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The Pioneer Valley Symphony Announces New Music Director

We are excited to announce that, after a year-long search, Maestro Tian Hui Ng has been selected as the new Music Director and Orchestra Conductor of the Pioneer Valley Symphony. Tian succeeds Maestro Paul Phillips, who served as Music Director and Conductor for 23 years.

Tian, an American Prize winning conductor, currently serves as Music Director of the Mount Holyoke Symphony Orchestra and Artistic Director of the Victory Players Contemporary Music Ensemble. Tian is known for his innovative programming, and as an advocate of new music. He has assisted in and premiered new works by Pulitzer and Rome Prize winners such as Curt Cacioppo, Aaron Jay Kernis, Robert Kyr, David Sanford, and Joan Tower, and many young composers. He is particularly proud of his commissioning work, which has helped composers garner international prizes. A versatile musician, Tian has conducted orchestras around the world, and is equally at home in the realm of choral music. Read more here.

Joining Tian and Youth Orchestra Director Steven Bathory-Peeler in the musical leadership of the Pioneer Valley Symphony for the 2018-2019 season will be Gregory W. Brown, who is serving as the Interim Chorus Director.  Brown – an accomplished choral conductor and gifted and renowned composer – has worked with the Pioneer Valley Symphony Chorus on a number of occasions and served as Visiting Director of the Choral Music Program at Amherst College last year. Though primarily a choral conductor, Brown also conducts chamber and orchestral music, with a special interest in new music. His compositions have been performed across the United States and Europe, and Brown is best known for his Missa Charles Darwin, a work combining the structure of the standard mass with texts from Charles Darwin. Read more here.

More information regarding the 2018-2019 season will be forthcoming – check back soon!

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Your contribution helps us to

  • Bring world-class soloists to the Pioneer Valley
  • Provide a free education program to 3rd and 4th graders
  • Offer scholarships to talented young musicians
  • Premiere new orchestral and choral music
  • Collaborate with other local performing groups
  • Enhance and expand our youth outreach programs and Youth Orchestra
  • 24 Jul 2018

    Summer Sings! Verdi Requiem

    Join us for our community sing-along events, hosted by the PVS, that are sure to leave you smiling all summer…