YOUTH ORCHESTRA ASSOCIATION OF GREATER COLUMBUS INC

Rating: 5 stars   5 reviews

Issues: Arts & Culture

Location: P.O. Box 8612 Columbus GA 31908 USA

Mission: To teach young people about music.  To provide the opportunity for young instrumentalists to have the highest quality musical experience in an orchestral setting.  To foster the discipline necessary to be successful in music, recognizing that this discipline is invaluable in life’s other pursuits.  To instill a sense of value of the arts as an enrichment in every aspect of life.
Geographic areas served: Greater Columbus Georgia and surrounding area

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Rating: 5 stars  

10 people found this review helpful

This organization is a good way for students in Columbus and its surrounding areas to get involved in music and meet others with similar interests. Both the string and full orchestras are given chances throughout each season to perform amazing pieces that they practice diligently on every rehearsal. Thanks to the hard work and commitment from Dottie Brown, Jim Palmer and the Board, this organization has been and will be able to continue enriching and motivating young musicians here.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

always seeing a few new people join every year.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

having regular performances, being able to connect with other musicians and friends and participating in the summer camp program.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

committed to making this organization more and more successful.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

travel, afford new music, hire high-class guest musicians and conductors to work with us, pay for private lessons/tuition to those who don't have the means to, and expand the summer program to other instrument groups besides strings.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-1-01

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7 people found this review helpful

As a board member, I see first hand how the orchestra grows and responds to strong leadership. Both the conductor and the executive director motivate the students to do their best, work together as a unit and commit their time to improve. The YOGC provides opportunities for young musicians to perform in an orchestral setting...part of the YOGC mission satement. The amount of talent in our region is abundant...and good conducting brings out the best in everyone.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

watching our students improve and stretch to higher levels of performance.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Seeing proud students and parents after a performance.

Ways to make it better...

More people volunteered to help

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

Increasing our donor base.

One thing I'd also say is that...

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-1-01

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7 people found this review helpful

As a parent of two youngsters in this organization, I would and do recommend the experience of becoming a member of YOGC to others. Why? I believe the organization is able to provide a positive musical experience. In addition to the exposure to a true orchestra experience, the other participating students are genuinely a great group of kids. I think the combination of a great musical experience with a fantastic set of young adults to interact with is a parents dream.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

outstanding.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

private lessons for all students,a higher quality of instruments could be purchased, field trips could be made available to visit other orchestras.Travel could be possible to other countries to experience a different musical culture.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-2-01

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9 people found this review helpful

I became involved with YOGC because it provided my private music students an outstanding opportunity to play with a much larger group than they would find at school. The board has a core of deeply committed individuals but also makes a practice of recruiting some new board members every year, to widen the circle of talent and influence available to help out. The challenge is to really involve all the members, who may wait to be asked to give of their time.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

seeing my private students re-enroll year after year.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

do more to get all students into private lessons.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the many successful events, such as the pops and young people's concerts.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

very committed.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

provide private lessons to all the members and expand the preparatory program.

Ways to make it better...

we had more students in the program.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

the relatively small number of prospective students.

One thing I'd also say is that...

Columbus is a better place for children because of this organization.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-2-01

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8 people found this review helpful

The Youth Orchestra has done many things for me in the past 7 months. YOGC has helped me to become a better musician through exposure to different generes of music, a chance to play with advanced students, and time of intruction with university proffesors and students. Youth Orchestra is the best performing group I have been a part of and without it, my musical talents would not be where they are today. Thanks to Mr. Palmer(director), Mrs.Dottie Brown, and the Board

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

being able to play and perform with upper level musicians and to be under the direction of such an amazing director

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-2-01

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