Program Information


Participation in MYSO is selective and based on the successful completion of a placement audition. Auditions are held prior to the start of every season.

Auditions for the 2021 - 2022 MYSO season are coming up. Please check the Audition and Audition Materials page for more information. 


MYSO rehearses on Sundays from 3:00 PM - 5:30 PM

MYSO Rehearsals are currently virtual due to the COVID-19 pandemic. We are working on plans to incorporate small, socially distanced rehearsals in the future. 


Tuition for participation in MYSO is $600. This fee covers all orchestra and sectional coaching, music, soloist performances, and the opportunity to participate in MYSO's annual concerto and scholarship award competitions. Tuition for the Chamber Ensemble Program is $100. Note: If paying online, there is an additional PayPal fee added to your payment.

Financial aid in the form of full or partial tuition scholarships are available and based on student financial need as well as the instrumentation needs of the orchestras. To apply, go to the Member page and click on the appropriate application form.


Meet MYSO's Artistic Leadership

Dr. Cathie Hudnall, Ph.D.

Artistic Director, Symphony Orchestra Conductor

Dr. Catherine Hudnall received her Bachelor’s degree from the University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of music, her Master’s degree from Georgia State University, and her Doctoral degree from Mercer University. Currently she is the Orchestra Director at Norcross High School and is the Artistic Director and Conductor of the Metropolitan Youth Symphony Orchestra. She was the teacher of the year at Norcross High School and received the American String Teachers Association’s Lifetime Achievement Award.

Dr. Hudnall is a regular conductor and clinician for honor ensembles throughout the state, was the conductor of the SC All-State Orchestra in 2002, the Mississippi All-State Orchestra in 2005, and has been invited to conduct the California All-State Orchestra in 2021. She served as an adjudicator for the National ASTA Orchestra Festival in 2019. Her students have been invited to perform for the Georgia State Music Educators conference in 1995, 2006, and 2009. She was a guest conductor of the Gwinnett Philharmonic Orchestra in 2004, 2006, and 2007, and she co-directed the Gwinnett County Youth Symphony for six years. In 2006, the Norcross High School Philharmonic Orchestra won the National Championship High School String Orchestra Award at the American String Teachers Association conference in Kansas City. Three of her ensembles have been selected to perform at Carnegie Hall. Dr. Hudnall is a member of the National Music Educators Association, the Conductors Guild, the Performing Arts Medical Association, and the American String Teachers Association. She served as state president of the Georgia ASTA chapter.

Dr. Hudnall studied cello with Hans Schmettau and Martha Gerschefski. As a professional cellist, she has performed with the Gwinnett Philharmonic Orchestra, the Georgia Women’s Symphony, the 1st International Cello Congress Choir, the Maui Symphony, the Florence Symphony, the Columbia Philharmonic Orchestra, the Charleston Symphony, the Augusta Symphony, the Spartanburg Symphony, the Gainesville Symphony, and the Brevard Music Center Festival Orchestra. She is a member of the Candler String Quartet, is an active consultant and teacher of Healthy Musicianship, and teaches private cello lessons in her home.

Carl Rieke

Philharmonia Conductor

From 1999 until 2006, Mr. Rieke was Director of Orchestras at Shiloh High School in Gwinnett County.  While teaching in Gwinnett, he was a co-conductor of the Gwinnett County Youth Symphony.  Under Mr. Rieke’s direction, the Shiloh High School Chamber Orchestra, Gwinnett County Youth Symphony, Metropolitan Youth Symphony Strings, and the Southern Crescent Symphony were featured at the Georgia Music Educators Association (GMEA) state conference.  From 2006-2009, Mr. Rieke taught at Ola Middle School (OMS) in Henry County where he was named Teacher of the Year for the 2011-2012 school year.  That same year, his program at OMS received the GMEA Exemplary Program Award.  In 2013, Mr. Rieke was named a “Class Act” teacher by Atlanta’s WXIA-TV—11 Alive News.  He is in his second year at Frank N. Osborne Middle School in Gwinnett County where he has over three hundred students in his program.

Mr. Rieke has had the privilege to conduct many orchestra camps and clinics around the metro area and State, including the Encore music camp in Atlanta (of which he is now a co-owner), the University of Georgia Music Camp and fall festival, the Atlanta Suzuki Summer Institute, the American String Teachers Association (ASTA) summer camp, the Gwinnett Tapestry Festival, the Clayton County Honor Clinic, the New Ulm Minnesota Suzuki pops camp, and one of the 2009 Alabama All-State Orchestras.


Mr. Rieke has been an All-State Orchestra organizing chair for seven years and served as the GMEA Orchestra division chair (2007-2009).  He was the GMEA Vice-President of performance evaluations from 2013-2015.  Mr. Rieke has also served as Secretary for the Georgia Chapter of ASTA and was named the Georgia ASTA “Orchestra Director of the Year” in 2010.  He was recently elected treasure for the Georgia ASTA for the next two years.  Mr. Rieke has presented sessions at the GMEA in-service Conference and the ASTA National Conference.  He also serves as an adjudicator at orchestra evaluations around the State of Georgia. 


Mr. Rieke resides in Tucker, Georgia, with his wife Stacy and twelve-year-old son, David.

Meet MYSO's Administrative Staff

Barbera Secrist
Executive Director



Barbera Secrist, former Director of Orchestras at Lovinggood Middle School in Cobb County and founder of the Pandean Players Chamber Ensemble, lived in Washington, DC and New York City for nearly a decade after completing a Bachelor of Music degree at Georgia State University. While living in the Northeast she performed with the Kennedy Center Opera Orchestra, Wolf Trap Orchestra, National Symphony, Amato Opera, American Chamber Orchestra and was a featured performer at the White House for President Jimmy Carter. Since returning to Atlanta in 1985, Ms. Secrist has performed with the Knoxville (TN), Greenville (SC), Columbus (GA), Macon (GA), Atlanta Ballet and Columbia (SC) symphonies and was a member of the Augusta Symphony for thirteen years. Ms. Secrist holds an Education Specialist degree from Auburn University, Master of Arts degree from Florida State University and has served on the music faculties of Georgia Tech, Morris Brown College and Agnes Scott College. A published author of two books about chamber music, Ms. Secrist served on the Georgia Council for the Arts music panel for twelve years.


The Lovinggood Middle School orchestra program, under the direction of Barbera Secrist for twelve years (2006 – 2018), has a record of achievement and innovation that attests to the high expectations and goals set by Mrs. Secrist. During her tenure the orchestra program grew to include more than 220 students. Noteworthy accomplishments for the award winning LMS Orchestras include consistent superior ratings for their performances at LGPE, invitational performances at the 2013 and 2017 GMEA In-Service Conferences and they received GMEA's prestigious Exemplary Performance Award in 2016, one of only two middle school orchestras to achieve the award that year.

Additional Staff:

Dr. Robert Ambrose, Guest Clinician and GSU Liaison

Ellie Anderson, Georgia State University Graduate Conducting Assistant

Barrie Herman, Operations Manager

Brittany Salkill, Artistic Administrator


Meet MYSO's Board of Directors


Attorney at Law, Pope McGlamry

Board Chair, Board Member Since 2013


Smith & Howard, P.C.

Treasurer, Board Member Since 2018

Samuel A. Saavedra


Secretary, Board Member Since 2019


Hyatt Hotels & Resorts

Vice Chair, Board Member Since 2015


Atlanta Symphony Orchestra

Board Member Since 2018



Board Member Since 2014


Resources Global Professionals

Board Member Since 2016


Voss Violins

Board Member Since 2011


The Gallup Organization (Ret.)

Board Member Since 2011

P.O. Box 14163
Atlanta, GA 30324

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