GYSO ENSEMBLES

Ensembles dedicated to students at every level

The Georgia Youth Symphony Orchestra consists of three full orchestras, a string ensemble, a jazz ensemble, and a percussion ensemble. With over 350 students participating, each ensemble is designed to meet the needs of students at varying levels of experience. Whether a student just started playing in their school orchestra, or a student is preparing to audition for a conservatory, GYSO's provides opportunities to both challenge and enrich our musicians.

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SYMPHONY

Directed by GSO Conductor, Timothy Verville, the Symphony is the most advanced orchestral ensemble in the GYSO program and performs professional-level works from a variety of classical eras. Recent performances have included works of Tchaikovsky, Dvorak, Haydn, Beethoven and Mahler, as well as newly commissioned works. Symphony also performs with professional soloists from the Atlanta area, recently including Kenn Wagner (violin), Helen Kim (violin), Tom Hooten (trumpet) and Charae Kruger (cello). Symphony members are eligible for the GYSO Concerto Competition.

Symphony strings are generally playing 3 octave scales in all major and minor keys and solos from the standard concerto and sonata repertoire. They possess a controlled and varied vibrato and can produce a wide variety of bow strokes both on and off the string. Winds are comfortable in all major and minor keys and can play a full-register chromatic scale. Horns and trumpets are able to play (though perhaps not sight-read) all transpositions. Violas, cellos, bassoons and trombones are familiar with alternate clefs.  Most woodwinds are comfortable with at least one auxiliary instrument.

GYSO Symphony rehearses at KSU's Bailey Performance Center on Sundays from 3-5:30 PM.

PHILHARMONIA

Directed by Dr. Eric Hawk, Philharmonia performs professional-level and advanced educational works for full orchestra. Recent performances have included works of Tchaikovsky, Vaughan Williams, Bizet, Telemann and Bernstein. Philharmonia students are eligible for the GYSO Concerto Competition.

Philharmonia strings are generally playing 2 or 3 octave scales (up to 7th position) and solos from Suzuki book 5 and up. They use vibrato consistently and have facility with some off-the-string bow techniques. Winds are comfortable in all major keys and can play a full-register chromatic scale. Trumpets and horns are comfortable in some of the most common transpositions. Violas, cellos, bassoons and trombones are developing familiarity in alternate clefs.  Some woodwinds can play auxiliary instruments.

GYSO Philharmonia rehearses at the Marietta Performing Arts Center on Sundays from 2-4:30 PM.

CAMERATA

Directed by Dr. Nathaniel Parker, Camerata is the youngest full orchestra in the GYSO program. Camerata repertoire consists of educational works, including original compositions for student orchestra and transcriptions of pieces from the classical canon.

Camerata strings are generally playing 2 or 3 octave scales (up to 5th position) and solos from Suzuki books 3 and 4. They are starting to establish vibrato.  Camerata winds are generally comfortable in keys from 4 flats to 2 sharps, know the difference between concert and written pitch, and can play a two-octave chromatic scale.

GYSO Camerata rehearses at KSU's Bailey Performance Center on Sundays from 3-5 PM.

SINFONIA

Directed by Whitney Tinley, Sinfonia is the youngest ensemble in the GYSO program. Sinfonia performs educational works, both original compositions and transcriptions, for string orchestra.

Sinfonia students are generally playing 1 or 2 octave scales and solos from Suzuki books 1 and 2. First violins may play in 1st and 3rd positions. Players tend to have some familiarity with multiple hand positions.

GYSO Sinfonia rehearses at the Marietta Performing Arts Center on Sundays from 2-3:30 PM.

JAZZ ENSEMBLE

Directed by Sam Skelton, the Jazz Ensemble performs in wide variety of jazz styles, performing both educational works and well known arrangements from jazz legends. Members also have opportunities to perform in a combo setting. The instrumentation is a standard big band (saxes, trumpets, trombones, guitar, piano, bass, and drums).

GYSO Jazz Ensemble rehearses in KSU's Music Building on Wednesdays from 5:30-7:00 PM.

PERCUSSION ENSEMBLE

Directed by John Lawless, the Percussion Ensemble provides advanced high school and middle school percussionists with the opportunity to develop and improve ensemble skills on a wide variety of instruments under the guidance of John Lawless. In addition to performing works from the published percussion ensemble repertoire, students also have the opportunity to write works for the ensemble.

GYSO Percussion Ensemble rehearses at KSU's Bailey Performance Center on Sundays from 5:30-7:00 PM.

GSO YOUTH CHORUS

Under the direction of GSO Chorus director Bryan Black, the GSO Youth Chorus is focused on the educational and physical/musical development of young singers. In addition to providing supplemental instruction that supports ongoing activities in classrooms, the youth chorus program is unique in providing students with music theory and sight-singing training which are crucial to advanced vocalist development. Youth chorus members have the opportunity to participate in distinguished performances. These include stand-alone concerts and select participation with the Georgia Symphony Orchestra Chorus and in masterworks with the Georgia Symphony Orchestra. The eligible age range for the youth chorus is rising 6th graders through 12th grade.

GSO Youth Chorus rehearses at the Marietta Performing Arts Center on Tuesdays from 5:30-7:00 PM.
SYMPHONY

Directed by GSO Conductor, Timothy Verville, the Symphony is the most advanced orchestral ensemble in the GYSO program and performs professional-level works from a variety of classical eras. Recent performances have included works of Tchaikovsky, Dvorak, Haydn, Beethoven and Mahler, as well as newly commissioned works. Symphony also performs with professional soloists from the Atlanta area, recently including Kenn Wagner (violin), Helen Kim (violin), Tom Hooten (trumpet) and Charae Kruger (cello). Symphony members are eligible for the GYSO Concerto Competition.

Symphony strings are generally playing 3 octave scales in all major and minor keys and solos from the standard concerto and sonata repertoire. They possess a controlled and varied vibrato and can produce a wide variety of bow strokes both on and off the string. Winds are comfortable in all major and minor keys and can play a full-register chromatic scale. Horns and trumpets are able to play (though perhaps not sight-read) all transpositions. Violas, cellos, bassoons and trombones are familiar with alternate clefs.  Most woodwinds are comfortable with at least one auxiliary instrument.

GYSO Symphony rehearses at KSU's Bailey Performance Center on Sundays from 3-5:30 PM.

PHILHARMONIA

Directed by Dr. Eric Hawk, Philharmonia performs professional-level and advanced educational works for full orchestra. Recent performances have included works of Tchaikovsky, Vaughan Williams, Bizet, Telemann and Bernstein. Philharmonia students are eligible for the GYSO Concerto Competition.

GYSO Symphony rehearses at 's Bailey Performance Center on Sundays from 3-5:30 PM.

Philharmonia strings are generally playing 2 or 3 octave scales (up to 7th position) and solos from Suzuki book 5 and up. They use vibrato consistently and have facility with some off-the-string bow techniques. Winds are comfortable in all major keys and can play a full-register chromatic scale. Trumpets and horns are comfortable in some of the most common transpositions. Violas, cellos, bassoons and trombones are developing familiarity in alternate clefs.  Some woodwinds can play auxiliary instruments.

GYSO Philharmonia rehearses at the Marietta Performing Arts Center Center on Sundays from 2-4:30 PM.

CAMERATA

Directed by Dr. Nathaniel Parker, Camerata is the youngest full orchestra in the GYSO program. Camerata repertoire consists of educational works, including original compositions for student orchestra and transcriptions of pieces from the classical canon.

Camerata strings are generally playing 2 or 3 octave scales (up to 5th position) and solos from Suzuki books 3 and 4. They are starting to establish vibrato.  Camerata winds are generally comfortable in keys from 4 flats to 2 sharps, know the difference between concert and written pitch, and can play a two-octave chromatic scale.

SINFONIA

Directed by Whitney Tinley, Sinfonia is the youngest ensemble in the GYSO program. Sinfonia performs educational works, both original compositions and transcriptions, for string orchestra.

Sinfonia students are generally playing 1 or 2 octave scales and solos from Suzuki books 1 and 2. First violins may play in 1st and 3rd positions. Players tend to have some familiarity with multiple hand positions.

GYSO Sinfonia rehearses at the Marietta Performing Arts Center Center on Sundays from 2-3:30 PM.

JAZZ ENSEMBLE

Directed by Sam Skelton, the Jazz Ensemble performs in wide variety of jazz styles, performing both educational works and well known arrangements from jazz legends. Members also have opportunities to perform in a combo setting. The instrumentation is a standard big band (saxes, trumpets, trombones, guitar, piano, bass, and drums).

PERCUSSION ENSEMBLE

Directed by John Lawless, the Percussion Ensemble provides advanced high school and middle school percussionists with the opportunity to develop and improve ensemble skills on a wide variety of instruments under the guidance of John Lawless. In addition to performing works from the published percussion ensemble repertoire, students also have the opportunity to write works for the ensemble.

GSO YOUTH CHORUS

Under the direction of GSO Chorus director Bryan Black, the GSO Youth Chorus is focused on the educational and physical/musical development of young singers. In addition to providing supplemental instruction that supports ongoing activities in classrooms, the youth chorus program is unique in providing students with music theory and sight-singing training which are crucial to advanced vocalist development. Youth chorus members have the opportunity to participate in distinguished performances. These include stand-alone concerts and select participation with the Georgia Symphony Orchestra Chorus and in masterworks with the Georgia Symphony Orchestra. The eligible age range for the youth chorus is rising 6th graders-12th grade.