MISSION STATEMENT: The mission of the Piedmont Symphony Orchestra is to provide an enduring creative outlet for both the musicians and the community, which entertains, educates
and furnishes a shared experience in the symphonic repertoire.
Founded in 1996 by Michael A. Hughes, the Piedmont Symphony Orchestra (PSO) began as an ensemble for amateur and student musicians. Upon the opening of the Highland Center for the Arts in 2003, the PSO established its residency there. In 2005, Glenn Quader became the second Music Director of the PSO and continued the tradition set forth by Mr. Hughes.
The PSO is particularly proud of its community youth outreach programs. In 2001, the PSO initiated its annual Young Artists' Competition to provide area students the chance to
compete for scholarship prizes. Since the inception of this competition, the PSO has awarded over $45,000 in scholarship funds. In 2013, the PSO launched its Music Mentors Program providing a hands-on two day residency for all Fauquier County middle and high schools. This year, the PSO launched a pilot program for bands in two schools. Our goal is to offer this program to all Fauquier County middle and high school orchestra and band programs programs every year. Your generous donation will help us keep the arts alive for our community.