GREATER CONNECTICUT YOUTH ORCHESTRAS

Inspiring and Educating Young Musicians

aka GCTYO   |   Fairfield, CT   |  www.gctyo.org

Mission

Young people achieve amazing things at GCTYO. They develop their talents beyond what they thought possible and feel pride and joy in their accomplishments. Greater Connecticut Youth Orchestras’ holistic approach to music education means we inspire and challenge students at every stage of their music development. Our developmentally progressive music program gives ensemble members the opportunity to play at the highest level both individually and collectively. Members are selected by competitive audition and come from over 30 communities in Connecticut. GCTYO strives for diversity and inclusivity in a social environment that is both fun and musically challenging. GCTYO exposes its members to all types of symphonic literature and enriches their musical education.

Notes from the nonprofit

Greater Connecticut Youth Orchestras was formerly Greater Bridgeport Youth Orchestras.

Ruling year info

1992

Executive Director

Beth Ulman

Music Director

Christopher James Hisey

Main address

PO Box 645

Fairfield, CT 06824 USA

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Formerly known as

Greater Bridgeport Symphony Youth Orchestras

Greater Bridgeport Youth Orchestras

EIN

06-1325895

NTEE code info

Symphony Orchestras (A69)

Arts Service Activities/Organizations (A90)

Arts Education/Schools (A25)

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Music education is not universally accessible, and where it is provided to young people, it is often not enough to inspire students to pursue the highest levels of music they can reasonably achieve. Greater Connecticut Youth Orchestras supplements and enhances school music programs, as well as private music exploration, by providing orchestra and ensemble experience in an extra curricular setting.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Music education

Saturday mornings, from September through mid-May, ten separate ensembles bring young people together for music, enjoyment, community and learning. Through rehearsals and formal performances, young musicians gain valuable experience and an important sense of achievement and self-confidence, while fostering lifelong friendships and a love of music.

GCTYO instructors are both professional musicians and music educators who are tuned in to educational best practices and child development. They bring out the best in each student by challenging them to work hard as individuals and members of a group. Musicians feel engaged by the process and supported by their conductors and peers. The result is a positive, exciting learning experience with clear, measurable musical progress through the years.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Affiliations & memberships

League of American Orchestras 2019

Goals & Strategy

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Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

The mission of Greater Connecticut Youth Orchestras is to provide a wide range of musical experiences that further the musical education of young musicians and to contribute to the cultural environment of the communities we serve. GCTYO is committed to diversity and accessibility and has a robust scholarship program, community outreach in the form of free lessons, and one-on-one teaching by older students to younger students. Through rehearsals and formal performances, young musicians gain valuable experience and an important sense of achievement and self-confidence, while fostering lifelong friendships and a love of music.

- Hold weekly rehearsals including full orchestra and small group instruction and perform at least 3 concerts per season;
- Teach developmentally appropriate music in a challenging but supportive environment;
- Multiple ensembles give students the opportunity to move up into progressively more challenging situations;
- Maintain a culture of inclusivity and acceptance so that students enjoy being in the organization and feel a strong sense of commitment to it.

- GCTYO has the highest quality music educators who bring out the best in students.
- All conductors and coaches are music educators who teach in developmentally appropriate ways to the range of students in the program.
- Regular concerts give students a goal, as well as creating opportunities to learn new music regularly.
- Social activities enhance bonding among students, which leads to more cohesive orchestras.
- Good fiscal management ensures that the organization can take advantage of new opportunities and produce performances that bring prestige and excitement to members and their families.

- 20% growth in membership over last 4 years
- Steady revenue growth over last 4 years with positive net income every year
- Increase in financial assistance to students who could not otherwise participate
- Innovative programming including Carmina Burana in 2019 and Cirque de la Symphonie in 2020. These types of concerts are not normally performed by youth orchestras, attesting to the quality of GCTYO.
- Created 4 new ensembles in last 3 years.
- Launched free after school lessons program.

- Next: Continue building the program, including creating a permanent home for rehearsals and other programs. Expand community outreach programming. Increase contributed income.

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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GREATER CONNECTICUT YOUTH ORCHESTRAS

Board of directors
as of 8/25/2020
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Sara Seaburg

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? No
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? No
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No