About the APO

The Atlanta Philharmonic Orchestra is a volunteer community orchestra whose members are not limited by sexual orientation or gender identity.

The Atlanta Philharmonic Orchestra provides culturally and socially enriching, enjoyable experiences that cultivate an appreciation of music and the performing arts in the metro Atlanta area. We bring together people with diverse life experiences and, through this shared purpose, create an environment that fosters understanding among the variety of communities represented by our members, audiences, and artistic partners.

Regular rehearsals are held Tuesday nights at North Decatur Presbyterian Church off Scott Blvd. in Decatur from 7:30 to 9:30 pm. Additional rehearsals are scheduled during the week preceding concerts.

The APO was founded in December 2004 when four instrumentalists and a choral director met with the idea of forming an all-inclusive GLBT orchestra in metro Atlanta, inspired by a similar ensemble in Minneapolis. The first rehearsal was held in January, and the inaugural concert was conducted at St. Mark United Methodist Church in November 2005 under the baton of Mitch Weisiger.

The Atlanta Philharmonic Orchestra is a 501(c)3 organization registered under the legal name GLBTS Symphony Orchestra of Atlanta.

Meet Our Music Director, Conductor

Amy Wilson is a promising young conductor who has conducted orchestras throughout the United States, Mexico, and Europe. Currently, she is also the artistic and executive director of the annual Southeast Stonewall Music Festival (founded in 2013) and principal guest conductor of the Atlanta Musicians Orchestra. She was previously associate conductor of the APO for three seasons.
 
Amy holds degrees from the University of Cincinnati College–Conservatory of Music, the University of North Texas, and Mercer University.  While at Mercer she was the conductor of the Mercer/Macon Symphony Youth Orchestra, apprentice conductor of the Macon Symphony Orchestra, and conductor for the Mercer Opera.  Recently, she guest conducted the Atlanta Musicians Orchestra, Yakima Symphony Chamber Orchestra, Ocmulgee Symphony Orchestra, and the Warner Robins Air Force Band.
 
She has studied with such distinguished conductors as Robert Spano, Adrian Gnam, Gustav Meier, Jesús López-Cobos, Anshel Brusilow, and Wayne Wyman and attended many prestigious masterclasses including the Seasons Fall Festival, California Conducting Institute, Conductors Retreat at Medomak, Pierre Monteux School, International Conductors Workshop and Compeition, and Eduardo Mata conducting workshop.  Amy was named the winner of the 2005 International Conductors Workshop and Competition.  In the summer of 2011, Robert Spano invited her to study with him and to observe the Aspen Music Festival and School.

Meet Our Concertmaster

Earl Hough began playing with the Atlanta Philharmonic Orchestra during the 2015-16 season and was named Concertmaster beginning in July 2016. Before joining the Atlanta Philharmonic, Earl had been a member of the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, Manhattan Chamber Orchestra, Greenwich Symphony Orchestra, Erie Philharmonic, and the Wichita Falls Symphony Orchestras.
 
As a soloist, Earl first appeared with the Wichita Falls Symphony Orchestra at the age of 10. Over the years, he has performed as soloist on numerous occasions with several orchestras including the Oklahoma City Symphony Orchestra, the Corpus Christi Symphony Orchestra, the Richardson Symphony Orchestra and three separate programs with the Wichita Falls Symphony Orchestra.
 
As an avid chamber musician, Earl performed at summer music festivals including the Aspen Music Festival, the Blossom Festival School, the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, and Music Mountain. He was also one of the founding members of the Allendale String Quartet.
 
While still in high school, Earl placed or took first prize in several local and national concerto competitions including the Richardson Young Artist’s Competition, the Kingsville Young Performers Competition, the Oklahoma City Young Artist Awards, the Seventeen Magazine Music Competition, and the Young Texas Artist’s Competition.
 
Earl began his violin studies at the age of 6 as part of a local Suzuki program and quickly graduated to studying privately lessons. At age 12 he began studying with the teacher who would be his primary mentor, Robert Davidovici, who was then Artist-in-Residence at North Texas State University. Earl studied at the Juilliard School with Dorothy Delay and earned his B.Mus. degree at the Manhattan School of Music where he studied with Ani Kavafian. He earned his M.Mus degree at the Cleveland Institute of Music where he studied with Bernard Goldschmidt, Martin Chalifour, and Carolyn Warner. He has also participated in masterclasses with such notable violinists as Ivan Galamian, Josef Gingold, and Nadja Solerno-Sonnenberg. Currently Earl coaches with Kenn Wagner.
 
In addition to music, Earl has a passion for the technology industry. He holds numerous certifications from Cisco Systems and Microsoft including three distinct Cisco Certified Internetwork Engineer (CCIE) certifications, and is employed as a Sr. Network Engineer specializing in voice and video technologies.

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