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News from GIYO


We have a new piccolo! A piccolo is a small flute usually made of wood. It plays higher notes than a regular flute. Sometimes our music requires our flute players to switch back and forth between flute and piccolo parts. Having this piccolo will allow our musicians to move smoothly between instruments. Keep your ears open for the sound of the piccolo at our next concert!


GIYO flutist Alex Kaercher playing the piccolo

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Pictured from Glynn Academy: 
Ryan Walsh
Lily Kate Akins
Griffin Lee
Ivan Barr


Congratulations to GIYO musicians Lily Kate Akins and Ivan Barr for becoming 2023 National Merit Semifinalists! Only four students from Glynn County schools received this designation!



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L to R: Lauren Hightower, Maria Bravo, Sophia Bravo, Taylor Buffington, Tess Redden, Lily Kate Akins, Alex Kaercher, Marquavious Stanley

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Maestro Peña helping a musician with her iPad

Through the generosity of ACT, Communities of Coastal Georgia Foundation, Christ Church Frederica, Susan Shipman, Uli Keller, and Sarah and Anthony Kreimborg, GIYO is the owner of 35 iPads! These iPads are already assigned to the musicians in our Philharmonia orchestra. Our musicians use the iPads for storing and reading their music. For some students, the iPad is their only computer in the house. iPads can be used for schoolwork through the school portal and for internet research. Each iPad comes with a foot pedal for turning pages while playing, an Apple pencil to mark notes on music, a protective folio and cables. Our librarian is able to download music and applications and monitor usage. Previously we printed music on reams and reams of paper each semester. No more massive printing or lost pages! 

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