Where Music Meets the Mountains

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This Summer, we are excited to offer 5 weeks of evening group sessions from June 28-July 30. Our wind and brass friends are welcome to join us in our Symphony Ensemble! If you have a vacation planned at some point during these weeks, I will offer make-up lesson times.

Each group will meet two evenings per week. We will rehearse in an open-air barn (outside when weather permits) with masks and practice social distance. 


Tuesday and Thursday evenings, from 6:00-6:45PM, will be dedicated to getting beginner string players going on their instruments. I want to encourage adults, as well as kids, to take up this opportunity to embark on the adventure of music-making (especially parents of children learning music).


Also, the GMYO Repertory Strings and Symphony Summer Session will meet on Monday and Wednesday evenings from 6:00PM-6:45PM and 6:45PM-8:00PM, respectively.


Dates: June 28-July 30

Beginning String Session:

Tuesday/Thursday: 6:00-6:45PM

For students just beginning their musical studies on violin, viola, cello, bass.

Rep Strings:

Monday/Wednesday: 6:00-6:45PM

Rep Strings is targeted for students who have established the foundational skills of proper setup and note-reading.

Symphony (advanced strings/winds/brass/percussion)

Monday/Wednesday: 6:45-8:00PM

Symphony is intended for students from an intermediate (4-5 years of study) to advanced level 5+ years) on their instrument.


Individual Student Fee: $100

Family Fee: $180

Register by clicking on the button below and follow the prompts.

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The Green Mountain Youth Orchestra is a haven of music-making resonating among the foothills of the Green Mountains in Bennington, Vermont. Our local youth and passionate community members converge each Wednesday evening to bring to life great works of the past and present. Founded in 1987 by Ellen Sager, the Green Mountain Youth Orchestra (GMYO) accepts musicians of all ages and levels. Talented musicians from the VT/MA/NY tri-state area rehearse weekly and perform two to three times a season. The GMYO represents the fulfillment of founder Ellen Sager's longtime goal of reestablishing a quality orchestral program in the area. Director Patrick O'Connell welcomes musicians of all talents and ages to join the GMYO. The Orchestra is the only one of its kind to accept passionate adult musicians as well as youth into all levels of the ensembles. 

The GMYO is comprised of three performance groups:

Repertory String Ensemble for string players who are still developing their skills. The group works on string orchestra repertoire while refining scales, theory and tone production. The Repertory Strings perform two to three times a year.

Senior String Ensemble for more advanced string players who are in the Symphonic Orchestra; Senior strings rehearse the music for symphony orchestra repertoire and prepare string orchestra repertoire. 

Symphonic Orchestra comprised of strings, woodwinds, brass and percussion that rehearse and perform great works from the past and present. works. 

All three groups meet on Wednesday evening. All rehearsals, unless otherwise specified, are in the Mount Anthony Union Middle School Band Room in Bennington, Vermont. No auditions are required. 


Thank you to all the kids, teachers and parents who made the Green Mountain Summer Sinfonia a success!

The Green Mountain Summer Sinfonia was held from July 15-19th in Bennington, VT. It was so encouraging to see our local music talent coming to camp each day ready to learn and perform. We had a blast working with each of them in classes and rehearsals. Of course, one of our favorite moments was coming together at the beginning and end of the day in a huge West African drum circle. At the end of the week, the students put together a stellar performance which showcased their ensemble skills and their musical theater talent. I could not have been more proud of their hard work. Of course, I would be remiss not to thank the wonderful teachers, Mrs. Rebecca Mills, Mrs. Lynn Sweet, Mrs. Michelle Despard, Mrs. Heather Allen, Mrs. Jessica O'Connell and Mr. Brian DeAngelo. They also put their heart and soul into their teaching for the week. I cannot thank them enough! 

Thank all of you who supported the Green Mountain Summer Sinfonia! We hope to see you next Summer!


If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold,
it would be a merrier world.

Thoren Oakenshield's last words to Bilbo, from The Hobbit, by J.R.R. Tolkien



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