One of the most important traditions of the Western Piedmont Symphony is the presentation of concerts to public school students. The chamber orchestra and resident quartet will perform for over 30,000 students in elementary and middle school grades.
Every year a curriculum is developed that’s available to teachers to help them prepare the students for the music they will hear. Lesson plans and teaching guides with state-aligned curriculum are available to music education teachers.
Teacher Education Package
Every summer a workshop is offered to teaching professionals at no cost to obtain CEUs. For more information click the link below.
Lesson plans and teaching guides with state-aligned curriculum are available to music education teachers. To access the classroom materials, click the link below.
Western Piedmont Chamber Orchestra
The Western Piedmont Symphony Chamber Orchestra is made up of 30-40 professional musicians largely from western North Carolina. This group travels throughout the region performing in-school concerts as well as public performances in rural parts of the state where little to no access to live classical music performance is available.
Hickory Metro String Resident Quartet
The Hickory Metro String Residency Program is largely supported by the Friends of the Quartet to provide high-quality chamber music in the Western Piedmont region of North Carolina. Among many other services, this group performs in-school concerts for second graders, offering many their first exposure to live classical music with a string quartet.
WPS holds a “Battle of the Bows” competition every four years to select a new quartet as is the Hickory Metro String Residency Quartet. The Tesla Quartet is the current quartet to hold this honor. The Tesla Quartet was formed at The Juilliard School in 2008 and holds a multitude of accolades, including the Gold Medal at the 2012 Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition and most recently, the Second Prize as well as the Haydn Prize and Canadian Commission Prize at the 12th Banff International String Quartet Competition.