Our Orchestra


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, which now consist of over 50 members, and the Paradise Community Orchestra is now the Paradise Symphony Orchestra, with a Paradise Symphony Society and Board to oversee the administration and organization of its activities.
The Symphony now has a youth education program to teach young aspiring Paradise musicians to play stringed instruments and provides opportunity for annual competition winners to perform with the Orchestra during one of its concerts.
As the Orchestra has grown over the years, the appreciation of the Community has also increased, and the Orchestra has become a mainstay of the Community. Of course, maintaining a quality symphony orchestra requires extensive resources in people and funding. Attendance at the concerts, while it has also grown significantly, provides only about 25% of the required funding to support the Orchestra. Other funding is provided through commercial Sponsorship, individual Society Membership, and Fundraisers held in the early Fall and early Spring of the year. If you are a Business Owner, we invite you to go to the “About Us” tab and visit our sponsorship opportunities on the Sponsorship page and take advantage of the advertising opportunities in sponsoring the Orchestra. If you are a Community member and enjoy excellent, uplifting and inspiring symphonic music, we invite you to consider supporting your orchestra by attending our events and becoming a member of the Paradise Symphony Society. Go to the “About Us” tab and visit the Membership page
for details.
The PSS Board also needs volunteers to help with the administration of Board activities, and support of concerts. Visit the Volunteer Opportunities under the Membership section.

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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