Greater Bridgeport Youth Orchestras



GBYO strives to keep membership costs low so that more families can participate. This means we have a budget gap to fill every year. Donations defray the costs of concert production, financial aid, music purchases, instrument purchases, repair and maintenance, rehearsal rental space, retreats, guest conductor and commissioned works, salaries, and more. Help GBYO achieve its mission of inclusiveness and high-quality music education and performance opportunities for young musicians by clicking on the Donate button below! Thank you for supporting GBYO.


Greater Bridgeport Youth Orchestras (GBYO) is a 501(c)3 non-profit corporation as recognized by the Internal Revenue Service. Approximately 66% of our revenue is generated by membership fees and concert ticket sales. For the remainder, we rely on the generosity of individuals, corporations and foundations to sustain and build the quality of our programs and services. Contributions are deductible to the full extent of the law.


Greater Bridgeport Youth Orchestras was founded in 1961 as the Connecticut Youth Orchestra. The Connecticut Symphony Guild was inspired to form this youth orchestra “ . . . to provide an outlet for young musicians interested in acquiring ensemble experience. Such an orchestra has long been needed to stimulate our youngsters’ musical appetites, and should also contribute immeasurably to the cultural climate of our area.” The Connecticut Symphony became the Greater Bridgeport Symphony Orchestra, and, as a result, the Connecticut Youth Orchestra became the Greater Bridgeport Symphony Youth Orchestras. GBYO became independent of the Greater Bridgeport Symphony in 1990.


GBYO’s purpose is to “…provide an orchestral experience for, and further the musical education of, young musicians of the greater Bridgeport area; and to contribute to the cultural environment of the greater Bridgeport area.” (ARTICLE 1, Section 2, Greater Bridgeport Symphony Youth Orchestras By-Laws.)  GBYO seeks to achieve this purpose by:

  • Giving ensemble members the opportunity to play at the highest level both individually and collectively;
  • Exposing ensemble members to all types of symphonic literature;
  • Enriching both performers and audiences through performance and understanding of symphonic literature;
  • Enriching the music program and enhancing the orchestral experience of the musicians by commissioning new works, contracting young professional soloists, and providing travel and social opportunities such as international trips and local retreats.
Your support can help defray the costs of:
  • concert production
  • financial aid
  • music purchases
  • instrument purchases, repair and maintenance
  • rehearsal venue occupancy
  • retreats
  • guest conductor or soloist
  • commissioned works
  • salaries
  • and much more…
Contribution levels:

Angel $1500+
Major Contributor $500+
Benefactor $200+
Patron $100+
Supporter $50+
Friend $25+

Ways to Give

Annual Giving
Personal contributions toward operating expenses – concerts, music, financial aid

Corporate and Foundation Support
Corporate and foundation support are always acknowledged in our program journals

Corporate Matching Gifts
Matching gifts are a great way to increase the impact of your gift. Matching gifts can double or even triple the value of your contribution. Please take advantage of your company’s matching gift program to further support GBYO and its programs.

The GEM Fund – GBYO’s First Endowed Fund
In honor of Robert Genualdi, provides funds for enrichment activities.

Tribute Gifts
A wonderful means to mark a special occasion or honor the passing of a loved one.

Concert Sponsorship
Concert hall rental and the associated costs are large contributors to concert expenses

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