P.O. Box 14163
Atlanta, GA 30324

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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 2017 - 2018 MYSO season will be on August 20th and August 26th on the campus of Georgia State University.


MYSO rehearses exclusively on Sundays, at the following times:

Symphony: Sundays from 3:00 PM - 5:30 PM
Philharmonia: Sundays from 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

All MYSO rehearsals are located in the Aderhold Learning Center on the campus of Georgia State University.

Aderhold Learning Center
60 Luckie St NW, Atlanta, GA 30303.


Tuition for participation in MYSO is $600. This fee covers all ensemble and sectional coaching, music, program t-shirts, soloist performances, and the opportunity to participate in MYSO's annual concerto and scholarship award competitions.

Financial aid in the form of full or partial scholarships are available and based on need. To inquire about financial aid use the "Contact Us" button below.


Meet MYSO's Artistic Leadership

Dr. Cathie Hudnall, Ph.D.

Interim 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. She has taught in South Caroline, Hawai’i, and Georgia. In addition to directing the South Carolina and Mississippi All-State Orchestras, she has been a guest director of the Emory Youth Symphony and the Gwinnett Philharmonic and was the co-director of the Gwinnett County Youth Symphony for six years. She is an active clinician, conductor, and adjudicator in the state of Georgia and has presented sessions and clinics at the Georgia Music Educators Conference, the Woodruff Arts Center Conference, and the Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic in Chicago.

A professional cellist, she performs with the Candler String Quartet and has performed with many orchestras, including the Maui Symphony, the Atlanta Pops Orchestra, the Brevard Music Center Orchestra, the Gwinnett Philharmonic Orchestra, the Augusta Symphony, the Charleston Symphony, and the Columbia Symphony. She studied cello with Martha Gerschefski and Hans Schmettau and was a member of the first International Cello Congress Cello Choir, conducted by Mistislav Rostropovitch.

Dr. Hudnall currently teaches at Brookwood High School in Gwinnett County, an Orchestra program that serves over 350 students in five orchestras.  She is a member of the National Association for Music Educations, the American String Teachers Association, the Performing Arts Medical Association, and the Andover Educators (as an affiliate).  Her orchestras have performed at Carnegie Hall, the ASTA national conference, the Georgia Music Educators Conference, and at various festivals and venues throughout the United States and Canada.  She teaches cello privately and is a teacher and consultant of Healthy Musicianship. She and her family live in Tucker with their beloved dog, River.

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 Board of Directors


Chairman, Board Member Since 2011

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