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History, Mission, & Goals

From the Beginning

In May 1993, a small group of professional musicians and supporters began the Youth Orchestra of Greater Columbus. Their dream was to create an outstanding orchestra program for the area’s most talented young musicians. Through their efforts and the support of the community, their vision is being fulfilled.

Now over 25 years later, the YOGC includes two separate groups, the Youth Orchestra, made up of intermediate and advanced string, brass, wind and percussion musicians and the String Orchestra, composed of young string players. More than 100 students from over 20 area public, private and home schools participate in the combined orchestras.

Mission Statement and Goals

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 and other pursuits. To instill a sense of value of the arts as an enrichment in every aspect of life.

Providing an opportunity for young people to learn, perform and enjoy classical music!

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