Symphony Chorale

Christopher Gilliam, chorale director
Nancy Johnston, accompanist


Irma Alarcon
Susan Balde Avery
Megan Bright
Andi Brooks
Jessica Buford
Carolyn R. Carpenter
Mehitabel Chiott
Susan Gies Conley
Ashleigh Cooper
Beverly Brown Culbreath
Carol Davis
Lucia Denk
Paige Elgart
Katherine Eppert
Elizabeth Ferguson
Beth Fordham-Meier
Ann Camden Galiger
Amy Goldwine
Patricia Grant
Marjorie John
Nikki Johnson, section leader
Betty B. Jones
Sandria N. Kerr
Gale Ketteler
Stephanie Keys
Carol Kirby
Ashley Larson
Lee S. Lashley
Karen Yoak Lewis, section leader
Susanne Martin
Sara Morales
Amy K. Morris
Carmen Price
Sarah E. Putnam
Anne Wylie Safrit
Beverly Rudolph Shaw
Ashley Smith
Carlie E. Spainhour
Alexandra Tofan
Deborah Wesley-Farrington
April M. Whitfield
Susan Griffin Worth


Matthew L. Brooks, section leader
Jack Campbell
Craig Collins, section leader
Barry Scott Foster
Geoffrey Gibbons
Wooten Gough
Halbert M. Jones
Antony Howard
Fred Kahl
Jay Parsons
Herb Parunak
Wendell Putney
Rob Sale
Arthur J Stagg
Robert Ulery


Elizabeth Palmer Barr
Isabelle Berquin
Glenda Brown
Nancy Ann Bruce
Frances Burmeister
Lela Busey
Emily Cassidy
Sarah Costanzo
Karen Wheeling Cromer
Joan Decker
Marcia Deem
Erin Marie Doby
Ashley Eskridge
Parker St. Clair Freeman
Linda Frey
Barbara F. Gerhard, section leader
Troi Hicks
Susan C. Hill
Jenna Hollingsworth
Susan Huneycutt
Donna Jaffe
Joia M. Johnson
Susan Kerner
Barbara M. Kunkle
Barbara Lawrence, section leader
Cynthia Leonard
Byah McGee
Patty McKenzie
Elizabeth Morgan
Crista Palmer
Bettie Pfiffner
Lynn N. Pritchard
Phoenix Harmony Putney
Gwenette Robertson
Yulia Roubtsova
Anna Simeonides
Donna Smart
Harriett Smith
Elaine S. Tesh
Marion Elizabeth Williams
Susan Wells Yount


John Burchette
Dudley Carpenter
Ken Carpenter, section leader
Darren Chiott
Guy Dorsinville
Bill Frisch
Hal Garrison, section leader
Bill Gibson
Douglass Gilbert
Gerry Gunzenhauser
John W. Hammon
Paul Harder
Kevin Hayes
Lyle Jaffe
Don McDonald
Jonathan Partin
Lew Saphar Jr.
Jack Scruggs
Michael C. Seeds
Stan Senft
Wilson Somerville
Joel Stegall
John J. Woodmansee
Wayne Yancey

Winston-Salem Symphony Chorale

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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Open auditions for the 2018-2019 Season are now closed. Auditions for new singers will be held early 2019 (January-February timeframe). Please check back to this page or the WS Symphony Chorale Facebook page in late December or early January for announcements regarding those auditions.

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Chair: Lew Saphar, Jr.
Chair-elect: Ken Carpenter
Librarian: Isabelle Berquin
Treasurer: Carlie Spainhour
Social Media Coordinator: Erin Doby
Social Chair: Lyle Jaffe

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Educational initiatives made possible with funding by Wells Fargo, The Arts Council of Winston-Salem and Forsyth County and The Winston-Salem and Forsyth County Schools.