Founded in 2006, the Georgia Youth Symphony Orchestra and Chorus is already the largest youth orchestra program in the southeast. The Georgia Youth Symphony Orchestra and Chorus program encompasses three full orchestras, a string orchestra, a jazz ensemble, a percussion ensemble, and two choruses.
Gifted and talented musicians from all across Georgia, ranging in age from elementary to high school, are selected through a competitive audition process. Students admitted into the program experience musical development in a nurturing and supportive environment while also being expected to perform at the highest levels. Each ensemble is led by professionals in their respective fields and presents a full season of concerts every year.
The Georgia Youth Symphony Orchestra and Chorus (GYSO&C) was founded on the idea that students should have the opportunity to create a lifelong partnership with the arts. Young men and women graduate from the GYSO&C program not only as excellent performers individually, but with a love and appreciation for their art. GYSO&C strives to give students a comprehensive music experience, a philosophy that permeates all of its activities. True artistry and passion is created through the desire to share one’s knowledge and gifts with others as well as the ability to grow independent from formal guidance.
The Mission of the Georgia Youth Symphony Orchestra and Chorus is to inspire young people to discover their full potential through creativity and performance, to build and develop discipline and spirit to accomplish their musical goals. Further, we endeavor to provide artistic opportunities for all people and to enhance the quality of cultural life in our communities.