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Where Music Meets the Mountains


We will begin our Fall semester on Wednesday, September 14 at Saint John the Baptist Parish Hall in North Bennington, VT. A proposed concert date is December 7th. However, the concert date and location have yet to be confirmed. 

Weekly Rehearsals will be held at the following times (ignore the times on the registration form):

Beginning Strings: 5:15PM-5:45PM

Repertory Strings: 5:45PM-6:30PM

Senior Sinfonia: 6:30PM-7:45PM

There will be opportunities for solo and chamber performance during the year. Please email the director, Patrick O'Connell, with any questions you may have:

Click Here for the Registration Form


The Southern Vermont Sinfonia (formerly the Green Mountain Youth Orchestra) is a haven of music-making resonating among the foothills of the Green Mountains in Bennington, Vermont. Our local youth and passionate community members converge each Wednesday evening to bring to life great works of the past and present. Founded in 1987 by Ellen Sager, the Southern Vermont Sinfonia accepts musicians of all ages and levels. Talented musicians from the VT/MA/NY tri-state area rehearse weekly and perform two to three times a season. The SVS represents the fulfillment of founder Ellen Sager's longtime goal of reestablishing a quality orchestral program in the area. Director Patrick O'Connell welcomes musicians of all talents and ages to join the GMYO. The Orchestra is the only one of its kind to accept passionate adult musicians as well as youth into all levels of the ensembles.

The SVS is comprised of three performance groups:

Repertory String Ensemble for string players who are still developing their skills. The group works on string orchestra repertoire while refining scales, theory and tone production. The Repertory Strings perform two to three times a year.

Sinfonia Ensemble for advanced string, wind, brass and percussion players.

Chamber Music is for musicians who are highly-motivated and interested in rehearsing/performing in a small ensemble of 5 players or less. 

All ensembles meet on Wednesday evenings. Location will be determined soon.

If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold,
it would be a merrier world.

Thoren Oakenshield's last words to Bilbo, from The Hobbit, by J.R.R. Tolkien


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