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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 • Imlay Foundation

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

Bobbie Bailey Foundation • Linda and John Cooke • Marietta Tourism

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

Bob and Linda Bonstein • GreyStone Power • Marietta Kiwanis • John and Shirley Morgan • Publix Supermarket Charities • James Rhoden • S.A. White Oil Company • Willful Impact

Conductor’s Circle $2,500-$4,999

Anonymous • Anonymous • Mary Kay Howard • Nora Roberts Foundation • Jeffrey and Louise Tharp • Sydney Trew

Principal Circle $1,000-$2,499

Frank Harris & Abby Avery Family • Robert and Holli Cortelyou • Crane Elder Law Firm • John Howell and Barbara Barr-Howell • Pamela Hubby • Mrs. Howard Lawrence • Joanne Mazula • Tutt and Debbie McCracken • Valencia McCrimmon • Gregory and Christine Mishkin • Pam and Bruce Rhyne • Linda Rodriguez • Alan and Susan Stensland • Lynn Thomas • Susan Traendly

Musicians Circle $500-$999

Anonymous • Barbara Barr-Howell • Cindy and Henry Bohn • Allan Cheshire • Jeremy Ewers • Bruce Gillett • Marianne Holdzkom • Home Depot • Kimberly-Clark Foundation • Regina Malloy • Oral Moses • Posh Hair Studio of Acworth • Georgia Rambo • Jackie Rucker • Ronna Ruppelt • Bob and Marge Schulhof • See Beautiful • Harry and Jennifer Winograd

Concertmaster Circle $250-$499

Anonymous • Dame Bamburry • David and Elesa Hembree • Tanya Hunter • Brendan Knoblauch • Michael Knowles • Clifford McCune • Yvonne and Michael Perrino • Vianne Satterfield • Pat and Gilberto Torres • James Wetrich

Encore Circle $100-$249

Linda Acevedo • David Barry • Alenia Baxter • Tibor Besedes • Kristen Bonstein • Marilyn Brooks • DK Gallery • Stephen and Amy Drabant • Fred and Joan Embden • Maryann Fedack • Allison Fichter • Priscilla Granese • Sharon Green • Barbara Hammond • Justin Hart • Judy Harvey • Adrian Heenan • Ann Hixson • Thomas LaForge • John Love • Brenda Lyle • Abraham Mahoney • Russell Marshall • Beverly Martin • Karen Milchus • Wei Money • Gil Moor • Paula & Grainger Morrison • Emory Morsberger • Jonathan Nash • Bill and Sarah Needs • Sam Olens • Trevor Phillips • Taylor Rambo • Jane Redwine • Brenda Rhodes • Alberto and Cindee Sapoznik • Al and Laura Searcy • Peter and Marian Sebel • Beth Simpson • Steve Simpson • CB Smithwick • Robert Snider • Sharon Stills • Ann Teeter • Sandra Timmons • John L. and Ann B. Vandevate • James and Karen Warren • Joseph Yorio

Ovation Circle $50-$99

Colt Chambers • Stephanie Davy • Jacqueline Downing • Camille Fairbanks • Elise Goldstein • Lenora Goodliffe • Sandra Herndon • Sandy Hsieh • Grace Johnson • Nick Johnson • Kil Soo Jung • Darron Kendrick • Kroger • Kristi Ledford • Wendy Lerner • Jane McGuigan • Mary Monteith • Pranita Nirgudkar • Nancy and Gordon O’Neill • Rodrick Stewart • Albert Strada • Gary Thomas • Paul Tompkins • Lily WhiteRose • Amorelle Williams

In-Kind Supporters

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

In Honorarium

Jeffrey Tharp in honor of the GYSO Jazz Ensemble

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

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

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

In Memoriam

Michal Kotzan in memory of Jeff Kotzan

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

Joseph Yorio in memory of JoAnn Mary Yorio

Marianne Holdzkom in memory of Joanna Cox

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


Suzanne Tucker

Executive Director


Madison Willits

Artistic Operations Manager

Amy McGaughey

Office & Box Office Coordinator

Dalian Bryan

Librarian & Personnel 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


Marianne Holdzkom, Secretary

Associate Professor of History, Kennesaw State University

Sydney Trew, Treasurer

Moore Colson CPAs and Advisors

Bob Bonstein


Amy Drabant

Atlanta Design Solutions

Frank Harris

Frank Harris Law

Pam Hubby

Ret. ArtsBridge Foundation

Debbie McCracken

Ret. Educator/ Administrator

Kate Pfirman

Ronna Ruppelt

CLM Alliance

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

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
Laz Divine

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.

Musicians (From Professionals To Students) Performing In Our Organization
Years Of Making Music
More than 26+ Events Presented To the Community This Season
Over 17,000 People Are Served By Our Programs Annually

Timothy Verville, Music Director and Conductor

The award-winning Timothy Verville’s performances are hailed as “awe-inspiring” and for “bringing down the house” (Atlanta Arts Scene). He is praised for possessing “finely focused conducting, (in which) the energy and pace of the music never sagged” (Tulsa World). A creative force, his innovative, imaginative, and musically engaging approaches in the concert hall position him as a uniquely multifaceted and multi-talented conductor of the modern orchestral world.

Verville conducted the inaugural Kyushu International Festival in Japan and has performed with the Kyushu Symphony Orchestra, Hita Civic Orchestra, the Chikushi Jogakuen Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Kyushu Philharmonic Orchestra. In Central America, he has appeared with Opera Panama and the Panamanian National Symphony Orchestra, and in Russia with the Far Eastern Symphony Orchestra.

He has led performances with orchestras and theater ensembles across the U.S. including the Tucson Symphony Orchestra, Richmond Symphony Orchestra, West Virginia Symphony Orchestra, Columbus Indiana Philharmonic, Hendersonville Symphony, Signature Symphony (Tulsa), Symphonicity: The Orchestra of Virginia Beach, and the Southwest Michigan Symphony Orchestra.

Since 2016, he has served as 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. His creative and collaborative programming has expanded the organization’s performance footprint and served to build bridges to underrepresented populations. In addition to conducting classics, pops, and special performances, he designs the Sensory Friendly concerts which have been supported by National Endowment for the Arts.

In 2007, Verville began a relationship with the Boston Chamber Orchestra that would encompass over a decade of music-making. Beginning as an instrumentalist in the orchestra, he was invited to become Associate Conductor and later Principal Guest Conductor. During his tenure, he toured internationally with the ensemble and recorded music for the orchestra’s first CD release.

In Phoenix, he served from 2010 to 2017 as the 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 expanded to include a regular masterworks season, a summer orchestral series, educational performances, a chamber music program, a dance ensemble, and established a composer in residence. He instituted an annual “Call for Scores” competition that at its height received over 920 applicants from forty countries in a single season.

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).

Verville regularly commissions and conducts regional, national, and world premiere compositions which encompass operatic, symphonic, and dance music. He has counseled young and emerging composers across the country and worked with the Tucson Symphony’s “Young Composers Project,” which Yo-Yo Ma praised as an “extraordinary program.”

An award winner in the American Prize for Orchestral Performance, Verville was mentored by esteemed conductors Bruce Hangen, Timothy Russell, and James DePreist. He worked in masterclasses with David Effron, Markand Thakar, and Neil Varon. At the renowned Monteux School and Music Festival, Verville 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. He resides in Georgia with his wife and children.


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

Concert Program

October 15, 2024
7:30 PM

Morgan Concert Hall, Bailey Performance Center
This GYSO performance is sponsored by

Patel Plastic Surgery

GYSO Philharmonic
Dr. Daniel Lee, Music Director and Conductor

Georges Bizet (1838-1875)
SUITE NO. 2 from incidental music for the play L’ARLÉSIENNE (1872)
     I. Pastorale

Steven Bryant (b. 1972)
DUSK (2008)

Jacques Offenbach (1819-1880), arr. Louis Bergonzi

Ensemble Musicians

Violin 1
Aidan Park*
Dennis Grice III
Akshay Rao
Neal Vats
Maxine King
Jeffrey Zhou
Jada Francis
Veniamin Duarte
Eduardo Lima-Melgar
Aidan Patel
Christina Paul

Violin 2
Rishabh Karra*
Minjun Lee
Sarah Xing
Zehari Williams
Charles Kopkas
Jonathan Lynch
Eston Chatterjee
Faith Koo
Andrew Gintert
Tatyana McVay
Adelaide King
Chelsea Parada
Apala Banerjee
Finley Edwards

Sarah Wang*
Elena Baumgartner
Victoria Avila Zerpa
Nicholas Chan
Kevin Chang
Amy Lunar
Goodnews Babade
Bryce Morgan

Gabrielle Tompkins*
Roberto Fontanillas
Damian Schlag
Haruka Kuroda
Warrina Lan
Aiden Allison
Benjamin Hackworth
Robert DuBone

Cleo Goltz*
Evan Lee


Isabella Torres*
Chloe Kim
Abigail (Abbie) Yuan
Avery Misbach

William Denoziere*
Ellyn Topa
Aiden Yang

Justin (Seojin) Park*
Soeun Im
Joshua Paik

French Horn
Edward Schilke*
Aidaan Liezenga

Ezra Saysanavong*


*denotes section leader

GYSO Symphony
Dr. Nathaniel F. Parker, Music Director and Conductor

Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)

Aleksandr Borodin (1833-1887)
“POLOVTSIAN DANCES” from the opera PRINCE IGOR (1890)

Ensemble Musicians

Violin 1
Chakriya Phaengsook*
Sarah Gulley
Helen Becker
Kalea Walker
Nora Hart
Amy Qi
Chloe Hua
Rohan Gazula
Alexandra Hua
Norah Reilly
Eden Tsegaye
Aiden Chae
Peter Ulitin

Violin 2

Evan Crump*
Neil Daniel
Seraphim Duarte
Ariana Syed
Ryan Tan
Brady Huesken
Chelsea Daniel
Sophia Foisy
Addyson Sherwood
Santiago Ochoa
Yousuf Mirza
Emma Grace Derrer

Will Weaver*
James Cole
Olivia Scott
Amelia Powell
Noah Bang
Elena Martinez
Joshua Jung
Ella Trost

Ryan Dater*
Sage Mae Lima-Jeffries
Kamari Adrien
Simon O’Connor
Jake Hunter
Zhikai Huang
Bronwyn Becker
Grady Jenkins
Katherine Fogle

Chance Crigler*

Alexandra Zanjani*
Korrine Lee
Aldo Rios
Shachi Deo

Yul Kim*
Gavin Joyner
Liz Somerlot
Angeles Tyler

William Kaplan*
Karsten Pham
Freddy Wu
Sophia Kenis
Jasper Wolfe-Tham

Connor Stewart*
Owen Denoziere
Bartol Besedes

French Horn
August Holcombe Pomerance*
Brielle Browne
Audrey McKey

Carter Wells*

Andrew Chastain*
Behvan Felius


Harvest Berg*

George Ewaskiew
Eve Gordon
Linzy Jacques
Jaylen Phillips
Lucas Price
Aine Turpin
John Verville

*denotes section leader

Concert Program

October 22, 2024
4:00 PM
Morgan Concert Hall, Bailey Performance Center
GYSO Flute Ensemble
Brittany Salkill, Director

Franz Jospeh Haydn, arr. Acton Osterling

Nicole Chamberlain

Ensemble Musicians

Habin Kwon
Joanna Lee
Diane Lee
Avery Misbach
Charlotte Rogers
Tabatha Smith
Arya Thomas
Nitya Thomas
Abigail (Abbie) Yuan

GYSO Percussion Ensemble
John Lawless, Director

Nathan Daugherty (b, 1975)

Ensemble Musicians

George Ewaskiew
Eve Gordon
Linzy Jacques
Jaylen Phillips
Lucas Price
Aine Turpin
John Verville

Concert Program

October 22, 2024
7:30 PM
Morgan Concert Hall, Bailey Performance Center
GYSO Honors String Quartet
Vera Ilyushina, Coach

Franz Joseph Haydn
     I. Presto
     II. Menuetto
     III. Adagio
     IV. Menuetto
     V. Presto

Ensemble Musicians

Chakriya Phaengsook
Sarah Gulley
Will Weaver
Ryan Dater

GYSO Clarinet Choir
Bora Moon, Director

Johann Sebastian Bach

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, adapted by Marco A. Mazzini

Ensemble Musicians

Charles Carmichael
Erinola Esho
Nathan Hsu
Liam Jung
Kitty Loo
Abigail Paik
Ishan Pandian
David Wielogorski
Jojo Winter
Jasper Wolfe-Tham
Freddy Wu
Gina Zheng

GYSO String Symposium
Vera Ilyushina, Director

Alexander Glazunov

Shin-Itchiro Yokoyama

Ensemble Musicians

Eston Chatterjee
Chance Crigler
Seraphim Duarte
Katherine Fogle
Cleo Goltz
Sarah Gulley
Alexandra Hua
Brady Huesken
Grady Jenkins
Faith Koo
Elena Martinez
Olivia Scott
Addyson Sherwood
Peter Ulitin
Will Weaver
Zehari Williams
Jeffrey Zhou

GYSO Jazz Ensemble
Sam Skelton Director

Charles Mingus, arr. Sam Skelton

Sam Skelton

Duke Ellington, arr. Sam Skelton

Horace Silver, arr. Sam Skelton

Ensemble Musicians

Ella Ugwuadu
Joseph Park

Joey Somerlot
Caroline Pierson

Reyna Maldonado
Santiago Campos
Tim Nguyen

Rhythm Section
Caleb Craig
Linzy Jacques
Liam Daugherty
Jonathan (J) Vincenty
Isaiah Felty
Connor Reddington