Founded in 2005, Gwinnett Symphony Orchestra (GSO) is under the direction of Robert Trocina. GSO is comprised of approximately 90 musicians from all walks of life from Gwinnett and the surrounding region. GSO is made up of primarily volunteer musicians with a few key professional musicians. Many of these musicians have been loyal members of the symphony since its inception. Members include music faculty from New School of Music, local school music programs and universities, and community musicians. GSO performs multiple concerts per season including masterworks, family concerts, sensory friendly concerts, young people’s concerts and combined concerts with our symphony chorus, jazz orchestra and Northeast Atlanta Ballet. GSO sponsors a youth piano concerto competition and hosts international conductors annually. Membership in GSO is by audition with the conductor or by invitation. Interested musicians may enquire about membership throughout the year based on chair availability. Please complete the application here.
Artistic Director Gwinnett Symphony Orchestra and Chorus Association, Inc.
Music Director and Conductor Gwinnett Symphony Orchestra, Northeast Atlanta Ballet Orchestra Born in New Jersey and raised in Atlanta's arts communities, Mr. Trocina serves as artistic director of Gwinnett Symphony Orchestra and Chorus Association, Inc. and music director of Gwinnett Symphony Orchestra (2005-present). Mr. Trocina is music director for Northeast Atlanta Ballet where he conducts full-length productions of Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker, Sleeping Beauty and Swan Lake; Prokofiev’s Cinderella and Peter Pan (2006-present). He made his opera debut with Capitol City Opera (GA) where he conducted full-length performances of Mozart's The Impresario and Puccini's Gianni Schicchi (2008). Mr. Trocina previously served as associate conductor and board member of the Atlanta Wind Symphony (1998-2003) and music director of Gwinnett Symphony Youth Orchestra (1997-2006). His recent guest conducted appointments include Atlanta Philharmonic Orchestra, Atlanta Musicians Orchestra and Capitol City Opera (GA).
Mr. Trocina is co-founder and executive director of New School of Music (1997-present), and has developed one of Atlanta’s most successful music conservatories. NSM currently has three primary schools, six affiliate schools, a faculty of approximately 100 teachers and enrollment of 2000 students. Mr. Trocina's performance experience has brought him to 38 United States, as well as Canada, Holland, Belgium, Denmark, Germany, and Sweden. His students received honors such as inclusion in Georgia's All State Band and Orchestra, Georgia's Governors Honors Program, and college music scholarships. Mr. Trocina has served as a clinician and adjudicator, and was a member of the brass instructional staff for Spirit of Atlanta Drum and Bugle Corps for the 2000 and 2001 seasons. As artistic director GSOC, Mr. Trocina has developed a program which includes the symphony orchestra, ballet orchestra, symphony chorus, chamber orchestra, wind orchestra, jazz orchestra and youth orchestra. In 2007, Mr. Trocina established the Infinite Energy Theater (formerly Performing Arts Center at Gwinnett Center) as the orchestras’ primary performance home. During his tenure, Robert has been instrumental in bringing many internationally renowned guest soloists to the ensembles including Ivana Cetkovic, Senisa Ciric and Beth Newdome, Violin; Momoko Yamato, Ralph Votapek, Huu Mai, and David Watkins, Piano; Susan Welty, Richard Deane, Bruce Kenney and Thomas Witte, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Horn Section; and Edward Weaver, Harpsichord and Organ. Mr. Trocina has collaborated GSO with several ensembles including the Northeast Atlanta Ballet, Atlanta Wind Symphony, William O. Baker Festival Singers, Northside Choral Jazz Ensemble, Chix with Stix Percussion Ensemble, Atlanta Percussion Trio, Capitol City Opera, Georgia Perimeter College Wind Ensemble, and the Gwinnett Community Band. In 2009, Mr. Trocina and colleague Eriko Ishikawa founded the “Rising Star Piano Concerto Competition”. In its first season, six winners performed a movement each of Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 23, K.488 on stage with the GSO.