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 Sarah Paquet,  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 8th 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. 

The challenges of the 2020-21 season have inspired a wealth of creative musical offerings for our membership and audiences.  The traditional performance series will be presented on a flexible platform, which may include virtual lectures and recordings, chamber offerings to small live audiences and larger virtual audiences, or live performances streamed or in-person.  A new Discovery Series aims to enhance musical understanding by incorporating interactive conversations and presentations with local leaders in diverse fields.  Virtual engagement opportunities abound, with Summer Sings to be followed by regular season Meet and Sings, as well as ongoing works by the PVS Virtual Choir.  A brand new Virtual Youth Choral Camp is in development.  These are tremendous opportunities for music lovers of all ages to explore new ways of making and enjoying music together.  



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