YOUTH ORCHESTRA ASSOCIATION OF GREATER COLUMBUS INC

aka YOUTH ORCHESTRA OF GREATER COLUMBUS   |   Columbus, GA   |  www.yogc.org

Mission

To teach young people about music. To provide the opportunity for young instrumentalists to have the highest quality musical experience in an orchestral setting. To foster the discipline necessary to be successful in music, recognizing that this discipline is invaluable in life's other pursuits. To instill a sense of value of the arts as an enrichment in every aspect of life.

Ruling year info

1994

Executive Director

Mrs. Stephanie Payne

Music Director/Conductor

James D Palmer

Main address

P.O. Box 8612

Columbus, GA 31908 USA

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EIN

58-2079186

NTEE code info

Symphony Orchestras (A69)

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Our programs

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String Orchestra/Youth Orchestra

Over 100 students audition into two orchestras, a string orchestra and symphony orchestra. Selected students come from five counties and over 30 schools in the region. Weekly rehearsals prepare students for four concerts a season in professional concert halls. Special events within this program include guest artist residencies with artists like Mark Wood and Time For Three; side by side experiences with the Columbus Symphony Orchestra; and collaborative performances with The Columbus Ballet and Voices of the Valley Children's Choir. Tuition is $300/child, but help is available through YOGC's Tuition Assistance Program.

Population(s) Served

Supporting the Summer String Camp provides a unique, fun, and enriching summer experience for local string players ages 8-18. YOGC combines fun with a challenging music curriculum that takes students from sight reading to performance-ready in just five days. Most string players’ first experience with YOGC is through the Summer String Camp and come back for the String and Symphony Orchestras in the fall because of their experience at camp.
• Daily fiddling sessions learning tunes by ear with guest artist
• Free final concert in Legacy Hall for family and friends
• Daily sectionals with professional music educators
• Practice performing music from memory
• Daily string orchestra rehearsals
• Daily chamber group rehearsals
• Improvisation instruction

Population(s) Served

YOGC hosts an orchestra festival designed to imitate a competition environment in order to prepare young students to perform at a high level under pressure. Local county school orchestra programs come to perform for three highly-renowned judges before getting to work with YOGC's Music Director and Conductor Jim Palmer for a clinic. We provide each participating orchestra with oral and written feedback and a professional recording of the performance, all at zero cost, including transportation, to the school system.

Population(s) Served

The purpose of this fund is to provide students with high-quality instruments that are out of their family’s financial reach. Developing musicians need access to instruments that exceed their playing capability. Otherwise, it equates to a racecar driver trying to become a professional driver with an economy car. Once a student outgrows an instrument, it impedes their musical development and can be incredibly discouraging and frustrating. To that end, the Bradley-Turner Foundation provided funding to create an instrument fund with YOGC. Every year, YOGC goes through the following process:
• Students apply for available instruments via essays;
• A committee of board members selects the winners;
• Selected students play the instrument, rent-free, for the rest of their tenure in YOGC;
• Upon graduation, the student returns their instrument, which is redistributed the following season.

Population(s) Served

Supporting the Tuition Assistance Program provides funding for students from all walks of life to participate in YOGC’s programs without placing a financial burden on their families. The process is completely private and 100% separate from the audition process to ensure equality of opportunity and the families’ privacy. Families apply in the fall for the String and Youth Orchestra’s tuition and in the late spring for the Summer String Camp’s tuition.
• String and Youth Orchestra tuition: $300/child
• Summer String Camp tuition: $250/child
• Chamber Music fee: $25/child
• Musicians on financial aid: 20%
• Average financial aid award: $183.66
• Average number of awards per season: 27

Population(s) Served

Supporting YOGC’s Chamber Music means providing intensive music and leadership training to 10-15 students. Funding from the Georgia Music Foundation and Ms. Charlyn Kerr provide weekly, hour-long coaching sessions for each chamber group with a Schwob School of Music faculty member that lead up to two recitals. These students also represent YOGC by performing at 8-12 community events every season. Musicians play professional-grade literature and are chosen from the top players in YOGC’s Symphonic Orchestra and learn the following:
• How to infuse individual creativity into a piece that works within the overall artistic vision;
• How to perform gigs at community events with professionalism;
• A high level of technical mastery of their instrument;
• How to work together in a small, tightly-knit group;
• How to be a strong and engaging leader; and
• How to be a supportive follower.

Population(s) Served

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Financials

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YOUTH ORCHESTRA ASSOCIATION OF GREATER COLUMBUS INC

Board of directors
as of 10/14/2020
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Ms. Kathleen Mason

WC Bradley

Term: 2018 - 2020

George Del Gobbo

Columbus Symphony Orchestra

Rick McKnight

Kiddie Shoppe

James Palmer

Youth Orchestra of Greater Columbus

Stephanie Payne

Youth Orchestra of Greater Columbus

Ron Wirt

Columbus State University - Schwob School of Music

Karen Lewis

Dusty Wellborn

Kendall Handy

Piedmont Columbus

Jan Hyatt

No Affiliation

Steve Lewis

Pratt & Whitney

Matt Whiddon

Columbus in Color Landscaping

Kathleen Mason

WC Bradley

Steve Sawyer

Synovus

Anne Scarborough

Mercy Med

Mark Sigmund

New York Life

Angela Sims

Pastoral Institute

Amy Walters

Hagler, Jackson, & Walters

Betsy Watson

Green Island Management

Briant Williams

Muscogee County School District

Christine Zanga

No Affiliation

Dusty Welborn

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? No
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? No
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No