We are always looking for new instrumentalists!

The Pioneer Valley Symphony, led by Maestro Paul Phillips, 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.


Music Director and Pioneer Valley Symphony Orchestra  Conductor 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.


We accept inquiries throughout the year from instrumentalists interested in joining the Pioneer Valley Symphony Orchestra. Prospective PVSO members should contact the personnel manager. She will schedule a placement hearing which is intended to help Paul Phillips to get an understanding of your instrumental level and preferences. No preparation is required.

Some orchestral positions are stipended.

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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