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.
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.
Winston-Salem Symphony Presents
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.
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.
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.
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.
Andrew von Oeyen, piano
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.
Dr. Christopher Gilliam
Symphony Chorale Director
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.
There are currently no Chorale vacancies. Those interested in performing an ad hoc audition may inquire by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Robert Moody, Music Director
WSS Youth Orchestras:
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.
Daniel Skidmore | Associate Concertmaster
Corine Brouwer | Concertmaster
John Hammarback | Principal Oboe
Encore Society Members’ Section
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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.
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.
History of the WSSYO
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.