Greater New Haven Youth Ensembles

Since 1961, the Youth Ensembles Program at NMS has offered young musicians unparalleled opportunities to play with other high-achieving students, explore celebrated classical pieces and develop crucial performance skills, providing them an unforgettable creative experience while they make lifelong friends along the way. The four auditioned ensembles are directed by professional conductors and rehearse weekly. The groups draw promising string, wind and percussion players from middle and high schools throughout southern Connecticut, and play in bi-annual concerts at Yale’s historic Battell Chapel. Enrollment in music lessons at NMS is not a prerequisite for joining the GNHYE, but it is certainly encouraged.

Interested in joining the Greater New Haven Youth Ensembles? Auditions will be held on Wednesday, January 8th . Those interested in auditioning, please email Patty Boczer, Ensemble Manager at: [email protected]


GNHYE Rehearsal Schedules

Concert Orchestra Academic Year
Symphonic Wind Ensemble
Youth Orchestra Academic Year


All-City Beginning Band

Wednesdays, 6:15 - 7:45 pm. The All-City Band was founded in spring 2011, under the baton of Dr. Thomas C. Duffy, Director of Yale Bands. A collaboration between the Yale School of Music and the New Haven Public Schools, the Band is open for audition to all NHPS students in 5th-12th grades who play brass, woodwind, and percussion instruments. Participants are expected to maintain membership in their schools’ music ensembles as well, if available. The All-City Beginning Band rehearses weekly from late October through May. The season culminates with several public concerts in Sprague Hall at the Yale School of Music. Membership in the group comprises musicians from schools throughout New Haven.

All-City Concert Band

Monday4:30 - 6:00 pm. The GNH/All-City Concert Band is an exciting new collaboration between NMS, Yale 's Music in the Schools Initiative and New Haven Public Schools. This ensemble of dedicated wind, brass and percussion students performs traditional and contemporary works from the symphonic band repertoire. Generally for grades 7 and 8 with one to three years of individual lessons or the equivalent. Previous band experience strongly recommended.

Those interested in auditioning please email Patty at: [email protected]

Greater New Haven Concert Orchestra

Mondays, sectional 6-6:40 and full group 6:50-7:30. An orchestral experience for dedicated intermediate string, wind and percussion students. Generally for students grades seven and up with four years of individual lessons. Weekly rehearsals include string and wind sectionals. Previous small ensemble experience strongly recommended.

Greater New Haven Symphonic Wind Ensemble

Wednesdays, 4:30 - 6 pm. An advanced ensemble comprised of winds, brass and percussion players preforming traditional and contemporary works for large symphonic wind ensemble. This ensemble is also for highly committed high school players.

Greater New Haven Youth Orchestra

Sundays, 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm. One of the top youth ensembles in Connecticut, focusing on preparation of major symphonic works with several performances a year. The orchestra is for highly committed high school players. Students participate in special events and community performances.