About the Honors String Quartet

    Students are selected for honors ensembles based on audition scores from a successful Symphony audition and often possess character traits such as: leadership qualities, dependability, and perseverance.

    Placement for these ensembles occurs twice a year: following GYSO’s initial auditions in May, and then a second round of auditions follows in December. Students in honors ensembles are not guaranteed a spot for the entire year.

    Honors ensembles allow students to work closely with coaches to perform artistically challenging works and develop precise rehearsal and performance techniques in a small group setting.

    • Honors String Quartet performs 2-4 concerts per season.


    Harrison Cook received a BA from Georgia State University and his MFA from Carnegie Mellon University. He has played in various orchestras, including the Columbus Symphony, Savannah Philharmonic, Greenville Symphony, and the Symphony Orchestra Augusta, and various recording studios. He has had the opportunity to play around the world, including performances in Italy, Monaco, and China. Harrison currently teaches at Simpson Middle School, gives recitals, and plays with various ensembles around the Atlanta community. He also continues to teach a robust private studio, with students going on to perform at the Brevard, Suwanee, and Interlochen summer institutes, and go on to colleges including the University of Georgia, Furman University, and the University of Texas to study music.

    In high school, Harrison spent one year in the Buckhead Youth Orchestra and the following three years with the Atlanta Symphony Youth Orchestra. He attended the Brevard Summer Institute twice, the Franklin Pond Chamber Music Program, and spent a summer in Spoleto, Italy through the Cincinatti Conservatory as a part of the Spoleto Music Festival. He continues to study with Joel Dallow, as well as various other members of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, including Christopher Rex and Brad Ritchie. Harrison has played in various chamber ensembles throughout his career, including the newly formed Arche String Quartet, and is excited to coach Georgia Youth Symphony Orchestra’s strings.