GSO in the Community

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String Workshop

The 2020 GSO String Workshop will take place Saturday, March 28 at the First Presbyterian Church in Batavia, 9:45-2:00. GSO conductor S. Shade Zajac, a virtuoso cellist himself, will direct the workshop, assisted by GSO musicians. Sheet music is currently circulating among area string teachers.
This year Shade has chosen the Capriol Suite by Warlock, for string students to learn. The 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 5th and 6th movements will be played with the GSO during the May 3 concert in Elba, which also features David Kim performing a Brahms violin concerto. Mr. Kim is Concertmaster of the Philadelphia Orchestra. He enjoys playing in Western NY, and this is his 2nd appearance with the GSO in 3 years.
Shade is excited for String Workshop students to see and hear Mr. Kim play. The May 3 concert will enable students to bring Capriol Suite to life focusing on orchestral string techniques, alongside GSO string players.
The GSO String Workshop is sponsored by the GSO Board of Directors and the Bank of Castile.


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.

Friends of the Orchestra
Friends of the Orchestra is a group of orchestra patrons who assist the GSO Board members at concert performances. This network of friends may be asked to usher at concerts or supply cookies to be served at concert receptions. Our GSO Board works very hard in supporting our orchestra members in every way. Friends of the Orchestra will be an expanded network supporting the board. Please show your support by giving your name to any GSO Board member to become a Friend of the Orchestra. 

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 an orchestra work.
Contact GSO Board Member Helen Parkins at to arrange your Adopt-a-Chair experience.


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