ABOUT THE PVS
As one of the country’s oldest community orchestras, the PVS has been bringing exceptional live symphonic and choral music to the Pioneer Valley for 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.
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, performs five concerts a year. The PVS Chorus and Chamber Choir, under the direction of Chorus Director Sarah Paquet, perform a number of concerts with the PVS Orchestra, as well as presenting independent subscription concerts and community performances . The PVS Youth Orchestra, directed by Steven Bathory-Peeler, has just completed its 7th year of programming, and performs two independent concerts each year in addition to joining the adult symphony orchestra on stage for the annual Holiday concert.