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Georgia Symphony Orchestra, Inc.

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Arts & Culture, Arts Education, Symphony Orchestras

Mission: The mission of the Georgia Symphony Orchestra is to enrich our community through accessible, high quality musical and educational experiences that instill a lifelong appreciation for the arts. Our vision is to continue growing a thriving and innovative cultural organization that enriches, educates, and inspires audiences, students, and musicians in the community. - We value high quality musical performances and we prioritize quality musicianship in our productions. - We value the accessibility of our programs to the community and we prioritize making venues, times, and cost fit the needs of the community. - We embrace diversity and innovation in our programming to inspire the widest possible audience with our musical experiences. - We value the importance of volunteers across our organization. - We value the support of our donors and audience members and continually manage our resources effectively and efficiently. - We recognize the vital contributions of our musicians and educators and we strive to maintain relationships that create a positive environment for all.

Results: For almost seven 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

91 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Donor

Rating: 5

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!

2 Mary Livernois H.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

2 Shana A.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

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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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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

2 Wally Z.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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!

1 Ann_142

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

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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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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

Bruce Gillett

3 Marianne H.4

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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!

2 Karen Holcomb G.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

2 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!