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In-School Concerts


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.

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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.

School Concert Schedule 2019-2020

Sept. 19 | Alleghany Community Auditorium (Alleghany County)

Sept. 26 | Ashe High School Auditorium (Ashe County)

Oct. 10 | Warren Citizen’s Center (Lincoln County) 

Oct. 10 | Alexander Central High School Auditorium (Alexander County)

October 11 | East McDowell Middle School Auditorium (McDowell County)

October 18 | First Baptist Church Morganton (Burke County)


For more information, contact [email protected]

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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.

Upcoming School Performances

The quartet will return this fall for more school performances!


For more information, contact [email protected]

Professional Development Opportunity for Music Teachers

Every summer a workshop is offered to teaching professionals at no cost to obtain CEUs.  For more information click the link below.

Classroom Guides

Lesson plans and teaching guides with state-aligned curriculum are available to music education teachers. To access the classroom materials, click the link below.