Symphony Chorale

Christopher Gilliam, chorale director
Nancy Johnston, accompanist


Irma Alarcon
Susan Balde Avery
Megan Bright
Andi Brooks
Jessica Buford
Elisa Burton
Carolyn R. Carpenter
Mehitabel Chiott
Tami Langley Colvin
Susan Gies Conley
Beverly Brown Culbreath
Lucia Denk
Katherine Eppert
Elizabeth Ferguson
Ann Camden Galiger
Amy Goldwine
Patricia Grant
Hannah Hair
Erica Helmle
Marjorie John, Soprano I Section Leader
Nikki Johnson
Betty B. Jones
Sandria N. Kerr
Gale Ketteler
Stephanie Keys
Carol Kirby
Ashley Larson
Lee S. Lashley
Karen Yoak Lewis, Soprano II Section Leader
Gretchen K. Marsden
Denise McKibbin
Carmen Price
Sarah E. Putnam
Elaine Ragland
Anne Wylie Safrit
Heidi Shafer
Beverly Rudolph Shaw
Anna Simeonides
Sarah Solomon
Carlie E. Spainhour
Alexandra Tofan
Roberta Lynn Turner
Jenny L. Viars
Deborah Wesley
Susan Griffin Worth


Harold Arnn
Matthew L. Brooks, Tenor II Section Leader
Jack Campbell, Tenor I Section Leader
John H. Carver
Craig Collins
Barry Scott Foster
Kerry Layne Garrett
Jay Hale
Halbert M. Jones
Fred Kahl
Kevin Mundy
Guy B. Oldaker III
Jay Parsons
Herb Parunak
Wendell Putney
Arthur J Stagg
Robert Ulery


Cynthia S. Aiken
Elizabeth Palmer Barr
Isabelle Berquin
Glenda Brown
Nancy Ann Bruce
Frances Burmeister
Lela Busey
Olivia Chiott
Rebecca Church
Karen Wheeling Cromer
Joan Decker
Marcia Deem
Erin Marie Doby
Parker St. Clair Freeman
Linda Frey
Barbara F. Gerhard, Alto I Section Leader
Susan C. Hill
Jenna Hollingsworth
Susan Huneycutt
Donna Jaffe
Joia M. Johnson
Sheila Keen
Susan Kerner
Barbara M. Kunkle
Barbara Lawrence
Cynthia Leonard
Jan Ma’luf
Briana L. McClarin
Byah McGee
Elizabeth Morgan
Bettie Pfiffner
Lynn N. Pritchard
Phoenix Harmony Putney
Lois Roewade
Diana Salmons, Alto II Section Leader
Harriett Smith
Elaine S. Tesh
Marion Elizabeth Williams
Susan Wells Yount


John Burchette
Dudley Carpenter
Ken Carpenter
Darren Chiott
Bill Frisch
Hal Garrison, Bass I Section Leader
John Garrou
Bill Gibson
Douglass Gilbert
Gerry Gunzenhauser
John W. Hammon
Paul Harder
Kevin Hayes
Lyle Jaffe
Alan Keely
Don McDonald
Jonathan Partin
Lew Saphar Jr.
Jack Scruggs
Michael C. Seeds
Wilson Somerville
Joel Stegall, Bass II Section Leader
David Thomas
John J. Woodmansee
Quentin Woodward Jr.

The Symphony Chorale is comprised of nearly 120 auditioned singers from around the Triad. The group rehearses weekly on Monday evenings from 7:00 – 9:30. Additional rehearsals are scheduled during the week prior to a performance.

Auditions for the 2017/18 Season will be held July 31 and August 7. All voice parts are welcome. You will be asked to sing something you already know and to do some sightreading.

Learn more.

Chorale Council

Chair: Debbie Wesley-Farrington
Chair-elect: Lew Saphar
Librarian: Isabelle Berquin
Treasurer: Sandria Kerr
Social Media Coordinator: Roberta Turner
Social Committee: Nancy Bruce, Lyle Jaffe, Briana McClarin

About the Symphony Chorale

The Winston-Salem Symphony Chorale traces its beginnings to the 1940’s; at that time, there were three vocal groups in Winston-Salem, which eventually merged in 1960 to form the Singers’ Guild. The Singers’ Guild often performed concerts with the Symphony, and in the fall of 1971 merged with the Symphony and became the Winston-Salem Symphony Chorale. The Chorale has been directed by David Partington, Norman Johnson, Peter Perret, Donald Armitage, James Allbritten, and Dr. Carole J. Ott, and currently is under the direction of Dr. Christopher Gilliam. The Chorale consists of nearly 120 auditioned volunteer singers, many of whom are members of area church choirs and university choruses. The Symphony and Chorale perform large choral masterpieces which in recent seasons have included Haydn’s Creation, Orff’s Carmina Burana, and the Requiem masses of Mozart, Brahms, and Verdi. The Chorale also joins the Symphony on earlier, smaller-scale works such as Bach’s St. John Passion and an annual production of Handel’s Messiah. Additionally, the Winston-Salem Symphony Chorale holds its own performances in local venues, providing intimate and moving choral experiences for audiences away from the Symphony concert hall.

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