Pioneer Valley Symphony Orchestra & Chorus
One of the oldest community orchestras in the United States, the PVS was founded to serve the Pioneer Valley by performing symphonic and choral music, providing the community the opportunity to participate in making music, and educating young children in music through exposure to live orchestral music.
The orchestra, under the dynamic leadership of Music Director Paul Phillips, provides professional musical direction for over 125 volunteer musicians. Approximately 65 instrumentalists and over 60 singers participate annually, producing six symphonic concerts, as well as family, educational, and choral programs. Membership in both orchestra and chorus is open to any qualified musician. Participants range in age from high school to retirement years and hail from 36 different communities in western Massachusetts and six communities in Connecticut, New Hampshire and Vermont.
Under the direction of Music Director Paul Phillips, the PVS has gained national recognition for its programming of contemporary music. In both 1997 and 2011, the PVS won the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers annual award for adventurous programming. The PVS regularly programs works by living composers and frequently performs world, American, and Massachusetts premieres.