Barton College/Wilson Symphony Orchestra

In 1964, a group of musicians formed a small string ensemble. Today, this group is more than 50 members strong and is known as the Barton College/Wilson Symphony Orchestra. The Symphony is a teaching orchestra that includes musicians from Barton College and the Wilson community.

Its board of directors, in cooperation with Institutional Advancement, supplements support of the orchestra through fundraising efforts that enable the orchestra to hire professional musicians who perform during concerts and serve as mentors for student musicians. The orchestra provides an extraordinary opportunity for members of the College and Wilson communities to join their musical gifts and talents for the study and performance of symphonic music.

The orchestra draws its strength from the cooperative effort of Barton College and the Wilson community. Music, at this distinctive level, enhances our cultural lives. However, quality is expensive. The Barton College/Wilson Symphony Orchestra funds a part of its operative expenses with annual memberships.

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Love the Symphony
February 14, 2024

Join us for a night of enchanting melodies and romantic ambiance at the 32nd annual Love the Symphony event on February 14, 2024, starting at 6:15 PM in the Wilson Gymnasium at Barton College.

Prepare to be serenaded by the extraordinary talent of Wilson native, Jordan Winslow Gracey, as she takes center stage to perform a captivating selection of both new and beloved love songs. The Barton College/Wilson Symphony Orchestra, conducted by the talented Chris Ellis, will add a magical touch to the evening.

Indulge your senses in an exquisite evening that includes a delectable array of appetizers, a delightful dinner, and scrumptious desserts. It’s the perfect setting to share with your loved ones, creating memories that will last a lifetime.

Tickets for this enchanting evening are $75 per person. Secure your spot by making reservations before February 1, 2024. To reserve your tickets, please contact Bonnie LoSchiavo at (252) 399-6559 or via email at

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Membership benefits include:

  • Tickets for the fall and spring concerts
  • Recognition in concert programs
  • Priority reservation opportunities for the annual signature dinner event “Love the Symphony”
    (A separate reservation and fee are required for “Love the Symphony.”)

Membership Levels

Symphony – $2,500 (8**)
Overture – $1,000 (8*)
Concerto – $500 (6*)
Sonata – $200 (4*)
Duet – $75 (2*)
Friend – $35 (1*)

*Number of Tickets for either the fall or spring concert. 

** Priority reservation opportunities for the annual signature dinner event “Love the Symphony.” (A separate reservation and fee are required for “Love the Symphony.”) 

Membership period is July 1 – June 30. Each ticket is valued at $15.00 and any amount over that is considered a tax-deductible donation to support the Symphony.

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