• November 14, 2023

Johns Creek Symphony Orchestra Announces the Passing of Maestro J. Wayne Baughman

Johns Creek Symphony Orchestra Announces the Passing of Maestro J. Wayne Baughman

Johns Creek Symphony Orchestra Announces the Passing of Maestro J. Wayne Baughman 1024 445 Johns Creek Symphony Orchestra

JOHNS CREEK, GA – It is with deep sorrow that the Johns Creek Symphony Orchestra announces the passing of Maestro J. Wayne Baughman, the founder of JCSO and pioneer of the cultural arts in the Johns Creek community. As a leader, artist, community figure, father, and friend, he will be deeply missed.

With unwavering passion and spirit, Baughman has requested that the community continue to show their support for the arts by donating and advocating for the JCSO and other local arts organizations. The orchestra is currently accepting donations in Baughman’s memory.

There will be a public memorial service to honor Baughman’s life. Details for the memorial service are to be announced.

About Maestro J. Wayne Baughman:

Maestro J. Wayne Baughman came to Atlanta in 1974, where he joined the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and Choruses. For 25 years, he was a frequent vocal soloist, chorus member, and rehearsal conductor under the guidance of the late Robert Shaw. On December 1, 2006, the same day Johns Creek became a city, Maestro Baughman assembled 42 (soon-to-be) JCSO musicians for the First Annual St. Benedict Christmas Gala & Holiday Pops Concert. In 2007, Baughman witnessed his dream come to life as the Johns Creek Symphony Orchestra embarked on their first year as an established, professional orchestra.

In the 17 years since, the Johns Creek Symphony Orchestra has grown into one of the premiere arts organizations in North Fulton County, presenting classical and pops performances, educational events, and showcasing international performers to Johns Creek audiences.

In addition to Baughman’s work with the JCSO, he served as Vice President of the Cultural Arts Alliance at Johns Creek and chaired the Legacy Center at Johns Creek Task Force.

On October 3, 2023, the Johns Creek City Council recognized Baughman’s dedication and contributions to the symphony and the Johns Creek community, commending the significant impact he made on the city’s cultural arts community. As Baughman’s legacy lives on, the orchestra will continue to keep his memory alive and uphold its reputation of bringing professional symphony concerts and music education programs to the city of Johns Creek.

Adelaide Federici, concertmaster and daughter of Baughman, recalls a phrase her father used often when referring to the JCSO: “The Miracle Continues.” It is with great pride that the JCSO remembers these profound words of our founder, maestro, and friend.