Dorothy Gerber Youth Orchestra Presents: Back-From-Tour Winter Concert

On Monday, April 1, at 7PM, the Dorothy Gerber Youth Orchestra (DGYO), part of the Great Lakes Center for the Arts’ Dorothy Gerber Strings Program (DGSP), will present its “Back-From-Tour” Winter Concert at the Center.

Free and open to the community, this concert––led by Music Director Dr. David Reimer––features chamber music by great composers, including Handel, Bach, and Beethoven, plus a beautiful rendition of Glenn Miller’s “In the Mood.”

DGYO students recently returned from a national tour to Ann Arbor, Michigan, Cleveland, Ohio, and Buffalo, New York, where they performed at Church on the Heights and St. Vincent Charity Medical Center in Cleveland. During this educational tour, students attended a concert by the world-renowned Cleveland Orchestra at Severance Music Center, observed orchestra rehearsals at the University of Michigan and the Cleveland Institute of Music, and had the opportunity to interact with elite professionals in master classes and clinics with members of the Cleveland Orchestra, the Cavani Quartet, and the Bayberry Quartet.

“This tour was full of world-class experiences for our elite music ensemble from Northern Michigan,” said Reimer.

The DGYO is an ensemble of advanced students from numerous communities in Emmet, Charlevoix, and Antrim counties who have auditioned to be accepted into the youth orchestra program. The DGYO performs four concerts each school year, featuring professional-level orchestra music.

Join Great Lakes Center for the Arts as we welcome the Dorothy Gerber Youth Orchestra back to Northern Michigan for this performance, which will conclude its 2024 national tour.

Upcoming Dorothy Gerber Strings Program events include Spring Solo Recitals at Great Lakes Center for the Arts on April 26 and 27, the Spring Showcase at Petoskey High School on May 18, and the Strings Summer Camp Program that kicks off in June.

For more information about the Dorothy Gerber Strings Program and Youth Orchestra, visit For any questions related to the program, contact Dr. Reimer at

The DGSP is generously supported by the Cummings Family. The program is also supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts, the Michigan Arts and Culture Council, and the Charlevoix County Community Foundation.