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Who are we?

Led by acclaimed violinist, conductor and educator Mark Taylor, the 40+ adult and youth musicians who comprise the Rockbridge Symphony are talented area residents from all walks of life. In addition to a love of playing, the volunteer members share a commitment to providing the community with live classical music close to home.  To that end, they give three formal concerts a year (fall, winter and spring), as well as participate in special educational and fundraising events.

Schucker featured at Fall Concert

The Fall 2015 concert will feature local music educator and orchestra member, Matthew Schucker, performing Grondahl's Trombone Concerto.

Matthew is an active performer in the Shenandoah Valley and is thrilled to be given the opportunity to play at tonight's concert. A 2006 Magna Cum Laude graduate of James Madison University, he participated in the Symphonic Band, Wind Symphony, Brass Band, Trombone Quartet, Trombone Choir, Jazz Band, Jazz Ensemble, and Marching Royal Dukes while earning his Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education and minor in Jazz Studies.  Matthew studied under Dr. Andrew Lankford while at JMU.  He received his Master’s Degree in Arts and Curriculum from Virginia Tech.  Matthew is currently in his 10th year teaching at Maury River Middle School and has recently performed with the Rockbridge Symphony, University-Shenandoah Symphony Orchestra, Washington & Lee Pit Orchestras, the newly formed Vosbein/Magee Big Band, and the Lexington Brass Quintet. He is also the low brass instructor at Washington and Lee University and teaches trombone for Southern Virginia University.

In his free time Matthew enjoys being outside and loves spending time with his better half Christy and daughter Ella.

Upcoming Concerts


Saturday, February 20, 2016, 7:30 p.m.

Wilson Hall, Washington & Lee University

•Bizet: Carmen Suite No. 2

•Rachmaninoff: Second Piano Concerto, final mvt.

Kirk Luder, piano soloist

•Debussy: Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun

•Bock: Symphonic Dances from Fiddler on the Roof, arr. Hearshen

•Beethoven: Emperor Concerto, middle mvt.

Kirk Luder, piano soloist

All concerts will be preceded by a pre-concert talk at 6:45 pm.


Concert tickets are priced as follows:

$10 for adults
$5 for students & children
$25 for families


Tickets can be ordered online:



They are also available at the door and in advance from:
Books and Co.
Cheese to You
University Florist
Artists in Cahoots

Orchestra Newsletter

We're celebrating 40 years of beautiful music with the Rockbridge Symphony this year! Click the image below to check out this season's newsletter for more information about our history and this year's concerts!




How YOU Can Participate

Make a Tax-deductible Contribution

Your financial contributions go toward purchasing music, underwriting the professional services of the Artistic Director and providing stipends/honorariums to guest performers. All contributors and sponsors are acknowledged in concert programs and invited to special appreciation events. Click here to make a donation. 


Play with the Symphony

Musicians are recruited on an ongoing basis, so if you have an interest in playing with the Symphony, please contact Jack Bissett (, Orchestra Board Chairman, or Artistic Director Mark Taylor. Visit our calendar page to view the current rehearsal schedule.


 The Rockbridge Symphony is a Performing Ensemble of Fine Arts in Rockbridge (FAIR).