August 2, 2018, Columbus, Georgia—The Youth Orchestra of Greater Columbus (YOGC) is pleased to announce it has been awarded a $7,000 Project Grant from the Georgia Council for the Arts (GCA) to support the Summer String Camp. One of only 36 Project Grant recipients this year, the GCA acknowledged the quality and strength of the grant application, highlighting a clear vision, achievable goals, and appropriate metrics for this Project. GCA also commended YOCG on its forward thinking on financial aid for participants, especially transportation concerns, which can affect the ability for many children to participate in these life-changing experiences.

“YOGC is thankful that a panel of peers from all over the state of Georgia deemed our Summer String Camp a worthy investment for this competitive grant. GCA’s employees work year-round to make their grant programs happen smoothly, and it is an honor to have been chosen to receive funding every year since 2006. It shows the power of YOGC’s programs, the effect we are able to have on young musicians in this region, and the talent of our Music Director and Conductor, Jim Palmer. It’s also worth noting that a lot of the funding for these grants comes from the National Endowment for the Arts, which just got a budget boost by Congress. That’s another win worth celebrating because it has a direct impact on our local arts industry. Summer Camp for 2019 is going to be really special as it will be our final event for our 25th season. We are going to be doing an alumni concert, so anyone who’s ever played with YOGC when you were in school, keep a lookout for more information! We want each and every one of you to reconnect with your YOGC friends, current musicians, and staff!” – Stephanie Payne, Executive Director

Since 1993, the Youth Orchestra of Greater Columbus has been teaching the area’s most talented young musicians. Led by music director Jim Palmer, this outstanding orchestra program includes the Youth Orchestra made up of intermediate and advanced string, brass, wind and percussion musicians; the String Orchestra composed of young string players, chamber groups; ensembles including a percussion ensemble, two string quartets, a woodwind quintet, a brass quintet, a violin ensemble; and a summer string camp. Rehearsals are held each Monday evening during the school season at the RiverCenter for the Performing Arts. Visit www.YOGC.org for audition requirements and an application for the 2018-19 regular orchestra season.  For additional information e-mail info@yogc.org.