Samuel Fordis Young Artists Concerto Competition

If you will be between the ages of 5 and 23 by October 23, 2016, we encourage you to apply for the 2016-2017 competition. For requirements, refer to the application and the
2016-2017 Concerto Competition page.


The Georgia Philharmonic is now accepting applications on all instruments. There are openings for string players to join the orchestra as full-time members, and sub opportunities available for wind, brass, and percussion. To request an audition, please complete our online application.

Upcoming Concerts

October 15, 2016, 7 pm
Fantasy Favorites
Lassiter Concert Hall

November 19, 2016, 7 pm
European Travelogue
Lassiter Concert Hall

February 11, 2017, 7 pm
Concerto Competition Showcase
Lassiter Concert Hall

March 25, 2017, 7:30 pm
Beyond Impressionism
Lassiter Concert Hall

May 6, 2017, 7 pm
Orchestral Dances
Lassiter Concert Hall

(All dates and times subject to change)

The concert was fun, delightful, and just everything that a music enthusiast could clap for. It was an evening that I won't forget and my favorite concert ever! Be careful, I'd like to hug everyone!

— Julie Eckert

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Young Artists' Concerto Competition
Young Artists‘ Concerto Competition
Saturday, February 11, 2017, 7 p.m.
Lassiter Concert Hall

The Samuel Fordis Young Artists‘ Concerto Competition — now one of the largest in the South — features the top competition winners in solo performance with the orchestra. Scores of soloists come from all over the South to compete head-to head. Without a doubt, this is one not to miss!

Four competition winners join the orcehstra for a spectacular night of showmanship. In the Apprentice category, co-winners Bethany Bobbs (Houston, TX), age 13, and Francis Tsai (Birmingham, Alabama), age 11, will perform the Tchaikovsky Variations on a Rococo Theme and the first movement of the Mendelssohn Violin Concerto in E Minor, Op. 64 respectively. In the Artisan category, fifteen year old violinist, Richard Cho (Alpharetta, GA) will perform the Vieuxtemps Violin Concerto number 5. Finally, Oboist Amelia Merriman (Sharpsburg, GA), age 21, the winner of our Virtuoso category, will perform the third movement of the Mozart Concerto in C.

Come hear how bright the future of classical music is. We promise you won't be disappointed.

A Season of Great Music Awaits You!

From epic movies to tours of the European countryside, our 2016-2017 season will be the best yet. We invite you to come along with Georgia’s premier community orchestra to experience soaring highs and heart-warming moments.

Aaron Copland's Appalachian Spring is an exceptional work of American music which paints a picture of the expansive West. Listen to a portion of our performance of Aaron Copland's Appalachian Spring.

Having visited Paris in the 1920s, George Gershwin decided to capture the bustle of the city in his 1928 piece, An American in Paris. Listen to the Georgia Philharmonic's rendition of this classic work, complete with tuned taxi horns.
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