Symphonette Happenings

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 intermediate 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

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Fall 2020 Symphonette members. Todd Lockwood, conductor and music director.

Shannon & Todd Lockwood

For the last five years, professional musicians and college instructors Todd and Shannon Lockwood have carefully selected music and implemented a Symphonette structure designed to develop the musical skills and techniques necessary to qualify for GIYO’s advanced orchestra. It is the goal of all current GIYO programs to enable musicians to attain this goal. 

Mr. Lockwood has been a member of the Jacksonville Symphony since 2009.  He is active as a music educator, teaching bass at Jacksonville University and for GIYO.  He earned a Bachelor of Music, with highest Honors, at the University of Colorado, and completed a Master of Music and a Performer Diploma from Indiana University.

Shannon Lockwood, who teaches GIYO cellists, is an assistant professor in cello and music theory at Jacksonville University. A regular substitute cellist with the Jacksonville Symphony, she earned a Doctorate in Musical Arts at the University of Cincinnati after graduating summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Music from the University of Denver.

2021 Symphonette Rehearsals Schedule

Spring rehearsals for members of
GIYO’s Symphonette orchestra
are held from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m.

at the Unitarian Universalists Church of Coastal Georgia,

1710 Gloucester Street, Brunswick, GA


Space considerations associated with COVID prevented the addition of new members.

(all start at 6PM unless otherwise indicated)

Monday, February 1
Monday, February 8

Monday, February 15 (no rehearsal)
Monday, February 2
Monday, March 8

Monday, March 15 (school holiday)
Monday, March 22
Monday, March 29

Monday, April 5 (spring break)
Monday, April 12
Monday, April 19

“Families and Friends” performance
Tuesday, April 20 - Details TBA