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.


The PVS Orchestra is serious. Serious about classical music, serious about a quality performance and serious about having fun, and it is this atmosphere that attracts many incredibly talented instrumentalists from across Massachusetts, Connecticut, Vermont and New Hampshire.


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 express interest, please email your name, contact information, and a resume or brief description of your musical background to our personnel manager.

For string players, she 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. We also advertise when we have openings. 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 every Wednesday from September through our final performance in May, at Most Holy Redeemer Church:

120 Russell St, Hadley, MA 01035
7pm to 9pm

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, since Paul needs to monitor the overall sound and listen for sections that need additional work. Every instrumentalist is 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 Erica Drake in advance. If you have unusual circumstances that affect your attendance, you should consult with Paul.

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.

Paul Phillips
PAUL PHILLIPS, Music Director and Conductor of the Pioneer Valley Symphony and Director of Orchestras and Chamber Music at Brown University, is an award-winning conductor, composer, and author. Hailed as a conductor “who was born to stand on a podium,” his honors include 1st Prize in the NOS International Conductors Course in Holland, 1st Prize in the Wiener Meisterkurse Conductors Course in Vienna, and selection for the Exxon/Arts Endowment Conductors Program. He has conducted over sixty orchestras, opera companies, and ballet troupes worldwide, including the San Francisco Symphony, Dallas Symphony, Detroit Symphony, Rochester Philharmonic, Rhode Island Philharmonic, Boston Academy of Music, Festival Ballet Providence, and Netherlands Radio Chamber Orchestra. His recordings include two compact discs with the Iceland Symphony Orchestra and the Naxos recording Music for Great Films of the Silent Era, with the RTE National Symphony of Ireland playing music by William Perry, including two works premiered by the PVS. A new recording of additional compositions by Perry, recorded this year with the RTE National Symphony, will be released by Naxos in 2015.
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