Forsyth County Symphony Orchestra kicks off spring season

Kimberly Bond

(Forsyth County, GA) With summer approaching, many are looking forward to upcoming vacations and other travel opportunities. But until then, Forsyth County residents can take a trip “Around the World” with the Forsyth Symphony Orchestra.

Conducted by Mark Wood, the Forsyth Symphony Orchestra is a volunteer community orchestra “dedicated to cultural enrichment.” The mission statement on their website declares that they “maintain a commitment to musical excellence while providing performance opportunities for local musicians and sharing orchestral music with the community.” The volunteer musicians for the non-profit organization range from high school students to professionals.
The Forsyth Symphony Orchestra kicked off its spring season on April 30.Photo byForsyth Symphony Orchestra

The orchestra’s first performance of 2023 was Sunday, April 30 at Cumming Baptist Church in downtown Cumming, where Wood has been the Associate Pastor of Worship and Students for more than 22 years. In keeping with the “Far and Away: Music From Around the World,” theme, audience members were treated to an evening of performances of music from a variety of different cultures and time periods. Without leaving their seats, guests were transported to far-flung destinations including Egypt and Ireland. There were also pieces from different regions and cultures in the United States.

“Thank you to everyone who shared the word, came out to see and hear us play, and support us however you are able,” Wood shared on social media after the performance.
Mark Wood conducts the Forsyth Symphony Orchestra.Photo byForsyth Symphony Orchestra

Wood, a Forsyth County native, loves to sing the praises of the musicians under his directorship.

“There are so many talented musicians in the area – the need for a community orchestra is obvious. We are excited to provide this avenue for our community to combine our talents and create beautiful music,” Wood shared.

“I am excited to be a part of such an awesome group of musicians and I cannot wait to see where this journey leads!” he added.
The Forsyth Symphony Orchestra is a non-profit, volunteer organization.Photo byForsyth Symphony Orchestra

The Forsyth Symphony Orchestra practices on Wednesday evenings at 7:30 p.m. at Cumming Baptist Church. If you are interested in joining the group, you can learn more here. Cumming Baptist Church is located at 115 Church Street.
Musicians from high school to professionals dedicate their time and skills to the orchestra.Photo byForsyth Symphony Orchestra

The Forsyth Symphony Orchestra’s next performance is at Sexton Hall on Sunday, May 7 from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Tickets are $10 in advance or $15 at the door. Tickets may be purchased online at or by calling (770) 781-2178. All ages are welcome. Sexton Hall is located at 2115 Chloe Road in Cumming.

What concerts are you looking forward to in Forsyth County this spring? Comment below or email to let us know.

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