South Carolina Philharmonic


July 22, 2014

New conductor for Strings Orchestra announced

The South Carolina Philharmonic welcomes Genny Nelson to its youth orchestras program as the new conductor of the Strings Orchestra.

Nelson (right) is director of the orchestra program at River Bluff High School in Lexington. A South Carolina native, she graduated from the Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities before earning a bachelor’s degree in violin performance from Columbus State University. During her time earning a master’s in music education at Louisiana State University, she taught a full studio of private students, including adults, and founded and nurtured strings programs at several area private schools. 

She later founded Grace Notes Music Studio in Baton Rouge, La. to offer further private music lessons to area students. The studio quadrupled in size before her return to South Carolina to serve as strings director with Conder Elementary Arts Integrated Magnet School. Growth was seen there too; the strings program grew to record numbers and currently serves more than a third of the student population.

Nelson begins her new position with the S.C. Phil Youth Orchestras, sponsored by Richland County, this fall with the start of the new academic year. The Strings Orchestra is designed for strings students with limited orchestral experience who want to improve their skills. 

About the S.C. Phil Youth Orchestras

Founded in 1964, the S.C. Philharmonic Youth Orchestras (SCPYO), sponsored by Richland County, offer exceptional orchestral playing experience for young people throughout the Midlands. Each year more than 200 students participate in three orchestras, comprised of the very best student musicians. Membership in the S.C. Phil Youth Orchestras program is open to students throughout the state, ages 8 through high school, on an auditioned basis.

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