Armstrong Youth Orchestra (AYO)

The Armstrong Youth Orchestra (AYO) is the most advanced ensemble in our Armstrong Youth Orchestra Program. AYO is a full scale symphonic orchestra for which GSU music students may participate for course credit.

Students in this ensemble are ready to learn major symphonic repertoire instead of student arrangements, and perform standard classical orchestral repertoire at a graded Level 5-6 in the state of Georgia. Many members in this group come from the Savannah Chatham County High Schools as well as private schools and from neighboring counties.

Students playing at this advanced level should be studying with a private instructor. If you are new to the area, we will be happy to help you find an instructor.

Audition Requirements By Instrument

Important Spring 2019 Dates

January 9: Auditions for New Students
January 19: Sr. Concerto Competition
January 20: First rehearsal
Wed. March 13: Make up rehearsal
March 17: St. Patrick’s Day. NO Rehearsal
April 21: Easter Sunday. NO Rehearsal
April 25: Dress Rehearsal at 6:30 p.m.
Monday, April 29: AYO Spring Concert (Fine Arts Auditorium) @ 6:30 p.m. Please report directly to the STAGE by 5:15.

The Armstrong Youth Orchestra (AYO) rehearsals are on SUNDAY afternoons at 2:15 till 4:30 in the GSU Fine Arts Band Room of the Armstrong Campus. There will also be several weeks when the ensemble will break into sectionals – those locations will be announced in advance and posted in the lobby. Musicians should arrive no later than 2 p.m. to tune and get set up.

  • January 20 First Rehearsal
  • January 27 Regular Sunday Rehearsal
  • February 3 Regular Sunday Rehearsal
  • February 10 Regular Sunday Rehearsal
  • February 17 Regular Sunday Rehearsal
  • February 24 Regular Sunday Rehearsal
  • March 3 Regular Sunday Rehearsal
  • March 10 Regular Sunday Rehearsal
  • March 13 Wednesday Rehearsal at 6:30
  • NO REHEARSAL March 17
  • March 24 Regular Sunday Rehearsal
  • March 30 NO REHEARSAL
  • April 4 Thursday Rehearsal at 6:30
  • April 7 Regular Sunday Rehearsal
  • April 14 Regular Sunday Rehearsal
  • April 21 NO REHEARSAL (Easter)
  • April 25 THURSDAY DRESS REHEARSAL at 6.30 p.m.
  • MONDAY, APRIL 29 Spring Concert at 6:30 (Fine Arts Auditorium). Please report directly to the BAND ROOM by 5:00.