Friends and Partners of the GSO
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Other student/community GSOs
"In December of 2008, two students from Magruder High School founded the Magruder Gamer Symphony Orchestra (GSO). Inspired by a similar group at the University of Maryland, the Magruder GSO is a instrumental ensemble of high school students dedicated to the arrangement and performance of video game music. Completely student administrated and organized, the Magruder GSO performs regularly at Magruder music concerts as the only non-classroom ensemble. All pieces performed by the Magruder GSO are arranged in-house."
"We're an ensemble based in Damascus High School that arranges, writes, rehearses and performs video game music for the little-old town of Damascus."
"The Ithaca College Gamer Symphony Orchestra aims to provide musicians who love video game music an ensemble through which they can perform it, to bring the music to a wider audience, and to help expand the publicís view of video game music as a legitimate art form."
Washington Metro GSO
"In short, MAGFest is a music and video gaming festival run by fans, for fans. In more verbose terms, it's an annual event dedicated to the celebration of video games and video game music. Every year offers 24-hour console, arcade, and PC game rooms, live video game cover bands, a vendors area, and guest speakers from the video game industry and fan scene. It also features a "JamSpace" available to all attendees for impromptu music performances. Numerous other events are scheduled each day."
GSO has attended and tabled MAGFest since MAGfest 7, had a panel titled "Orchestral Game Music & Society", and performed our arrangement of "The Promised Land" for Nobuo Uematsu and The Earthbound Papas at MAGFest X.
"Katsucon is a fan convention for multicultural enthusiasts and entertainment. It is an annual three-day event held in or around Washington D.C."
Many GSO members, who double as anime fans, excitedly attend this con every year in support of gamer, anime, and general nerd culture.
"Founded in 1999, OverClocked ReMix is an organization dedicated to the appreciation and promotion of video game music as an art form. Its primary focus is www.ocremix.org, a website featuring thousands of free fan arrangements, information on game music and composers, resources for aspiring artists, and a thriving community of video game music fans."
Listen to our arrangement of Still Alive, the first remix of the piece on OCR, titled Live from [SUBJECT HOMETOWN HERE], or our arragement from The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker, Hyrulian Highlands. Our newest remix to make it to OCR is our three-piece Katamari Damacy "Prelude, Fugue, and Groove" performance, which happens to be OCR's FIRST Katamari remix!
"Video Games Live (tm) is an immersive concert event featuring music from the most popular video games of all time. Top orchestras & choirs perform along with exclusive video footage and music arrangements, synchronized lighting, solo performers, electronic percussionists, live action and unique interactive segments to create an explosive entertainment experience!"
GSO had its arrangement of Korobeiniki (the "Tetris Opera"), by our own Conductor Emeritus Greg Cox, performed at its Strathmore concert to two sold-out shows in 2011. The performance even included our own former music director Chris Apple as the soloist (which you can watch here). GSO will again be lending a piece to VGL 2012: an as-yet-unnamed Final Fantasy piece. Make sure to attend to find out which one!
"VGO, founded by a Berklee College of Music alumni Shota Nakama, is an orchestra that performs contemporary arrangements of video game music. As the first and only New England based orchestra that focuses on showcasing interactive media compositions, VGO is dedicated to provide access and raise awareness of orchestral video game-related compositions."
GSO has performed to large crowds in the wonderful Kogod Courtyard at the American Art Museum on two seaparate occasions thus far: as part of the Art of Video Games exhibit in Spring 2012 and as part of the Watch This! Revelations in Media Art exhibit in Spring 2015. The museum has always been an incredible host, and we hope to return again!
"Hosted by Justin Johnston, former public relations director for Gamer Symphony Orchestra, Radio Free Gamer is dedicated to bringing you hand-picked FREE video game music each week!"
GSO Alumnus Justin Johnston can be seen at almost any Video Game Music related event. He has played GSO's pieces on UMD's college radio back when, and is a prominent spot on the 8bitX Radio Network.
"Turns out that we love videogames so much that whenever we got together it was all we talked about. Sooo we decided to make this site, hoping you like what we have to say!"
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Page was last modified: August 31 2016