The Georgia Youth Symphony Orchestra (GYSO), the largest youth orchestra program in the Southeast, is pleased to announce the renewal of its youth chorus in response to continued program growth and feedback from music educators. GYSO’s auditions for the 2017-2018 season will be held on May 22-26 at Kennesaw State University. Interested students from sixth to twelfth grade are eligible to try out.

Under the direction of GSO Chorus director Bryan Black, the youth chorus is focused on the educational and physical/musical development of young singers. In addition to providing supplemental instruction that supports ongoing activities in classrooms, the revamped youth chorus program is unique in providing students with music theory and sight-singing training, which are crucial to advanced vocalist development. Chorus rehearsals are performed weekly from 5:30-7 pm on Tuesdays at the Marietta Performing Arts Center, 1171 Whitlock Avenue, Marietta 30064.

Youth chorus members have the opportunity to participate in distinguished performances. These include stand-alone concerts and select participation with the Georgia Symphony Orchestra Chorus and in masterworks with the Georgia Symphony Orchestra.

For the audition, students should prepare a 2-3 minute solo (folk tune, hymn or art song) and provide a copy for the staff accompanist. The audition will also include pitch memory and evaluate vocal range. For more information, visit:

This article originally appeared in the April issue of the EAST COBBER magazine, on page 17. Click HERE to access the digital edition.