For additional information about our programs, click on the program titles below.

Philharmonia, conducted by Maestro Jorge Peña, is our auditioned full orchestra for area musicians ages 12-21.
The orchestra performs three concerts a year – Winter and Spring Concerts and the Fall Fundraising Recital. This orchestra plays classical and pops music at Level 4 and up. Students are expected to practice daily. Students rehearse Mondays from 6:00-8:30PM during the school year. Students are also expected to attend sectionals each semester and attend Orchestra Summer Camp in July.

​For further information about the Philaharmonia Orchestra please contact Suzanne Morrison, General Manager, at .

The Chamber Ensemble

The GIYO Chamber Ensemble offers experienced strings musicians the opportunity to perform in a small group at local churches, service organization meetings, and civic celebrations. In you would like to audition for the Ensemble, contact Stephenie Powell at Membership is open by invitation only and is an honor open only to experienced players. The Ensemble rehearses weekly although members are expected to prepare music ahead of time. In addition, the Ensemble will have scheduled monthly rehearsals.

If you wish to schedule a performance, please contact Stephenie Powell at

The Symphonette
The Golden Isles Youth Orchestra offers young strings musicians with at least one year of classroom instruction the opportunity to audition for a place in Symphonette, its beginning orchestra. Participation in Symphonette can also qualify beginning musicians for the GIYO subsidized private and semi-private lesson program.

For further information contact JoAnn Davis, VP Musician Development, at


STRING-on! is an outreach program for fifth grade classrooms focusing on classical music and playing a stringed instrument. Science concepts, such as sound velocity, vibration, pitch, wave, frequency, the Dopler effect, amplitude and sound pressure, are taught as part of this ears-on and hands-on program. 

For further information contact JoAnn Davis, VP Musician Development, at

Summer Intensive & Camps

We are also pleased to offer the Golden Isles Youth Orchestra's Summer Intensive on the campus of The College of Coastal Georgia, located in Brunswick, Georgia, which is only twenty minutes from St Simons Island and Sea Island. Our camp offers professional instruction from musicians from all over the world. Attendees who are rising 9th graders and above have the option to stay in the college’s beautiful residence hall. Younger students may participate in camp as day students. Current orchestra members, students interested in joining the orchestra or those who are visiting the area may attend camp. Auditions are required and there is a fee to attend.  Also during the summer various week long camps and other instructions are available.

For further information contact Suzanne Morrison at

Lessons Opportunities
Because of the limited orchestra classes in Glynn County Schools, the GIYO board uses money raised annually from local donors and family foundations to subsidize strings lessons.  To be eligible to participate in GIYO’s lesson program, a musician must be a member of good standing in either the intermediate or the advanced GIYO orchestra.

For more information, please email JoAnn Davis at 

Fetter Award

When the youth orchestra was first formed, Beverly Stewart Fetter stepped forth as one of its first volunteers. Beverly served willingly in almost every official and unofficial role that it took to make the organization a successful one. To honor Beverly and her husband, Patrick, the GIYO board created the annual Fetter Award which is given to one or more graduating seniors who have contributed the most to the success of the youth orchestra.

2020 Rehearsal Scholarship Announcement

The Beverly and Patrick Fetter Award recognizes a graduating member of the Golden Isles Youth Orchestra who has worked diligently to make the orchestra a premier institution. The Golden Isles Youth Orchestra Board of Directors is pleased to present the Beverly and Patrick Fetter Award to six graduating seniors who have done just that. Our award recipients are Lauren Buie, Kaylin Cox, Nola Cox, Landon Wilson, Joy Wooten, and Brooke Zell.


Lauren Buie has played clarinet for four years as a member of GIYO. Prior to that, she played cello with GIYO’s Symphonette. She has been a member of the District Honor Band and the All Region Band and was a Governor’s Honors nominee. Lauren is a drum major for the Glynn Academy Band. She has been a GIYO Leadership Team member and hopes to join an orchestra at the University of Georgia, where she will major in Biological Sciences (pre-med.)


Kaylin Cox is four-year member of GIYO and a Leadership Team member for GIYO. She has been the first chair trombone in the Glynn Academy wind ensemble and Jazz band, and a section leader for the GA marching band. She was selected first chair All- District and All-Region Band and was an All-State Band member. Kaylin played with the Golden Isles community band for five years. Following graduation, she plans to study music at UGA’s Hugh Hodgson School of Music.

Nola Cox is a five-year member of GIYO. She plays bassoon and has served on the GIYO Leadership Team. Nola has been a member of the Glynn Academy Wind Ensemble and the marching band while at GA and had a leadership role in her senior year of the band. She was selected for All-District and All-Region Band. Nola has played in the Golden Isles Community Band and with holiday ensembles in local churches. After graduating from Glynn Academy, she plans to attend Valdosta State majoring in Biology and minoring in music.

Landon Wilson is a four-year percussionist in GIYO. A GIYO Leadership Team member, Landon has also played in Glynn Academy’s marching and concert bands all four years and is a vibraphonist in the jazz band. Landon has played with the Golden Isles Community band for five years. Landon has been selected All-District and All-Region band and made the GMEA All-State Orchestra his sophomore year. He was a semifinalist for Governor’s Honors and received the “First Chair Award” in the school band. Landon has the Zell Miller scholarship to study Music Technology and Statistics at Georgia Tech.

Joy Wooten has been with GIYO as a horn player for three years. She has been a member of Glynn Academy’s Band since 2016. She is also a GIYO Leadership Team member and a Section leader. Joy was selected to All-District Band. She has played at numerous local churches. She plans to study and psychology and music at Kennesaw State and intends to pursue a career as a music therapist.

Brooke Zell has been involved with GIYO for six years, playing viola at Glynn Middle and then at Glynn Academy. She has been first chair viola in the GIYO Ensemble the past two years. Brooke has served as an instructor assistant for Symphonette camp and taught lessons. She has been a GIYO Leadership Team member. She is also an accomplished equestrian and sailor. Brooke plans to attend the University of Georgia in the fall to study mechanical engineering.