Community Outreach

The GVO is your true community orchestra, committed to outreach and serving those in need in Lower Manhattan as well as the greater Tri-State area. In addition to regular Together in Music and unique music therapy concerts led by our director Barbara Yahr, our musicians volunteer at nursing homes, hospitals, cultural events, special needs centers, festivals, houses of worship, and more.

Please see below to check out how the orchestra has been involved in sharing the gift of music to new audiences. And if you want the GVO at your local community center or other places that could benefit from our musical outreach, please send your suggestions to

Past Events

Chamber music concert at Mount Sinai Hospital

As part of Mount Sinai’s Music and Medicine concert series in the Guggenheim Pavilion, players from the GVO performed works by Bach, Beethoven, Chaminade, Chopin, and Martinů.

Performers: Jeff Blye, piano, Keith Cantrelle, clarinet, Simon Dratfield, flute, Tom Frenkel, viola, Barnaby Kendall, bassoon, Cindy Lam, viola, Eric Mahl, trumpet, Audrey Morse, violin, Andrew Pak, piano, Claire Park, violin, Cassey Stypowany, cello.

Chamber music concert at Memorial Sloan Kettering Hospital Center

Program: Beethoven, Duo No. 1 for Clarinet and Bassoon; Jacob, Duo for Clarinet and Bassoon; Bach, Concerto for Two Violins in D minor; Mozart, Clarinet Quintet.

Performers: Keith Cantrelle, clarinet, Sunita DeSouza, violin, Gary Dranch, clarinet, Tom Frenkel, viola, Audrey Morse, violin, Nisreen Nor, bassoon, Andrew Pak, violin & piano, Annie Paulson, cello.

Chamber music concert at JCC of the Greater Five Towns, Cedarhurst, NY

GVO members an interactive concert of classical and contemporary chamber works as part of Music for Autism’s Linda Rodgers Emory Concert Series.

Chamber music therapy at Step by Step Developmental Needs Center in Borough Park, Brooklyn

Program: Mozart, Eine Kleine Nachtmusik; Strauss, Blue Danube Waltz;  Mozart, Clarinet Quintet; and various traditional Jewish melodies (Eruv Shel Shoshanim, Dodi Li, Ydid Nefesh, Jerusalem of Gold).

Performers: Beth Holub, viola, Nancy Kim, piano, Sonna Kim, cello, Audrey Morse, violin, Leigh Myers, clarinet, Andrew Pak, violin, Cassey Stypowany, cello

Chamber music concert at the NYU Hospital for Joint Diseases RUSK Rehabilitation Inpatient Unit

Program: Grieg, Violin Sonata; Ravel, Piano Trio; Schubert, String Quartet

Performers: Beth Holub, viola, Nancy Kim, piano, Sonna Kim, cello, Audrey Morse, violin, Andrew Pak, violin, Cassey Stypowany, cello, Calvin Yuen, violin

Chamber music concert at the Mary Manning Walsh Nursing Home

Program: Grieg, Violin Sonata; Schubert, Fantasy for Piano Four Hands; Mozart, Divertimento; Schubert, String Quartets

Performers: Beth Holub, viola, Rebecca Kreshak, violin, Nicolas Mirabile, viola, Audrey Morse, violin, Amy Norovich, piano & violin, Andrew Pak, piano & violin, Cassey Stypowany, cello, Calvin Yuen, violin

Downtown Alliance Fall Music Series

Lower Manhattan became a destination for lunchtime live music performances with the launch of the Downtown Alliance Fall Music Series. The outdoor performances took place at the newly opened Albany Street Plaza, just one block from the 9/11 Memorial and Museum.

As one of the featured ensembles, members of the GVO and friends formed small chamber groups to perform each Friday throughout October.

Performers included:

Geraldine Cacciatore, flute, Minda Cowen, violin, Lauren Cowles, cello, Gary Dranch, clarinet, Tony Finley, violin, Flavio Garcia Casado, cello, Beth Holub, viola, Erik Hyman, French horn, Sonna Kim, cello, Rebecca Kreshak, violin, Andrew Pak, piano and violin, Arun Ravi, violin, Jackie Sagers, piano, Sophia Saunders-Jones, flute, Gareth Tan, violin, Sarah Vermij, violin

Together in Music at New Canaan Country School

Members of the GVO took part in a concert presented by Arts for Healing in New Canaan, Connecticut. This well received community family concert provided a participatory music experience, demonstrating the benefits of music generally and specifically in the art of healing and self-expression. Unique in using the orchestra as an interactive instrument for music therapy, the concert helped raise awareness of the value of music and art therapy in the treatment of individuals with communications disorders, including those on the autism spectrum.