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GSO Spotlight: Justin Stanley

As GSO principal clarinetist, Justin Stanley prepares to step into the role of soloist. He talks about musicality, inspiration, and how he flips performance anxiety on its head.   What inspired you to pursue a career in music and why did you choose your instrument? I started playing the piano in first grade, but when […]

GSO Spotlight: Auriyan Tillman

Recent KSU grad and rising star, Auriyan Tillman will be headlining the upcoming GSO Jazz concert “What the World Needs Now.”  She sat down with Executive Director, Suzanne Tucker to talk about her start in music and the big dreams she’s got for the future.  S: What first got you into music?  I’ve been singing […]

GSO Spotlight: John Morgan

On January 30, the GSO Chorus will have the distinct honor of hosting a virtual choral workshop with composer (and choral rockstar!) Eric Whitacre.  Read on to learn why GSOC member John Morgan is excited to be a part of bringing this event to life. “I first encountered Eric Whitacre while attending the ACDA (American […]

GSO Spotlight: Sarah Arrington

Sarah Arrington is a fraud analyst with Bank of America. She’s also a passionate supporter of the GSO. Find out how she multiplies the impact of her giving through matching grants.   “I learned of the GSO Chorus years ago when they advertised that they were looking for singers. I’ve always enjoyed singing, so I […]

GSO Spotlight: Brenda Rhodes

Brenda Rhodes is the founder and executive director of Simple Needs, a local non-profit serving low income families and the homeless. She’s also a long time member of the Georgia Symphony Chorus. In this conversation, Suzanne and Brenda discuss singing, serving and the ways that local support leads to great communities. Tell me about your […]

GSO Spotlight: Wendy Lerner

“I’ve served as a volunteer with the Georgia Symphony for the past 10-15 years. I was introduced to the organization by former GSO Executive Director Susan Stensland while taking a course taught by her mother, Barbara Hammond, at Kennesaw State University called  “How to Listen Musically.” My family has always been involved in music. In fact, […]

GSO Spotlight: Whitney Tinley

Whitney Tinley is the director of the Georgia Youth Symphony Orchestra’s Harmonia and Concertino ensembles and Orchestra Director at Trickum Middle School  in Gwinnett County. Read why she’s committed to educating young musicians, what makes GYSO special, and what mountain climbing and music have in common.  Q: Tell me about your journey to becoming a […]

GSO Spotlight: Debbie McCracken

“I have a passion for music. When I was about 12, my father said ‘she hasn’t stopped talking about piano lessons. Maybe we should take this seriously.’ So they rented a piano to make sure I was serious and then it just became my thing!  I love to sing in choruses. I was a music […]

GSO Spotlight: Nirav B. Patel, MD

Nirav Patel is a skilled, board-certified plastic surgeon with a wealth of experience. He’s also been one of the GSO’s musicians for the past five years. A member of the cello section, Nirav sat down with Suzanne Tucker, our executive director, to talk about his love of the cello, music, and the GSO.   Q: Tell […]

GSO Spotlight: Kim Gresh

“My grandmother, Marnie Gresh, was one of the founding members of the Marietta Music Club. She LOVED music. She played piano constantly, taught piano and was the organist at her church. Did a bit of it rub off on me? Absolutely not! But it was in her bones. I have this really fond childhood memory […]