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Johns Creek Symphony Orchestra Receives Grant Funding from Georgia Council for the Arts

Johns Creek Symphony Orchestra (JCSO) was awarded two grants by the Georgia Council for the Arts (GCA), a division of the Georgia Department of Economic Development, as part of its initial disbursement of grants for fiscal year 2021. JCSO was chosen as one of the 148 organizations throughout the state that were collectively awarded more than $1 million in funding for operating support (Partner Grant), arts projects (Project Grant), or an Arts Education Program Grant.

JCSO was awarded an FY21 Georgia Council for the Arts Partner Grant, which provides general operating support to arts organizations. This is the second year JCSO has received a partner grant from GCA, which has allowed the symphony to serve the Johns Creek community through new music performances and programs.

“This initial round of funding awarded by Georgia Council for the Arts serves to support the critical work arts organizations and artists are doing in communities to foster connectivity, rekindle joy, and support lifelong learning during these dynamic times,” said GCA Executive Director Karen Paty. “Knowing the challenges faced by our colleagues across the state due to the impact of COVID-19, it was particularly hard to not be able to fund all deserving applicants. The applications we reviewed provided evidence of continued exceptional arts programs in support of education, community development and economic development offered by arts organizations throughout the state. The staff and Board of GCA celebrate that work in all 159 counties, whether or not we are financially able to support it through these grant programs.”

The symphony was also granted an FY21 GCA – Arts Education Program Grant, which will allow JCSO to continue their community program, Meet the Orchestra, where JCSO musicians come together with Johns Creek elementary schools to introduce students to the world of professional music. Students have the opportunity to see the orchestra perform in a chamber setting and interact with the performers.

“JCSO is honored to have the continued support of GCA,” said Music Director, J. Wayne Baughman. “They’ve made it possible to share extraordinary music, performed by some of the best professional musicians in Georgia, in our home town of Johns Creek. We look forward to seeing what the 2020-2021 season brings!”

Funds awarded by Georgia Council for the Arts include appropriations from the Georgia General Assembly and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Georgia Council for the Arts uses Peer Review Panels to judge and review applications following standard practices set by the National Endowment for the Arts. Panelists are GCA Council members and fellow professionals who are experienced in the arts discipline or type of grant being reviewed, or are citizens with a record of arts activities, experience and knowledge. Grant recipients include theaters, dance companies, museums, cities, colleges and multi-discipline arts entities. A complete list of fiscal year 2021 grantees in these program areas can be found here.

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Announcing the 2019-2020 Season!

Announcing the 2019-2020 Season!

NEW SEASON TO INCLUDE POPS CONCERT,

KIDS CONCERT, NEW SEATING SECTION

Johns Creek, Georgia– The Johns Creek Symphony Orchestra is pleased to announce its 2019-2020 concert season! All concerts except for Music in Newtown Park will take place at the Johns Creek United Methodist Church, 11180 Medlock Bridge Road in Johns Creek.

The orchestra’s 13th season will feature the rollout of two new concert types – a Pops concert and a concert for kids. “We are responding to feedback from our audience members, who have indicated a strong desire for Pops and family programming,” remarked JCSO Executive Director Linda Brill. “A Kids Christmas will be designed to be sensory-friendly, and will be a perfect experience for anyone desiring a casual concert atmosphere, from families with very small children to patrons on the Autism spectrum or with Alzheimer’s.”

“We are also excited to collaborate with many Johns Creek community organizations this season, including the Johns Creek Chorale, School of Rock Johns Creek, Chattahoochee High School, and North Atlanta Dance Theatre,” said Music Director J. Wayne Baughman. “Our audiences will be amazed at the breadth of artistic talent that resides right here in Johns Creek.”

JCSO is also reconfiguring its ticketing to include a Premium Seating Section in the front and center of the hall. While this new Premium Seating Section will not have individually-assigned seats, JCSO will only sell 200 specially-marked tickets per concert in this section. Premium Seating tickets will be available first to 3-concert subscribers, at no additional charge. Single tickets will go on sale on August 19, and any remaining seats in the Premium Seating Section will be sold with a surcharge. “Our new seating configuration rewards our most loyal patrons with the first opportunity to get the best seats,” said Ms. Brill. “It is our pleasure provide this benefit to them.”

The 2019-2020 Season concert listing can be found on our concert page.

TICKET PRICING:

Premium Seating Section (1st 8 rows, center) Standard Seating Section (all other areas)
Subscriptions (on sale now until sold out):

Adults:                         $85

Seniors 55+:                $72.50

Students:                     $45

Subscriptions (on sale now):

Adults:             $85

Seniors 55+:    $72.50

Students:         $45

Single Tickets (on sale August 19):

Adults:                         $37

Seniors 55+:                $32

Students:                     $21

Single Tickets (on sale August 19):

Adults:             $34

Seniors 55+:    $29

Students:         $18

 A Kids Christmas is general admission, and is not included on the season subscription package. Single tickets (on sale August 19) are:

  • Adults 18 and over:     $20
  • Kids Age 3-17:             $15
  • Kids 2 and under:        FREE (ticket is still necessary to enter)

 For tickets, call (678) 748-5802 or visit www.johnscreeksymphony.org.

Now in its 13th 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 five-concert series of performances, as well as additional educational programs and special events each year. 

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JCSO Announces New Board Members

Peter Hildebrandt, 

Marilyn Margolis,

Karen Wall, Diana Weitz

Appointed to JCSO Board of Directors

Johns Creek, Georgia– The Johns Creek Symphony Orchestra announced the appointment of four new members to its Board of Directors, including Peter Hildebrandt, Marilyn Margolis, Karen Wall, and Diana Weitz, effective July 1, 2019. “Our newest class of board members brings a high level of expertise to the organization from the business, financial, insurance, and healthcare communities,” remarked Johns Creek Symphony Board President Craig Carter. “We look forward to working with them next season to benefit the Johns Creek Symphony Orchestra.”

With the addition of the newest members, the 17-member Board of Directors now includes:

  • Craig Carter, President – Ameriprise Financial
  • Douglas Russ, Vice-President – Premier Logistics Partners, LLC
  • William Abely, Treasurer – Leapfrog Services, Inc.
  • Lyman Louis, Secretary – Retired, CBS Publishing
  • Catherine Abely – Community Volunteer
  • Wayne Baughman – JCSO Music Director
  • Kevin Brown – Seasons Hospice and Palliative Care of Georgia
  • Ting Chiu — World Financial Group
  • Marianne de Vargas – The Vargas Group
  • Adelaide Federici – JCSO Concertmaster
  • Angela Harvey – Retired, Educator
  • Peter Hildebrandt – Executive Leader/Mentor
  • Vicki Horton – Evergreen Location Strategies
  • Dr. Kathleen Klotz – Retired, Physician/Neuroscientist
  • Marilyn Margolis – Emory Johns Creek Hospital
  • Karen Wall – Wells Fargo Advisors
  • Diana Weitz – State Farm Insurance

Peter Hildebrandt is both a businessman and freelance string bassist who has been a member of the Johns Creek Symphony for five years.  A serial entrepreneur, Peter has built several companies and sold them.  He currently owns a consulting firm which works with larger companies to bring new products to market and a music stand light manufacturing business serving both freelance musicians and professional orchestras.  He is the former president of the Georgia Philharmonic and chairman of the Associated Chamber Music Players Foundation based in NYC, an endowment which provides grants to help promote the playing of chamber music for fun.  Peter is the founder of the annual Georgia Chamber Music Retreat, now in its seventeenth year in north Georgia.  He volunteers with SCORE to mentor small business owners one-on-one and teaches workshops on financials, marketing, and starting businesses.

Marilyn Margolis is CEO of Emory Johns Creek Hospital. She began her career at Emory Healthcare more than 35 years ago at Emory University hospital as a staff nurse in CCU.  After caring for patients at the bedside for 15 years, she went to the Emergency Department as the Unit Director and began a career in leadership roles at EHC that included Director of nursing for emergency services and neurosciences, and Nursing Director for Operations.  Marilyn has extensive experience leading quality initiative teams throughout the Emory Healthcare system in areas such as Emergency Services and ICU at Emory University Hospital and Emory University Hospital Midtown.  She has also worked with teams to develop operational changes with patient flow and transfer services.  Marilyn has been a champion for patient and family centered care and has worked with patient/family advisors to institute change with patients and family input.

Marilyn came to Emory Johns Creek Hospital in early 2011 and was named CNO in August 2011.  In April 2013, Marilyn was promoted to Vice President of Operations in addition to her CNO role.  On September 1, 2014, she was named interim Chief Executive Officer before being named permanent CEO in January 2015. Notably, Marilyn is the recipient of the Nursing Management’s Visionary leader award in 2007 and the Georgia Hospital Association’s 2013 Lifetime Achievement Award.  In October 2017, Marilyn received the Distinguished Nursing Achievement Award, which is awarded to an Emory School of Nursing alumnus whose career has demonstrated continuous and exemplary contributions to the profession of nursing and/or healthcare.

Marilyn received a master in nursing administration from the Nell Hodgson Woodruff Emory University School of Nursing.  She also has done post graduate work at Harvard Business School and the Woodruff Leadership Academy.  In 2017, she was appointed and currently serves as Chair of the Johns Creek Chamber of Commerce, and is an active Board Member of the Johns Creek Advantage.  Additionally, Marilyn is a member and is the President-elect of the Rotary Club of Johns Creek.

Karen Wall is Vice President of Investments for Wells Fargo Advisors. She has been in the financial services industry for over 40 years, and with her current firm for 25-plus years, and is currently in the process of pursing the Certified Financial Planner professional designation. Karen began her career on the municipal trading desk at Kidder Peabody, and then she moved to Dean Witter Reynolds on the retail side. She jumped at the opportunity available to her by A.G. Edwards & Sons, Inc. to move her clients for better personal service. (A.G. Edwards & Sons, Inc. was purchased by Wachovia Bank, and then was acquired by Wells Fargo). She earned her Bachelors of Science degree from Reinhardt/Emory and finished her MBA program at Reinhardt in May 2016.

Karen grew up in Wichita, Kansas. She has lived in the suburbs of Atlanta for over 45 years, including Dunwoody, Alpharetta, and Milton. A widow, she has three successful children: one in the medical sector, the other two in the small business sector. She has also has five grandchildren that are great fun! In her spare time, Karen enjoys race-walking, walking the dogs (two), exercising, bicycling, sailing, walking on the beach, listening, and reading books.

Diana Weitz is a Learning Team Manager at State Farm Insurance.  In her 20 year career in State Farm she has held various leadership roles, currently leading a team responsible for the facilitation of new and existing employee training across the enterprise. An insurance professional, Diana has obtained her Chartered Property and Casualty designation and is near completion of the Fellow, Life Management Institute designation.

Diana earned her BS from William Paterson University and her MBA from Dowling College.  A northeast native, raised in NJ and lived in NY and PA, Diana relocated to Alpharetta in 2015.  Diana along with her husband spend most weekends on various bleachers supporting their two active daughters.

Complete biographies for all current Johns Creek Symphony Orchestra board members can be found online at http://www.johnscreeksymphony.org/about/board-of-directors/.

Now entering its 13th 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 five-concert series of performances, as well as additional educational programs and special events each year.           

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“An Evening of French Music” on Saturday, March 16

Concert Will Be Made Accessible to Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Patrons

The Johns Creek Symphony Orchestra will conclude its 2018-2019 season with An Evening of French Music on Saturday, March 16, 2019. A special pre-concert talk will begin at 6:15 p.m. and the concert will begin at 7:30 p.m. The concert will take place at the Johns Creek United Methodist Church, 11180 Medlock Bridge Road in Johns Creek. The performance will be conducted by JCSO Founder and Music Director J. Wayne Baughman and Dr. Nathan Frank, guest conductor. Soloists include JCSO Concertmaster Adelaide Federici, organist Jeremy Rush, and the Johns Creek Chorale, directed by Nathan Frank.

TICKETS for this public performance are $32 for adults; $27 for seniors; and $16 for students. Groups of 10 or more receive a 15% discount on tickets. For tickets, call (678) 748-5802 or visit www.johnscreeksymphony.org.

“This concert will feature some of the most beautiful music ever written by French composers,” said Music Director J. Wayne Baughman. “We are excited to highlight the musical artistry of the Johns Creek Chorale as well as the Johns Creek United Methodist Church’s mighty Aeolian-Skinner/Casavant Organ. This remarkable instrument is an artistic treasure of Johns Creek, lovingly restored and relocated to our city from the area of devastation near Ground Zero in New York City. In the hands of organist Jeremy Rush, this powerful instrument will provide an unforgettable sonic and aural experience.”

This performance will be made accessible to patrons who are deaf or hard of hearing through the addition of a sign language interpreter, written text translations, balloons to enhance vibrations, and a special pre-concert presentation (translated into ASL) given on stage beginning at 6:15 p.m. “Due to the very physical nature of this organ’s vibrations, we thought that this particular performance would be an excellent opportunity for us to reach out to people who are deaf or hard of hearing,” said JCSO Executive Director Linda Brill. “We wanted to create an environment where people of all hearing abilities can experience the beauty of classical music.”

The concert will open with Edouard Lalo’s Romance-Sérénade, which will feature JCSO Concertmaster Adelaide Federici on violin. The concert continues with Maurice Ravel’s Pavane for a Dead Princess. Right before intermission, the audience will hear Francis Poulenc’s Concerto for Organ, Timpani and Strings, featuring organist Jeremy Rush. The second half of the concert will feature the Johns Creek Chorale in Maurice Duruflé’s Requiem, Opus 9.

PRE-CONCERT PRESENTATION

The pre-concert presentation will be presented by consulting organist Randy Elkins, in partnership with Monte Nichols, beginning at 6:15 p.m. in the choir loft on stage. Mr. Elkins, who is originally from Roswell, Georgia, received both a bachelor’s and master’s degree in organ performance from the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University. While he is currently the director of music ministry at Virginia-Highlands Church, Mr. Elkins was formerly the organist at Johns Creek United Methodist Church, where he was intimately involved in this organ’s selection, renovation, and relocation to the Johns Creek United Methodist Church. Monte Nichols, who is also a member of the JCSO Board of Directors, has many years of experience with the evening’s repertoire, as a vocalist with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra’s professional Robert Shaw Chamber Singers and in 27 years as Worship and Music Pastor at Peachtree Corners Baptist Church. The presentation will include an up-close look at the organ, a review of its history, a discussion of how the instrument works, a live demonstration of the capabilities of the instrument (with the opportunity to feel the vibrations of the wooden paneling on stage), and a pre-concert Q&A session with attendees as time allows. The pre-concert presentation is free for all ticketholders of any hearing ability.

PERFORMER BIOGRAPHIES

Dr. Nathan Frank earned his undergraduate degree in voice at The University of North Texas. Venturing south to study conducting at Southern Methodist University, Nathan served as the Senior Teaching Fellow and the Tenor Section Leader for the SMU Chorale and completed his Master of Music Degree. Returning home to the University of North Texas, Nathan began his Doctorate of Musical Arts in Conducting. While at UNT, Nathan served as the Teaching Fellow for the Women’s Chorus and the Tenor Section Leader for the UNT A Cappella Choir. Nathan completed his Doctor of Musical Arts Degree in Choral Conducting with a related field in voice studies in 2014. Before moving to the Atlanta, Nathan has had teaching positions at Southern Methodist University, University of North Texas, Southeastern Oklahoma State University, and Pacific Lutheran University in Seattle, Washington. Nathan was active in the musical community of Dallas-Ft. Worth Metroplex. In Dallas, he was the Associate Conductor of Schola Cantorum of Ft. Worth. Most recently, he served as Director of Worship and Fine Arts at First United Methodist Church of Plano leading a music ministry of over 350 musicians. Dr. Frank is the Music Director of the Johns Creek Chorale.

The Johns Creek Chorale has been guided by the vision of its creator, Dr. Nathan Frank, and performed its inaugural concert November 8, 2015. A dream of many in the community of Johns Creek, this new choral ensemble satisfies the growing need for high-level choral musicianship. The chorale brings together approximately 70 men and women from diverse backgrounds to experience the joy of singing and to continue a life-long love for choral music. The chorale is on its way to becoming one of the premier choral groups in the greater Atlanta area.

Jeremy Rush is principal organist at Johns Creek United Methodist Church.  Mr. Rush studied Sacred Music, Choral Conducting, and Organ at Westminster College in New Wilmington, Pennsylvania, where he studied with John Walker and David Craighead.  He is a career church musician and has served for over 25 years as organist, choirmaster, and/or hand bell director for congregations of 100 to 10,000 members in Pennsylvania, South Carolina, and Georgia.  Mr. Rush had his first church organist job at age 13.  At age 17, he was selected as one of only five students auditioned nationwide to perform at the National Convention of the American Guild of Organists. In 1996, he was the winner of the American Guild of Organists Young Artists’ Competition in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Before joining the music staff of Johns Creek United Methodist Church in 2015, Mr. Rush served in various capacities at Northside United Methodist Church, Peachtree Presbyterian Church, and as Artistic Director of The Atlanta Concert Ringers.

JCSO Music Director and Conductor J. Wayne Baughman studied choral and orchestral conducting, earning undergraduate and graduate degrees in music education from the University of Alabama, as well as advanced studies in conducting at the University of Michigan.

Upon his arrival in Atlanta in 1974, Maestro Baughman immediately became involved with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and Choruses, and for 25 years he was a frequent vocal soloist, chorus member, and rehearsal conductor under the guidance of the late Robert Shaw. Well known for his oratorio performances as bass soloist, he collaborated with Maestro Shaw on numerous performance projects, including the Mozart Requiem Mass, J.S. Bach’s St. John Passion, and Handel’s Messiah. In 1990, as bass soloist, Maestro Baughman shared the honor of a Grammy Award for the Telarc recording of Belshazzar’s Feast (Walton) and Chichester Psalms (Bernstein) with Robert Shaw and the ASO. Maestro Baughman has held conducting positions at the State University of New York at Cortland and Brevard Music Center. He also served as music director at Peachtree Christian Church in Atlanta for nine years, where his performances of major choral-orchestral works received critical acclaim. Maestro Baughman is recently retired from liturgical music.

Now in its twelfth 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.

2018-2019 Season Sponsors:

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Christmas Gala Holiday Pops

The Johns Creek Symphony Orchestra will continue its 2018-2019 season by celebrating the Most Wonderful Time of the Year with CHRISTMAS GALA HOLIDAY POPS on Saturday, December 15, 2018 at the Johns Creek United Methodist Church, 11180 Medlock Bridge Road in Johns Creek. Doors will open at 6:45 p.m. for the littlest ticketholders to visit with Santa from 6:45 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. A complimentary post-concert reception will follow in the church’s Gathering Room.

This family-friendly concert, conducted by Johns Creek Symphony Orchestra Music Director J. Wayne Baughman, will include holiday favorites that will be enjoyed by both the young and young-at-heart. In the Boston Pops style, this performance will include a variety of seasonal, sacred, and secular music, including “Joy to the World,” “Carol of the Bells,” “Festival Gloria,” “White Christmas,” “Sleigh Ride,” and much more. Guest artists include soprano Caitlin Hammon Moore, Johns Creek Chorale and Tapestry Women’s Ensemble, both of which are directed by Nathan Frank.

This concert will be a drop site for the 2018 Atlanta Toys for Tots campaign. All ticket holders are encouraged to bring a new, unwrapped toy to the performance for an Atlanta child in need.

TICKETS for this public performance are $32 for adults; $27 for seniors; and $16 for students. Groups of 10 or more receive a 15% discount on tickets. For tickets, call (678) 748-5802 or visit www.johnscreeksymphony.org. This concert is extremely popular, and patrons are strongly encouraged to purchase their tickets well in advance.

JCSO Music Director and Conductor J. Wayne Baughman studied choral and orchestral conducting, earning undergraduate and graduate degrees in music education from the University of Alabama, as well as advanced studies in conducting at the University of Michigan.

Upon his arrival in Atlanta in 1974, Maestro Baughman immediately became involved with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and Choruses, and for 25 years he was a frequent vocal soloist, chorus member, and rehearsal conductor under the guidance of the late Robert Shaw. Well known for his oratorio performances as bass soloist, he collaborated with Maestro Shaw on numerous performance projects, including the Mozart Requiem Mass, J.S. Bach’s St. John Passion, and Handel’s Messiah. In 1990, as bass soloist, Maestro Baughman shared the honor of a Grammy Award for the Telarc recording of Belshazzar’s Feast (Walton) and Chichester Psalms (Bernstein) with Robert Shaw and the ASO.

Maestro Baughman has held conducting positions at the State University of New York at Cortland and Brevard Music Center. He also served as music director at Peachtree Christian Church in Atlanta for nine years, where his performances of major choral-orchestral works received critical acclaim. Maestro Baughman is recently retired from liturgical music.

Now in its twelfth 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.            

Santa Sponsor:

Dennis McLynn, Financial Advisor

 

 

 

 

Thanks to our season supporters:

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JCSO Begins 18-19 Season with MAESTRO AND FRIENDS!

Presented by:

Post-concert reception sponsor:

Johns Creek, Georgia– The Johns Creek Symphony Orchestra will open its 2018-2019 season with  “Maestro and Friends,” featuring the JCSO String Quartet and Friends, on Saturday, October 27, 2018 at 7:30 p.m. at the Johns Creek United Methodist Church, 11180 Medlock Bridge Road in Johns Creek, Georgia. Maestro J. Wayne Baughman will give a pre-concert talk beginning at 6:45 p.m., and the concert will be followed by a complimentary reception, sponsored by Culver’s of Johns Creek. This concert is presented by Emory Johns Creek Hospital.

The concert will be an uplifting evening of chamber works, including Dvorak’s String Quintet in G Major and Mendelssohn’s Octet in Eb Major. Featured musicians include Adelaide Federici, Alison James, Peter Ciaschini, and Lee Taylor, violins; Cindy Beard and Kate Feltgen, violas; Sarah Kapps and Martin Gueorguiev, cellos; and Todd Markey, bass.

TICKETS for this public performance are $32 for adults, $27 for seniors 55+, and $16 for students. For tickets, call (678) 748-5802 or visit www.johnscreeksymphony.org.

Now in its twelfth 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 2018-2019 season supporters:

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Vicki Horton and Ting Chiu Appointed to JCSO Board of Directors

Johns Creek, Georgia– The Johns Creek Symphony Orchestra announces that Ting Chiu and Vicki Horton have been appointed as the newest members of the orchestra’s Board of Directors.

With the addition of Ms. Chiu and Ms. Horton, the 15-member Board of Directors now includes:

  • Craig Carter, President – Ameriprise Financial
  • Douglas Russ, Vice-President – Premier Logistics Partners, LLC
  • William Abely, Treasurer – Leapfrog Services, Inc.
  • Wayne Baughman, JCSO Music Director
  • Catherine Abely – Childrens Healthcare of Atlanta
  • Kevin Brown – Georgia Piedmont Youth Orchestra
  • Ting Chiu — World Financial Group
  • Marianne de Vargas – The Vargas Group
  • Adelaide Federici – JCSO Concertmaster
  • Angela Harvey – Retired Educator
  • Kathy Hoenig – Retired Nurse
  • Vicki Horton, Evergreen Location Strategies
  • Dr. Kathleen Klotz – Physician/Neuroscientist
  • Lyman Louis – Retired Executive, CBS Publishing
  • Monte Nichols – Conductor/Pianist/Vocalist

“We are extremely pleased and fortunate to have Vicki Horton and Ting Chiu on our Board,” remarked Johns Creek Symphony Board President Craig Carter. “They bring an extremely high level of expertise to the organization and we look forward to working with them to benefit the Johns Creek Symphony Orchestra.”

Back in 2003, Ting Chiu was a contented Montessori teacher. With her caring attitude and devotion to education, this talented, well-educated woman was making a name for herself in her career. An unfortunate event changed her view on life, realizing that people needed basic financial literacy. With the help of World Financial Group, she took up the cause of educating people with financial knowledge and providing solutions to build and protect wealth for families. She quickly evolved into a more decisive, inspirational leader, receiving honors and accolades, because she believes that people can always be helped by teaching them the basics of personal financial strategies.

Ting, who has impeccable personal ethics, with well-developed principles of strong family values, is changing families’ lives in very positive ways and, with her business skills and abilities, has helped others become proponents of financial literacy as well. Indeed, this selfless dedication, hard-work, and single-minded focus on her cause helped Ting get her promotion to Executive Vice Chairman in 2015. She is currently managing over 300 licensed agents across 15 states and serving clients in over 30 states.

She added to her qualifications by receiving her designation as a Certified Financial Educator (CFEd), by becoming a Certified College Planning Consultant, and by becoming a Registered Representative with Transamerica Financial Advisors, Inc. Ting, highly regarded in her community, is active in her church and is involved in several nonprofit organizations.

Vicki Horton has been a professional site selection consultant for 25 years. She is an entrepreneur and a business owner. Through her businesses she assists her corporate clients with supply chain optimization, entry into the US market, location strategy, community evaluation, site selection, real estate negotiation, and economic development incentive negotiation and collection. She also works with community, regional, and state leadership conducting economic development strategy and implementation plans and funding of projects.

In her 25 plus year career, Vicki has worked for well-known site selection firms including The Austin Company, Fantus Consulting, Deloitte and Touche, SC&H Group, and Crowe Horwath. She also spent a portion of her career as the Director of Network Strategy for a nationally known consumer products company. As Managing Partner with Myriad Partners, she works with communities, assisting them with land use strategy, infrastructure development, community and economic development strategies and funding/financing. In addition, she helps corporate clients and communities establish apprenticeship programs and assists in educating economic development stakeholders. This includes educating public officials on how companies make location decisions and how to develop sound economic development, land use, and infrastructure practices that are specific to their city and support the vision of their residents.

Vicki works with Fortune 100, 500 and middle market companies. Some of her current and past clients include Porsche, Cox Enterprises, PPD, HCA, ConAgra, Hobart, Avery Dennison, Russell Stover, Under Armour, Springs Industries, ADP, Chicos, Simmons, Fisher Scientific, Owens Corning, Gaylord Entertainment, and AOL.

Vicki earned a Bachelor of Science degree from University of Akron and a Masters of Public Administration degree from Cleveland State University. She is an active member of the Industrial Asset Management Council (IAMC), The Association of Operations Management (APICS), The Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP), International Tax Professionals (ITP) and the Urban Land Institute (ULI).

She is a part-time professor for International Economic Development Council (IEDC) and teaches annually at Colorado State University, Georgia Institute of Technology, and University of North Carolina. She also is on the faculty of the United States Chamber of Commerce and teaches at University of Georgia. She teaches courses on Site Selection and Economic Development and public/private collaboration.

Vicki is a paid speaker, professor and an award winning published author. Her award-winning book, The One You Feed, is a compilation of short stories, reflection questions and quotes designed to assist in the development of key character traits in children ages 7 to 14. In 2013, The One You Feed won the National Indie Excellence Award in the categories of Young Adult Non Fiction for content and Book Cover Non Fiction.

Now in its twelfth 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 2018-2019 season supporters:

 

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2nd Annual Culinary Fantastique: 4-Course Dinner Benefiting the JCSO

The Johns Creek Symphony Orchestra is bringing back our popular 4-course dinner/cooking extravaganza—“Culinary Fantastique”—on Saturday, November 3, 2018 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Publix Aprons Cooking School at Alpharetta Commons, 4305 State Bridge Road.  The theme for this 4-course meal (paired with specially-selected wines) will be holiday cooking, featuring mouth-watering new twists on traditional recipes.

 “Our first culinary event in April was so well received that we decided to bring it back for the holidays,” remarked JCSO Executive Director Linda Brill. “Just like seasonal music, the tastes of the holidays evoke memories of simpler times shared with friends and loved ones. We wanted to capture that intimate feeling in a 4-course dinner featuring recipes that cooks can share at their own holiday tables.” All proceeds from this fundraising event benefit the Johns Creek Symphony Orchestra.

The evening will be a feast for both the eyes and the ears, as attendees will be treated to parlor-style musical performances by individual Johns Creek Symphony Orchestra musicians at periodic breaks in the evening.  Attendees will also learn the backgrounds of the various dishes they are eating, how to prepare each one at home, special cooking techniques, and at the conclusion of the evening they will receive the recipes plus a coupon for a 20% off cooking items purchased from the Publix Aprons Cooking School.

ADMISSION to this special event is $75 per person. While the RSVP and pre-payment deadline is not until Monday, October 29 at 5 p.m., only 48 seats will be sold so patrons are encouraged to reserve their place at the table early. Reservations can be made by visiting www.JohnsCreekSymphony.org or by calling (678) 748-5802. No tickets will be sold at the door.

*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 twelfth 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 2018-2019 season supporters:

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Announcing the 2018-2019 Season

Johns Creek, Georgia– The Johns Creek Symphony Orchestra is pleased to announce our 2018-2019 season! The season will open with a FREE concert on the City of Johns Creek’s Summer Concert Series at Newtown Park on Saturday, October 6, 2018 at 7 p.m., followed by three subscription concerts, which will take place at the Johns Creek United Methodist Church, 11180 Medlock Bridge Road in Johns Creek.

“The Johns Creek Symphony Orchestra season subscription is an excellent arts and entertainment value right here in North Fulton, without the hassle and expense of traveling elsewhere,” said Executive Director Linda Brill. “As a Johns Creek Symphony Orchestra subscriber, you receive your tickets at 20% off our adult and senior single ticket prices and 50% off student single ticket prices. This is a seat to professionally-performed classical music at the JCSO’s very best price available.”

The Johns Creek Symphony Orchestra’s 2018-2019 season is as follows:

MUSIC IN THE PARK

Saturday, October 6, 2018 at 7:00 p.m. Gates open at 6:00 p.m.

Mark Burkhalter Amphitheater at Newtown Park

3150 Old Alabama Road in Johns Creek

Join us at the Newtown Park Amphitheater for a FREE concert of American music – from Broadway to Sousa to Jazz – on the City of Johns Creek’s Summer Concert Series. For more information, visit www.johnscreekga.gov. This concert is presented by the City of Johns Creek, with additional support from the Rotary Club of Johns Creek-North Fulton and the Stuart Perry Agency, Farmers Insurance.

 

3-Concert Subscription:

MAESTRO AND FRIENDS

Sat., Oct. 27, 2018 | 7:30 p.m.

Don’t miss a lovely evening of chamber music, featuring Dvorak’s Quintet Op. 77 and Mendelssohn’s Octet, Op.20, featuring JCSO musicians and Maestro Baughman as emcee. This concert is sponsored by Emory Johns Creek Hospital.

 CHRISTMAS GALA HOLIDAY POPS

Sat., Dec. 15, 2018 | 7:30 p.m.

Bring the whole family to our celebration of the Most Wonderful Time of the Year! This concert features the Johns Creek Chorale, sing-alongs, and special guests in an unforgettable Johns Creek holiday tradition.

AN EVENING OF FRENCH MUSIC

Sat., March 16, 2019 | 7:30 p.m.

Feel the power and the beauty of the magnificent Johns Creek United Methodist Church’s organ, rescued from the devastation of NYC’s Ground Zero. This magnificent instrument will take center stage in Poulenc’s Concerto for Organ, Timpani, and Strings, performed by organist Jeremy Rush. Also on the program is Maurice Duruflé’s hauntingly beautiful Requiem, in which we feature the Johns Creek Chorale.

All subscription performances are held at the Johns Creek United Methodist Church, 11180 Medlock Bridge Road in Johns Creek, Georgia.

TICKET PRICING:

  • 3-concert Subscriptions (On sale now) are $77 for adults; $65 for seniors; and $24 for students.
  • Individual Concert Tickets (On-sale date: August 15) are $32 for adults; $27 for seniors; and $16 for students.

 For tickets, call (678) 748-5802 or visit www.johnscreeksymphony.org.

Now in its twelfth 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 2018-2019 season sponsors:

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Meet Marianne de Vargas

We’re pleased to announce that Marianne de Vargas has been appointed to the JCSO Board of Directors, effective March 15, 2018!

Ms. De Vargas is the 14th member of the JCSO’s Board, joining existing membership:

  • Craig Carter, President – Financial Advisor, Ameriprise Financial
  • Douglas Russ, Vice-President – Managing Partner, Premier Logistics Partners, LLC
  • William Abely, Treasurer – Financial Analyst, Leapfrog Services, Inc.
  • Adelaide Federici, Musician Liaison
  • J. Wayne Baughman, Music Director
  • Catherine Abely – Investment Director, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta
  • Kevin Brown – Director of Volunteer Services, Piedmont Hospital
  • Angela Harvey – Retired Educator
  • Kathy Hoenig – Retired Medical Management Advisor, State Farm Insurance
  • Kathleen Klotz – Physician/Neuroscientist
  • Richard Loehn – Retired Executive, Bell South
  • Lyman Louis – Retired Executive, CBS Publishing
  • Monte Nichols – Retired Conductor, Gwinnett Philharmonic

“Marianne has an impressive professional background, as well as a significant history of community service and interest in the arts,” remarked Johns Creek Symphony Board President Craig Carter. “We are thrilled to welcome her to the Board, and we look forward to incorporating her wisdom and ideas into the fabric of our organization.”

Marianne F. de Vargas is a retired clinician, educator and work/family strategies administrator; a trainer, team builder, and fundraiser with more than 20 years’ experience in community, family and educational development. This experience is not limited to supervision, curriculum development, training of trainers and implementation and interaction with educational, family, non-profit, government and business communities.

Ms. de Vargas was educated at the University of Massachusetts at Boston, Boston University and Cambridge College, where she completed her undergraduate and graduate degrees as well as a number of post-graduate courses from Lesley College (now, Lesley University in Massachusetts.)

In addition to being a consultant for The Vargas Group, Ms. de Vargas is a published writer and former Adjunct Professor of Early Childhood Education at Kennesaw State University in Kennesaw, Georgia; developer and President of Work/Family Strategies, Inc., in Fort Myers, Florida; Family Therapist/Educator and Clinical Staff Supervisor at the Ruth Cooper Center for Behavioral Health in Fort Myers, Florida; Manager of Early Childhood Education at the Dimock Community Health Foundation in Boston, Massachusetts; and Clinician and Life Skills Educator for the Futures for Young Parents Program in Somerville, Massachusetts.

Ms. de Vargas has always been involved in community activities and with professional associations, such as the Johns Creek Arts Center, where she served as a Board Member and Chair of the Governance Committee. De Vargas is a former member and President-elect of the Board of the Georgia Highlands Medical Center. Previous affiliations have included the Curriculum committee of the Lee County School Board, where she chaired the Math/Science Development Project; the Ruth Cooper Behavioral Health Center, chairing the Cultural Competency Committee; the Florida Gulf Coast Writers Association where she was Vice President/Treasurer; the Literacy Volunteers, and the Citizen’s Advisory Committee to the Commissioners of Lee County, Florida.

For the past 10 years, Ms. de Vargas has made her home in Forsyth County/Johns Creek where she enjoys continuing community involvement and activities with her husband, children, grandchildren and friends.

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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