Southern Mississippi Youth Orchestra

The Southern Mississippi Youth Orchestra provides students with positive experiences and gives them opportunities to be part of an ensemble where they can interact with other young players who share their interest in music. This program will benefit local string musicians by improving their playing level, increasing their orchestral experience, and preparing them to be part of an orchestra program at the collegiate level.

About Us

The Southern Mississippi Youth Orchestra was founded in the fall of 2005 under the direction of conductor violinist Jorge I. Gonzalez with the support of the Southern Mississippi Symphony Orchestra. The mission of the Southern Mississippi Youth Orchestra is to provide young musicians the opportunity to perform masterworks and to encourage leadership and discipline while cultivating an appreciation of music and the arts in the community. The Southern Mississippi Youth Orchestra provides orchestral experience, coaching, and master classes to players 18 and younger who demonstrate serious interest in orchestral playing. It will provide students with positive experiences and give them opportunities to be part of an ensemble where they can interact with other young players who share their interest in music. This program will benefit local string musicians by increasing their playing level and their orchestral experience and preparing them to be part of an orchestra program at the collegiate level.

 

About the Conductor

Violinist and conductor Jorge Iván González, a native of Monterrey, Mexico, holds a master and bachelor degrees in music performance from The University of Southern Mississippi. Mr. González was the recipient of the “George and Hilda Magee” award, finalist of the “Canadian Music Competition Incorporated” in Toronto, Canada; winner of the 1999 Collegiate Artist Strings State Competition in Mississippi; finalist of the 2000 Divisional Competition in Richmond, Virginia; winner of the 2001 “William T. Gower Concerto. The Southern Mississippi Youth Orchestra provides students with positive experiences and gives them opportunities to be part of an ensemble where they can interact with other young players who share their interest in music. This program will benefit local string musicians by improving their playing level, increasing their orchestral experience, and preparing them to be part of an orchestra program at the collegiate level. The Southern Mississippi Youth Orchestra was founded in the fall of 2005 under the direction of conductor violinist Jorge I. Gonzalez with the support of the Southern Mississippi Symphony Orchestra. The mission of the Southern Mississippi Youth Orchestra is to provide young musicians the opportunity to perform masterworks and to encourage leadership and discipline while cultivating an appreciation of music and the arts in the community. The Southern Mississippi Youth Orchestra provides orchestral experience, coaching, and master classes to players 18 and younger who demonstrate serious interest in orchestral playing. It will provide students with positive experiences and give them opportunities to be part of an ensemble where they can interact with other young players who share their interest in music. This program will benefit local string musicians by increasing their playing level and their orchestral experience and preparing them to be part of an orchestra program at the collegiate level. Competition” at USM; and awarded 2001 “New Young Artist” of the Victoria Bach Festival in Victoria, Texas. He has attended music festivals in Switzerland, Austria, and the U.S. While a student at USM, he served as concertmaster of the Southern Mississippi Symphony Orchestra with soloists Jean-Pierre Rampal, Itzhak Perlman, Yo-Yo Ma, Edgar Meyer, Sir James Galway, and Placido Domingo. Mr. González has given solo recitals in Mexico, Canada, and in the U.S. He has also played as a soloist with orchestras in Mexico and, in the U.S. Mr. González is currently assistant concertmaster of the Mobile Symphony Orchestra and the Gulf Coast Symphony Orchestra; teacher and conductor of the HPSD High School and Middle School string orchestras; serves as Adjunct Professor at The University of Southern Mississippi as founder and conductor of the Southern Mississippi Youth Orchestra; conductor of the Philharmonic Orchestra at the Premier Orchestral Institute in Jackson, MS and Music Director of the FestivalSouth Orchestral and Chamber Music Academy. 

 

How to Join

Contact Us

smyostrings@yahoo.com

 

 

 

SMKOThe Southern Mississippi Kids Orchestra (SMKO) is for beginning level fourth and fifth graders with no experience required. Students will have fun learning the basics of violin, viola, cello or bass with friends in a string orchestra. 

 

Average costs of private instruction vs. orchestra group instruction: on the low end, $60/month for 4 lessons. However, The Southern Mississippi Kids Orchestra is only $120 for the whole fall semester and includes 12 sessions! 

That's an AMAZINGLY affordable way for your child to learn an instrument and be involved with a group!


For more information, email us at smkostrings@gmail.com or call, 601.408.0755.