Georgia Piedmont Youth Orchestra

Sergio Rodriguez was named Georgia Piedmont Youth Orchestra’s music director and conductorSergio Rodriguez in January 2018.

Mr. Rodriguez has been teaching orchestra in the United States since 1997. He has been appointed as the new orchestra director at Milton High School. Previously, he was the orchestra’s director at Grady High School in Atlanta, where he also taught guitar and music appreciation. His orchestra program has been recognized by the Georgia Music Educators Association with superior ratings for outstanding performances. He conducted at Carnegie Hall, and was selected to conduct at the prestigious American String Teacher Association National Orchestra Festival (ASTA). Recently, under his leadership, Milton Chamber Orchestra has been selected to perform at Chicago Gold Orchestra Festival 2018. Mr. Rodriguez was named Best Teacher of The Year by the Atlanta Family Award for Excellence in Education in 2010 and was promoted to Lead Master Teacher. READ MORE

Soprano Tiffany Uzoije sings Cantique de Noël

In an electrifying performance that drew hushed tones and then a standing ovation, Atlanta Opera soprano Tiffany Uzoije thrilled the Alpharetta, GA, Rotary.

A packed room of Rotarians, GPYO musicians and family were inspired by a commanding performance of Cantique de Noël (better known as Oh Holy Night) by Uzoije and the orchestra.

The orchestra also performed four other pieces at the holiday breakfast at the Alpharetta Presbyterian Church on Dec. 15, 2017. Among those was The Swan from Carnival of the Animals by Saint-Saens, featuring solo cellist Morgan Lyke accompanied by Maestro Rolando Salazar on piano.

Georgia Piedmont Youth Orchestra Teams with Choir

On Saturday, Nov.18, 2097, GPYO performed its fall concert at Centennial High School.

The orchestra entertained attendees with the Overture to the Magic Flute, by Mozart, Then, the orchestra performed the Vivaldi’s Gloria with the Atlanta Academy of Vocal Arts, directed by Maria McDaniel Willathgamuwa. Two members of the Chattahoochee High School Chamber Choir, directed by Jennie Fabianski, joined in the singing.

More About the Georgia Piedmont Youth Orchestra

The Georgia Piedmont Youth Orchestra is accepting applications to audition for the 2017-2018 season, the fifth season for North Fulton’s premier youth orchestra.

High School Students are welcome to audition for all positions on Saturday, August 19 from 9:00 a.m. to noon at Centennial High School. See audition requirements and the registration form.

This season is under the baton of Sergio Rodriguez. Maestro Rodriguez was appointed as the new orchestra director at Milton High School. He conducted at Carnegie Hall, and was selected to conduct at the prestigious American String Teacher Association National Orchestra Festival (ASTA).

Rehearsals start on August 28. See our schedule on the right.

The advantages to becoming a member of this new orchestra include:

  • Working with an outstanding conductor in various sectional rehearsals.
  • Rehearsing Monday evenings in the North Fulton area.
  • Playing with other outstanding musicians in a full orchestra setting.
  • Performing challenging repertoire
  • Building valuable experience for college applications.

Orchestra and Band members should seriously consider auditioning for this challenging experience.

Membership is open to all qualifying high school students. The GPYO has drawn players principally from Cobb, Gwinnett and Fulton counties, as well as Forsyth County to the north. Musicians from at least 16 high schools (grades 9-12) as well as private and church schools have already become members.

The GPYO closed its fourth season with an outstanding performance of patriotic music at the Georgia State Capitol in Atlanta on May 30, 2017. The performance consisted of a similar repertoire that was played on Memorial Day at the American Legion Post 201 in Alpharetta. Photo by Kathleen Carpenter

Must-see photos from the Georgia Capitol concert are displayed here.

Memorial Concert Photo Gallery Posted

Enjoy 39 photos from the Memorial Day 2017 concert, which are displayed here, and taken by Board Member Ron Cioffi.