Christina Major, soprano

Christina Major

American Soprano Christina Major is a rising star, known for her sumptuous and agile “Italianate sound”. In Opera News, she was hailed as being a “sensitive actress” who “provided the highest emotional stakes of the evening.” The Dallas Morning News has acknowledged her as the “…standout, alternating fire and subtler warmth with touching, real emotional depths.”

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André Watts, piano

Andre Watts

André Watts burst upon the music world at the age of 16 when Leonard Bernstein chose him to make his debut with the New York Philharmonic in their Young People’s Concerts, broadcast nationwide on CBS-TV. Only two weeks later, Bernstein asked him to substitute at the last minute for the ailing Glenn Gould in performances of Liszt’s E-flat Concerto with the New York Philharmonic, thus launching his career in storybook fashion. More than 50 years later, André Watts remains one of today’s most celebrated and beloved superstars.

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Winston-Salem Symphony Announces
Appointment of Art Bloom As
New Chief Operating Officer

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (June 17, 2016) – The Winston-Salem Symphony is pleased to announce the appointment of Art Bloom as Chief Operating Officer (COO). The COO position is a new two-year temporary appointment.

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Advertise in the 70th Anniversary Season Playbill!

Advertising Deadlines Contract: July 15, 2016 Ad Copy & Payment: August 1, 2016 Non-refundable payments due in full by payment deadline Playbill Finished Size: 6” (width) x 9” (height) Download the Contract and Specifications:   Contract     Ad Specs

Winston-Salem Symphony
2015-2016 Annual Meeting

The Winston-Salem Symphony Association, Inc. announces the convening of its 2015-2016 Annual Meeting on Wednesday, June 15, 2016 from 5:30 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. at the Robert E. Elberson Fine Arts Center on the campus of Salem College, 500 E

Winston-Salem Symphony Announces
Resignation of
Assistant Conductor Stephen Mulligan

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (May 10, 2016) – The Winston-Salem Symphony today announces the resignation of Assistant Conductor/Youth Symphony Conductor/Youth Orchestras Program General Manager Stephen Mulligan effective May 31, 2016. Mulligan departs the Winston-Salem Symphony to focus on the increasing amount of work he is being offered outside of Winston-Salem.

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Symphony Chorale Members’ Section

WS Symphony Chorale

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Winston-Salem Symphony Announces
2016-2017 Discovery Concerts for Kids
and Messiah Dates!

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (MAY 5, 2016) – The Winston-Salem Symphony, Robert Moody, Music Director, announces its 2016-2017 Discovery Concert for Kids Series and the dates for the 2016 performances of Handel’s Messiah.

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Winston-Salem Symphony Youth Symphony and
Asheville Buncombe Youth Orchestra to
Enjoy Collaborative Weekend

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (MAY 4, 2016) –The Winston-Salem Symphony Youth Symphony and the Asheville Buncombe Youth Orchestra will take part in a collaborative weekend retreat May 13-15, 2016, at the Brevard Music Center in Brevard, North Carolina.

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Winston-Salem Symphony Youth Symphony
to Perform Free Spring Concert

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (APRIL 6, 2016) – The Winston-Salem Symphony Youth Symphony will perform a free concert on Saturday, April 9, 2016, at 7 p.m. in Brendle Recital Hall on the campus of Wake Forest University.

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Winston-Salem Symphony Presents
Star Wars
a Discovery Concert for Kids

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (MARCH 30, 2016) – The Winston-Salem Symphony, Robert Moody, Music Director, will end the 2015-2016 Discovery Concerts for Kids series with a concert featuring the music of Star Wars.

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Winston-Salem Symphony to Present
The Beach Boys Sound
Plugged-In Pops Season Finale Concert

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (MARCH 18, 2016) – Experience good vibrations when guest conductor Jeff Reed returns to lead the Winston-Salem Symphony, Robert Moody Music Director, in an evening of smash hits from the iconic American band The Beach Boys. Conducted by Reed, the Symphony will be joined by guest artists The Rewinders as they celebrate the sounds of summer, surfing, and fun, on Saturday, April 16 at 7:30 p.m.

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Celebrate Spring with the Symphony
Copland’s Appalachian Spring, Peer Gynt, and Beethoven 2!

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (MARCH 15, 2016) – The Winston-Salem Symphony and Music Director Robert Moody will end the 2015-2016 Classics Series with a spring finale featuring Aaron Copland’s Appalachian Spring: Suite alongside Peer Gynt: Suite No. 1, op. 46, by Edvard Grieg; Pomp and Circumstance No. 1, op. 39, by Edward Elgar; and Ludwig van Beethoven’s Symphony No. 2, op. 36 in D Major.

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Andrew von Oeyen, piano

Andrew von Oeyen

Hailed worldwide for his elegant and insightful interpretations, balanced artistry and brilliant technique, Andrew von Oeyen has established himself as one of the most captivating pianists of his generation. Since his debut at age 16 with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and Esa-Pekka Salonen, Mr. von Oeyen has excelled in a broad spectrum of concerto repertoire.

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Dr. Christopher Gilliam
Symphony Chorale Director

Christopher Gilliam

North Carolina native Christopher Gilliam has been performing for nearly 30 years–teaching rising young artists and scholars at the university and college level for the past twelve. At home equally on the stage and podium, Gilliam has conducted or performed in literally hundreds of choral, opera, oratorio, music theatre, and straight-theatre performances.

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Chorale Auditions

There are currently no Chorale vacancies. Those interested in performing an ad hoc audition may inquire by emailing

Robert Moody, Music Director


Robert Moody has been Music Director of the Winston-Salem Symphony (North Carolina) since 2005, Artistic Director of Arizona Musicfest since 2007, and Music Director of the Portland Symphony Orchestra (Maine) since 2008. Mr. Moody’s 2015-2016 season included debuts with the

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Welcome to the WS Symphony Youth Orchestras Program!

The WSSYO is currently comprised of three full orchestras for aspiring musicians in the first through twelfth grades: the Premiere Strings, a strings only orchestra for young musicians who are new to the experience of playing in an ensemble with a conductor, the Youth Philharmonic for intermediate level students and the Youth Symphony for more advanced students.

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WSS Youth Orchestras:
Performances 2016-2017

WS Youth Symphony performance 5-16-11

The three entities of the Youth Orchestras Program perform several times each year in different venues throughout Winston-Salem. Student performers and audience members alike experience exciting full-orchestra repertoire and occasional concerto performances by young soloists.

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Coming Soon:
Doc Severinsen

Doc Severinsen

Saturday, October 29, 2016 at 7:30 pm
Doc Severinsen, trumpet
Robert Moody, conductor

HEEERE’s DOC! Enjoy the swinging sounds of big band jazz as special guest Doc Severinsen joins Robert Moody and the Winston-Salem Symphony. Bandleader of The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson for over 30 years, Doc will bring his trumpet, style, and air to Reynolds Auditorium for a night of incredible music!

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