Ga. Piedmont Youth Orchestra announces auditions

High school student auditions to begin Aug. 17



JOHNS CREEK, Ga. – The Georgia Piedmont Youth Orchestra will have auditions Saturday, Aug. 17.

Rehearsals will begin Sept. 5 and will meet weekly throughout the school year at Chattahoochee High School, 5230 Taylor Road, Johns Creek.

Although membership is open to all qualifying high school students, the GPYO is expected to draw players from Cobb, Gwinnett and North Fulton and Forsyth counties.

Audition and additional information is available online at the Georgia Piedmont Youth Orchestra’s website: Rehearsals will be Thursday evenings at Chattahoochee High School during the school year.

Musicians from more than a dozen high schools as well as private and church schools have been invited to take part.

Michael Palmer, the Charles Thomas Wurm Distinguished Professor of Orchestral Studies at Georgia State University, has accepted the position of artistic director and principal conductor of the GPYO. During his tenure as associate conductor of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Palmer founded and was music director of the Atlanta Symphony Youth Orchestra.

Since that time, he has enjoyed a distinguished career as music director of the Wichita Symphony Orchestra, the New Haven Symphony Orchestra and the Bellingham Festival of Music.

Each summer, he conducts the Bellingham Festival Orchestra, an ensemble of players from the major North American orchestras, and collaborates with stars of the concert stage, such as Joshua Bell, Lynn Harrell and Garrick Ohlsson. In addition, he has appeared as guest conductor of many major orchestras in the United States, Europe and China, where he maintains a close relationship with the Shenzhen Symphony Orchestra.

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