About the Orchestra...

The mission of the Fulton County Youth Orchestra program is to provide a performing ensemble for the most talented middle and elementary school string orchestra musicians enrolled in the Fulton County Public Schools.  This orchestra supplements the school orchestra programs and challenges its members to greater musical excellence via weekly rehearsals and regularly scheduled performances.

We have an exciting year planned and are thrilled to announce that we have been accepted as a featured performing ensemble at the Georgia Music Educators Association Conference in January in Athens, GA!  This is a tremendous honor, but means we'll have a busy rehearsal schedule and even more musical challenges than ever this year.  We also have guest clinicians, coaches, and other surprises lined up, so please get your application in early and study the calendar dates closely.

About Our Conductors and Staff...

Sharon M. Anderson is a 40 year veteran orchestra teacher and nationally recognized orchestra conductor, clinician, and pedagogue.  She is the founding director of the Fulton Youth Orchestra programs.  Mrs. Anderson is a violist with a degree in Music Education with honors from the University of Illinois.  In her 40 years as an orchestra director, she has been a Fulton ”MS Teacher of the Year”, a GAASTA State of Georgia “Teacher of the Year”, and in 2012 in a ceremony at the Atlanta Symphony Mrs. Anderson received a "Lifetime Achievement" award from the American String Teachers Association.   Mrs. Anderson is delighted to continue helping develop this next new honors level for the fabulous Fulton County Orchestra teachers, elementary general music teachers, and students!


Dr. James Barket is the Orchestra Director at Webb Bridge Middle School in Alpharetta, GA. WBMS Orchestras under Dr. Barket’s direction are active participants in Georgia Music Educators Association events. WBMS was invited to perform for the GMEA In-Service Conference in 2008 and for the ASTA National Orchestra Competition in 2006. 
Before coming to WBMS, Dr. Barket was on the faculty at Valdosta State University and worked with the South Georgia String Project. From 2000-2004, Dr. Barket was Co-Director of the GAASTA Summer Camp. Dr. Barket served as GMEA State Orchestra Chairperson from 2005-2007 and was the organizer for the GMEA Middle School All-State Orchestra from 2008-2014. In his spare time he teaches string bass at Kennesaw State University, the Encore Summer Music Camp, the Florida State Summer Music Camp, and the Walton High School Orchestra Summer Camp.



Tim Anderson is a cellist and has been the Orchestra Director at Autrey Mill Middle School since 2004.  He served as a conductor of Fulton Youth Orchestras for 4 years, has taken 2 orchestras to perform at the Georgia Music Educators Association Conference, and was a teacher of the year at Pinckneyville Middle School in Gwinnett County.  He served as a director of the American String Teachers Association summer orchestra camp for 15 years and is on the standing committee of the Georgia Music Educators Association orchestra division.  He is a graduate of the Fulton County School System and is proud to be working with the fine students and teachers who work so hard to keep music a valuable part of their education.  Mr. Anderson will serve as a coach, audition coordinator, and as webmaster for the FCYO.


How to Join...

Students wishing to join the FCYO must be members in good standing of a Fulton County Schools orchestra or elementary general music program.  Audition materials and detailed information for the 2017-2018 season are posted at the Application page.  Auditions and an open rehearsal for prospective members will be on August 22, 2017 at Alpharetta High School between 5:00 to 6:45PM.  Students interested in joining the FCYO should read the participation requirements to insure eligibility and clear understanding of the rules and regulations involved in membership.  Once you have confirmed eligibility please head to the application page, download the required audition excerpts and scales, fill in all the required information, and hit submit.  The deadline for applications is August 18, 2017.