Patron Thank You Reception – June 14, 2013

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


Concert Highlights

Teacher Jan Norton and her students Sue and Wayne right after Saturday night’s performance!



Wayne with Charles Sayre, a renown and highly sort after arranger/composer.


Highlights from the Baroque and Classical Favorites Concert

The evening was certainly wonderful, especially sharing with JCSO friends and supporters! Here are some highlights from the event, particularly pictures of the NATE students who performed with us!

NATE Students Nate Feb Concert 9 Nate Feb Concert 6 Nate Feb Concert 3


Johns Creek Symphony Orchestra 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.

JCSO in the AJC

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

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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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

Season Five Premiere: Masterworks 2011!

Featuring JCSO Principal Cellist Meghan McGuire

Join us on October 29, 2011, Saturday at 8:00 PM for our Season Five Premiere “Masterworks!” featuring Haydn’s Concerto in C Major for Cello and Orchestra; Rosamunde Overture by Schubert and Mendelssohn’s Incidental Music for a Midsummer Night’s Dream.

JCSO Principal Cellist Meghan McGuire is soloist as Maestro J. Wayne Baughman leads in masterworks by three of classical music’s greatest composers.

2011 Arts on the Creek Festival

This past Labor Day Weekend, the JCSO was delighted to be part of the Arts on the Creek Festival in Johns Creek. Several thousand turned out to experience music & art, vendors from all over the southeast, as well as local businesses display their wares to the greater Johns Creek community.  We were part of the Arts Alliance Artists Village comprised of six major artistic and cultural entities all based in Johns Creek.  Eight of our very talented musicians made quite an impact on the crowds as they performed throughout the weekend, wowing them with strings, reeds, harp & flute along with a very loud percussion blast!

Summer Strings 2011! Music Camp

The first inaugural Summer Strings 2011! Music Camp held by the Johns Creek Symphony Orchestra concluded on Saturday, June 18th with great success! An outstanding final recital capped an exciting week of sectional, technique and orchestral instruction for 23 area students. Ranging from rising fourth through rising eleventh graders, these students worked to perfect their sound and quality of play, and then had master classes in fiddle instruction which they loved! Each day the students were able to enjoy a recital by invited musicians from the greater Atlanta Metro area and could then blow off some steam with fun recreational time. Each afternoon focused orchestra/ensemble play, and given the results of the final concert, it would appear as though they learned their lessons well. Instruction was provided by JCSO principal musicians, along with Concertmaster Adelaide Federici and Maestro J. Wayne Baughman who directed the orchestra. Special thanks to Mt. Pisgah Christian School who allowed us to rent their beautiful facilities, along with Bryan Hatmaker, Mt. Pisgah Director of Band and school liaison to the camp. Special thanks to the corporate sponsors RBC Bank, CIBAVISION, Gwinnett Medical Center Duluth, Optech Monett and Champps Americana who helped make this possible. For additional information, questions about the JCSO or for Summer Strings 2012! email or call 678-748-5802.



Shall We Dance?

Dance as a social activity and art form has a rich and glorious history dating back to Medieval times.  Naturally, any review or historical perspective of dance must delve deeply into the music which accompanies the movement.  In its Season Four finale, the JCSO will perform an array of dance music from four historical periods.  Bourrée, minuet, polka, waltz, two step, mazurka, foxtrot, tango and swing are just some of the dance styles we‘ll be sampling with help, of course, from real live ballroom dancers. This light-hearted program will have you dancing in the aisles.

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