The Alpharetta Symphony Orchestra is a non-profit 501(c)(3) community ensemble based in Alpharetta, Georgia. The AlphaSO was co-founded in 2014 by Dr. S. Eric Hawk (Director), and his wife Dr. Dawn Dalangin Hawk (Pianist). The AlphaSO organization consists of an Adult Orchestra (AlphaSO), Youth Orchestra (AlphaYSO), and a Chamber Orchestra. We also offer Chamber Outreach Ensemble Concerts in schools and senior homes to those who cannot attend regular performances.
The Alpharetta Symphony Orchestra (AlphaSO) exists to bring together musicians and audiences of all ages around the goal of making and enjoying music together and building the musical arts community through performances and education to all. We strive to serve the artistic needs of our community and the greater North Atlanta area. We perform chamber and orchestral literature, regularly collaborating with local artists and arts groups.
The Alpharetta Symphony Orchestra has joined many orchestras in reimagining our programming due to the ongoing pandemic. This has included following CDC guidelines for gathering where we required string players to wear masks, set our chairs 6 ft apart to social distance, and offered virtual rehearsal options. Instead of performing concerts for a live audience, our season will consist of recordings, live streams, and park concerts. Our Youth Symphony has continued to meet together virtually where they have participated in chamber and full orchestra projects.
In the fall of 2020, the AlphaSO worked on our first professional recording project. Through this we were able to safely meet and keep the numbers limited without a live audience. We also offered virtual rehearsals for those who could not attend in person. We were honored to record the first ever live symphonic version of the 'Veterans' Anthem' written and performed by, Takosha Swan, for the state challenge to prevent suicide among veterans, service members, and their families.
The AlphaSO Enriches People's Lives Through Music.
To create engaging educational experiences and inspiring orchestral performances that
connect and grow the Alpharetta arts community through the universal language of music.
In 2030, the AlphaSO will be known as North Atlanta's cultural epicenter for those who are passionate about quality orchestral music.