Lynchburg Symphony Orchestra Announces New Partnership

Photo Credit: John McCormick, University of Lynchburg
University of Lynchburg Music Department Chair, Dr. Cynthia Ramsey, and LSO Executive Director, Mike Lewis, signing the partnership agreement on Thursday.

Caroline Gilmore ~ Marketing Manager

On Thursday, August 25, the Lynchburg Symphony Orchestra (LSO) signed a formal partnership agreement with the University of Lynchburg. 

The deal allows for the group to use the University’s Sydnor Performance Hall as their main rehearsal space, as well as some of the surrounding storage.

The Lynchburg Symphony Youth Orchestra (LSYO) will also be allowed to hold weekly rehearsals there.

Dr. Cynthia Ramsey, University of Lynchburg Music Department Chair, says, “One of the most exciting possibilities I see with this partnership is the increased possibility for music education outreach programs in our community.”

“I believe this partnership will begin a ripple effect throughout the college and in the broader community….It is my hope that our students and the LSO/LYSO musicians will feel a real sense of pride to be a part of this collaboration,” Ramsey continues. 

For students on campus, this partnership also brings new opportunities to study with the ensembles, guest conductors, and professional musicians that LSO attracts through rehearsals and masterclasses.

In celebration of the deal, the LSO Big Band gave a concert Thursday night, featuring University of Lynchburg faculty, including Dr. Chris Sharp on trombone, Dr. Chris Magee on trumpet, and Kyle Greaney on saxophone.

The performance featured various big band jazz tunes by Count Basie, Duke Ellington and Glenn Miller.

The outdoor venue was met with gorgeous weather and an enthusiastic crowd made up of community members and University of Lynchburg students. 

The program for the LSO Big Band concert.

For information about future LSO performances, see their schedule at www.lynchburgsymphony.org

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