Gabriel Youth Orchestra

Due to the ongoing CoVid-19 closures and social distancing requirements, and the uncertainty of how long these will need to remain in place, planning for our 31st Season is somewhat fluid at this time. Nevertheless, in the spirit of optimism, we have set our schedule, and our program, for the Season. Tentative dates for Gabriel Youth Orchestra have also been set. Please visit the various pages for additional details.

As of May 29, 2020, school school availability in the Fall is uncertain. If the schools are available, Gabriel Youth Orchestra will go on as planned. Otherwise, we will adapt as needed.

Established under the auspices of the Gabriel Chamber Ensemble, the Gabriel Youth Orchestra (GYO) provides an opportunity for high school students from throughout the region to play in a professionally managed and conducted setting.

Celebrating 11 years as the Gabriel Youth Orchestra!
2020 - 2021

Open to young musicians (grades seven to twelve, with exceptions made for younger students upon recommendation of their music teachers), the GYO is the very foundation of our organization's educational efforts.

The GYO is under the direction of John Shoener. John is a graduate of Pottsville Area High School. He holds a Bachelor's Degree in Music Education from The Pennsylvania State University, and is working towards his Master's Degree in Music Education from the University of Florida. John has performed with various professional musicians and ensembles. He is a founding member and trumpet player with the Coal Forged Brass Quintet of Mount Carmel, leads the M&J Big Band of Pottsville, and is active in The Cressona Band and The After Hours Big Band. John is also a pit orchestra musician in Schuylkill County. In June 2017, John was appointed as the Director of Bands and Music Teacher at the Shenandoah Valley School District in Shenandoah, PA, where he conducts all bands grades 5-12. He served as Associate Conductor of the GYO for the Spring 2019 season, and has served as the Musical Director and Principal Conductor of the GYO since Fall 2019.

The GYO is the only available outlet for young musicians to assemble in full orchestral mode, with the string instruments differentiating the ensemble from the many "bands" that exist at the high school level and in the community.

The Gabriel Youth Orchestra meets for rehearsals on Wednesdays from 5:30 to 7 pm, and presents two concerts in Pottsville, and a special education concert for all Schuylkill County fourth graders. This educational ensemble is the only orchestral training available in our area to students in county schools. This orchestra is funded by the Gabriel Chamber Ensemble organization, by ticket and advertising revenues as well as individual, corporate and foundation support, governmental and other grants.

For more information about rehearsal schedule and application forms, Call 570-943-2558 or email Agnès.


4th Grade Concert

Pottsville Area High School

Holiday Concert

D. H. H. Lengel Auditorium, Pottsville Area Middle School

Spring Concert

D. H. H. Lengel Auditorium, Pottsville Area Middle School

Important Dates

Note: All times are 5:30pm.

Open rehearsal @ Lengel Auditorium, Pottsville Middle School

Rehearsals in Pottsville on Wednesdays from 5:30 pm to 7 pm


GYO Concert 2014

GYO Holiday Concert 12-16-2012

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