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
Programs: The youth orchestra association of greater columbus, inc. Sponsors and promotes two youth orchestras, a string orchestra and a full orchestra. The association provides an opportunity for qualified students to enhance their musical education and performance skills. Weekly rehearsals are provided for the students selected for the orchestra. The orchestra performed six concerts in the current year: the fall concert at the river center, ensemble performance at columbus museum's holiday open house, a side-by -side concert with columbus symphony orchestra at river center, the "salute to broadway" pops fall concert at the columbus convention & trade center with 300 guests in attendance, the spring concert "maestro for a moment", and the "strings on broadway" summer camp concert. In addition to the concerts performed, there was a summer music camp held for over 50 students.
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 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.