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

The Symphony Orchestra, 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 Symphony 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 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 

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.

2019 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 five graduating seniors who have done just that. Our award recipients are Ansley McNeese, Brianna Milks, Eunice Quartey, Gabrielle Riddick, and Zhane’ Waye.

Ansley McNeese - Ansley has played clarinet for four years as a member of GIYO. She has been a member of the All-State band for three years and is a Governor’s Honors semi-finalist. She has been a  leadership council member and is a member of the Golden Isles Community Band. Ansley plans to attend the Hugh Hodgson School of Music at the University of Georgia in the fall.


Brianna Milks is a five-year member of GIYO and first chair violin who has served the last two as co-concertmistress. Brianna has been a member of the ensemble and attended Jacksonville University’s Chamber Music Intensive. She is a vital part of the GIYO teaching program. She will be honored by SFX on Friday, May 24. Following graduation from Glynn Academy she plans to attend Georgia Tech majoring in Biomedical Engineering.
Eunice Quartey is also a five-year member of GIYO. She plays viola and is  a member of the leadership council. She attended Jacksonville University’s  Intensive Strings Camp and the Georgia Southern Strings Festival, and received a 2019 Mozart Society Scholarship. After graduating from Glynn Academy, she plans to attend Georgia State majoring in Sports Medicine and minoring in Music Performance.


Gabrielle Riddick has played bass with GIYO for five years and is an ensemble member. She attended JU’s Chamber Music Intensive and ASTIA camp. Gabi is an All-State Semi-finalist, a Georgia Secretary of State Ambassador, and a past Mozart Society scholarship winner. She is a Leadership Council member, and plans to major in Quantitative Social Science at Dartmouth College.

Zhané Waye has been with GIYO for five years.  A first chair violin, she has served as co-concertmistress for the past two years. She is also a leadership council member and ensemble member. Zhané has been a teacher for our younger musicians. She has been awarded a Merit Supplemental Scholarship, a Porter B. Byrum Scholarship and the Wake Forest Endowment Scholarship for her academic and musical achievement. She plans on double majoring at Wake Forest University in Music and Neuroscience, with a minor in Economics.

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