JULY 12, 2016, Columbus, Georgia—The Youth Orchestra of Greater Columbus (YOGC) is pleased to announce the award of a $7,000 grant from the Georgia Council for the Arts (GCA) for the 2017 Summer String Camp. This is an increase from the past several grants. GCA’s guidelines emphasized YOGC’s community impact, and the grant review panel awarded YOGC high scores for the services that are provided to the people of Georgia.

We are excited to continue our partnership with the Georgia Council for the Arts for the 16-17 season. We are grateful for the support of our 2017 Summer String Camp and everyone who helps to make it possible.   -Stephanie Erdman Payne, YOGC Executive Director

Youth Orchestra of Greater Columbus Summer String Camp is an opportunity for all string instrument musicians from beginners (at least one year of school orchestra or private lessons) to intermediate and advanced to further develop their abilities by working with some of the finest musicians and music educators. The daily schedule offers ensemble rehearsals, technique classes, music theory, and composition. A concert follows the week of intense musical instruction.

The Youth Orchestra of Greater Columbus is supported in part by Georgia Council for the Arts through the appropriations of the Georgia General Assembly.  Georgia Council for the Arts also receives support from its partner agency – the National  Endowment for the Arts.

Since 1993, the Youth Orchestra of Greater Columbus has been teaching the area’s most talented young musicians. Led by music director James 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, a percussion 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 2015-16 regular orchestra season.  For additional information e-mail info@yogc.org.