Release date: June 20, 2007
Kennesaw State welcomes Georgia Youth Symphony Orchestra
Contact: Cheryl Anderson Brown, Assistant Director of Public Relations
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KENNESAW, Ga.—This fall, the Georgia Youth Symphony Orchestra will take up residence in the new Performance Hall at Kennesaw State University, according to an agreement between GYSO and the university. Under the agreement, GYSO will rehearse and perform in the soon-to-be-opened hall and four KSU students will receive scholarships to assist the orchestra as sectional coaches and as production and administrative support.
Additionally, KSU artists will be invited to perform as soloists with GYSO. The two organizations plan to share some instruments and to cross-promote each other’s programs.
“We are pleased to welcome the Georgia Youth Symphony Orchestra to our campus,” said Joseph Meeks, dean of the KSU College of the Arts. “It has long been part of our master plan to launch a youth orchestra at Kennesaw State. This association with GYSO meets that goal and guarantees the high musical standards and excellence we would wish to see in such a program.”
The KSU Performance Hall which will house the youth symphony includes a 630-seat performance auditorium, a 3,600 square-foot rehearsal hall and a 1,800 square-foot art gallery. Funded through a combination of private and public money, the $9 million facility began construction in February 2006. The KSU Department of Music will move into the building before the fall semester.
The new partnership between Kennesaw State and GYSO is not the first collaboration between KSU and GYSO. Last week, the youth symphony and the KSU Department of Music co-presented a weeklong music clinic for high school students that was attended by 70 young musicians.
On Monday, June 18, GYSO also became an affiliate group of the Cobb Symphony Orchestra, another arts organization with a long-standing relationship with Kennesaw State. KSU Director of Orchestras Michael Alexander is also the music director of both the Georgia Youth Symphony and the Cobb Symphony.
The 2007-8 season will be GYSO’s second year in operation. More than 200 students participate in its ensembles, which include a brass band, woodwind quintets and four orchestras, among others.
For information about Georgia Youth Symphony Orchestra auditions and performances, visit online at www.georgiayouthsymphony.org or call 770-429-7015.
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A member of the 35-unit University System of Georgia, Kennesaw State University is a comprehensive‚ residential institution with a growing student population approaching 20‚000 from 132 countries. The third largest state university in Georgia‚ Kennesaw State offers more than 60 graduate and undergraduate degrees‚ including a new Doctorate of Education in Leadership.
The KSU College of the Arts is one of only four Georgia institutions to have achieved full national accreditation for all of its arts programs.