Georgia Symphony Orchestra receives $500,000 endowment and $10,000 grant

Marietta-based Georgia Symphony Orchestra received a $500,000 endowment and $10,000 grant from the Bobbie Bailey Foundation, Inc. for its music education program for young people.

“We are honored to receive these extraordinary gifts from the Bailey Foundation to help fund our Georgia Youth Symphony Orchestras program,” G.S.O. Executive Director Taylor Rambo said in the press release announcing the endowment and grant. “Our organization is committed to reducing barriers to accessible, high-quality music education experiences for talented students in Metro Atlanta and our region. These donations will allow us to take this commitment to a whole new level.

According to the press release:

The Bailey Foundation was founded in 1993 by businesswoman and philanthropist Bobbie Bailey, who had a deep passion for education, health, music and the arts, and for helping those less fortunate. Since then, the Foundation has partnered with nonprofit organizations, schools, and hospitals across the Southeastern United States to fulfill its mission to promote music and dance, enabling access to technologies cutting-edge health care and empowering women at risk.

About the Georgia Symphony Orchestra Youth Program

According to the G.S.O. websitethe Georgia Symphony Youth Orchestra was founded in 2006 and has become the largest such program in the Southeast.

The program includes five orchestras, a jazz ensemble, a percussion ensemble, chamber instrumental ensembles, and a youth choir, all selected through competitive statewide auditions.

According to the website:

GYSO’s mission is to inspire young people to discover their full potential through creativity and performance, and to build and develop the discipline and spirit to achieve their musical goals. Additionally, GYSO strives to provide artistic opportunities for all and improve the quality of cultural life in our communities.

The press release announcing the endowment states:

The GYSO program also has strong partnerships with Kennesaw State University’s Dr. Bobbie Bailey School of Music and Marietta City Schools. Additionally, a scholarship fund provides opportunities for students with financial need.

About the Georgia Symphony Orchestra

The Georgia Symphony Orchestra began in 1951 with the formation of the Marietta Music Club.

According to the G.S.O. website:

The music room in Arthur F. Moor’s home at 383 Church Street in Marietta would lay the foundations for what would evolve over the next sixty years. Talented local musicians would come together to create and share wonderful music with the public. From 1955 to 1989, Betty Shipman Bennett led the orchestra during this long period of development. The music club became the Marietta Community Symphony.

The orchestra was later renamed the Cobb Symphony as professional musicians were added to the staff, and in 2011 it became the Georgia Symphony Orchestra.

The GSO declares as mission:

The mission of the Georgia Symphony Orchestra is to enrich our community through accessible, high-quality musical and educational experiences that instill a lifelong appreciation for the arts.

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