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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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Youth Orchestra Members’ Section

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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 wssymphonychorale@gmail.com.


Robert Moody, Music Director

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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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Daniel Skidmore | Associate Concertmaster

Dan Skidmore was raised in Morgantown, West Virginia where he began violin studies with Mary Wilson. In 2006 he acquired a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro in violin performance. His primary teachers


Corine Brouwer | Concertmaster

Corine Brouwer, Concertmaster

Corine Brouwer is well-known to North Carolina audiences. She is currently the concertmaster of the Winston-Salem Symphony, the Asheville Lyric Opera, and is a member of the Arizona MusicFest Orchestra. She has made recent appearances in both the Arizona MusicFest


John Hammarback | Principal Oboe

John Hammarback joined the Winston-Salem Symphony as principal oboe midway through the 2010/2011 Season. John began oboe studies with John Ellis at the UNC School of the Arts at age twelve. He stayed at UNCSA through high school and the


Coming Soon:
The Winston-Salem Symphony, March 2106

Beethoven’s Ninth

October 15, 16, & 18, 2016

Robert Moody, conductor
Christina Major, soprano
Stephanie Foley Davis, mezzo-soprano
Vale Rideout, tenor
Soloman Howard, bass
Winston-Salem Symphony Chorale
Dr. Christopher Gilliam, director
UNCSA Cantata Singers
Dr. Nathan Zullinger, director

Mason BATES Ode
BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 9, “Choral”

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