Season 9 Is Here!

Welcome to Season Nine! We are excited to invite you attend what is going to be a remarkable three-concert season under the direction of Maestro J. Wayne Baughman, filled with special programs and guest performers. To ensure your seating and tickets to all events, purchase a Friends & Family Season Ticket Package for a 10% savings today!

We begin this season with a very special milestone – our 10th Anniversary Annual Christmas Gala & Holiday Pops Concert. Yes, that’s right, ten years of performing the best holiday music in all of the north metro area! Your season ticket ensures a seat among what will be a sold out audience of 1,400 patrons as we bring you the full JCSO and Christmas Gala Chorus, the return of special featured guest Jazz Trumpeter/Big Band Performer Joe Gransden and his quartet, along with guest soloists and just perhaps a few surprises! We return to the beautiful Johns Creek United Methodist Church on Saturday, December 19th at 8:00pm. Note that these tickets are for general admission seating, mailed Fall 2015.

For the next two concerts, we return to the Theater at Johns Creek High School. On Saturday, February 27, 2016 we present “Side by Side!” This very special evening of music enables us to support our commitment of providing professional assistance to the area’s best high school musicians by having them perform on stage with the JCSO. For the first part of our evening, there will be over 80 musicians on stage at the same time! We welcome the Georgia Piedmont Youth Orchestra (GPYO) and their conductor Rolando Salazar. Selections will include Academic Festival Overture by Brahms, Prelude to Die Meistersinger by Wagner, and Danse Bacchanale from Samson and Delilah by Saint-Saens. After intermission, the JCSO returns to perform Beethoven’s 5th.

On May 14th we present our season finale a “Salute to Love!” This pops tribute will highlight the music of love and romance from Bacharach to Bizet. Enjoy musical selections from Dr. Zhivago and West Side Story, medleys from Burt Bacharach along with other pops classics, and some light classical tributes such as Tchaikovsky’s Romeo and Juliet Fantasy Overture and Bizet’s Carmen Suite No.1. A soprano soloist and a few other special guests will make this an outstanding way to conclude Season Nine! Note: Tickets for February and May are reserved and will be mailed sometime after January 2016.

Meet The Orchestra at Shakerag Elementary

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Kids Say Thank You For Meet the Orchestra

Meet the Orchestra Thank You Collage

Spring Action

We’ve been busy this spring, here’s some of where we’ve been!

Autrey Mill

Autrey Mill MS JCSO Quartet 2014









Park Place

JCSO Wind Ensemble at Park Place May 2014









Webb Bridge Program

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Meet the Orchestra at State Bridge Crossing Elementary

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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!

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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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