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West Shore Symphony Gets a New Conductor

Written by Cary Burkett, Arts & Culture Desk and WITF Host | Feb 14, 2013 10:12 AM

Matthew Hooper

In the spring of 2012, Matthew Hooper was invited to take on the role of Music Director and conductor of the West Shore Symphony Orchestra, an all-volunteer community orchestra which regularly performs at the Carlisle Theatre. He replaces Dr. Timothy Dixon, Director of Orchestral Activities and Associate Professor of Music at Messiah College, who stepped down in 2011.

Hooper grew up in Camp Hill, and received his undergraduate training at Lebanon Valley College. He studied further at Ball State University in Muncie Indiana, where he was Assistant Conductor of the Muncie Symphony Orchestra and Music Director at the Muncie Civic Theatre.

The West Shore Symphony is in its 26th season. It offers three Masterworks and Family Concerts annually. The next full concert is February 24, at 3 p.m. at the Carlisle Theatre. The program is titled “Portraits of America”, and includes Variations on America by Charles Ives, the Siegfried Idyll of Richard Wagner and the Symphony No. 9 of Antonin Dvorak, From the New World. Matthew Hooper will present a pre-concert talk 45 minutes before the beginning of the concert.

A free 45-minute Family Concert with selections from the same music will be offered on Saturday, February 23 starting at 11:15 a.m. at the Carlisle Theatre.  

The West Shore Symphony Orchestra is an all-volunteer community orchestra, open to musicians of high-school level and higher. Musicians interested in joining can contact the orchestra through its website or through the new conductor's personal website.  

Below you can hear our feature with Matthew Hooper and the West Shore Symphony. 

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