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

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Sponsors and Supporters

It is through the sustained generosity of our supporters that the Georgia Symphony Orchestra is able to continue delivering quality enrichment, entertainment and education throughout our community and greater region, encompassing music and arts lovers of all ages.

Our growing list of programs supports a wide range of needs in the community. Just a small sampling of the diverse options includes young musician education, inclusiveness in the concert hall, veterans’ support, free and affordable concert tickets, community presentations, and collaborative promotion of other outstanding nonprofit organizations.

Combining your giving with a musically infused GSO program doubles your impact in the community. Donating to the GSO is easy. Visit us at georgiasymphony.org/donate. Or call 770-615-2908.

Special Thanks to the Bobbie Bailey Foundation

for their gift of a $1 Million Dollar Endowment Fund

The GSO is sincerely grateful for the substantial support of our youth education program given by:

Gold Baton Circle $15,000-$24,999

Aegon Transamerica Foundation
Bobbie Bailey Foundation
Georgia Council for the Arts
Marietta Tourism Grant
National Endowment for the Arts
The Imlay Foundation

Silver Baton Circle $10,000-$14,999

Bob and Linda Bonstein
John and Linda Cooke
GreyStone Power Foundation
Audrey Morgan
John and Shirley Morgan
Publix Super Markets Charities

Bronze Baton Circle $5,000-$9,999

Kimberly Gresh
Mary Kay Howard
Pamela Hubby
Marietta Kiwanis Foundation, Inc
Tutt and Debra McCracken
Jeffrey and Louise Tharp
Sydney Trew

Conductor’s Circle $2,500-$4,999

Anonymous
Anonymous
Cobb EMC Community Foundation
Michael and Pauline Knowles
Valencia McCrimmon
Gregory and Christine Mishkin
Randall & Judith Ribarsky
Nora Roberts Foundation
Pam and Bruce Rhyne
See Beautiful
Susan Traendly
Jeff and Rose Whittingham

Principal Circle $1,000-$2,499

Janet Adams
Anonymous
Anonymous
Sarah Arrington
Daniel Barker
Barbara Barr-Howell
Cindy and Henry Bohn
Doug & Chandra Brown
Gift of Music Foundation
Frank Harris & Abby Avery
Ann Hixson
Marianne Holdzkom
Joanne Mazula
Gil Moore
Ann Teeter
Kelly & Lynn Thomas
Pat and Gilberto Torres
Jeffrey & Suzanne Tucker

Musicians Circle $500-$999

Anonymous
Carlyn and Ron Krieger
David and Leta Barry
Bernard Brown
Regina Brown
Bruce Gillett
Robert Herring
Home Depot
Kimberly-Clark Foundation
Regina Malloy
Clifford McCune
Oral Moses
Kate Pfirman
Georgia Rambo
Ronna Ruppelt
Sandra Schell
Alberto Sapoznik
Dwight Shoemaker Family
Alan and Susan Stensland

Concertmaster Circle $250-$499

Anonymous
Allan Cheshire
Linda Moore Connor
Costco SE Regional Donations
George Darden
David Hembree
Paula and Grainger Morrison
Ira Pittman
Vianne Satterfield
Marge and Robert Schulhof
Peter and Marian Sebel
Gerry Stephens Jr
Burt and Sharon Stills
Belisa Urbina
Jeannie Wade
James Wetrich
Lily WhiteRose
Wallace Ziprik

Prelude Circle $100-$249

Anonymous
Anonymous
Anonymous
Alenia Baxter
Marie Boatright
Kim Bonstein
Kristen Bonstein
Marilyn Brooks
Stacey Carlsen
Katherine and James Chester
Katherine Dater
DK Gallery
Stephen Drabant
Fidelity Charitable
Priscilla Granese
Barbara Hammond
Judy Harvey
Adrian Heenan
Sandra Herndon
Nancy Hodges
Linda Hughes
Dayeon Kang
Les Koltvedt
Brendan Knoblauch
Carlyn and Ron Krieger
Thomas LaForge
Emily Lembeck
Berna and Noah Levine
Dennis Loubiere and Edward Eanes
John Love
Brenda Lyle
Beverly Martin
James Martin
Karen Milchus
The Money Family
Emory Morsberger
George Mortensen
Bill and Sara Needs
Michael Nifong
Mary Nimsgern
Yvonne and Michael Perrino
Trevor Phillips
Rae Pridgen
Jane Redwine
Brenda Rhodes
Al and Laura Searcy
Joan Shorr
Beth Simpson
Amy Smith
CB Smithwick
Pat Snider
Robert Snider
Rodrick Stewart
Josephine Stills
Sandra Timmons
Jo Tucker
Maria Branch Turner
John L. and Ann B. Vandevate Charitable Trust
James and Karen Warren
Pauline Webster
Lily WhiteRose
Joseph Yorio
Todd Youngblood

Ovation Circle $50-$99

Anonymous
Anonymous
Jacqueline and Robert Downing
James Dubsky
Natalya Fainberg
Camille Fairbanks
Jonathan Gallant
Elise Goldstein
Tera Gordon
Sandy Hsieh
Cindy Johnson
Grace Johnson
Nick Johnson
Kil Soo Jung
Darron Kendrick
Wiley Kendrick
Kristi Ledford
Wendy Lerner
Lauren Abraham Mahoney
Russell Marshall
Karen Milchus
Nancy and Gordon O’Neill
Jason Ontjes
Eddie Rogers
Marnell Saunders
Ken Sabo
Marshall Smitherman
Gary Thomas
Paul Tompkins
Laurie Washington

In-Kind Supporters

ARTS of Cobb
Atlanta Marriott Northwest at the Galleria Hotel
Carriage House Catering
Chris Savas Photography
Cobb Travel and Tourism
Frank Harris Law
Gift of Music Foundation
Moore Colson CPAs and Advisors
Sercante
Timothy Verville

Daniel Barker
Doug & Chandra Brown
Barbara Hammond
Marianne Holdzkom
Mary Kay Howard
Michael and Pauline Knowles
Dennis Loubiere
Tutt and Debra McCracken
Pat Torres
Jeffrey & Suzanne Tucker
Jeannie Ward
Jeff and Rose Whittingham

In Memoriam

Eileen Paulin in memory of Jeff Kotzan
Linda Acevedo in memory of Jeff Kotzan
Sharon Stills in memory of Helen Mackey, Theresa Ireland, Betty Knautz, Sylvia Peters
Allan Cheshire in memory of Susan Cheshire
Frank Harris in memory of Polly Anna Harris
Joseph Yorio in memory of JoAnn Mary Yorio
Mary Kay Howard in memory of the Grandfather of Sydney Trew
Ron & Staci Martinez in memory of Frances M. Keith
Brenda Rhodes in memory of Joanna Cox
Debra McCracken in memory of Joanna Cox
Susan Stensland in memory of Joanna Cox
Debra McCracken in memory of Frances M. Keith
Grace Johnson in memory of Frances M. Keith
Tish Fricks in memory of Jennifer Whitley
Jeff and Rose Whittingham in memory of their parents

In Honorarium

Noah Levine in honor of the GSO Chorus
Phillip O’Brien and Allison Fichter in honor of John and Linda Cooke
Nancy O’Neill in honor of Bob and Linda Bonstein
Kristen Bonstein in honor of Bob and Linda Bonstein
Dane Bamburry in honor of Valencia McCrimmon
Marie Boatright in honor of Mary Kay Howard
Alenia Baxter in honor of Mary Kay Howard and Susan Traendly
Brendan Knoblauch in honor of Mary Kay Howard
Susan Traendly in honor of Mary Kay Howard
Sydney Trew in honor of Susan Stensland and Mary Kay Howard
Marian Sebel in honor of Bryan Black
Paula Morrison in honor of Frank Harris
Barbara Hammond in honor of Susan Stensland
Sharon Stills in honor of Susan Stensland
Brenda Rhodes in honor of Susan Stensland
Joan Harrell in honor of Susan Stensland
Martha and Dennis Moore in honor of Susan Stensland
Susan Traendly in honor of Pat Torres
Annonymous in honor of Kate Pfirman
Emily Lembeck in honor of Debbie McCracken
Belisa Urbina in honor of Stephen Hall
Brendan Knoblauch in honor of Mary Kay Howard
Rhea Pridgen in honor of Linda Cooke
Kim Bonstein in honor of Linda and Bob Bonstein
Dane Bamburry in honor of Valencia McCrimmon
Paula & Grainger Morrison in honor of Frank Harris & Abby Avery
John Morgan in support of Bryan Black, JG Morgan Choral Director
Ira Pittman in honor of Suzanne Tucker
Linda Moore Connor in honor of Timothy Verville
Marian Sebel in honor of Bryan Black
Katherine Dater in honor of Mary Kay Howard
George Darden in honor of Amy and Bryan Black

Administration

Suzanne Tucker

Executive Director

Bio

Madison Willits

Artistic Operations Manager

Ann Stoskopf

Business & Patron Manager

Artistic Staff

Timothy Verville Timothy Verville
Music Director and Conductor
Bryan Black Bryan Black
JG Morgan GSO Chorus Director
Nathaniel F. Parker Nathaniel F. Parker
Associate Conductor, Dr. Bobbie Bailey GYSO Artistic Director & GYSO Symphony Director
Sam Skelton Sam Skelton
GSO Jazz! Director & GYSO Jazz Director
Justin Han Justin Han
GYSO Camerata Director
Vera Ilyushina Vera Ilyushina
GYSO String Symposium and Honors String Quartet Coach
John Lawless John Lawless
GYSO Percussion Director
Daniel Lee Daniel Lee
GYSO Philharmonic Director
Bora Moon Bora Moon
GYSO Clarinet Choir Director
Brittany Salkill Brittany Salkill
GYSO Flute Choir Director
Whitney Tinley Whitney Tinley
GYSO Harmonia and Concertino Director

Board of Directors

For information about joining our Board of Directors or Advisory Board, please click here.

Michael Knowles, Chair

Fifth Third Bank

Greg Mishkin, Vice Chair

Escalent

Marianne Holdzkom, PH.d, Secretary

Associate Professor of History, Kennesaw State University

Sydney Trew, Treasurer

Moore Colson CPAs and Advisors

Bob Bonstein

Ret.

Amy Drabant

Atlanta Design Solutions

Frank Harris

Frank Harris Law

Pam Hubby

Ret. ArtsBridge Foundation

Debbie McCracken

Ret. Educator/ Administrator

Kate Pfirman

Georgia Department of Labor

Rebecca Strojan Weaver

Switch Consulting Group

Amanda Williams

Cobb County School System

Todd Youngblood

Ret. Business Executive

Suzanne Tucker, Ex officio

Georgia Symphony Orchestra

Timothy Verville, Ex officio

Georgia Symphony Orchestra

Advisory Board

Chad Hagan

Hagan Capital

Dr. Jeffrey Tharp

Wellstar Medical Group

Jim Glover

Atlanta Fine Homes Sotheby’s International Realty

Mary Kay Howard

Past-Interim Co-Executive Director GSO

Cheryl Richardson

Marietta Councilwoman, Ward 1

Patricia Torres

Ret. Development Director GSO

Susan Stensland

Past Executive Director GSO

The John and Linda Cooke GSO/KSU Bailey School of Music Collegiate Scholars GYSO Internship Program

KSU Site Coordinator
Leo Jahn

KSU Interns
Alex Wilson
Tyrell Smith

MPAC Site Coordinator
Kamaya Locke

MPAC Interns
Gustavo De la Torre Martinez
Allen Yun

GYSO Jazz! Intern
Giana-Marie Kleber

GSO Chorus Site Coordinator
Leo Jahn

About Us

 

Founded in 1951, the Georgia Symphony Orchestra has engaged audiences through imaginative programming, visionary leadership, and critically acclaimed performances.

Our Mission

The mission of the Georgia Symphony Orchestra is to enrich our community through accessible, high quality musical and educational experiences that instill a lifelong appreciation for the arts.

Our Vision

Our vision is to continue growing a thriving and innovative cultural organization that enriches, educates, and inspires audiences, students, and musicians in the community.

Our Values

We value high quality musical performances and we prioritize quality musicianship in our productions.

We value the accessibility of our programs to the community, we prioritize making venues, times, and cost fit the needs of the community, and we make sure no one will be left behind.

We embrace diversity and innovation in our programming to inspire the widest possible audience with our musical experiences.

We value the importance of volunteers across our organization.

We value the support of our donors and audience members and continually manage our resources effectively and efficiently.

We recognize the vital contributions of our musicians and educators and we strive to maintain relationships that create a positive environment for all.

We strive to provide a variety of high-quality musical education opportunities for youth and for life-long learning.

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Musicians (From Professionals To Students) Performing In Our Organization
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Years Of Making Music
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More than 33+ Performances Presented To the Community This Season
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Over 17,000 People Are Served By Our Programs Annually

Timothy Verville

Music Director & Conductor

Born in western Oklahoma, the award-winning Timothy Verville spent part of his youth growing up about as far as one can from the concert hall: on a farm where his family raised and trained show horses. Eventually, they moved to “the city” where he was exposed to music education in public schools. And from there, his interest and drive in creating and sharing music propelled him to stages and acclaim around the world.

Verville is a uniquely multifaceted and multi-talented conductor of the modern orchestral sphere. His unbound creativity, innovation, and desire to share the power of the arts unite in creating performances and musical experiences that engage and captivate audiences. His work is hailed as “awe-inspiring” and for “bringing down the house” (Atlanta Arts Scene.) He is praised for “finely focused conducting, (in which) the energy and pace of the music never sagged” (The Tulsa World.)

Verville’s international engagements include the inaugural Kyushu International Festival in Japan, the Kyushu Symphony Orchestra, the Hita Civic Orchestra, the Chikushi Jogakuen Philharmonic Orchestra, the Kyushu Philharmonic Orchestra, in Russia with the Far Eastern Symphony, Opera Panama, and the National Symphony Orchestra of Panama. In the U.S., his appearances include the Richmond Symphony Orchestra, Tucson Symphony Orchestra, West Virginia Symphony Orchestra, Columbus Indiana Philharmonic, Hendersonville Symphony, Signature Symphony (Tulsa), Symphonicity (Virginia Beach,) and the Southwest Michigan Symphony Orchestra.

As a leader of orchestras, he fosters growth in every organization he serves. In 2016, he was appointed Music Director and Conductor of the Georgia Symphony Orchestra. His focus on audience engagement and outreach has been recognized throughout the community and in the League of American Orchestra’s Symphony magazine. In 2023, the Georgia Secretary of State proclaimed him an Outstanding Georgia Citizen for his service. 

Through his imaginative and collaborative programming and visionary leadership, the Georgia Symphony has expanded its performance footprint and built bridges to underrepresented populations. His organizational partnerships foster a mission of inclusiveness, opportunity, and transformation. Collaborating with Girls Who Conduct, Verville created a fellowship for women conductors with the Georgia Symphony. A special partnership with Make a Wish Georgia fulfilled a young person’s wish to conduct an orchestra. Verville also designs the Georgia Symphony’s “Sensory Friendly” concerts, which are supported by the National Endowment for the Arts.

In Phoenix, he served from 2010 to 2017 as founding Artistic Director and Conductor of Arizona Pro Arte. His presentations of unique and highly anticipated collaborative events resulted in exponential organizational and audience growth. During his tenure, the orchestra grew to include a full classics season, a summer series, educational performances, a chamber music program, and a dance ensemble. He established a composer in residence and instituted an annual “Call for Scores” competition that received over a thousand applicants from forty countries.

In 2007, Verville began a relationship with the Boston Chamber Orchestra encompassing over a decade of music-making. First performing as an instrumentalist in the orchestra, he was invited to become Associate Conductor and later Principal Guest Conductor. He toured internationally with the ensemble and recorded music for their first CD release.

Additional previous engagements include Music Director and Conductor of the North Valley Chamber Orchestra (AZ), Scottsdale Baroque Orchestra (AZ), and Conductor of the Pollard Theatre (OK).

With a varied background, his musical interests extend beyond the classical canon. For many years you were just as likely to find him on stage performing classics, in the pit conducting music theatre, or playing electric bass in a blues or rock band. He has performed on orchestral and commercial recordings for regional airplay and worldwide releases. 

Additionally, Verville occasionally composes and has had several premieres in the U.S. His Requiem Americano received an honorable mention in the American Prize for Composition. The collaborative work Liminal: an Atlanta Concerto for Amplified Looping Cello and Orchestra is a genre-blending piece co-written with Okorie “OkCello” Johnson. His creative output includes choral and symphonic works, electronic music, and background tracks for a video game.

Verville regularly commissions and conducts regional, national, and world premiere compositions ranging from operatic and symphonic to dance music. He has counseled young and emerging composers and worked with the Tucson Symphony’s Young Composers Project.

Also an award winner in the American Prize for Orchestral Performance, Verville was mentored by esteemed conductors Bruce Hangen, Timothy Russell, and James DePreist. He performed in masterclasses with David Effron, Markand Thakar, and Neil Varon. At the renowned Monteux School and Music Festival, he was selected as an orchestral assistant while studying with Michael Jinbo. Verville earned degrees in music from the Boston Conservatory, the University of Oklahoma, and Arizona State University.

Nathaniel F. Parker

Associate Conductor, Dr. Bobbie Bailey GYSO Artistic Director & GYSO Symphony Director

A talented and versatile musician, Nathaniel F. Parker has conducted orchestras in the United States, Peru, Russia, Poland, England, and the Czech Republic. Equally at home working with professionals and training future generations of musicians, Dr. Parker is Director of Orchestral Studies at the Kennesaw State University School of Music—serving as Music Director and Conductor of the Kennesaw State University Symphony Orchestra and Conductor of the Kennesaw State University Opera Program—and Associate Conductor of the Georgia Symphony Orchestra. His recent guest conducting engagements include appearances with the Jackson Symphony Orchestra (Michigan), the Connecticut Music Educators Association (CMEA) All-State Orchestra, the Fulton County High School Honor Orchestra (Georgia), and the Georgia Music Educators Association (GMEA) District 9 High School Honor Orchestra.

Dr. Parker is the recipient of numerous honors, awards, and scholarships. He was named a finalist for a Conducting Fellowship with the New World Symphony, a semi-finalist for a Conducting Fellowship at Tanglewood, and a Candidate for the Respighi Prize in Conducting; he also received a Citation of Excellence in Teaching from the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association. An active scholar, Dr. Parker’s writings have been published by the Conductors Guild and the College Orchestra Directors Association (CODA). He has presented research at the College Orchestra Directors Association’s national and international conferences and is Editor of the Journal of the Conductors Guild.

Dr. Parker has served as Music Director and Conductor of the Concert Orchestra and faculty at New England Music Camp (Maine), and Interim Music Director and Conductor of the Georgia Youth Symphony Orchestra’s (GYSO) Symphony and Camerata orchestras. Before relocating to Georgia, he was Director of Orchestral Activities and Assistant Professor of Music at Marywood University (Pennsylvania) where he was Music Director and Conductor of the Marywood University Orchestra and taught courses in conducting, instrumental methods, musicology, and analytical techniques. Other previous positions include Associate Conductor and Production Manager of the Jackson Symphony Orchestra (Michigan), Music Director and Conductor of the Jackson Youth Symphony Orchestra, Director of the Jackson Symphony Orchestra Community Music School, Graduate Conducting Intern at Michigan State University, Music Director and Conductor of the Mason Orchestral Society’s Community Orchestra and Youth Symphony (Michigan), Assistant Director of Music at Xaverian High School (New York), Conductor of the New Music Festival of Sandusky Orchestra (Ohio), and Graduate Assistant Conductor and Teaching Assistant at Bowling Green State University (Ohio).

Parker earned a Doctor of Musical Arts in Orchestral Conducting from Michigan State University, where his primary instructors were Leon Gregorian and Raphael Jiménez. During his time at MSU he regularly appeared with all the university orchestras and focused his doctoral research on Leonard Bernstein, specifically the composer’s Symphony No. 2, “The Age of Anxiety.” He earned a Master of Music in Orchestral Conducting from Bowling Green State University, where he studied with Emily Freeman Brown. His other conducting mentors include Stephen Osmond, Gary W. Hill, and Timothy Russell. In addition to his training in academia, Dr. Parker participated in numerous conducting master classes and workshops, conducting orchestras under the tutelage of nationally and internationally renowned conductors and conducting pedagogues including Christoph Eschenbach, George Hurst, Arthur Fagen, Markand Thakar, Mark Gibson, David Itkin, and Paul Vermel. Parker began his collegiate education at Arizona State University, where he studied bassoon with Jeffrey G. Lyman and graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Music in Bassoon Performance.

Nat resides in Kennesaw with his wife, Melody, their son, Jacob, and their dog, Sammy.

For more information, please visit www.nathanielfparker.com


Bryan Black

JG Morgan GSO Chorus Director

Bryan Black is the founding conductor of the Georgia Symphony Orchestra Chorus which he established in 2007. Over sixteen seasons the ninety-voice Chorus has performed masterworks such as Orff’s Carmina Burana, Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, Poulenc’s Gloria, Bach’s Magnificat, Walton’s Belshazzar’s Feast, Vaughan-William’s Sea Symphony, and the Georgia premier of William Grant Still’s And They Lynched Him On A Tree. Other concerts have featured notable choral repertoire including Corigliano’s Fern Hill, Handel’s Let God Arise, and Robert Ray’s Gospel Mass. The chorus made its first international tour to Spain in 2012 under his direction and anticipates a tour of the United Kingdom in 2025.

Black has been active in the broader music community for three decades and was recognized as a “Lexus Leader in the Arts” by Atlanta Public Broadcasting in 2003. After a collaborative performance of Hugo Distler’s Totentanz in 2004, Bryan was awarded a cultural ambassadorship from the Atlanta Goethe-Institut and attended an advanced language symposium in Weimar, Germany.  He sang for several years with the ASO Chorus and Chamber Chorus, including Robert Shaw’s final performance of Bach’s B-minor Mass in Carnegie Hall. He also taught on the adjunct faculty of Georgia State University and was visiting conductor for the Candler School of Theology Choraliers at Emory University. Choirs led by Black have performed at the Vatican, Christ Church Cathedral (Oxford), the Piccolo Spoleto Festival in Charleston, and on tours to Germany, Italy, the Czech Republic, and Norway.

Bryan is past-president of Georgia ACDA (American Choral Director’s Association) and served six terms at the divisional and national levels as Resource and Repertoire coordinator for reading sessions and conference performances. While serving ACDA, he assisted John Rutter as organizer for a conductor’s honor chorus in 2013 and planned the national 2019 “Music in Worship” event featuring Jason Max Ferdinand and the Aeolians. He has contributed articles to the Choral Journal, the Canterbury Dictionary of Hymnology, and Tim Sharp’s Sacred Choral Music Repertoire (pub. GIA) reflecting his work as a practicing church musician since the age of seventeen. Black currently serves as organist / choirmaster at St. James Episcopal Church on the historic square in Marietta, Georgia. 

Bryan holds a certificate in German as a foreign language (Goethe-Institut Berlin), a BM degree in organ (Samford University), and an MM degree in choral conducting from The Florida State University where he studied with Rodney Eichenberger and André Thomas. His doctoral thesis (DPM, Southern Methodist University) considered the impact of choral music in a maximum-security women’s prison and how the inmates’ lived experience of musicking models resilient community in an age of technological acceleration and relational isolation. 

Brittny Woods

Dr. Brittny H. Woods joined the faculty at Marietta High School in July 2023 and currently serves as the Director of Choral Activities. She previously taught in the Savannah-Chatham County Public School System for 12 years. Dr. Woods served as the Director of Choral Activities and Musical Theatre at New Hampstead High School where she was voted 2024 Teacher of the Year. Additionally, she was selected for the “Punk Rock Unity” Project for “her dedication to creating engaging and enriching learning experiences for her students, as well as her commitment to supporting her students’ social and emotional well-being.” Dr. Woods served as Choral Director at Oglethorpe Charter School and Music Specialist at Godley Station K-8 School where she began her teaching career. She has held adjunct teaching positions at Savannah State University and Ogeechee Technical College where she was honored as the 2019 Adjunct Professor of the Year. 

Dr. Woods earned her Doctor of Music Education degree from Liberty University. Her research examined culturally responsive pedagogy and repertoire selection in secondary choral music classrooms. Dr. Woods earned her Master of Music Education degree from the South Carolina School of the Arts at Anderson University and her Bachelor of Music Education degree from Georgia Southern University. Dr. Woods is an active conductor, clinician, and guest speaker. Her professional affiliations include the National Association of Music Educators (NAfME), Georgia Music Educators Association (GMEA), and the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA).

Dr. Woods and her husband, Dr. Gabriel Woods have a daughter, Gabrielle, and teacup yorkie, Maestro.

Georgia Symphony Orchestra Personnel

Violin 1

Edward Eanes,*
  Concertmaster
Robert Givens
  Associate Principal
  The Marnie R. Gresh Chair
Jennifer Bull
James Cobb
Amber Dobbs
Heather Hart
Kevin Young
Tina Yu

Violin 2

Angele Lawless *
Angela Baddock
Evelyn Champion
Beth Collier
Amber Dobbs
Amanda Esposito
Adolfo Huerta Torres
Grace Kawamura-Stubbart
Ryan Lavender
Monika Ramnarayan
Patrick Ryan
Jennifer Sersaw
Liz Smith
Jill Stokes
Rachel Vigil

Viola
Meghan Yost*
Christina Esposito
Erin Johnson
Paula Krupiczewicz
Erin Lehman
Erin Martin
Kyle Mayes
Mary Koves
Dave Miller
Greg Selig
Heather Vincenty
Amanda Zhang
Blake Wright

Cello
David Lloyd*
Megan Deason
Rachel Halverson
Wesley Holmes
Natallia Isabel
John Howell
Natalia Isbel
Julienne Park
Nirav Patel
Stephanie Peterson
Macarena Sanchez
Dwayne Wasson

Double Bass
Robert Goin *
  The Mary Kay Howard Chair
Christopher P Bussert
Rob Lysse
Maximilian Simmons
Moe Winograd
Christopher P Bussert

* denotes section principal

Flute/Piccolo
Jeanne Carere *
Frankie Cavanah
Dana Meyer

Oboe
Christina Gavin
Alexander Zhang

Clarinet
Justin Stanley *
Theresa Boling

Bass Clarinet
Daniel Barker

Bassoon
Debby Grove *
Dan Worley

Contrabassoon
John Grove

French Horn
Jason Eklund *
Cole McDonald
Eric Hawkins
Scott Sappington

Trumpet
Yvonne Toll*
Vacant
Vacant

Trombone
Tavish Daly*
Jen Mitchell
Vacant

Tuba
Don Strand*

*  denotes section principal

Harp
Julie Koenig*

Percussion
Jeffrey Kershner*
Greg Roman
Dakota Reeves

Timpani
John Lawless *
The John and Linda Cooke Chair

*  denotes section principal

Musicians performing in orchestral productions are represented by the American Federation of Musicians of the United States and Canada.

Georgia Symphony Orchestra Chorus

Encompassing a wide range of vocal versatility, the Georgia Symphony Orchestra Chorus performs choral/orchestral works, pops, and produces independent choral concerts. Highlights from recent seasons include choral masterworks with the Georgia Symphony, being featured on a GSO Jazz! performance at the Strand Theatre, singing in a sold-out concert of music from the video game “Zelda,” and presenting a historic regional premiere of American music.

Comprised of accomplished vocalists from the greater metropolitan area, performances have included Mahler’s Second Symphony, Vaughan Williams’ Sea Symphony, Orff’s Carmina Burana, Haydn’s Creation, and Verdi’s Te Deum. The ensemble has also presented state, regional, and world premieres.

Founded in 2007, and directed by Bryan Black, the chorus recently performed with the Morehouse College Glee Club, the Spelman College Glee Club, the Uzee Brown Society of Choraliers, and the Georgia Spiritual Ensemble.

Shana Adams
Wisdom Anderson
Sarah Arrington
Lanie Baxter
Cathryne Belangee
Julia Bellezza
Heather Blalock
Cindy Bohn
Linda Bonstein
Crae Borsom
Atheleen Burley
Molly Chow
Beth Collier
Amber Connor
Leah Crumley
Camille Fairbanks
Elaine Federico
Michaelyn Findley
Tiara Gomer-DeGomez
Karen Gonzalez
Rachael Gorbutt
Nancy Hodges
Marianne Holdzkom
Marian Hull
Judy Jones
Kathleen Laurendeau
Stephanie Loomis
Tera Marsh
Katie Mattice
Margaret Menz
Mary Nimsgern
Virginia Osborne
Karen Partyka
Bliss Peterson
Bwashena Qadhafi
Brenda Rhodes
Julia Roberts
Luci Roberts
Patty Smitherman
Pat Snider
Tammy Teal
Leslie D. Thompson
Shari Twine
Elmine Van Den Berg
Maria Velasquez
Ann Vines
Carole Whitlow
Amanda Williams

Janet Adams
Morgan Baker
Laura Blakeslee
Sara Branch
Glendol Browder
Heather Buehner
Ramona Burkett
Karen Chin
Kecia Coar-Overall
Andrea Davis
Tiffany Fannin
Kelly Francis
Cate Godley
Lisa Greenwood
Judy Harvey
Rebecca Higgins
Debbie Holyfield
Peggy Hurst
Mary Hyde
Beth Johnson
Jenn Kunz
Cindy Landis
Erin Layton
Kelli LaVelle
Berna Levine
Beverly Martin
Debra McCracken
Sharon Menear
Suzanne Milligan
Allison Nance
Linda Nordahl
Jacquelyn OBryan
Dana Pinnow
Sharona Sandberg
Riny Schartman
Laura Searcy
Marian Sebel
Christine Shoemaker
Joan Shorr
Rebecca Thach
Susan Traendly
Laurie Washington
Meredith Weber
Rose Whittingham
Mary Williams
Martha Willis

Timothy Adetunji
James Clarence Banks
Stephen Bennett
Logan Burley
Sean Condon
William Dyer
Tom Federico
Johnny Gravley
Chris Greenwood
Stephen Hall
Dean Hawkinson
Kevin Jennings
Scott Lamphere
John Love
Aderayo Oyegbade
Val Pyram
Robert Shull
Joshua Teal

David Abee
Robert Argent
Bob Bonstein
Kenneth Colson
Alan Davitte
Dave Erstfeld
Garret Federico
Joe Ferst
Ben Glosson
Frank Harris
Ken Johnson
Wates Keller
Dave Lozada
Robert Mayfield
John Morgan
Oral Moses
Michael Nolan
Michael Reeves
Alberto Sapoznik
Al Searcy
Vinny Varsalona
Wally Ziprik

Gospel Mass

March 17, 2024 | 5:00 PM
Morgan Concert Hall | Bailey Performance Center
Bryan Black, JG Morgan Chorus Director
J. Jakari Rush, Accompanist

Cedric Dent 
Examine Me
     GSOC Chamber Singers

J. Jakari Rush
A Hymn
(World Premiere)

Adolphus Hailstork 
I Am Only One
     Marietta High School Chorus, Dr. Brittny Woods, Director

Rollo Dilworth
United in Purpose
     with the Marietta High School Chorus, Dr. Brittny Woods, Director

~Intermission~

Robert Ray 
Gospel Mass

Kyrie – Lord Have Mercy
     Glendol Browder / James banks, soloists
Gloria – Glory to God in the Highest
   
Beth Johnson/Michaelyn Findley, soloists
Credo – I Believe In God
   
Mary Hyde, soloist
Acclamation – Praise the Lord
Sanctus – Holy, Holy Lord God Of Hosts
     Ken Johnson, soloist
Agnus Dei – Lamb of God
   Logan Burley, soloist
Program Text

Examine Me Cedrick Dent (b. 1962)

Examine me and prove me and try my heart. Be merciful my Father I pray. 

With thee Lord I am blest, my joy and my rest. My life and my salvation!

(Cederic Dent, adapted from scripture)

A Hymn J. Jakari Rush (b. 1990)

Today’s performance is dedicated to the memory of Jason Chukuwa Ogbomoh (1998–2023).

Lead gently, Lord, and slow for oh, my steps are weak and ever as I go some soothing sentence speak.

That I may turn my face through doubt’s obscurity toward thine abiding place, e’en though I cannot see.

For lo the way is dark through mist and cloud I grope, save for that fitful spark:  the little flame of hope.

Lead gently, Lord, and slow for fear that I may fall; I know not where to go unless I hear thy call.

My fainting soul doth yearn for thy green hills afar, so let thy mercy burn: my greater guiding star!

Lead gently, Lord, and slow.

(Paul Lawrence Dunbar, 1872–1906)

I Am Only One     Adolphus Hailstork (b. 1941)

I am only one, but still I am one. I cannot do everything, but still I can do something.

And because I cannot do everything, I will not refuse to do the something that I can do.

I am only one, but still I am one. I am one.

(Edward Everett Hale, 1822–1909)

United In Purpose Rolo Dilworth (b. 1970)

The onus is upon us all to work to improve the human condition.

Perform good deeds, for that is truly the way to battle the forces of entropy that are at work in this world.

The composite of all our efforts can have an effect.

Good done anywhere is good done everywhere.

When we unite in purpose, we are greater than the sum of our parts.

(Maya Angelou, 1928–2014)

Gospel Mass (1979) Robert Ray (1946–2022)

I. Kyrie  – Lord Have Mercy 

In the name of the Father. 

In the name of the Son.

 In the name of the Holy Spirit, the blessed Three in One.

O Lord have mercy, kyrie eleison. O Lord, have mercy on me.

Send us a Savior, set my soul free. Give us your word and teach us to pray.

I want to praise and serve you always.

Lord God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob look down, have mercy upon us.

O Christ have mercy. Christe eleison. O Christ have mercy on me.

Send us your comfort, grant us your peace. You are the way, the truth, and the light.

I love you more each day and each night. 

Jesus the Rock of salvation the Light of the world, have mercy upon us.

II. Gloria – Glory to God in the Highest Beth Johnson, soloist

Glory to God in the highest, peace to all men of goodwill.

We praise thee, we bless thee, we adore thee, we glorify thee.

We give thanks to thee for thy great glory. 

Lord God, King of heaven, Father Almighty one. 

Glory be to Jesus Christ, Lamb of God, the Father’s only Son.

Thou who takes away all the sins of the world, have mercy on us.

Thou who takes away all the sins of the world, receive our prayers.

Thou who sits at the right hand of God the Father Almighty in heaven, have mercy on us.

For only thou art holy, only thou art the Lord.

Only thou art holy, only thou art most high.

We come to praise your name today, we want to serve you in every way.

Let the loud hosannas ring, shouting the praises to God our King.

In the name of the Father, the name of the Son, and the Holy Ghost: the blessed Three in One. Amen.

III. Credo – I Believe in God Mary Hyde, soloist

I believe in God the Father Almighty, maker of heaven and earth.

And in Jesus Christ, his only Son our Lord. Who was conceived by the Holy Ghost.

Born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, crucified, died and was buried,

He descended into hell.

On the third day he arose. He ascended to heaven; from death he was set free.

Now he sits at the right hand and he’s waitin’ for you and me.

He will judge all the world. He will judge you and me.

I believe in the Holy Spirit and the Holy catholic church.

I believe Lord in one baptism for the remission of sin and rebirth.

I believe in the resurrection and the communion of saints in this world.

I believe when my life is over I’m going home just to live with my God.

I believe in God, and in the Holy Ghost. I believe in God.

IV. Acclamation – Praise the Lord

Hallelujah, praise the Lord. Let us praise the Lord. Praise him with stringed instruments.

Praise him with dance. Praise him on the psaltery and harp.

Everything that has breath ought to praise him.

V. Sanctus – Holy, Holy, Holy, Lord God of Hosts Ken Johnson, soloist

Holy, holy, Lord God of hosts. Hosanna be to thee who gave me victory.

There was a man sittin’ by the roadside; he was blind he could not see.

Then the Master of the earth and skies touched his eyes and he looked around saying:

Holy, holy, Lord God of hosts. Hosanna be to thee who gave me victory.

Another man lay by a poolside; thirty-eight years with his infirmity.

Then the Lord troubled the water the man arose and he jumped for joy saying:

Holy, holy, Lord God of hosts. Hosanna be to thee who gave me victory.

Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.

We will always sing, always sing thy praise hosanna in the highest.

Like the blind man and the lame man, I was lost—living in sin.

Then I opened up my heart one day, I let the Savior in. Now I shout saying:

Holy, holy, Lord God of hosts. Hosanna be to thee in the highest who gave me victory.

Holy, holy Lord Jesus. Holy!

VI. Agnus Dei – Lamb of God Logan Burley, soloist

Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world, have mercy on us.

For you came to die for me. Suffered, bled, and died, died on Calvary.

Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world, have mercy on us.

In your word you showed us how. We are trying, Lord, hear our prayer right now.

Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world, grant us thy peace. Amen.