This video is a perfect example of the the GSO's dedication to art for the good of the community. Even in quarantine, the music continues.
As both a participant and an audience member my experience with the GSO and chorus has expanded my music horizons and enriched my life.
As a volunteer member in the Georgia Symphony Orchestra Chorus, I am one singer who has a front-row seat to see how hard the chorus, orchestra directors and executive director work with the board to select and promote the music. The metro-Atlanta area is truly fortunate to have two remarkably talented maestros conduct music ranging from classical to contemporary on our stage. The GSO and chorus is worth the small price of season tickets year after year!
The GSO has a music director "in tune" with the needs of the community and plans programs accordingly. The organization meets the musical needs of young and old with a collection of programming including the Youth Orchestra and Chorus, Jazz Ensemble, Chorus, and GSO Orchestra. The entire organization is made up of wonderfully talented people who love to create musical experiences for the community.
Beautiful music. Creative programming. Great youth orchestra and outreach to the schools
I have been singing my whole life, from church choirs as a kid and adult, college glee clubs, barbershop quartets, a capella groups and finally a symphony orchestra. It's demanding but fun, and we have become a family, especially now, that cares for each other and the community. The GSO is a group of fine professional and volunteer members -- 100-member symphony, 85-member chorus, large and growing Youth Symphony Orchestra and a Jazz Group. Our repertoire is wide-ranging from classics to jazz.
Hard times don't stop good music. Take a look at an innovative virtual performance we just finished, thanks to our Music Director and Conductors, Tim Verville and Bryan Black. Hope you love "Georgia On My Mind" (copy and. paste into your browser)
The GSO brings music of all genres to the whole community and provides opportunities for adults, youth and children to take part and be impacted by the experience. Whether first timers or returnees, our feedback is that people’s lives are changed by the music. For us it is fulfilling and for the community it has become a valuable and thrilling cultural experience for our adults and children.
This growing regional symphony and chorus, sporting the largest youth music education program in the Southeast, has been well-run for 70 years in the northern suburbs of Atlanta. It offers music for wide-ranging tastes and works to reach out to traditional and non-traditional audiences. Creative programming brings the expected Mozart and Beethoven, in addition to intriguing, less well-known composers, commissions, and collaborations with visual artists, actors, dance organizations in a variety of venues.
The Georgia Symphony Orchestra does great programming, works with other arts and puts together programs that are relevant to many constituencies in our community. Tim Verville, the music director, has great artistic vision, is vibrant in his musical interpretation and very approachable.
I have never worked with an organization that is comprised of such universally wonderful people. I am so blessed to be a part of the GSO.
The Georgia Symphony Orchestra is an AMAZING organization. Aside from the phenomenal concerts, they also run the Georgia Youth Symphony Orchestra for 400 Atlanta-area students. The staff is caring and kind.
I have sung with the Georgia Symphony as my schedule allows, and the people are very friendly and there is so much talent and a variety of people from all different walks of life from professional musicians, music educators, to nurses, business professionals and everything in between! They also have sensory-friendly programs and a world-class youth program as well! Highly recommend!
If you enjoy great music in a concert venue, have you considered one of our concerts? We are a group of professionally trained community volunteers who enjoy performing through our symphony orchestra and chorus, our jazz musicians and our youth orchestra and chorus. From Brahms to Beethoven or Duke Ellington to Eric Whitacre, there's probably a music genre we perform you will thoroughly enjoy. The venues are easily accessible and reasonably priced, and have been delighting audiences for years. We enjoy what we do as many of our volunteers keep returning after 5 years, 10 years or longer . If all of this sounds appealing to you, you owe it to your musical senses to experience a performance and find out why people keep coming back:).
This organization is an unknown treasure! We're a bunch of volunteer musicians who are professionally trained, and the music that results is oftentimes amazing! The symphony orchestra was augmented with a chorus twelve years ago, and some of us are coming back in August for season # 13. There MUST be a reason:). Come hear us for yourself!
This is my second year singing with the GSO Chorus and I just love this organization! Along with the high musical standards set by our conductors, the GSO has created a supportive arts community. This season did not end the way any of us wanted it to and we are all disappointed by that. Yet the GSO Chorus was given a great opportunity to reach out to the community and record a virtual choir experience. Thanks to the talents of Brian Black and Tim Verville (also a tech genius!) our music is still out in the community.
It is a joy to be a part of this organization and also to support it financially. I highly recommend the GSO!
I joined the GSO Chorus in August of 2018 and I have loved every minute I've spent with this group. We do fantastic, challenging music and work with wonderful conductors. Our chorus conductor, Bryan F. Black, is a great musician and teacher. I have also been very impressed with our orchestra conductor, Tim Verville and our executive director, Susan Stensland. Everyone connected with this organization is passionate about what we do. GSO offers opportunities for musicians of every age and level. It is a gem and I'm proud to be a part of it!
I first joined the GSO-Chorus seven seasons ago.
I am blissfully happy that I did!
Our repetoire is challenging, both as a performer and an audience member. The most important part of our oragnization, however, is heart. A desire for excellence combined with a pervasive spirit of kindness and generosity make the GSO one of my most important happy places.
I sang with the GSO a couple of years ago before my daughter’s activity schedule created a conflict. I absolutely adored it! The GSO is a family friendly organization that contributes to the local community by creating opportunities for people to create or enjoy quality music. The GSO also puts on a sensory friendly show every year! You will not go wrong with either joining this organization or by attending one of the numerous performances throughout the year!
Such a talented group, with challenging and beautiful music! It's been an honor to be a part of GSO. Great leadership and incredible knowledge of music continues to draw great musicians. Come to a concert or better yet, join this group and be among this fabulous team!
9 years ago, I started my first season with the GSO. I’ve made friends who’ve become FAMILY. I’ve made music with people who don’t care that I am not a music professional. I’m a medical social worker with a passion for singing. This passion makes its ways into my work, as I’ve sung to patients as they’ve taken their last breath and comforted their families after. We have an AMAZING group of talented musicians with us who deserve the most amount of recognition because we are amazing humans and make GREAT music together.
The Georgia Symphony Orchestra is a wonderful organization that brings beautiful music to the community. Not only does this organization give the gift of music performance, but actively engages in music education for future generations. The GSO invests in the lives of the community by being inclusive in events to include a special performance for those members of the community on the autism spectrum. I am very proud to be part of this amazing organization. "Music is the universal language of mankind"-Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
The Georgia Symphony Orchestra is a vital part of the arts community of North Georgia. For 65+ years this organization has presented high quality music through the Orchestra, Chorus, Jazz Ensemble and Youth Program (GYSO) to diverse and eclectic audiences. The Youth Educational Program is the largest in the Southeast, providing high level performance and educational opportunities beyond the students' school offerings. In addition, the GYSO program generously offers scholarships to students in need. The annual Sensory Friendly concert has made beautiful and stress-free concert experiences available to students and families who are in the autistic community or the broader network of students/adults with special needs. The organization which remains financially responsible and responsive to the community at large, has lasted through these years because of the excellent musical opportunities offered, and the vast number of partnerships formed by the creative administrative and artistic staff. I am honored to be a charter member (12 years) of the GSO Chorus and I am enriched each year by singing under the leadership of Nationally and Internationally recognized conductors, soloists and performers. The wide array of musical choices have broadened my musical knowledge and experience and I am truly grateful for the opportunity to highly rate and recommend this valuable arts non-profit organization.
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.
Joining the GSO Chorus at its inception has brought great joy to my life! Being part of an organization that reaches out to all segments of our community is amazing. The leadership is always looking for new avenues to share music with ALL members of different backgrounds. The Sensory friendly concerts, which allow families with children needing a sensory safe in iron environment or partnering with Morehouse College brings music to all types of individuals. The Youth Orchestra is truly an inspiration where all children have the opportunity to participate in an orchestra and expand their repertoire to all types of music.
I started volunteering and singing with the GSO about ten years ago. I love the community that has evolved from such an outstanding fellowship of musicians from all walks of life. Being a part of an organization that continuously gives back to the community through the GYSO, GSYC, GSOC, and GSO Jazz in local concerts. It gives you such a since of pride just to belong as a part of The Georgia Symphony family.
I just finished my 7th season with the GSO-C. This is a lovely organization. We work hard to produce beautiful music all while having fun. Our Music Director, Tim Verville, puts together programs that are innovative while invitational. We have done breath taking and amazing things.
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.
GSO seems committed to educate and entertain through diversity in programming, to a diverse audience. Tim Verville's high energy conducting and directing is emotionally contagious.
As a new member of the chorus, I have enjoyed the anticipation of what works Bryan, Tim and the other geniuses will select for us to sing. When the show goes on, I am always awed and often moved to tears from my spot on the stage. The musicians are the best I have heard. They also do meaningful things throughout the year for the community, such as the Sensory Friendly concert. Highly recommend this organization.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
Fabulous concerts with top-notch musicians. Highly recommend that you check them out!
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.
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.
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.
The musicians, choices of music, management, and the facility are great. Keep up the good work.
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!
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.
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.
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.
Such a great unexpected pleasure! The orchestra is phenomenal, and there isn't a bad seat in the house. What a bargain for the price. You should not miss a concert.
The music is always top notch. The conductors are passionate. This orchestra offers a high quality music experience to the community at an affordable cost.
ALWAYS a wonderful experience! I am so proud of the talent in MY ASO!
I love their community involvement. Especially the sensory friendly concert which has taken place every year for the last couple of years. This was the first year that I have been able to actually attend that concert (as I volunteer in the box office). It was great to sit in the back of the hall and watch all the attendees interactions. There were many bravos and dancing in the aisles. What an experience.
A non-profit that has been in the metro area for 65 years. Not many groups can make that claim. The orchestra and jazz group are wonderful. This group of individuals really care about the community. This year they will be presently a sensory friendly concert for individuals with autism.
We came to Georgia from 20 years of a world class symphony, the St. Louis, and were deeply disappointed with the quality and lack of access of the Atlanta Symphony. We came across the GSO and were blown away by the quality and ability of this regional nonprofessional group. No they are not the STL, but with their new director they rival the ASO. We have also been impressed with their outreach programs into the communities to make classical music available to young and "older". The new home of the GSO is extremely easy to get to and does not have a bad seat in the house.
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.
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.
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.
Truly world class and very professional! Very committed to the community, schools, and the state
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.
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.
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.
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.
My child has been part of this great organization for the last two years. She still love it in her third year now. Quality unstructures and great exposure
My daughter plays in GYSO and it has been great!! I love the way the program is organized and it has really energized her to be part of this wonderful program. The only improvement is a little but more customer training for the volunteers at the front check in desk every Sunday.
I would highly recommend it!
Fabulous organization. Fabulous Youth Orchestra with a fabulous conductor!
My son is new to GYSO this year, and it is already a wonderful experience. The conductor is engaging, the music is fantastic. My son loves the whole orchestra sound, something he doesn't have at school.
I'm a big fan of the GSO. They are a great beacon for the musical arts in a county that's not necessarily know for the arts. I enjoy their performances very much, partly due to their professionalism and quality but also because of the various works they tackle. They certainly don't just perform mainstream classical music and I commend them for that.
Also, my daughter is a member of their youth program and I can tell you that they do a wonderful job with the kids. They have a large program and the resources and people they dedicate towards the program is to be commended. I appreciate how much they challenge the students with the musical selections and can only imagine how difficult it must be to keep ensembles of elementary through high school students focused throughout their weekly practices.
It's a great program and I'm grateful that we can take advantage of all they offer.
I've been singing with the Georgia Symphony Orchestra Chorus since the chorus component was added in 2007. It's a pleasure and honor to be part of such a high calibre musical organization that performs for the community with beauty and style.
I was never exposed to much in the way of classical music while growing up. This group is marvelous. The music is superb and very easy to listen to. The organization is filled with truly
friendly folks who have become good friends.
I have both sung with this group (as a collaborative effort) and been an audience. They are inclusive. The orchestra and chorus are good and present both standards as well as more adventuresome programming. They are an asset to the Cobb Co./Metro Atlanta area
We have watched this orchestra and chorus grow over the years into a top-notch professional group that stretches the boundaries to include difficult works as well as familiar favorites. We attended the Christmas Pops show this year and were most impressed by the selection of music and guest artists. Every community should have an orchestra like this one.
The GSO consistently delivers quality performances even through the leanest of economic times. Each performance is an opportunity to listen, learn and love the symphony and choral music. Not only is the GSO an outstanding Arts organization that provides enhanced quality of life in our community, the GSO gives back to the local school district through an official partnership, performances for students and employees, instruction, and opportunities for students to participate in other ways as they become college and career ready.
I have enjoyed many outstanding performances.
Top rate group!
GYSO offers a very positive experience for young musicians. My son has really enjoyed participating in practices and performances with GYSO. He has been challenged by the music and really grown as a musician.
Outstanding Youth orchestra program, exciting programming for orchestra and symphony chorus, and a terrific jazz program.
The GSO provides an excellent experience with lots of variety and professionalism. I've seen this organization grow and transform over the years and I am proud it is part of my community!