GSO in the Community

Raymond Feng, Piano

Raymond Feng, 16, from Pittsford, NY, has been a top  prizewinner of international and national competitions since age 9. As a piano soloist, Feng had his orchestral debut at age eleven with the Ashdod Symphony in Italy and since has collaborated with symphony orchestras nationwide including the Mercury Orchestra in Boston, MYA Symphony in Chicago, Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, Genesee Symphony Orchestra, the Orchestra of Southern Finger Lakes, and others from Upstate NY. His concerto performance with the Rochester Philharmonic has been broadcast on NPR’s “From the Top.” An ambassador of classical music, Raymond was selected as a one of the eight 2016-2018 Young Scholars worldwide and has been actively engaged in community outreach activities that support music education.
He was invited to perform at the 2018 Grammy Salute to Classical Music concert in honor of Leonard Bernstein’s 100th Birthday. He is also the conductor apprentice and assistant concertmaster of the Hochstein Youth Symphony Orchestra. He has studied with Elier Suárez since age 5.

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.


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.