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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Arts & Culture, Arts Education, Symphony Orchestras

Mission: The GSO's mission is: 1) To contribute to the cultural life of Metro Atlanta and North Georgia by providing an opportunity for those with musical talent, regardless of age or occupation, to participate in the performance of great symphonic music; and 2) To provide quality music for the enjoyment of the community.

Target demographics: make quality live music accessible

Direct beneficiaries per year: 400 students and over 17,000 patrons

Geographic areas served: Metro Atlanta

Programs: Georgia Symphony Orchestra, GSO Jazz, GSO Chorus, and the Georgia Youth Symphony Orchestra

Community Stories

51 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

My daughter was a student of GYSO and GSO since 8th grade. All the staff members and instructors are very helpful. My suggestion is for everyone. One of the best in the world.

4 Robin158

Client Served

Rating: 5

Our children are musicians in the Georgia Youth Symphony Orchestra. They receive excellent instruction and at a higher level than they can get at school. This program helps to perpetuate a love of classical music in the next generation. It is a priceless education, made more affordable for the average family due to donor support.

4

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My daughter has been playing violin for GYSO since 9th grade. This is 3rd year for her. We have been blessed so much through GYSO experience. GYSO also has a very generous financial aid program. During our family's downtime, GYSO provided full scholarship for my daughter. I believe GYSO makes difference in so many young minds. Their life will be better and brighter because of GYSO.

5 James200

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Truly world class and very professional! Very committed to the community, schools, and the state

5

Client Served

Rating: 5

My daughter had shown a desire for playing the cello after we had attended a free concert. After researching options we came across a program from Georgia Youth Symphony Orchestra (GYSO) sponsored by the Georgia Symphony Orchestra (GSO.) Although we are a family of modest income the GYSO has offered my daughter a scholarship to participate in the GYSO thereby fulfilling her dream of playing in the orchestra. Shes has learned a great deal playing the cello in the youth symphony, her teachers are great and the friendships she has experienced among the other students have been memorable.

We could not have afforded this wonderful opportunity for our daughter if not for the generosity of the GSO and GYSO. We appreciate all the that the teachers and administrators do for the students and families. We try to volunteer as much as possible and will continue to be part of this wonderful organization long after our daughter has graduated from the program. Music is such an integral part in the overall learning experiences for all children.

4

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Georgia Symphony Orchestra has been an evolving arts entity for over 65 years in the North Georgia area. The GSO umbrella seeks to bring good music to the community it serves by constantly expanding the venues and the musical offerings. The youth symphony component (GYSO) is the largest youth orchestral educational program in the southeast. I am so proud to be a member of the GSO Chorus and a long-time supporter of the Orchestra, the Jazz programs, and the "Friends" of the GSO.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

A fabulous orchestral choral experience!
As a music educator, I realize the value of the live music-listening opportunity for the community. In this technological age, there are many opportunities to listen to CDs, and downloaded music. But the value of hearing music within a live visual and aural environment, especially in a pristine acoustical setting cannot be over-emphasized. The audience, including children to senior adults can join together to co-create the music with a shared experience, along with the musicians, the conductor--and the composer. I have been a member of the Georgia Symphony Orchestra Chorus since its inception, seven years ago. Singing in a chorus is wonderful, but being on stage surrounded by voices AND instruments is a pinnacle musical event! The highest quality of the music performed is brought forth to the audience because of the expertise of both the Music Director and the Choral Director. The North Georgia community is indeed gifted by this wonderful and unique organization!

4 David368

Client Served

Rating: 5

My daughter is a violinist in the Georgia Youth Symphony Orchestra, and has been so for three years. The GSO is an outstanding supporter of youth symphony works, and supports several levels of orchestra, based on abilities. The environment is professional and nurturing and we have been very impressed with the overall professionalism and dedication of the many teachers and professional musicians involved. My daughter plays in the symphony, the highest level, and the music played is very challenging, and the performances amazing. GSO is the largest provider of such musical teaching in the Southeast, probably one of the largest in the country. In addition, the GSO performances, whether symphonic, vocal, jazz or a mixture of all of these are consistently excellent and a great resource for our community.

4

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Not only do they have an excellent adult orchestra, but their multitude of youth orchestras and opportunities (chorus, jazz, percussion, ensembles) are excellent learning and performing groups. Our community is blessed to have this top class organization.

5 Mary Kay H.

Board Member

Rating: 5

As a long time volunteer and as a member of the Board of Directors, the GSO has enriched my life and that of thousands of others. The organization reaches out to young and old alike and has begun a tradition of providing a sensory-friendly concert to those whose life can be enhanced with this special type of concert.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been involved with the GSO for many years as a leader of the Friends (formerly Guild) and cannnot say enough about the volunteer efforts of this group to help enable the organization to perform first class concerts. As a member of the Board of Directors I am impressed by the dedication of the Music Director, Executive Director and the musicians. Attendace at GSO concerts and functions should be on everyone's "to do" list.

Review from Guidestar

5

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The GSO is truly a great organization which is equally as enjoyable to play in as it is to watch and be entertained. From professional circus shows to easy-access concerts for children with learning disabilities, GSO goes above and beyond to impact the Cobb county and Metro Atlanta area.