Artistic Director & Conductor
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Dear Symphony or the Hills supporters,

  One item that generates a lot of discussion regarding the Symphony of the Hills is the choice of music that is performed. I am certain that many of you would like to know what factors are considered when music is chosen.

  I have served as the Artistic Director as well as the Conductor of the Symphony of the Hills since its inception. Artistic Directors are just what the title implies – they make artistic decisions impacting their organizations. My major concern in choosing music is to provide an enriching and enjoyable experience for our audience while continuing to support the great cultural heritage of orchestral music. While doing this, I also aim to introduce a bit of music that may not be too well-known to our audience while also programming mostly well-liked and recognizable selections.

          Jay B. Dunnahoo, Ed.D.
      Conductor and Artistic Director

  We have a music team made up of Symphony of the Hills board members who assist me in choosing music. Members of the team are lovers of music but not necessarily musicians, so their advice provides solid grounding for me as to what our general audience members will appreciate.

  An important factor in music selection is the orchestra itself. Performing increasingly challenging music throughout our twelve years of existence has facilitated the orchestra’s steady improvement. As an example, performing the Symphonie Fantastique by Berlioz this past October proved to be a milestone in the orchestra’s development. Another selection, Rimsky-Korsakov’s Sheherazade, which is scheduled for our May concert, will undoubtedly prove to be another milestone which would have been unthinkable for us to perform a few years ago.

 We are always willing to consider requests that you may have regarding the repertoire we perform. You may recall that this past May the orchestra performed an entire program of music which was selected by our audience from the favorite pieces we had performed since our inception. If you have a favorite piece you would like us to perform, please let me know. I cannot guarantee that it will be performed but it will certainly be a part of our deliberations.

Yours in music,

Jay Dunnahoo, Ed.D.
Conductor and Artistic Director
Symphony of the Hills
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