About Us

Our Orchestra

In 1958, Paradise Recreation District Director Harvey Roth placed a notice in the Paradise News Press inviting local musicians to meet with him. He hoped to organize a symphony in our small town. Eight people responded to his request and the Paradise Community Orchestra was born.

Since that time, eight conductors have overseen the growing orchestra and Paradise Community Orchestra is now Paradise Symphony Orchestra. The Symphony now has a youth education program to teach the ridge’s aspiring young musicians to play stringed instruments.

The one thing that has not changed; however, is the commitment of the Paradise Symphony Orchestra to provide live symphonic music in our community. We hope you will join us!

Our Conductor

Dr. Lloyd Roby received a D.M. in brass pedagogy with minors in wind conducting and area studies. He received a Master of Music in 1982 from Northwestern University and a B.A. in music education from Duquesne University in Music Education in 1977. He has performed extensively with various groups, including: the Glenn Miller Orchestra, Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Tommy Dorsey Band, Sacramento Symphony Orchestra, Sacramento Opera, Chico Symphony Orchestra and Redding Symphony.


His teaching experience includes Palm Springs and Blanton Elementary Schools, Orchard Street School, Miami-Dade Community College, Florida International University, Indiana and Indiana Wesleyan University. He has taught music education at California State University, Chico from 1995 to the present. He is a published author and is the recipient of several awards and honors.

Our Awards

Winner of the 2012 Outstanding Organization for California Association of Recreation and Parks Districts

This award honors a public or private club or special interest group that has made a significant contribution to a District recreation or park program.

The California Association of Recreation and Parks Districts (CARPD) is comprised of districts extending from San Diego to Mt. Shasta. We were nominated for this statewide recognition by our Paradise Recreation and Parks department who founded us in 1958.

Thanks go to Mike Trinca of the Paradise Recreation and Parks department for nominating us for this honor and for all the support they have given us through the years.

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