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Thanks to Fulton County Board of Commissioners for Continued Financial Support 1024 684 Johns Creek Symphony Orchestra

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.

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Johns Creek Orchestra honors founding board member Loehn

This was a fabulous article by Jay Jones in the Gwinnett Daily Post about Richard Loehn and the early days of the Johns Creek Symphony Orchestra.

Photo by Ben Weitz Photography.

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JCSO Gift Certificates Now Available! 887 361 Johns Creek Symphony Orchestra

JCSO Gift Certificates Now Available!

The Johns Creek Symphony Orchestra is pleased to present gift certificates – perfect for any occasion, from birthdays to Hanukkah gifts, stocking stuffers, and more. One size fits all for the avid music lover in Metro Atlanta!

Order them in any quantity for friends, family, employee rewards, or neighborhood gifts. They are valid for any Johns Creek Symphony Orchestra-presented performance through December 31, 2019 and are available in student, senior, or adult admissions. Whatever the occasion, a ticket to the Johns Creek Symphony Orchestra will bring a smile to their face and a song to their heart.

Certificates can be mailed or held at Will Call for pickup. Order at least 1 1/2 weeks in advance to allow time for USPS to deliver by mail. Not redeemable for cash. Cannot be returned for a cash refund. All sales final.

To purchase a gift certificate, visit the Johns Creek Symphony Orchestra website, under TICKETS, or click this link.

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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 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:

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.