Dedication... determination... diversity. These words have been synonymous with the Dekalb Youth Symphony Orchestra since its founding in Dekalb County, Georgia in 1967. In our 56th season this year, these words still exemplify the unique qualities that have set the oldest youth orchestra in metro Atlanta apart, and make it such a special group of student musicians and instructors. Please know, these words are more than a slogan. They are our mission!
DYSO is dedicated....
DYSO is determined....
DYSO is diverse....
Come experience THE DYSO DIFFERENCE!
Philip Barnard, Artistic Director
Kylin Manly Liske
Mr. Philip Barnard holds a Master of Music Degree in Orchestral Conducting from Georgia State University and a Bachelor of Science in Music Education from University of Tennessee. He is a member of the National Association of Music Education, the Georgia Music Educators Association, American String Teachers Association and the International Double Reed Society.
Mr. Barnard began his career in music education in Chattanooga, Tennessee at the high school and collegiate level before moving to the Atlanta area in 2002. Mr. Barnard has been a music teacher and conductor in Dekalb County Schools for the last 17 years.
DYSO rehearses each week during the school year on Tuesday evenings and follows the academic calendar of Dekalb County School District. During these rehearsals, members rehearse advanced orchestral repertoire to present a polished and finished product!
Members receive music instruction during full rehearsals, sectional rehearsals, and small group practice. Instructors are leading music educators, college professors, and professional players in the Atlanta metro area.
There are normally 3 regular season Concerts. Performances are typically held on Wednesday evenings in some of the leading venues in the Dekalb county/Atlanta area. There is also a "young people's concert" held during the day in the spring semester for area elementary schools.