Salisbury Symphony Forms Chorale



Today the Salisbury Symphony announces it will form a chorus in order to engage a wider number of community members in the organization’s musical endeavors, provide talented singers in the region with an opportunity to perform in a first-rate ensemble and to ensure a group of high-quality singers are ready when major choral works are programmed. The Chorale will give six concerts over the next two seasons, working with six different directors, one of whom will be chosen the Chorale Director, commencing the position for the 2019-20 season.  Two classical favorites are planned for this 2017-18 season; a third lighter concert will be presented in the spring.

The Chorale’s first concert will be as part of the Reformation’s 500th anniversary celebration held at St. John's Lutheran Church on September 23rd and jointly produced between the Salisbury Symphony and St. John’s Lutheran Church.   For this first concert, the Chorale will be prepared by former Charlotte Symphony Chorale Director, David Tang.    He will prepare the Bach Cantata No. 80, "A Mighty Fortress Is Our God."  The entire concert will consist of works based on this mighty hymn originally written by Martin Luther.

The Chorale’s second concert of the season will be the Christmas sections from Handel's Messiah prepared by Phillip Burgess.  Dates for the second concert are to be confirmed.

Music Director of the Salisbury Symphony, David Hagy, says: “The Symphony Chorale will give exciting opportunities for people who enjoy singing together to prepare both popular and classical choral pieces in a supportive environment for all its singers.  It will also bring a variety of music to Rowan audiences—some familiar, some new—some serious, some fun—some playful, some moving.  Altogether I hope it will make a strong impact on both the group’s members and the community!”

Open auditions for singers will be held the evening of Monday, August 7, at the First United Methodist Church of Salisbury.  Those interested in singing with the group should contact Chorale Coordinator Hunter Safrit,, on or after July 17 to schedule a brief audition time.  Singers are asked to prepare a short song that shows their voice quality, pitch, and musicality. It should be with piano accompaniment which they should bring.  While music reading skills are definitely preferred, those with limited skills who are capable of learning parts quickly are welcome.  Those interested who are not available August 7 should contact Mr. Safrit for an alternate audition.

Four principal singers, one soprano, one alto, one tenor, and one bass will be selected through the open audition process and will be hired by the Chorale.  The four singers will prepare parts ahead of rehearsal to aid the section in learning their parts and will also serve as soloists with the Chorale on its September concert.  Those interested in these positions will audition at the same time but should prepare a classical song for their voice.

Several local choral directors including Rosemary Kinard, Phillip Burgess, Teresa Moore-Mitchell and Matthew Brown will hear auditions.  Matthew Brown will accompany.

Six rehearsals for the first concert with the Salisbury Symphony will be on two Monday and two Tuesday evenings beginning Monday, August 21, with the final two rehearsals being the night dress rehearsal on Friday September 22nd and Saturday afternoon September 23rd.

Remaining concerts over the next two years will be conducted by directors yet to be decided.

Choral directors who are interested should submit a one-page letter of interest with a resume to the Salisbury Symphony, Attn: David Hagy, P.O. Box 4264, Salisbury, 28145.


For enquiries please contact:

James Dane Harvey

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Salisbury Symphony Orchestra Appoints New Executive Director

James Dane Harvey

James Dane Harvey

James Dane Harvey has been appointed as the Salisbury Symphony Orchestra’s (SSO) new Executive Director, taking over from Linda Jones who retires after 14 years in the role.  Harvey started his new role on June 1st, joining the SSO team which includes David Hagy (Music Director), Dr. Lynn Bowes (Education Director), Ms. Jordan Warren (Assistant to the Executive Director), and Mr. Hunter Safrit (Administrative Assistant).

Harvey, a Rowan County native, has spent his entire academic and professional career involved in the performing arts.  He lived in London for over 10 years during which time he was responsible for public relations and marketing campaigns for high-profile artists, entertainment organizations and numerous West End musicals.  He also served as Managing Director of Yale Opera at Yale University and as Production Coordinator for Central City Opera, a summer opera festival in Colorado.

Harvey holds a High School Diploma and Bachelor of Music Degree from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, a Master of Arts degree in Cultural Policy and Arts Administration from Goldsmiths College, University of London, and a Master of Philosophy degree in Arts, Culture and Education from the University of Cambridge, where his research thesis focused on the popularization of classical music.

On the appointment of Harvey, Music Director David Hagy says, “I’ve known Dane since he was a teenager performing with the Piedmont Players.  The thing I remember most about him was his passion for music and theatre.  Although he is a bit older than when we first knew each other, his passion is undiminished.  In fact I’d say he’s more energized about music, specifically wanting to engage the broadest possible audience with this art form.  I look forward to working with him again.”

Chair of the Salisbury Symphony Board, John Brincefield adds:  “In January we launched a statewide search for our next Executive Director, and the caliber of applicants was very high.  We were fortunate to find someone with world-class experience and energy right on our doorstep.  James’ appointment was a unanimous decision.  The entire board knows there are exciting times ahead for this organization, and he has our total support.” 

Harvey says:  “It is an honor to be able to serve the SSO by helping bring music to the residents of Rowan County and the entire region.  This organization has such incredible potential for making an impact in the state’s music scene, and I look forward to working with Maestro Hagy and the entire SSO team.  I encourage everyone reading this to get involved with music and join us at the SSO!”

The SSO’s 51 st season commences on July 1st, and includes a program of four performances by the orchestra featuring works by Bach, Brahms, Beethoven, Dvorak, and Darrell Harwood (hence the theme “Pushing The Envelope”!).  Tickets and information can be found online at  Call the Symphony office at 704-637-4314 for a copy of the Season Brochure. Find the Salisbury Symphony on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

The Salisbury Symphony’s 50th anniversary season was one of the strongest years for the organization:  audience figures increased, revenue generated through donations and ticket sales grew, and the musical standard was raised yet again by Maestro Hagy, who, in his 29th year as Music Director, led the orchestra in a wide range of contemporary and classic masterpieces.  Highlights of the 2016/2017 season included the commissioning and orchestral premiere of three of Kyle Petty’s compositions, stellar piano performances by Frederic Chiu and Nate Beversluis, the North Carolina premiere of Dreamtime Ancestors by Christopher Theofanidis (as part of the national 50-orchestra consortium “New Music for America”), and Verdi’s Requiem featuring a 180-strong choir and nationally recognized soloists.  This is in addition to the ever-popular “Nutcracker” and annual Pops at the Post concert (which drew a record audience of over 4,000 people in 2016).


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James Dane Harvey, Executive Director
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