Proudly based at the Rice Theatre of the Highland Center for the Arts, the Piedmont Symphony Orchestra is quickly emerging as the premier orchestral ensemble of the Greater-Piedmont region. Established as the Piedmont Regional Orchestra in 1996 by Founding Conductor Michael Hughes, the PSO provides local musicians and audiences with a variety of traditional, contemporary and classical music, appealing to a wide variety of tastes. In 2005, Glenn Quader became the second Music Director of the PSO.
In 2007, the PSO increased its paid core to twenty members. The members of the Orchestra are musicians from Fauquier County and the neighboring communities. The group provides an opportunity for amateur and professional musicians, as well as advanced students to work together. These live concerts enrich our community and enhance the cultural education of people young and old.
The 2007 - 2008 season marked the third year in a row that the PSO has presented a premiere. First in 2005-2006 with the U.S. Premiere of "Our Childhood Friends" by Danish composer, Henning Wellejus; and in 2006-2007 with the world premiere of James Schroeder's "Black Forest" Concerto for Horn and Orchestra. In 2007 PSO presented the World Premiere of "Extensions" Concerto for Guitar and Chamber Orchestra, which was also the orchestra's first commission.