who we are

The PSO is a special group of people from all walks of life...we are truly a musical family working to share our love of music with you at every performance!

In addition to our dedicated professional players, we are proud to welcome advanced community members as well as students and musicians of all ages. With the full support of a Board who shares our love of music we endeavor to bring you memorable performances and the very best music right here in the beautiful Piedmont region.


About the PSO

MISSION STATEMENT: The mission of the Piedmont Symphony Orchestra is to provide an enduring creative outlet for both the musicians and the community, which entertains, educates and furnishes a shared experience in the symphonic repertoire.



The Piedmont Symphony Orchestra, proudly based at the Rice Theatre of the Highland Center for the Arts, has established a reputation as the premier orchestral ensemble of the Greater Piedmont region.


Founded in 1996 as the Piedmont Regional Orchestra by Conductor Emeritus Michael A. Hughes, the PSO performs five regular season concerts with varied programming to appeal to a wide audience. Glenn Quader was appointed Music Director and Conductor in 2005, and since his appointment the PSO has increased its paid core membership, strengthened its volunteer membership, and engaged in numerous collaborations with other local arts organizations.

The PSO has undertaken several highly successful collaborations with other local arts organizations.  In 2017, the PSO partnered with The Reston Chorale to perform Beethoven's Ninth Symphony at the Hylton Performing Arts Center in Manassas. The performance also included the American University Chorus and soloists from the Maryland Lyric Opera.  Over 200 musicians on stage performed the soaring epic Ninth Symphony to a sold-out audience. 

The members of the orchestra include musicians from Fauquier County and the neighboring communities, as well as many local teachers. Educational outreach is a key component of the mission of PSO.  Under the leadership of Maestro Quader the PSO pioneered the Music Mentors Program, placing PSO principals in band and orchestra classes for sessions with students and teachers, all at no cost to schools.

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The PSO has proudly featured world-renowned soloists, including: Emily Casey (soprano); Rachel Franklin (piano); Amy Beth Horman (violin); Jason Love (cello); Thomas Pandolfi (piano); Carlos Cesar Rodriguez (piano).  The PSO also regularly features principal players as soloists, including: H. Lee Brewster, Concertmaster; Alisha Coleman, Principal Clarinet; Matthew Gattuso, Principal Second Violin; James Forry, Principal Cello; Deborah Gilbert, Principal Flute; Suzanne Neff, Principal Oboe; and Patrick Neidich, Principal Trumpet.

The PSO has premiered several works, including: "Our Childhood Friends" (U.S. premiere) by Danish composer Henning Wellejus  (2005); James Schroeder's "Black Forest" Concerto for Horn and Orchestra (world premiere) (2006); and "Extensions" Concerto for Guitar and Chamber Orchestra (world premiere) (2007). “Extensions” was also the orchestra's first commissioned work. 


2019-2020 PSO Orchestra Personnel

Music Director - Glenn Quader

Music Director Emeritus - Michael A. Hughes

Concertmaster Emeritus - Yevgeniy Dovgalyuk


Concertmaster - H. Lee Brewster

Associate Concertmaster - Jason Labrador

Kate Garretson

Emily Milham

Lauren Smith

Brigham Stacey


Principal - Matthew Gattuso

Assistant Principal - Susannah Shamlian

Lulu Baer

Michelle Brewster

Susan Chacey

Hanna Rodriguez

Sabrina Van


Principal - Teresa Gordon

Assistant Principal - Nora Hamme

Genta Hoxha

Kathy Mullen Jackson

Michelle Rambo


Principal - James Forry

Associate Principal - Devyn Wilcox

James Brewster

Grace Dunn

Laura Fenske

Lauren Hair


Principal - Mark Stephenson

Assistant Principal - Adam Celli

Nathan Coughlin

Kayce Rodriguez


Principal - Debbie Gilbert

Stacia Stribling

Louisa Loe*


Co-Principal - Mary Heugel*

Co-Principal - Robert Renshaw


Principal - Alisha Coleman*

Lindsay Williams*


Co-Principal - Matthew Ogden

Co-Principal - Nancy Switkes


Principal - Ryan Scott

Assistant Principal - Wendy Martin-Shuma

Ilycia Silver

Wendy Chinn


Principal - Patrick Neidich

Gerald Jones

Craig Loe


Principal - Amy Hewes

Jon Carr

Kevin Hewes*


Gary Carper


Victor Younge


Principal - Matthew Halligan

Nicholas Kraemer, Richard Chapman, Claude LeGrand,

Dakota Kaylor, Kendell Haywood


Meredith Mancini


Michael Thompson



A native of  Washington, DC, Glenn Quader is rapidly gaining national recognition as a dynamic and versatile conductor.  Equally adept in the classical, jazz and popular genres, he appears extensively as a conductor, performer and session musician in the United States and Europe, placing him in consistently high demand both on concert stages and in recording studios. 


Since Mr. Quader’s appointment as Music Director of the Piedmont Symphony Orchestra in 2005, the orchestra has increased its paid core membership, added to the number of performances and enjoyed a three-fold rise in season subscriptions.  He has also introduced compelling new Educational Outreach programs including the orchestra’s annual Student Visual Art Contest, and the Music Mentoring Program.

His most recent professional appointments include Conductor of the American Youth Symphony Orchestra, and Music Director of the Frederick Symphony Orchestra.  He continues to serve as Conductor of the American Studio Orchestra, which fuses music, audio visual and graphic arts into multimedia concert experiences. 

Mr. Quader’s international guest conducting includes programs with the Czech Republic’s Czech Virtuosi and Czech Moravian Chamber Orchestra, Hungary’s Mendelssohn Chamber Orchestra and Romania’s Bacau and Brasov philharmonic orchestras. In the US, he has led the Symphonies of Memphis and Nashville, Tuscaloosa,  and Fairfax. 

Mr. Quader studied at the Peabody Institute of the John Hopkins University and the universities of Indiana, Illinois, Miami and Florida International, and holds a conducting diploma, awarded by Sicily’s Catania International Conducting Institute. His principal conducting teachers include Gustav Meier, Ovidiu Balan and James Brooks-Bruzzese, while intensive workshops were undertaken with Marin Alsop, Jorma Panula, James Litton, Larry Rachleff and David Loebel.

Along with a rigorous conducting schedule, Glenn is an in-demand electric/synth bassist for studios and large scale festivals. He has been developing high end bass synth systems for the last several years and recently acquired the very first synth bass built by Rob O'Reilly Guitars (Ireland). The design uses a groundbreaking tracking system not available to bassists until now.  This year he will premiere this instrument in several shows.



Rock Symphony


The PSO ROCK band

Not many symphony orchestras can say that they have their own resident Rock Band...Well at PSO we have just that...

The PSO Rock Band is comprised of seasoned professional artists who have shared the stage and studios with numerous Grammy winning artists. PSO Music Director Glenn Quader has pulled in his closest and baddest Rock friends to form an ensemble capable of all styles from Progressive and Classic Rock to Funk, Soul and Contemporary.

Since our first Rock Symphony show in 2010, the PSO has launched over fifteen Rock Orchestra concerts in locations all over the region. We now have a songlist of over 70 titles spanning the 1960s to the present.

We have presented these shows at our home base at Highland Center as well as the Shenandoah Valley Music Festival, downtown Warrenton, the Hamilton in DC and at private events. The Rock Band has also appeared alongside our artistic partners: The Reston Chorale, The Frederick Symphony Orchestra, and The Columbia Orchestra in sold out shows.

The PSO Rock Band:

Robert Foster - Lead Vocals/Guitar

Michelle Kern - Lead Vocals

Jason Labrador - Lead Vocals/Electric Violin

Kenny Hasty - Lead Guitar/Lead Vocals

Michael Thompson - Piano/Keyboards

Thomas Tucker - Rhythm Guitar/Acoustic Guitars/Bass/Mandolin

Glenn Quader - Bass/Synth Bass

Sammy Sosa - Drums

If you are interested in booking the PSO Rock Band, CONTACT US.