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 with the ensemble director. Chamber Ensemble 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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Courtney Chrestensen

Ensemble Director and Lessons Coordinator

Courtney Chrestensen has been an intern and then instructor for GIYO. She graduated from the Jacksonville University Strings Program with a degree in Viola Performance. Courtney currently is the Assistant Director of Strings at the Douglas Anderson School of the Arts in Jacksonville.

If you represent a group that would like to engage the ensemble, please contact
Ensemble Director Courtney Chrestensen at

Ensemble@GoldenIslesYouthOrchestra.org.

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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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Members of the Ensemble recently provided wedding music for a lovely wedding on Jekyll Island under the direction of Brendan Kohler.

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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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Summer Ensemble members Jason Cherne, Esther Hollingsworth, Kylie Dallas, and Matthew Pendarvis at St Simons Presbyterian Church with Music Director Rhonda Hambright!

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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.