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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 several youth education programs to assist young aspiring musicians to develop their musical talents, play stringed instruments, and provide 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 visit our sponsorship opportunities on the Sponsorship 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. Visit Membership 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.

What We Do

Concerts & Fundraisers

For the 2020-2021 Season we will present three of the previously scheduled concerts, beginning with the Concert scheduled for January 31, 2021.  All concerts will be at the Paradise Performing Arts Center at 6 pm on the dates indicated on the schedule.  We will hold our Winter Fundraiser: From the Symphony With Love, at the Paradise Lutheran Church Fellowship Hall in Paradise on February 14, 2021.

Orchestra Openings

We have openings for the following instruments:
Cello
String Bass
Viola
Violin I
Violin II

ARLENE HARMS Young Artist COMPETITION Auditions

Outstanding young musicians from school age up through college years are invited to audition in the Arlene Harms Competition for the George & Patricia Martin “Young Artist Award.” This competition is held annually in the early Spring.

Mentorship Program

The Paradise Symphony Orchestra invites qualified musicians of all ages to apply for membership in our mentoring program. We are currently taking applications for mentorship in the string sections of the orchestra.

Our Conductor

Dr. Lloyd Roby is the Conductor of the Paradise Symphony Orchestra.  His love of the Paradise Orchestra stems from the people he has the pleasure of working with in the orchestra, the Symphony Board of Directors, and the many wonderful Community members he has met at PSO functions.  “The Board and musicians work so hard and accomplish so much – and the community is so very supportive!” he says enthusiastically.  He and his wife Nancy are currently building a home in Paradise.  

He has a lifelong love of orchestral music.  After a brief stint in the Army, he enrolled at Duquesne University where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Music Education and prepared for a career in music performance. He also earned his Master of Music from Northwestern University, and his Doctor of Music from Indiana University, graduating with Honors and an extended membership in Phi Kappa Lambda, the national Music Honorary association. 

As an instrumentalist, he has performed with the Glenn Miller Orchestra, the Tommy Dorsey Band, Woody Herman’s Thundering Herd, the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, the Pittsburgh Symphony, the Sacramento Symphony Orchestra, the Redding Symphony, the Paradise Symphony and entertainers such as the Temptations, Ray Charles, Barry Manilow, Bob Hope, Glen Campbell, Steve Martin, Engelbert Humperdinck, the O’Jays, Vic Damone, Don Rickles, Charo, and others.

Dr. Roby continues to perform as soloist or in Low Brass sections in Northern California with the North State Symphony, the Shasta Symphony Orchestra, the Bird Cage Theatre, InConcert Sierra Orchestra, Sierra Nevada Winds, the California Music Educators Association State Conference, the Grass Valley Paleobones and Community Bands of Chico, Oroville, and Paradise.

Lloyd has been the Low Brass Specialist and Director of Secondary Music Education at California State University, Chico since 1995.  During that time, he started or reinstated CSUC’s Low Brass Choir, Pep Band, Wind Ensemble, and String Ensemble. In addition, he has directed the Concert Band and taught classes in Music Theory, Aural Techniques, Basics of Music, Music Appreciation, and Conducting.

As a public educator, he taught several years at elementary and secondary settings in Illinois and Florida. Prior to coming to Chico, he taught at Indiana Wesleyan University. For additional information on Dr. Roby’s career and accomplishments see his complete biography.

 

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, former director of the Paradise Recreation and Parks Department for nominating us for this honor and for all the support the PRPD has given us through the years.

Concerts Given

There have been 4 to 6 concerts given each year since the formation of the symphony in 1958.

Years in operation

The Paradise Symphony is one of the longest running symphonies on the West Coast of the United States.

Musicians

The orchestra is made up of mostly volunteer musicians from Paradise and surrounding communities. Occasionally, it is necessary to enlist the support of professional musicians to provide a balanced orchestral sound.

hours of music

Most concerts are planned to last two to three hours, with a 15-minute Intermission at the 1.5 to 2-hour point.

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