we impact the lives
of young musicians

Greenville County Youth Orchestras has been educating young musicians for over 40 years. Our mission is to impact the lives of young people by providing a quality orchestral program that develops and educates young musicians in the art of performance and enhances their personal musicianship. We strive to make our programs available to all qualifying students, regardless of their socioeconomic situation.

It began in the 1970s as the after school orchestra of the Greenville County School district. Now a partnership between the school district and the not-for profit GCYO Association, GCYO's 6 ensembles offer outstanding age and skill level appropriate musical challenges to close to 300 students.

Young Artist Orchestra

The Young Artist Orchestra, the most advanced ensemble of the six Greenville County Youth Orchestras, is comprised of the most skilled, talented...

The Philharmonic

The Philharmonic is an intermediate/advanced symphony orchestra comprised of middle through high school-aged musicians who display considerable...


Sinfonia is the intermediate-level honors ensemble that includes winds, brass, and percussion as well as strings. These students typically perform...


Intermezzo focuses on string technique, developing independent rhythmic skills, and building maturity of sound. This ensemble will perform in the...

Orchestra Prep and Prelude

Orchestra Prep and Prelude are advanced-beginner ensembles.

gcyo artists
take the stage

Our students continuously go above and beyond anything we could dream. Expertise is honed through practice, and the students of GCYO put in countless hours reaching new heights. Check out GCYO's Symphony Orchestra playing Mendelssohn Symphony No 5 "Reformation."

picture of the greenville county youth orchestra practicing on stage before a performance


Dream Maker

Making the Dreams of Young Artists a Reality