“Music is a common language spoken around the world.
It builds a bridge between all peoples and all lands”

Author Unknown

At the GCYO, we are committed to the importance of music as an essential component in the social and cultural fibre of our society. One of the ways we serve this commitment is through the provision of orchestral and ensemble experience for children and young adults. To this end, our valued Mission Statement is:

“To encourage young musicians, in the pursuit of excellence and enjoyment,
in orchestral and ensemble performance
through superior product and service offering vis-vis other organisations”

The GCYO offers the opportunity for young musicians to perform frequently throughout the year. The GCYO offers in-house camps, workshops and tutorial to facilitate the optimum development of our musicians. To achieve this, we aim to equip young musicians with all the necessary skills required to be valuable member of an orchestra or band. Some of these skills include:music tree

  • Pitch and Intonation: we strive to help our musicians develop the necessary technical abilities of sound pitch and intonation awareness
  • Orchestral Balance: An understanding of balance within the orchestra
  • A passion for orchestral repertoire and performance at a high level
  • Orchestral etiquette
  • Confidence, a sense of belonging, perseverance, consistency and enjoyment

‘Values are the ideals that give significance to our lives, that are reflected through the priorities we choose,
and that we act on consistently and repeatedly.’

Brian Hall

Belonging to the GCYO is an honour and a privilege! To ensure we maintain a safe, productive, happy and encouraging environment, the GCYO invites all members to embrace the following values, which are embedded in our Code of Conduct:

  • respect (self, peers, conductors, tutors, parents, guests and the broader community)
  • honesty and integrity
  • hospitable and courteous behaviour
  • proactive, responsible care for others
  • celebration of everyone’s individual efforts and achievements, albeit in a collaborative team setting
  • celebration of diversity and inclusivity
  • a willingness to learn, coupled with a positive attitude
  • persistence with regular and ongoing practice – the bedrock of creativity
  • commitment to musical excellence (defined as personal best)
  • willingness to accept new challenges
  • mature resolution of conflict
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