September 18, 2020, Columbus, Georgia — Youth Orchestra of Greater Columbus (YOGC) will host a virtual Open House to kick off the 2020-2021 season on September 28th at 6:00pm via Zoom. Attending the online Open House is mandatory for all returning, new, and auditioning students and at least one guardian. Safety protocols for rehearsals as well as artistic plans for the 27th season will be discussed, and questions from attendees will be answered by the Executive Director, Stephanie Payne, and/or Conductor, James Palmer.

Fall rehearsals begin October 5th in a new partnership with the Columbus Convention and Trade Center with percussion rehearsals remaining at Columbus State University’s Schwob School of Music. All YOGC rehearsals and activities will follow the Columbus GA C.A.R.E.S. guidelines, a set of recommendations published by VisitColumbusGA to help businesses and organizations reduce the risk of coronavirus transmission in the community. These include mandatory masks, social distancing, and health checks for all attendees and staff. In addition to taking the C.A.R.E.S. pledge, all YOGC activities will adhere to the latest research on safe rehearsals by the International Coalition of Performing Arts Aerosol Study (Preliminary Results of Performing Arts Aerosol Study).

YOGC’s Current Schedule

  • Digital auditions submitted via email to info@yogc.org by September 28 at 5:00pm
  • Virtual Open House on September 28 at 6:00pm
  • First orchestra rehearsal on October 5
  • First percussion rehearsal on October 6 at Schwob School of Music

“YOGC’s staff and board have been monitoring the latest research coming out on safe instrumental rehearsals. The June and July Jam Sessions proved that there is not only a way to make music together safely but that our young musicians need a way and place to do that. YOGC is excited to continue providing a safe, welcoming space for our community’s children to flex their creative muscles.” – Stephanie Payne, YOGC Executive Director.

Since 1993, the Youth Orchestra of Greater Columbus has been teaching the area’s most talented young musicians. Led by nationally-awarded Music Director and Conductor Jim Palmer, YOGC maintains the only symphonic orchestral opportunity in the region for string, brass, wind, and percussion musicians; a string orchestra for intermediate string players; a chamber group program; a non-adjudicated music festival provided at no cost to local public school music programs; and a week-long summer string camp focused on alternative genres of music and playing styles.  For additional information e-mail info@yogc.org.