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We are working to provide

great camps for the Summer of 2021!


Philharmonia Camp

July 5-10, 2021

at the


of Coastal Georgia

AUDITIONS for 2021 GIYO July Philharmonia Camp
Monday, May 24, 2021 at Glynn Academy.

Students should contact Suzanne Morrison for audition excerpts.

Suzanne Morrison,
GIYO General Manager

GIYO June Camp,
June 21-25, 2021


Frederica Academy,

St. Simons Island

AUDITIONS for 2021 GIYO June Camp

Open to musicians with a minimum of one year

instruction on a string.

Saturday, May 22, 10:00 a.m -1:00 p.m.

Tuesday, May 25, 4:00-7:00 p.m.
both at Unitarian Church, 1710 Gloucester, Brunswick

Students should contact JoAnn Davis for audition excerpts.

JoAnn Davis

VP Musician Development

or text 912-399-0436

Highlights from previous summer camps.

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Each summer members of the Golden Isles Youth Orchestra participate in a week-long intensive instructional program, held at the College of Coastal Georgia. Young musicians stay on campus in the residence hall and receive instruction from professional musicians drawn from all parts of the United States to begin their study of the music which will be played at the GIYO winter and spring concerts.  

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2019 JUNE CAMP –
The Future of the Golden Isles Youth Orchestra

At the 2019 June Camp, 64 musicians from four coastal Georgia counties, twelve schools (and three homeschoolers) and two states focused for a week on classical orchestral music, made new friends and had fun. At June Camp, beginning strings musicians (many from our STRING-on! weeks) got their first intensive strings experience and there we also trained some of our oldest high school musicians to teach beginning students.  We welcomed back some of our alumni as teachers. And we worked hard with those musicians wanting to transition to our older orchestra as we re-stocked our mid-level Symphonette orchestra. June Camp closed, as usual, with a well-attended “Families and Friends” performance.

Please contact JoAnn Davis at
for more information. 

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Beethoven Ensemble
Abigail Poirier conductor, Gabrielle Riddick and Zhane Waye,

GA Class of 2019 Aides

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Conductor Courtney Chrestensen with the Mozart Ensemble

Our Camp Instructors

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Among the instructors at the June 2019 Camp were recent graduates (or one soon to be) of local colleges. 

All of them have dual degrees in Performance and in Music Education.

Pictured above are (front) Edward Latimer, a JU graduate who is currently the conductor of the Jacksonville Civic Orchestra, (row 2, left) Whitt Locke, Georgia Southern graduate currently employed in the Muscogee County School District; (right) William Page, Georgia Southern graduate teaching this year at Richmond Hill Middle School in Bryan County; (back row – left) Ben Cork, fourth year music student at Georgia Southern; (right) Courtney Chrestensen, graduate of Jacksonville University who will teach at the Douglas Anderson School of the Arts in Jacksonville in the fall. All of the above have dual degrees in Performance and in Music Education.

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Thomas Trinh (GIYO alumni)  - Berry College Adjunct and Columbus (GA) Symphony Manager with his Haydn Ensemble