August 14, 2021, Columbus, Georgia — The Youth Orchestra of Greater Columbus announces its 2021-2022 concert season with three exciting performances!

The String Orchestra and Youth Symphony Orchestra will return to the Bill Heard stage on October 25th for a “Halloween Spook-tacular!” The concert starts at 7:30pm and is free and un-ticketed. Bring the whole family for a fun way to celebrate spooky season!

On February 13th at 4pm, YOGC, Voices of the Valley Children’s Choir, The Columbus Ballet, and CSU’s Youth Dance Conservatory will present an awe-inspiring collaborative benefit performance at 4pm in the Rainey-McCullers School of the Arts Theater. Experience some of the most talented performers in our community working together! Proceeds will benefit the work of all three organizations.

YOGC will be concluding its season with a two-day residency with the famed Mark Wood, the inventor of the electric violin and founding electric violinist of the Trans Siberian Orchestra. The residency will conclude with a YOGC concert featuring Mark Wood as a guest artist and soloist at the Rainey-McCullers School of the Arts Theater. Experience a rock orchestra concert full of songs throughout rock history! All ticket proceeds will benefit YOGC.

YOGC still has openings for student musicians who have been playing an orchestral instrument for at least one year in their school ensemble or private lessons. YOGC will be holding auditions for the 2021-2022 season on Saturday, August 21, 2021 from 9am-2pm at the Schwob School of Music next to the RiverCenter for the Performing Arts. To reserve an audition time, submit the completed application online or by mail along with the $10 registration fee. Once you register, you will receive an email from YOGC staff confirming your audition time and will work with families to accommodate schedules and any other barriers to auditioning. Auditions will dictate ensemble and chair placement for strings, and are competitive for woodwind, brass and percussion. Former members of the YOGC are not guaranteed a position and must audition each year. To sign up for an audition, please visit us at our website: www.yogc.org/auditions. Accepted musicians will be required to attend the season kickoff on Saturday, August 28th, and weekly rehearsals begin August 30th, all at the Schwob School of Music.

“We have been working hard to create a fun, exciting season for our musicians and produce amazing concerts for our community. Stay in touch through Facebook, Instagram, or our website for up to date information, and reach out if you would like to be a part of all of the amazing things we have planned this season!” – Stephanie Payne, Executive Director, YOGC.

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 children; a string orchestra; 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.