In 1990, Rob Simon created the Piedmont Wind Symphony (PWS) with a group of music educators, talented students, and local musicians interested in performing challenging repertoire for wind ensembles. During the 25 years that Rob was Conductor and Artistic Director, he brought prominent guest artists to the community to stimulate the musical reach and creativity of PWS musicians, and added another layer to the diversity of musical entertainment in our City of the Arts.
When Rob stepped down from the podium in 2015, he passed his baton to Maestro Matthew Troy. Maestro Troy wowed audiences with his innovative programing and community collaborations until stepping down in early 2020.
PWS continues to employ high caliber professional musicians, many of whom hold masters and doctorate degrees in music, and have extensive performing experience both regionally and abroad. PWS musicians are also active as educators at all levels, from private lessons and public/private schools to colleges.
Our performances are on hold due to restructuring during the COVID-19 pandemic, and while we perform a search for our next Music Director. Stay tuned for exciting news about the next chapter for PWS!