The Parma Symphony Orchestra is a self-supporting community orchestra in cooperation with the Parma City Schools. Membership is by audition and open to the public. The Orchestra is comprised of approximately 70 individuals from all walks of life and celebrated its 40th season in 2008-2009 of providing residents of Cleveland's southwest suburbs with live classical music in their own neighborhood. Dr. Randolph P. Laycock is the Music Director.
Dr. Randolph Laycock celebrated his 30th year as Music Director of the Parma Symphony Orchestra in 2008. He is also the conductor of the Baldwin-Wallace College Junior and Senior Youth Orchestras, the Valley Forge High School Orchestra and is Department Head for the Cluster Schools in the Parma City School District.
Aside from his full-time duties teaching in the Parma City Schools, he is also adjunct professor of music history and theory at Cuyahoga Community College.
Dr. Laycock earned a Ph.D. in Music Education from Case-Western Reserve University, Master of Music Education from Bowling Green State University and completed a Bachelor of Music Education degree at Baldwin-Wallace College.
All rehearsals begin on Monday evenings at 7:00 p.m. and end at approximately 9:30 p.m. in the Valley Forge High School Music Room or Auditorium unless otherwise specified. A warm-up rehearsal will take place before each concert. Rehearsals will not be held on days the Parma Schools are closed; “snow" days and legal holidays such as Martin Luther King Day and President's Day--unless other arrangements can be made. Best efforts will be made to notify Members through phone and email if this occurs.
In order to ensure continuity of rehearsals and performances the Board of Directors established the following attendance policy:
1. If you will not attend a rehearsal you must contact BRUCE BIGGIN at 216-221-5880 or Brbiggin@netscape.net. If you share music please make sure your stand partner has the music.
2. If an orchestra member misses three rehearsals and does not contact the personnel manager about these absences prior to the rehearsals he/she will be required to audition for their position.
Membership dues are $6.00 per concert or $20.00 per season, per family. All checks should be made payable to the Parma Symphony Orchestra and submitted to the Business Manager. It is preferred that dues be paid at the beginning of the season.
Each orchestra member will receive two tickets and one family pass for each concert to sell in advance. The tickets will be in an unsealed envelope with your name on it. Please return your ticket money and unsold tickets on the day of the concert in an envelope and returning it to the Business Manager. Ticket prices are $10.00 for adults, $5.00 for students/senior citizens and $20.00 for a family pass.
Women - long black skirt or slacks and black blouse, or long black dress
Men - Dark suit, white shirt and black bow tie
Members are encouraged to make and solicit donations to support the orchestra. Names of donors are listed in the concert programs for the entire season in the following categories: Friend $15 - $24, Sponsor $25 - $99, Patron $100 - $249, and Benefactor $250+. Don’t forget to check with your employer for any donation matching programs that they may offer. Donor letters and Cards are available from the Business Manager. Thank you for being part of the Parma Symphony!