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BOSTON — Henri Bouchard, son of Peter and Hiromi Bouchard, of 23 Maple St., Ayer, has been chosen to play with the Greater Boston Youth Symphony Orchestras (GBYSO) for the 2006-2007 season. He plays the violin.

For the past 49 years, the GBYSO’s mission has been to encourage musical excellence in a professional and supportive environment. It provides orchestral training and performance opportunities to qualified musicians in kindergarten to twelfth grade.

The young performers have weekly rehearsals to prepare for performances and tours. They perform in some of Boston’s finest venues including Symphony Hall, Jordan Hall at New England Conservatory, Sanders Theatre at Harvard University and the Tsai Performance Center at Boston University.

GBYSO includes three full orchestras, a string orchestra, four chamber orchestras, a chamber music program and the Intensive Community Program, a rigorous string training program for underserved youth. Each year GBYSO auditions nearly 700 students and accepts more than 350 musicians.

GBYSO has been in residence at Boston University’s College of Fine Arts since it was established in 1958 by Dr. Robert Choate. The College of Fine Arts is a major sponsor of GBYSO.

Upcoming performances will be March 4 at Sanders Theatre and April 22 at Symphony Hall. A full list of performances can be found at www.gbyso.org.