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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Winston-Salem State University Choir

The Winston-Salem State University Choir is one of the oldest student organizations on the campus of Winston-Salem State University and is well sought after for its moving renditions of major choral works, spirituals, and world music.

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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

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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Concerts by Series

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WSS Youth Orchestras:
Performances 2016-2017

Youth Orchestra

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

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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

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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

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Brian French

Brian French joined the WSS as principal trombonist in 2000, and made his Classics Series solo debut in February 2002.  Brian has held principal positions in the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra and the Civic Orchestra of Chicago (the training program of

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Youth Orchestra Auditions

Join us! Auditions are held annually in the late Spring for our three performing ensembles: the Youth Symphony, the Youth Philharmonic, and the Premiere Strings.

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WSSYO Conductors

Jessica Morel

Jessica Morel, Margaret Rehder, and Fabrice Dharamraj lead our talented students in rehearsals and concerts each year. Each conductor brings a wealth of experience in musicianship and education, guiding their respective orchestras to their full potential performance after performance.

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History of the WSSYO

WSS Youth Symphony violinists

In 2007 the Youth Orchestras became an official part of the Winston-Salem Symphony Association with added resources of the WSS Music Director Robert Moody and Executive Director Merritt Vale. The Winston-Salem Symphony, the University of North Carolina School of the Arts (UNCSA), and Wake Forest University continue to offer invaluable resources and sponsorship of the Winston-Salem Symphony Youth Orchestras program. Parent volunteers contribute many hours to help the orchestras function.

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Contact Us

Map of Symphony Offices at 201 N. Broad St, Winston-Salem

Winston-Salem Symphony Youth Orchestras
201 N. Broad St., Ste. 200
Winston-Salem, NC 27101
Phone: (336) 725.1035
Fax: (336) 725.3924

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Coming Soon:
The Winston-Salem Symphony, Robert Moody conducting

Strauss / Berlioz

Sunday, April 2, 2017 at 3:00 pm
Tuesday, April 4, 2017 at 7:30 pm
 
Robert Moody, conductor
Elizabeth Bishop, mezzo-soprano
Winston-Salem Symphony Chorale
Dr. Christopher Gilliam, director
Winston-Salem State University Choir
Maetsra D’Walla Simmons Burke, director
Winston-Salem Youth Chorus
Dr. Sonja Sepúlveda, director

STRAUSS, R. Also Sprach Zarathustra
(Theme from 2001: A Space Odyssey )
BERLIOZ Te Deum

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