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YOUTH AND EDUCATION

GWINNETT SYMPHONY YOUTH ORCHESTRA
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Founded in 1997, Gwinnett Symphony Youth Orchestra (GSYO) is under the direction of Dr. Gregory Pritchard. Gwinnett Symphony Youth Orchestra provides young, advanced level instrumentalists in the Gwinnett area the opportunity to supplement and enhance their music education through opportunities to learn symphonic literature and high quality orchestral and ensemble training. Membership is by audition or teacher recommendation and is open to all middle school and high school string, woodwind, brass, and percussion players. Rehearsals take place on Tuesdays at Discovery High School from 7:00 - 8:30 pm. GSYO presents three concerts per season and performs at Discovery High School Theater and Infinite Energy Theater. Interested youth musicians may inquire about membership throughout the year based on chair availability. Please complete the application here.

GREGORY PRITCHARD - MUSIC DIRECTOR

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Gregory Pritchard, one of today's leading young conductors, currently serves as the Music Director of the Gwinnett Symphony Chamber Orchestra and Staff Conductor of the Gwinnett Symphony Orchestra in Georgia. Prior to his current post, he served as the Music Director of the Gainesville Symphony Orchestra (GA) from 2005 to 2010. With a Doctor of Musical Arts Degree in Orchestral Conducting from Michigan State University Dr. Pritchard was a student of Leon Gregorian, Catherine Comet, and Elizabeth Green. He has had additional training with Gustav Meier, David Lobel, Neeme Jarvi, and Adrian Gnam as an active participant in American Symphony Orchestra League and Conductors Guild and other conducting workshops. He credits his musical sensitivity to his training in the Musin tradition with Leonid Korchmar and Peter Gribanov in St. Petersburg, Russia.
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Dr. Pritchard's technical brilliance and natural rapport with audience and orchestra alike have afforded him many opportunities over the last twenty years. He previously served as Music Director of North Georgia Symphony and Opera Company of Mid-Michigan for three seasons each. His acclaimed opera performances include La Boheme, Madama Butterfly, Don Giovanni, Don Pasquale, The Bartered Bride, The Old Maid and the Thief, and Faust. He has held faculty positions at Georgia State University, University of Evansville (IN), Indiana Wesleyan University, Taylor University (IN), Konservatori Seni Halus (Fine Arts Conservatory, Penang, Malaysia), and Hope College (MI). Additional conducting positions include Associate Conductor of the Kokomo Symphony Orchestra (IN), Music Director of the Holland Area Youth Orchestra (MI), Music Director of the Gwinnett County Youth Symphony (GA) and Assistant Conductor at the Music Festival of Arkansas and Southeastern Music Center (GA).

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