GYSO 2016-17 season

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Experience the amazing talent and dedication of the 400 musically gifted students in our Georgia Youth Symphony Orchestra (GYSO)! Founded in 2006, the GYSO is the largest youth orchestra program in the southeast, encompassing four orchestras, a jazz ensemble and a percussion ensemble. Gifted and talented elementary through high school age musicians from across the state are selected through competitive auditions. As GYSO members, young men and women enjoy continuing their musical development in a nurturing and supportive environment while being expected to perform at the highest level during a full season of concerts. Each ensemble is led by professionals in their fields who provide a comprehensive music experience for students pursuing excellence on an individual and collective artistic level with a love and appreciation for their art.

The Mission of GYSO is to inspire young people to discover their full potential through creativity and performance, and to build and develop the discipline and spirit to accomplish their musical goals. Further, GYSO endeavors to provide artistic opportunities for all people and to enhance the quality of cultural life in our communities.

GYSO Performances Are Standing Room Only!

Enjoy the amazing talent and dedication of students in our Georgia Youth Symphony Orchestra as they develop their individual and collective musical talent throughout the year! Under the direction of Nathaniel Parker, Eric Hawk, Charles Laux, Whitney Tinley, Sam Skelton and John Lawless, the three concert series demonstrates the growing talents of the orchestra, which plays to standing room only crowds – so get your tickets early!


GYSO Inaugural Concert

Sunday, October 23rd, 2016
3:00 PM and 7:30 PM
Bailey Performance Center, Kennesaw State University

The first concert of the season sets the stage and establishes the bar for the second and third concerts for the year. Combined, the matinee and evening performances feature almost 400 musically gifted students as they begin their personal and collective journeys in the development of their musical skills and talent.


GYSO Mid-Season Concert

Sunday, February 12, 2017
3:00pm, 7:30pm
Bailey Performance Center
Kennesaw State University

Featuring elementary, middle, and high school aged musicians that make up 4 orchestras, a jazz ensemble and a percussion ensemble, these two concerts feature students from around the state as they pursue excellence on an individual and collective artistic level and continue developing their love and appreciation for their art.


GYSO Season Finale

Sunday, May 21, 2017
3:00 PM and 7:30 PM
Bailey Performance Center, Kennesaw State University

This final concert of the season features original compositions by the percussion ensemble and the winning musical works of the composition and concerto competitions. Youth orchestra members are given the opportunity to write their own original music that, if selected, is performed on stage by the GYSO Orchestra! The season finale is a grand culmination of the entire year’s work.

Thank you to our sponsors for these concerts,
Thomas Bailey, CPA and Cobb EMC Community Foundation




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