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 repertory 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, PWS was most fortunate to pass his baton to Maestro Matthew Troy, who also conducts the Oklahoma City Philharmonic and was the Associate Conductor with the Winston-Salem Symphony from 2009-2014. Matthew wows audiences with his innovative programing and community collaborations.
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.
The mission of PWS is to provide excellence in the performance of symphonic music for the broadest audience possible while giving an opportunity to musicians to perform traditional and contemporary music.