Mission Statement of the Western Piedmont Symphony
Western Piedmont Symphony’s mission is to provide musical performances of distinction that enrich and enliven the community’s classical music experience; and to nourish new audiences through school concerts and family outreach programs.
WPS not only impacts our overall quality of life, it also has a direct impact on economic development as companies look to bring jobs to our area.
Every year the Western Piedmont Symphony concert season consists of five Masterworks concerts, four Chamber Classics concerts, two Youth Symphony concerts and a variety of outdoor concerts. WPS believes that you are neither too young nor too old to listen to and enjoy fine music. During the course of the year, many pre-schoolers are introduced to classical music and music education through Rug Concerts. Our seniors are treated to Silver Serenades at local assisted-living, retirement, and nursing facilities. An age-specific concert is performed by our resident quartet.
One of the most important traditions of the Western Piedmont Symphony is the presentation of concerts to all public school students in the Greater Hickory Metro Area’s six school districts. The chamber orchestra or resident quartet will play for over 25,000 students in elementary and middle school grades. Every year John develops a curriculum that’s available to music education teachers.
WPS has been fortunate to have a resident string quartet in place. Frye Street Quartet was the first resident quartet, followed by the Degas Quartet, then the La Catrina Quartet. During the 2009-2010 season, WPS once again auditioned quartets from across the country to fill the the three year residency position. The Kontras Quartet was the quartet-in-residence for four years. During the upcoming 50th WPS will once again present the “Battle of the Bows” audition process to choose our next quartet-in-residence. The Tesla Quartet was selected and is now in their second year of residency. And beginning with this 52nd year, we welcome Jody Brunjes as our new Youth Symphony Conductor.
To learn more about the history of the Western Piedmont Symphony, click here.