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Georgia Symphony Orchestra, Inc.

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Arts & Culture, Arts Education, Symphony Orchestras

Mission: The GSO's mission is to engage and enrich diverse audiences through the presentation of music at the highest artistic level. We strive to instill a lifelong appreciation for the arts by immersing audiences in live music, while relating these experiences to diverse cultures and the community at large. The Georgia Symphony Orchestra believes that an arts organization should be an integral part of both the immediate and global community. Our musical programming is designed to engage, educate, and create dialogue that enriches and inspires the local and regional community.

Results: For over six decades, the Georgia Symphony Orchestra has engaged audiences through imaginative programming, visionary leadership, and critically acclaimed performances. The standard of musicianship and artistry at every concert continues to be recognized and admired!

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

79 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

1 Jennifer S.8

Client Served

Rating: 5

The Georgia Symphony Orchestra made their music more accessible to people who need a sensory friendly environment. I began taking my twin boys to GSO concerts before they actually had autism friendly concerts. The concept of autism friendly events was new to GSO. Upon seeing my children enjoy their concerts while needing a bit more relaxed environment, they quickly embraced the need. Susan Stensland called me for ideas about sensory friendly concerts. We met with the local branch of Autism Speaks together and collaborated to begin annual sensory friendly concerts. Now, all people who have any form of disability or sensory needs that may react in a more vocal, kinesthetic fashion can feel free to do so in a concert setting that is relaxed. We love and appreciate GSO!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

This organization is amazing. It gives people the opportunity to share their gifts with the community as well as allows the community to enjoy beautiful music.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The GSO organization is a jewel within the metro Atlanta arts community! Under the direction of Tim Verville, its talented, energetic and vers atile music director, audiences can count on enjoying high-quality, dynamic and imaginative live musical performances during each and every concert.

While the orchestra is a key component of this fine organization, it also includes the fabulous GSO chorus, GSO Jazz and GYSO—the largest youth orchestral program in the Southeast.

Be sure to check out georgiasymphony.org for the complete 2018-2019 season concert schedule. You won't be disappointed!






Volunteer

Rating: 4

I enjoy singing with this group. It's a nice way to stay involved with music.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

The Georgia Symphony Orchestra has been elevated to new heights this past year...the immensely talented and daring conductor Timothy Verville joined the organization, merging a very approachable, interactive yet disciplined style with a wide variety of (sometimes very surprising, and fresh) musical programming.

Our GSO symphony orchestra is comprised of fantastic, seasoned musicians who think, dream, breathe and play beautiful music, and are dedicated to performing at the highest level. Tim makes it a habit to address the audience, often explaining the history or context of a piece, and has engaged collaborators ranging from soloists to pianists to the choruses of Morehouse and Spelman colleges, resulting in mesmerizing performances that resonate well-after the evening concludes.

The GSO Jazz ensemble is always on fire, always ed by Sam Skelton (well-known jazz musician and professor at KSU). They often perform at the Earl Strand Theatre, which is a restored, Art Deco era, intimate and lovely venue in Marietta. The GSO Chorus performances are delightful, whether they are singing masterworks or carols. Bryan Black conducts powerful arrangements that run the gamut between angelic harmonies and powerful, bass-filled exclamations. The GYSO (youth symphony) is the largest in the state and consistently helps children grow as musicians while delivering concerts infused with warmth and energy. Some of the youth players go on to play professionally, or to teach the next generation of musicians.

What does that mean to our community? It means that this is YOUR SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA. It means an open invitation to ALL members of the greater Atlanta community to come and experience a performance: There really is something for everyone. You can come with a date, you can come with your grandparent, invite the neighbors, your boss, or you can just treat yourself! You don't need to dress formally and you don't need to "know" about music....you just have to come, listen and enjoy being a part of the experience. If you love it, come back. Perhaps purchase season tickets, and tell a friend. We look forward to meeting you. Please visit https://georgiasymphony.org for more information.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This group has been the BEST experience of my life! I love singing with a caring and supportive ensemble of professionals and with a very talented orchestra to follow. What a blessing yo be apart of this incredible family of musicians!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

As classical music fans and residents of Marietta, my husband and I have truly enjoyed attending many performances of the Georgia Symphony Orchestra. Conductor Timothy Verville leads a group of very talented musicians with his compelling programs. We hope to attend many more concerts in the future.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The GSO has made a difference in my life as well as in the lives of many in our community. Performances, education, and very intentional outreach combine to produce arts experiences for quite a cross-section of people. Wonderful organization!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The GSO ssrves as a key part of our community, both musically and educationally. As a volunteer member of its Chorus, I can attest to the fantastic jobs done by our music, choral, and executive directors, as well as by the paid and volunteer musicians. What a pleasure to have this creative group nearby!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

This organization not only gives beautiful performances, but utilizes the power of the arts to create collaborations and musical experiences that boh entertain and challenge thier audiences. Music can be a powerful instrument to bring people together and work for the betterment of our society and the GSO tunes this instrument perfectly.

2 Mary Kay H.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Beautiful music. Creative programming. Great youth orchestra and outreach to the schools

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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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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This is an amazing group and a great way to experience some wonderful traditional and modern music pieces. It's also a stepping stone for young musicians to perform with an orchestra.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Fabulous concerts with top-notch musicians. Highly recommend that you check them out!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I sing with the GSO Choir. The entire organization is so well run and the performances are fabulous! They have a youth orchestra (and other ensembles) which sounds great. I love that they give these younger kids a place to perform and learn from an excellent conductor. They also now have a youth choir which will be led by the same conductor as the adult choir; he is the best conductor I've had the pleasure to sing with.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have just recently begun attending performances of the Georgia Symphony Orchestra. I can not say enough about this Orchestra. The first performance I attended was the America 4 performance. It featured 4 choirs from around the metro area, a piece written by an orchestra member and a piece never before performed in Georgia. The performance was listed as Groundbreaking and it did not disappoint. It was phenomenal; it was moving. I recently attending the May 5th Jazz Combo performance and they Jazz Combo of the Orchestra is also outstanding. I love jazz and they really brought the house down. The ended the night with Chick Corea's Spain and it was performed flawlessly. It is hard to put your heart into a well-known piece, but each member of the combo displayed their talents while still honoring the piece. That is one of the greatest things about jazz music. I anxiously await their next performance, next week at the Friday night concert series with their Pops series.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The GSO is a wonderful organization. They work hard to have significant outreach and are geographically diverse within the Atlanta greater area and extending beyond. They are diverse in their musical outreach of types of music, ensemble, programming and age ranges of the participants.

Very unique to the region. Their support of the arts is expansive and very essential.

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The musicians, choices of music, management, and the facility are great. Keep up the good work.

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Such a stunning organization, with people who give and give back! Sharing human experiences and helping break down barriers, the first photo is of one of many collaborative rehearsals for the America Vol. 4 concert, which included Georgia premiers for two pieces. This organization also took time to give back to local charities with a volunteer day at Simple Needs, Ga. I’m so thankful for ALL this organization does!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This organization supports the arts in so many ways. They perform quality musical events which are culturally diverse by uniting many different community organizations through music. They also offer sensory friendly music concerts for the community allowing children and their families who would never be able to eat tend a Symphony concert a safe environment to do so. The GSO supports one of the largest youth symphony orchestras allowing children from all areas an opportunity to expand their music education.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The GSO has changed my life. These incredible musicians function on a higher level than many community orchestras because the organization focuses not only on performing quality repertoire, but also enriching the lives of every man, woman, and child they come in contact with. Their mission of fostering a lifelong love of the arts is noble and highly necessary.

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Donor

Rating: 5

The Georgia Symphony Orchestra, Inc. provides an opportunity to enjoy beautiful music performed by accomplished musicians under the baton of a talented conductor. Led by a skillful director, the chorus adds joy at many performances. There are Jazz Concerts to round out these musical experiences that this talented group of musicians offer to our community and beyond.

2 Ann_142

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been singing with the GSO-Chorus for several seasons. The music is always first rate. Our leadership team works so hard and is so dedicated to providing an exceptional experience for all concert goers. We have had a concert especially for those with autism for the past few years. We assist with several charity walks. Our new musical director, Dr. Tim Vervielle, is an excellent addition to our family. He has brought several fresh ideas to our performances. I am very much looking forward to his second season with us.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a member of the GSO-Chorus for several years. We work hard, we have fun, we get to participate in amazing performances. Our productions are high quality. Working with an orchestra for all performances is wonderful. The orchestra members are both professional and kind.