Providing Music on the Ridge

Since 1958, the Paradise Symphony Orchestra has provided wonderful music for the community of Paradise, California. Join us for our 2021- 2022 season as we resume concerts and fundraiser events. We look forward to sharing another season of excellent music with you!

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Memorial Fund for Sheila Dixon
Family and friends of Sheila Dixon have asked the Paradise Symphony Orchestra to set up a Memorial Fund for donations to the PSO in Sheila’s honor. Sheila was a classic example of an exemplary musician; hardworking, humble, never complained, and was kind to all around her.  She always supported the PSO and the other musicians  in the Orchestra.  We were truly blessed to have had her in our presence.  This Memorial is established with great appreciation and admiration for Sheila’s musical contributions to the Paradise Symphony Orchestra.  If you would like to make a donation to the PSO in honor and memory of Sheila Dixon, please donate below.

The Arlene Harms Competition for the George & Patricia Martin “Young Artist Award” competition is held annually in the early Spring.  Auditions this year are being held at the Paradise Adventist Academy at 5699 Academy Drive, Paradise on February 16, 2022.  To obtain more information and an application, click Learn More/Apply below.   We would like to thank the Chico Noon Exchange Club for their sponsorship of the Arlene Harms Young Artist competition held each year by the Paradise Symphony Orchestra.  


On August 29, the Orchestra celebrated the beginning of the 2021-2022 Season with a special fundraiser, “Music Under the Stars”, held at the Bille Park Pavilion in Paradise.  The event included a served delicious hot meal, silent and live auctions, and one of the more unusual concerts the Symphony performs during the year.  There were five interesting ensembles derived from the Orchestra membership, with  a Woodwind quartet, a String quartet, a Trombone quartet, a  Vocal and Guitar duet, and a final presentation of “Disney Magic” by all the groups combined.  It was a highly successful fundraiser, which will help to offset losses experienced from the Camp Fire, and the ensuing Pandemic when there were no fundraisers, no sponsors, no memberships, and no ticket sales.  So, we are off to a good start for the 2021-2022 Season.

Our most recent concert, Holiday in Paradise“,  was a joint concert with the Paradise Community Chorus on Dec 5, 2021, at 3 pm at the Paradise Performing Arts Center, and was a “ROUSING”  success!   It was one of the best events held at the PPAC in recent years, featuring the Paradise Symphony Orchestra, the Paradise Community Chorus, the North State Ballet, the  Oroville Community Chorus, the Gold Nugget Museum Pioneers,  BIG Mo, AND other local artists displaying their works around the auditorium.  

Tickets for the January 16 PSO Concert are available now under “Concerts” on the Events page, and will be available at the door.  The two remaining PSO Concerts ( March 27 and May 29) will be available online approximately 30 – 40 days prior to each event, and at the Door.  Present your receipt at Will Call for tickets purchased online.  Refer to this website frequently in the future for details.  

Tickets for the February 13 Fundraiser, “From the Symphony With Love“, are also available on the Events page under “Fundraisers”.


Fred Spruell, President of the Board
Paradise Symphony Society



2021 – 2022 Concert Schedule

EXCITING NEWS!!   Our first Concert of the 2021-2022 Season, “The Beauty of Strings”,was cancelled.  See the Board President’s letter above.  Our next concert will be “A Viennese New Year” on Jan 16, 2022 at 6 PM. Tickets for future concerts will be available only on-line or at the door.  Select the Event Page on the header above to see the details of the remaining Concerts this Season.

Our 2021-2022 Concert Season at the Paradise Performing Arts Center (PPAC) has been announced as follows:

Sunday – Jan. 16, 2021 @ 6 pm

Sunday – Mar. 27, 2021 @ 6 pm

Sunday – May 29, 2021 @ 6 pm

fundraiser events

Our Winter Fundraiser, “From the Symphony With Love”, will be held at 6 pm on February 13, 2022, at the Paradise Veteran’s Memorial Hall.  Details of this event are on the Events page under “Fundraisers”.   Please save the date, and check this website frequently for further details. Tickets are available now.


Sponsorship opportunities

Please consider sponsorship of the Paradise Symphony Orchestra to increase the exposure of your business and provide support for the continuance of fine music on the Ridge. There are a large variety of sponsorships available, as described in the Sponsorship Brochure  and on the Sponsorship Page.   Multiple sponsorships are possible.  No sponsorship  is limited to only one business, organization or individual.

Membership opportunities

The Paradise Symphony Society is an organization that provides individuals in the community an opportunity to support the Orchestra  in various ways. Levels of Membership are described on the Membership Page.  Society Membership, Chair Sponsorship, Volunteering, and Financial Support are four methods of supporting your Symphony Orchestra.

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Connect with the Paradise Symphony Orchestra Facebook page to stay up to date on symphony news and concert dates.

News & Updates

2021-2022 Concerts

ALL In-person PSO ONLY CONCERTS BEGIN AT 6 PM, AT THE PARADISE PERFORMING ARTS CENTER.  Unfortunately,  the Oct 24 Concert, The Beauty of Strings”, (which was postponed due to a serious leak in the PPAC and severe weather), was unable to be rescheduled and was regretfully canceled.  Our next concert was a joint concert with the Paradise Community Chorus on Dec 5, 2021, at 3 pm at the Paradise Performing Arts Center and was a resounding success.  The PPAC was at full capacity, and the concert involving the Symphony Orchestra, the Paradise Community Chorus, the North State Ballet and the Oroville Community Chorus along with other local artists, thrilled the audience for over two hours.  

We have returned to our normal pricing schedule for Season and Event tickets for the 2021-2022 Season, and our next concert, “A Viennese New Year”is on January 16, 2022 at 6 PM at the Paradise Performing Arts Center.   Individuals joining the Symphony Society at the Tempo Club Level ($50) or higher, on-line or at the door, will be seated in the Preferred Seating section for future In-Person Concerts at the PPAC.   Please see the Events Page for further concert details.

COVID-19 Update

 As you know, we were unable to perform our regular concert season for 2020-2021 as planned due to COVID-19, and, it now appears that some of the restrictions are being  modified due to the emergence of the Omicron strain of the Covid-19 virus.  At this point, we are still moving ahead with our plans for the 2021-2022 season, and hope to be able to continue our normal Concert and Fundraiser Season for 2021-2022.  However, with masking restrictions being modified frequently, we will update our masking requirements accordingly.  The safe policy is to always have a mask with you when you attend our concerts.  Our normal policy has been that masking and social distancing is a personal choice, and there is sufficient room currently in the PPAC for everyone’s choice to be honored.  There is always the possibility that the PPAC will require a mask just to enter the building.


 Our next Fundraiser event  will be “From the Symphony With Love”, to be held at 6 pm on February 13, 2022 at the Paradise Veteran’s Memorial Hall in Paradise.   The event is in the planning stages and in addition to inspiring  music, will feature a buffet style meal, and an exciting Dessert Dash!!.  Tickets with or without meals will be available after January 1, 2022 and can be purchased on-line or at the door until February 10, 2022.  Tickets without a meal can be purchased online or at the door.  See further details on the Events page under “Fundraisers”.  

Symphony Society Members Needed!

Did you know that if you join the Paradise Symphony Society or become a Chair Sponsor you will not only be contributing to the financial health of the Orchestra, but will also earn some useful benefits such as, meeting with the Orchestra Members, touring the backstage area, priority seating, etc.  Select the “Join the Symphony Society” button above and select the level of Membership desired on the Membership page.  You may also choose to sponsor one or more of the Orchestra Members by going to the Sponsorship page and selecting one of four Chair Sponsor levels.

PSS Board Wins Award

The Paradise Symphony Society Board has been selected as a 2021
MVP Volunteer Award winner by The Association of California
Symphony Orchestras (ACSO). The award is in recognition of
“exemplary volunteers, volunteer projects, and volunteer
organizations that orchestras and classical music organizations
depend on every day.” Sarah Weber, ACSO Executive Director states,
“We are incredibly proud of the awardees and what they have
accomplished in the face of great uncertainty during the past year.”

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