William T Harris, trombonist with the Union Symphony Orchestra and a Union County Public School band director is promoting the trombone to students, community members, and players in the Charlotte metro area and South Carolina through public performance with the Carolinas’ Trombone Choir. Read more…

Mr. Harris returned to NC after serving 15 years in the USAF Band program. He was stationed in Virginia, Alaska and Massachusetts. Hee deployed to Afghanistan in a rock group with horns in 2008. He has been on the brass faculties at East Tennessee State University, University of Kentucky and has performed in the Lexington Philharmonic, Arlington Symphony, Kingsport Symphony and now the Union Symphony Orchestra. He holds degrees in trombone performance from Appalachian State and the University of Maryland. He began Doctoral work before the USAF Bands at the University of Kentucky.

Stella Baucom, past chair and longtime patron of Union Symphony, pauses for a “photo op” with Fred Child at the WDAV volunteer reception held on November 1. The program featured Fred, the host of Performance Today, and a young Artist in Residence, a Frenchman that Stella described as a superb classical guitarist.

Stella Baucom, one of WDAV’s biggest fans, regularly volunteers for WDAV membership drives.






USO Spotlight

Dr. Elda Franklin, principal viola with Union Symphony Orchestra, recently participated in the Lake Placid Institute Chamber Music Seminar. Four days of professional development culminated in a final performance on August 18, 2017 in Lake Placid, New York.

Kudos, Elda! (shown in photo far right)



Enhancing Violins for Youth

Beth Joy Fowler recently visited long time friend Dr. Peter Zaret of Peter Zaret and Sons Violins in Cleveland, Ohio. Dr. Zaret has perfected many techniques to improve the sound of string instruments and is well known in the musical world. Mrs. Fowler took several of her students’ violins to Dr. Zaret and he used his techniques to enhance the sound. Mrs. Fowler commented about one of the violins Dr. Zaret enhanced, “The violin sounds incredible. He said it was much better than his Stradivarius.”

Mrs. Fowler is pictured with Dr. Zaret (R) and a fellow violin maker.

Beth Joy Fowler is the director of Allegro Strings and Dorian Fiddles. These youth ensembles meet weekly from September – May to rehearse a repertoire of art and traditional music and play throughout the year at many community events. Students of stringed instruments with two years of formal training may submit an application.

Barnhardt Reception at SPCC

A reception was held at South Piedmont Community College on Tuesday, May 2 to honor the life of Lorene Barnhardt, wife of Caleb Barnhardt. A classroom was dedicated in Mrs. Barnhardt’s memory. The program included reflections on Mrs. Barnhardt’s life shared by members of SPCC and the Barnhardt family. Caleb Barnhardt is the past chair for the Board of Directors at Union Symphony.







National Music Festival

Union Symphony Orchestra Artistic Director Richard Rosenberg and his wife Caitlin share about the National Music Festival. See video.









New on the Rosenberg Farm

Richard and Caitlin Rosenberg welcome the birth of a female kid on their farm, Helena. Richard reports that Helena and her mother, Hermia, are doing well, and expect to have nine goats by next Wednesday. Rosenberg also notes, “We are enjoying the milk, cheese and soap!”

Congrats to Richard and Caitlin!

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