The Taylor Road Orchestra is comprised of 6th, 7th and 8th grade students, under the direction of Mrs. Nicole Thompson and Mr. Daniel Kim. This group of talented young musicians is committed to excellence and focused on producing quality performances. The Taylor Road Orchestra has established a tradition of outstanding achievement, consistently earning superior ratings at GMEA performance evaluations since the school opened in 1990. This ensemble has also performed at numerous venues in and around metropolitan Atlanta, including the Governor’s Mansion, the Georgia State Capitol, the Red Clay Theatre, and the Centennial Olympic Park July 4th Celebration. Several students perform in ensembles outside the school, including the GMEA All-State Orchestras, Solo & Ensemble festivals, Fulton County Youth Orchestra, American String Teacher’s Association camps, Upbeat Camps, youth symphonies, and various other organizations. The students meet 50 minutes daily with their respective grade level and rehearse one day per week after school.
The TRMS Orchestra has 3 words that sum up our goal for our students: Community, Family, and Success.
Community: The TRMS Orchestra uses their talents to serve the people around them. We have performed at assisted living facilities and Veteran's Day ceremonies. Like the great composer Sibelius once said, "Music begins where the possibilities of language ends". We use music to inspire those around us.
Family: Not only is the Orchestra full of different sized instruments, we are a diverse collective of students from all cultures and backgrounds. We have athletes, Geography Bee, Math Counts, and Science Olympiad winners. We have All-State Orchestra members throughout our ensembles. There are 4 groups in our family: 6th Grade Beginners, 7th Grade Intermediate, 8th Grade Advanced, and Fiddle Group.
We unite together to make beautiful music!
Success: The Taylor Road Orchestra has consistently earned Superior ratings at LGPE and has been invited twice to perform at the GMEA Conference. Our groups have also been selected to perform at the Governor’s Mansion, the Georgia State Capitol, the Red Clay Theatre, and the Centennial Olympic Park July 4th Celebration for an audience of 30,000+. In addition, we have many students that try out for the All-State orchestra and community orchestra with a high rate of success.
Elementary music programs that feed into Taylor Road Middle School are Abbotts Hill Elementary, Findley Oaks Elementary, Lake Windward Elementary, State Bridge Crossing Elementary, and Ocee Elementary.
The Taylor Road Orchestras receive support from Principal Kelly Parker and the staff of Taylor Road Middle School, as well as parent volunteers, and the Johns Creek community.