We are always looking for new instrumentalists!
The Pioneer Valley Symphony is comprised of 70-90 incredibly talented volunteers and professionals from across Massachusetts, Connecticut, Vermont and New Hampshire. Performing repertoire ranging from beloved classics to pops, to regional and world premieres, the Pioneer Valley Symphony Orchestra offers wonderful opportunities for passionate instrumentalists to perform great works.
Membership in the PVS Orchestra is open to qualified musicians willing to make a commitment to perform with us throughout the season. We accept inquiries throughout the year from instrumentalists interested in joining the PVS Orchestra. To learn more or express interest, please email your name, contact information, and a resume or brief description of your musical background to our personnel manager at PERSONNEL@PVSO.ORG.
For string players, we will schedule a placement hearing which is intended to us get an understanding of your instrumental level and preferences. No preparation is required.
For all other instrumental musicians, we always accept inquiries for placement on our sub list. Currently, we have openings in the following sections: percussion and harp, along with saxophone positions (as needed in symphonic literature). Musicians will be asked to be prepared with the following for the audition:
- Two contrasting solo selections of musician’s choice
- Two contrasting orchestral excerpts of musician’s choice
- Brief sight-reading excerpt provided at the time of audition by the committee
Rehearsal takes place on Wednesdays from September through mid-May, at Most Holy Redeemer Church:
120 Russell St, Hadley, MA 01035
7:30 pm to 10:00 pm
Generally, the Orchestra presents five Saturday-evening concerts from October – May. During concert weeks, in addition to the Wednesday evening technical rehearsal, there is a Friday evening dress rehearsal the night before the concert, although this is subject to change. Announcements about changes will be made via email or at rehearsals.
Attendance of instrumentalists at all rehearsals is vitally important. As a general rule, instrumentalists should miss no more than one rehearsal in a short concert cycle or three rehearsals in a long cycle. If it is necessary to miss a rehearsal, please contact the personnel manager in advance. If you have unusual circumstances that affect your attendance, you should consult with the conductor.
The Pioneer Valley Symphony Orchestra performs in five concerts each season, sometimes with the PVS chorus. Our normal orchestra concert schedule is October, December, February, March/April, and May. There is also an optional daytime education concert for Franklin County 3rd and 4th graders during the school day in early April.
To see what we’re doing this season, check out our concert calendar and events pages.
The American Prize winning conductor TIANHUI NG is Music Director of the Mount Holyoke Symphony Orchestra (USA). His innovative programming has been acknowledged with grants from institutions such as the Massachusetts Cultural Council, National Arts Council of Singapore, Singapore International Foundation, Women’s Philharmonic, and WomenArts, in addition to other awards from the Oregon Bach Festival, the Dartington International Music Festival, the Yale School of Music, and the Singapore Government Public Service Commission.
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 like Chen Zhangyi garner international prizes such as the London Symphony Orchestra Prize. His 2001 direction of Stravinsky’s The Rake’s Progress was praised by the Birmingham Post (UK) for its “high orchestral quality” while his 2014 premiere of Mary D. Watkins’s Civil Rights era opera, Dark River, was critically acclaimed in the United States.