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Symphony SPOOK-tacular!

The Johns Creek Symphony Orchestra will open its 15th anniversary season with “Symphony SPOOK-tacular,” a family-friendly matinee performance on Saturday, October 30, 2021 at 2:30 p.m. at the Johns Creek United Methodist Church, 11180 Medlock Bridge Road in Johns Creek, Georgia. Attendees are encouraged to come in costume if they like, and to arrive early to participate in hands-on activities in the lobby, courtesy of the Johns Creek Arts Center. Face masks are required inside the church.

The hour-long concert will be performed without intermission, and it will include tunes that honor the traditions of both Halloween and Día de los Muertos. Some of the featured works include Saint-Saens’ Danse Macabre, Themes from The Sorcerer’s Apprentice by Dukas, Día de los Muertos by Richard Meyer, and more.

TICKETS for this public performance range from $15-42.50, and children ages 0-2 are admitted FREE. For tickets, call (678) 748-5802 or visit Tickets to this concert are limited due to social distancing restrictions, and tickets may sell out in advance of the day of the show.

Now celebrating its 15th anniversary season, the Johns Creek Symphony Orchestra is metro Atlanta’s only fully professional, part-time symphonic orchestra, made up of professional musicians from all over the greater metro Atlanta area. The Johns Creek Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Founder and Music Director J. Wayne Baughman, provides musical enrichment for the community of Johns Creek through a three-concert series of performances, as well as additional educational programs and special events each year. 

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Thanks to Fulton County Board of Commissioners for Continued Financial Support

As we approach the end of the year, the Johns Creek Symphony Orchestra would like to publicly acknowledge the incredible level of support we receive from our friends in the community in 2020. As a nonprofit symphony orchestra, it is not feasible to support our operations based on ticket sales alone. JCSO depends heavily on grants from local and state government.

The Johns Creek Symphony Orchestra’s most significant supporter is the Fulton County Board of Commissioners, who provided us with an $18,500 contract for services to support our 2020 performances. Fulton County’s funding is critical component to the JCSO, as it supports all of our concerts, administrative and operational costs and has been doing so for several years. JCSO is a 3-year, multi-year grant recipient and we are extremely grateful and honored to receive this competitive distinction among all the many deserving arts organizations in Fulton County.

Wilson Creek Elementary School and Johns Creek Symphony Orchestra
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JCSO Has a “Blast” with Kids!

The kids jump up from their seats, laughing and pointing to the stage with huge grins on their faces. Music fills the air and they are super excited. Are they are at rock concert? (No, although the tuba player does have blue hair!) They are at a Johns Creek Symphony Orchestra performance, and they are having a ball.

Several times a season, the Johns Creek Symphony Orchestra performs in elementary schools in and around the Johns Creek area, spreading the love of classical music in a fun, educational, and non-traditional way. No one is expected to stay quiet. The orchestra loves it when the audience claps at any time during the performance, and audience participation is encouraged.
“Of all the concerts we do, these are my favorite,” remarked JCSO Music Director J. Wayne Baughman. “We are giving these children an experience they can’t get at school, and they are learning that classical music can be fun. They are our performers, supporters, and audience members of tomorrow. This is a critical mission.”

At the present time, the JCSO has two performances that it presents in the schools. The “Meet the Orchestra” performance introduces the young audience gradually to the various instrumental music families of the orchestra by virtual of a young Stan the Music Man emcee.
First, Stan welcomes the maestro and the string performers, who introduce the kids to the instruments and play a few 10-second excerpts of beautiful string-only music. This year the orchestra also featured a talented young 5th grade soloist named Elizabeth, who performed a music by Vivaldi.

Next, the woodwinds instrumentalists are brought in and introduced one by one, with short bits of music from each, from the Far East sound of the oboe to the grandfatherly bassoon. The brass enter next, demonstrating the louds and the softs, the jazzy and the outlandish. Suddenly, crashes and drumrolls sound from behind, and the kids jump up to see an entire percussion section marching down the aisle. What fun! The last instrument to join the stage is the harpist, who enthralls the room with lush waves of chords and shimmering curtains of sound. At the end, all the sections play together so the kids can hear what a complete orchestra sounds like.

On November 8, 2017 the Johns Creek Symphony performed Meet the Orchestra at Wilson Creek Elementary School in Johns Creek. “Wilson Creek Elementary was thrilled to have the Johns Creek Symphony Orchestra present Meet the Orchestra,” said Music Specialist Leslie Morgan. “No matter the performance or theory level of my students, they all had something new they took away from the program.” For the following weeks, Mrs. Morgan continued to hear accolades from both students and teachers. “The musicians were top-notch,” she said. “This is an opportunity not everyone can experience. Thanks to grant providers and the Orchestra, we were blessed this year.”

The orchestra’s second show, “Brass & Percussion Blast” concentrates on the sections of the orchestra that the kids find most fascinating. In Johns Creek, we have found that many students already take lessons on string instruments, but it is rare to find a young student studying the wind and percussion instruments. This show focuses on the brass and percussion, the origins of these instruments, and demonstrations of repertoire that are unique to these families.
Although the kids are entertained during the 50-minute concerts, there is a considerable educational component to the experience. Stan the Music Man and Maestro J. Wayne Baughman explore music terminology (such as the difference between staccato and legato) and discuss how instruments are constructed. The kids learn, for example, that a harp has pedals that control the pitch, and that the percussion section is actually the largest section of the orchestra. The maestro even points out that, sadly, his baton makes no sound at all!
The Johns Creek Symphony Orchestra’s educational programs are generally performed for 4th or 5th grade students, who shortly will be deciding whether or not to play an instrument in their school’s band or orchestra program. For many, if they do not already play an instrument, it is choice of which one they should play that is the hardest part. If time allows, after the concert the children are invited to meet the musicians, get a closer look at the instruments, and ask questions.

While the Johns Creek Symphony Orchestra would like to perform six or eight of these concerts every year, like all things it is a factor of cost. Funding for the first performance of the season was generously provided by the Fulton County Board of Commissioners and Fulton County Arts and Culture. Another concert, location as yet to be determined, will take place in the spring of 2018, funded by World Financial Group and Transamerica Foundation.
Kent H. Davies, representing World Financial Group, was in attendance at the Wilson Creek Elementary School concert. “[The JCSO] steadfastly held the excited attention of 400 elementary students! Amazing! It was a fantastic morning seeing Johns Creek Symphony Orchestra do interactive teaching and performing with these students in Johns Creek. Maestro J. Wayne Baughman, Stan the Music Man, and the musicians gave them a once-in-a-lifetime event that they will never forget.”


If you or your company would like to help fund more of these concerts for Johns Creek area kids, please contact Linda Brill, executive director, for details at or (678) 748-5802.

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Presenting Our First Culinary Fantastique

Fundraising Event at Publix Aprons Cooking School to feature American Cuisine.

Johns Creek, Georgia– The Johns Creek Symphony Orchestra is excited to announce a new fundraising event, Culinary Fantastique, which will take place on Saturday, April 28, 2018 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Publix Aprons Cooking School at Alpharetta Commons, 4305 State Bridge Road.

“Our final performance this season on May 12 is titled The American Dream,” remarked JCSO Executive Director Linda Brill. “Just as our concert will feature some of the best and most distinctive selections of American music, this companion cooking event will feature the wide diversity of tastes from different geographic areas of our country. All proceeds will benefit the Johns Creek Symphony Orchestra.”

Each tax-deductible* ticket is a passport to flavors from all four corners of the country, freshly prepared by a team of professional chefs. Learn your favorite dish’s background, how to prepare it, special cooking techniques, and more, peppered with humor and in the company of friends. The special evening culminates in a delicious four-course meal paired with wine.

TICKETS for this special event are $75 per person. The RSVP and pre-payment deadline is Friday, April 20. Reservations can be made by calling (678) 313-1094 or by email at Hurry, as only 50 tickets will be sold.

*JCSO is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. For tax purposes, this event has a value of $45 per person. Any amount donated over $45 per person is deductible to the extent permitted by law.

Now in its eleventh season, the Johns Creek Symphony Orchestra is metro Atlanta’s only fully-professional, part-time symphonic orchestra, made up of professional musicians from all over the greater metro Atlanta area. The Johns Creek Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Founder and Music Director J. Wayne Baughman, provides musical enrichment for the community of Johns Creek through a three-concert series of performances, as well as additional educational programs and special events each year.       

Thanks to our season supporters:

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Patron Thank You Reception

Here are some great photos from our Patron Thank You Reception on June 14, 2013. Pictured below are Dr. Thomas and Cherie Bantly attending our Patron Thank You Reception:

Dr. Thomas and Cherie Bantly attending our Patron Thank You Reception

Stevenette Anderson and her guest:



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JCSO Presents ‘Baroque and Classical Favorites’

Features young people’s performance

February 13, 2013

JOHNS CREEK, Ga. – The Johns Creek Symphony Orchestra will present its winter concert Feb. 16, “Baroque and Classical Favorites.”This concert features selections from Mozart and C.P.E. Bach performed by outstanding musicians under the direction of Maestro J. Wayne Baughman and spotlights a young people’s performance by the violin students of NATE – North Atlanta Talent Education.

These extremely talented young musicians will be performing the Vivaldi Concerto in A Minor, conducted by Baughman and accompanied by the JCSO.

“The Baroque Period [1600-1750] gets its name from the architectural style of the same era, and is reflective of that architecture. So the music is more ornate. It is the period of Bach, Handel and Vivaldi. There are lots of frills and fancies – and a lot of notes,” said Baughman.

The Classical Period [1750-1820] will be represented by Michael Haydn (younger brother of the more famous Franz Joseph Haydn) and Mozart, Baughman said.

The maestro is particularly excited about the young NATE musicians who will participate. The students range in age from 7 to 18 years of age. They study in Roswell under the direction of Tricia Anderson, Tracy Shealy and Rachel Bachmeier who apply the Suzuki method of teaching instruments. Also, several of these students study with JCSO Concertmaster Adelaide Federici and violinist Kim Barnes.

This is the first time the JCSO has invited so many young students to perform as guest soloists.

“This is unusual in that all of the students will be playing the one Mozart concerto collectively as soloists,” Baughman said. “These kids are very solid. They play with a lot of confidence. When you are a 10- or 11-year-old student and have been playing the violin for five or six years, you walk out on that stage and don’t bat an eyelash.”

The concert will also take the time to recognize the contributions made by state, local and regional civic organizations and government leaders who have embraced the arts.

The support of local arts entities contributes to the quality of life in our communities, said Baughman. Their efforts ensure that the arts will remain a priority in the region.

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Our Town: Johns Creek City growth rate enables first-rate orchestra

(Originally published in the AJC)

By H.M. Cauley

J. Wayne Baughman saw the growth in Johns Creek coming years before it ever exploded. As far back as the late 1980s, when he first started working in the area, he knew it was going to be big. And the church musician, chorale director and conductor had a big idea to match it.

The insight struck as Baughman was conducting a holiday performance of Handel’s Messiah.

“I did the unthinkable,” he now admits, “and allowed my brain to think of something else in the middle of conducting. But it was a great idea: that we could have a professional orchestra here. It was an idea born long before anything was done about it. It even took three years just to incorporate. But everything I was told about the growth patterns here has happened; in fact, it’s even more terrific than we anticipated.”

Baughman saw the subdivisions, schools and office parks going up and believed that the people who lived and worked in them would support a professional orchestra. And he meant it to be professional, not a community organization of volunteers or students alongside a few paid musicians, but a full complement of top-tier performers. Baughman’s idea became a reality almost six years ago, and ever since, the professional Johns Creek Symphony has offered residents on the northside the chance to hear what Baughman calls “big-time classical, symphonic music.”

“I’m not discouraging people from hearing the Atlanta Symphony,” he assures. “But they now can hear great music without having to travel an hour each way to go to Midtown. As our mission statement says, we’ll play the greatest music at the highest professional level.”

Finding high-calibre musicians to fill the orchestra’s 45 seats has not been a challenge, said Baughman, who recruits players from around the metro area.

“We’ve hired and retained the most highly qualified musicians who do not already work for the ASO,” he said with a smile. “We’re very lucky to live in a [metro] area with a lot of talented people – probably enough to build two professional orchestras.”

The Johns Creek group stages about four concerts a year in various locations from the local high school to the 2,000-seat sanctuary of the Johns Creek Baptist Church. The annual holiday gala will take place tonight at St. Benedict Catholic Church where Baughman, 66, is the music director. Ticket sales from the concerts, along with government grants, corporate support and individual donations, keep the music playing.

“I think the people in our community are really beginning to develop an identity with the orchestra,” said Baughman. “They have a great deal of pride in the fact that we do have our own.”

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Meet the Orchestra

Cool instruments! Great music! Awesome musicians! Join us this weekend for a fun get together in the community! Watch JCSO perform and have the chance to meet them to ask them questions.

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Summer Strings 2012

Our goal is to provide a concentrated six days of instruction by top professional musicians who seek to share their knowledge & love of music with beginner, intermediate and advanced-level students.

Emphasis will be given to proper technique which will reinforce and enhance your student’s musical experience as they learn how to play in ensembles and then in the larger orchestral setting. They can bring this into any musical environment throughout the school year.

Finally, your students will experience the sense of community as they build relationships with their fellow musicians while taking ownership of this program.

Music Classes: Sectional instruction by instrument to give the student more individualized attention on their string instrument, concentrating on the development of technique and sight reading which will help prefect their playing ability.Fiddle Classes: How about something really different and fun? Fiddle classes are open to all students regardless of level. Recreation & BreaksStudents will have breaks throughout the day for some fun, recreation and a chance to just relax!


Please send in bag lunch each day. Snacks and drinks will be provided.

Camp Days & Times

  • Monday June 11 through Friday June 15 Check in 8:45 AM; pick-up 4:00 PM
  • Saturday June 16 check in 8:45 AM, camp dismissal after final concert and reception!

Join fellow students for a fun week studying with some of the most talented musicians in the Atlanta Metro Area!

Group Performance

Beginner Orchestra for the younger music student with some experience but still needs to learn the basics of playing in an ensemble.

Intermediate –Advanced Orchestra

For the more advanced and slightly older student who has had a few years of orchestra or ensemble experience.

Chamber Music

Learn to play in small ensembles where musicians are usually one or two on a part. Fantastic for learning how to collaborate with fellow musicians!


Honors Recital

Friday, June 15 2:30 pm

Teachers will select those students who have demonstrated significant musical growth throughout the week, to present a brief selection of their choice. Coaching and performance technique will be provided.

Grand Finale Concert- All ensembles
Saturday, June 16 at 11:30 AM Everyone is invited to listen to your campers as they perform, and then enjoy a delicious reception afterward. A great way to end an amazing week of music!

Camp Eligibility

Students with some prior playing experience who are rising 4th grade through rising 11th graders in the 2012-2013 school year.


Mt. Pisgah School
Mt. Pisgah Christian School will be the venue for our camp, with use of their music & choral rooms, band room, gym, cafeteria and surrounding grounds in which to instruct and perform. Our final performance will be in the beautiful sanctuary, South Hall.


$395/Limited Scholarships Available

$375 if paid in full by April 1, 2012. Credit Cards are accepted (see application). Payment DUE IN FULL May 30, 2012. Make Check payable to Johns Creek Symphony, write Summer Strings 2012 in memo line.


J. Wayne Baughman
Music Director, JCSO

Adelaide Federici
Concertmaster JCSO, Violin & Artistic Director

Tim Aucoin, Orchestra Director
Director of Orchestra & Instrumental Music Northview HS

Alison James
First Violin, JCSO

Cindy Beard
Principal Viola, JCSO

Meghan McGuire
Principal Cello, JCSO

Todd Markey
Assistant Principal Bass, JCSO



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Music in the Park: Featuring the Johns Creek Symphony Brass

Exceptional brass ensemble performing some of our most beloved and popular music from Irving Berlin and Duke Ellington, to a Salute to George M. Cohan. How about the William Tell Overture by Rossini or Cancan from Orpheus by Offenbach? And how can you miss with Gershwin and John Philip Sousa? Stars & Stripes Forever is the perfect way to end the evening! With nearly one hour of outstanding musical selections, you will be delighted you brought your chairs and picnic to this special event.

Please note that the event starts at 4:00pm and the JCSO Brass is to play at 6:00pm.

Oct 15, 2011 @ 6:00 PM
Newtown Park
3000 Old Alabama Road
Johns Creek, GA 30022