Our Vision

Our educational outreach is intended to expose students in the Greater Bridgeport Community to the discipline and beauty of orchestral music.

“Our students are rarely exposed to classical music in such an intimate way.  An experience like this, where they get to see different applications of classical music, will be inspiring and eye-opening.  They’ll have a different perspective on a genre that's usually considered ‘not their type’ of music."

—  Music teacher Colleen Filush, Central High, Bridgeport


GBS Educational Projects

Bryant Elementary School “Right Brain-Left Brain Workout”
Now in its third year, this wonderful after-school program focused on percussion instruments with the aim of creating a Bryant School Xylophone Orchestra. GBS purchases instruments, provides program coordination and draws on the talents of the GBS musicians, singly and in ensembles, to bring music to the children.

GBS-X20—Student Experience Program
GBS recruits top high school musicians from local youth programs and provides mentoring sessions with GBS “coaches” during the season. The culmination of this program in the 2018-19 season was a side-by-side performance in which GBS-X20 students played movements of The Planets with their GBS mentors at the April 13, 2019 concert. GBS is set to offer this opportunity again with participation focused on strings players who will perform with GBS on Dvorak’s New World Symphony on March 14, 2020.

In-School Concert, Central High School, Bridgeport
The appearance of the full orchestra at Central High School on April 12, 2019 completed a circuit of concerts in the three Bridgeport Public High Schools (Bassick in 2017 and Harding in 2018). The concert was wildly embraced by the students (and faculty), partly because of the surprise appearance of the great Gil Shaham. GBS performed for the students for almost an hour, then remained on the Central High School stage for two hours of rehearsal. Plans are underway to return to Bassick high School on March 13, 2020.


Meet The Conductor Series
These free informal programs held at Fairfield University’s Quick Center provide an opportunity to spend time with Maestro Eric Jacobsen and President Orin Grossman and learn about the season’s concerts, composers and performers.

Black Rock School Percussion Program
This focused percussion program delivers in-school classes and presentations conducted by GBS musicians for Bridgeport Public School students in 3rd - 8th grade music classes.

School Subcription Programs
GBS works with local schools to create discount concert rates for students, parents, faculty and school clubs.  For more information call Mark Halstead at the GBS Office 203-576-0263.

Visits To Eldercare Facilites And Senior Centers
GBS arranges for Trustees and Musicians to visit area Senior Centers and Eldercare facilities to talk about music, concerts and present short performances. For more information call Mark Halstead at the GBS Office 203-576-0263.

Annual Silvio Risi Awards For Student Excellence
These annual awards are presented to deserving students in our region at our last concert of the season.


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