Chamber Ensemble Happenings

The Chamber Ensemble musicians play at numerous special events throughout the year. Thus, these accomplished GIYO musicians have the opportunity to perform and explore the role of professional musicians while still in high school.

Chamber Ensemble is comprised of current GIYO musicians who show strong commitment and who are capable of the discipline necessary to serve as the community outreach extension of the orchestra. This ensemble is dedicated to performing with a high level of classical music. In addition to the consistent attendance at Philharmonia rehearsals, the musicians will have weekly rehearsals and one Sunday of most months with the ensemble director. Chamber musicians also have the opportunity to participate in sectionals and master classes with professional coaches. Members usually take regular private lessons and maintain leadership responsibilities within the orchestra.

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Stephenie Powell

Director of String Development and Director of Ensembles

Stephenie Powell is an alumna of the Golden Isles Youth Orchestra. Starting in 5th grade, Stephenie continued playing throughout her time in Glynn County Schools. Prior to graduation from Brunswick High School, Stephenie was the Assistant Concertmistress and served on the Leadership Council. She is currently serving as the Director of Ensembles. 

If you represent a group that would like to engage the ensemble, please contact ensemble director Stephenie Powell at

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Under the director of Stephenie Powell, members of the ensemble performed on Jekyll Island at the Rotary Club breakfast.

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Over forty current and former members of the Golden Isles Youth Orchestra Ensembles gathered and played at its twelfth annual holiday performance at Sea Island. 

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Under the direction of Robin Saxon, members of the ensemble performed at the High Tea of the Brunswick Chapter of the Links, Inc., held in January in the Jekyll Island Club Main Dining Room.

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Members of the GIYO Ensemble are shown saluting Heather Harp, Glynn County Schools 2019-2020 Teacher of the Year at an elegant dinner at the Sea Palms Resort.

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Members of Glynn Academy’s Marine Corps JROTC unit joined the GIYO ensemble at its Annual Veterans Day performance at Marsh’s Edge Retirement Community. The ensemble also provided a holiday program in December.

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Saturday afternoon Mass attendees at St. Williams Catholic Church frequently enjoy the music provided by a rotating group of GIYO Ensemble members.