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Western Piedmont Symphony
243 Third Avenue, NE, Ste.1-N
Hickory, North Carolina 28601
Arts & Science Center of
Catawba Valley
Phone: 828.324.8603
Fax: 828.324.1301
Email: info@wpsymphony.org


About the Western Piedmont Symphony

Each year the Western Piedmont Symphony concert season consists of five Masterworks concerts, four Chamber Classics concerts featuring our quartet-in-residence, and up to three Youth Symphony 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 Unifour’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. For this year's curriculum CLICK HERE.

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. WPS is pleased to have selected the Kontras Quartet to serve as our latest resident quartet.

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.

The History of the Western Piedmont Symphony

To learn more about the history of the Western Piedmont Symphony, click here.

The American Prize 2011

Once again the Western Piedmont Symphony was selected as a finalist in the professional orchestra category. The competition was sponsored by The American Prize. The American Prize is a series of new, non-profit, national competitions designed to recognize and reward the very best in the performing arts in the United States--in schools and churches, and at community and professional levels.

The American Prize offers cash awards and recognition certificates for the best recorded perfomances in the United States at the professional, college/university, church, community and secondary school levels. Judges include music professors and professional conductors, musicians and teachers.

Ross reinterated, “It’s good to get recognition for our musicians. I’m proud of our musicians.”

WPS placed third in the professional category with the Pensacola Symphony coming in at first, and the Edison Symphony coming in second.

Bravo WPS Orchestra!

Mission Statement of the Western Piedmont Symphony

The Western Piedmont Symphony (WPS) strives 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.

Symphony Staff

John Gordon Ross, Music Director & Conductor johnross@wpsymphony.org
Reggie Helton, Executive Director reggiehelton@wpsymphony.org
Trish Stultz, Business & Box Office Manager trishstultz@wpsymphony.org
Paulette Miller, Marketing Director paulettemiller@wpsymphony.org
Mary Boudreault, Personnel Manager pm@wpsymphony.org
Dona Chevrette, Accounts Manager
Phil Barringer, Properties Manager

2011.2012 Symphony Board

D'Ann Grell, President dcgktg1119@hotmail.com
Adam Neilly, Vice President
Barbara Freiman, Secretary
Tom Shields, Treasurer
Tracey Bolick
Dan Green
Judy Ivester
Pam Jones
Carol Kammer
Bill Karslake
Ingrid Keller
Dan Kiser
Pam Madduri
David Millholland
Kirk Murdock
Ed Schott
Jean Shankles
Kim Smith
Polly Shook
Brian Stone
Chip Young



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