ABOUT THE PVS
As one of the country’s most established community orchestras, the PVS has been bringing exceptional live symphonic and choral music to the Pioneer Valley for over 80 years. Founded in Greenfield in 1939, the PVS ensembles perform high-quality symphonic and choral music in Greenfield, Northampton, and Amherst, drawing its audience from the wider Pioneer Valley and southern Vermont.
PVS provides professional-level musical direction for nearly 200 volunteer instrumentalists and vocalists; hundreds of children each year are introduced to choral and orchestral music through free educational concerts and materials. The PVS has performed a number of U.S. and world premieres and gained national recognition for its programming of contemporary music, earning three ASCAP awards for adventurous programming in 1997, 2011, and 2014.
The Pioneer Valley Symphony is comprised of three collaborative yet distinct ensembles. The PVS Orchestra, under the expert musical director of Tianhui Ng, typically performs five concerts a year. The PVS Chorus and Chamber Choir, under the direction of Chorus Director E. Wayne Abercrombie, usually perform seasonally with the PVS Orchestra, as well as presenting independent subscription concerts and community performances . The PVS Youth Orchestra, directed by Steven Bathory-Peeler, which has just completed its 9th year of programming, typically performs two independent community concerts each year, five concerts for elementary and middle school students, and joins the adult symphony orchestra on stage for the annual Holiday concert.
There are many exciting plans in the works for our 83rd season: full symphonic concerts and charming chamber programs, familiar concert halls and new venues, virtual presentations and live performances. Concerts will be live-recorded and broadcast widely on public access television in Northampton, Greenfield, and via our streaming platforms. We will increase the size of the in-person audience as local venues reopen to us and safety guidelines allow.
WE BELIEVE IN ACCESSIBILITY
A vital part of our mission is to make live symphonic music accessible. We rely on ticket sales to produce our events, and on dues and tuition to support our ensembles, but we do not want cost to prevent you from participating. No one is turned away for lack of funds.
Here are some ways we promote financial accessibility:
Ensembles offer sliding scale dues
Education programs offer tuition scholarship
Tickets for streamed events are by donation
A library pass partnership with more than 30 local libraries provides free access to residents.
A "pay what you can" policy at the box office for those who cannot purchase a full-cost ticket