GYSO's mission is to inspire young people to discover their full potential through creativity and performance. We empower and support students in developing the discipline required to accomplish musical goals. Further, GYSO endeavors to provide artistic opportunities for all people and enhance the quality of cultural life in our community.
A part of the Georgia Symphony Orchestra (GSO), GYSO is the largest youth orchestra program in the Southeast - encompassing five orchestras, a jazz ensemble, a percussion ensemble, Flute Choir, String Symposium, several chamber ensembles, and the GYSO Chorus.
Founded in 2006, GYSO selects gifted and talented elementary through high school-aged musicians from across the state via competitive auditions. As GYSO members, young men and women continue 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.