presbyterian Church, Batavia, NY on Saturday, April 28th, 2018. @ 10:00 am.
 5.  Students must provide their own accompanist.
 6.  Soloists will be limited to a 10-minute time frame.

For more information, contact Katharine Wilson at 585-813-2876 or

Meet the Orchestra 

Meet the Orchestra is an annual event open to area students in grades 3-8. Participants will sit among the musicians during a concert dress rehearsal, meet our conductor, and hear instrument demonstrations from GSO musicians. Students love being able to “see the musicians and instruments up close.” Information for Meet the Orchestra is sent to local music teachers and can also be found on our website, Facebook, and Twitter.









Endowment Fund
An Endowment Fund was set up in the year of the orchestra’s 50th anniversary.  The opportunity to take part in this endowment is available to supporters, businesses, and members, to help ensure the orchestra will continue to perform. Show your support for the GSO by adding to this endowment. Continuing contributions may be made at any time, in any amount, by mailing to GSO, PO Box 391, Batavia, NY 14021.

Income earned from the endowment may be used for the general purpose of the orchestra as determined by the Board of Directors.  The symphony is a 501(c) (3) organization for tax purposes, and contributions to the endowment are deductible for income and gift tax purposes.


String Workshop
The GSO and its Board of Directors will host the annual String Workshop on Saturday, April 14, 2018. The GSO reaches out to string students in our region through the GSO String Workshop. All student string players will be mentored by GSO string players as they rehearse with GSO musicians in a fun-filled workshop day. This year’s participants will perform with the orchestra during the May 6, 2018 concert. The String Workshop is sponsored by the Bank of Castile.

The Workshop is offered to give experience and opportunity to string players who enjoy playing together with musicians of comparable high ability. Previous orchestral or ensemble experience is not required. Public, private, and home-schooled students as well as adults are welcome. There is no age limit – just the desire to play in a group and to improve as a musician. For further information, contact Roxie Choate at S. Shade Zajac will conduct the April 14, 2018 String Workshop.

Adopt a Chair
This is an exciting program affording the participant a first-hand experience with the orchestra. For $35.00, you may “adopt” a musician of the orchestra. You choose your favorite instrument and sit in that section during the dress rehearsal for a “behind the scenes” experience in which you will see and hear the GSO work. Contact GSO Board Member Helen Parkins at to arrange your Adopt-a-Chair experience.