This symphony started almost nine years ago and was originally called the North Coast Youth & Community Symphony and was tailored mostly to the youth in the area. After one season, there was much interest from adults in the community so we dropped the"Youth" in the title and this group was known as the North Coast Community Symphony. The reason behind our final change of name is to allow us to set ourselves apart from other groups in the region. There are numerous groups with the beginning titles; "North Coast........," that we wished to seek a name that would give the group a new sense of pride and professionalism that we uphold at every performance we partake in.
The volunteer age groups in the symphony range from students in the public to adults who are still working or retired and looking to enjoy the benefits of continuing to play an instrument. One of the most enjoyable benefits of playing in the group is its light-hearted nature and fun that everyone experiences while at rehearsals and performances. The feeling that one achieves, whether young or old, when the group accomplishes amazing feats as a professional group, becomes a memory for a lifetime. Friendships, beautiful/intense/exciting music, and most importantly, lasting memories are always a part of the Columbia River Symphony.
Cory Pederson has been the sole conductor of the Columbia River Symphony for the past eight years. Before that Angela Pederson Calvin (Cory's wife), and Cory were both conductors of the symphony, for which they both founded, a little over nine years ago. Cory is the music teacher in the Jewell School District, out in the coast range of Seaside, Oregon, off of highway 103. He teaches concert band 5-12th grade, and general music Kindergarten through 4th grade. This is his tenth year teaching with this district. Cory is also the conductor of the Little Ballet Theater Orchestra, which performs for the Nutcracker ballet each year in Astoria, Oregon. This will be his fifth year in this position. He has also been appointed as the conductor for his forth year with the North Oregon Coast Symphony, based out of Cannon Beach, Oregon.
Prior experiences has had Cory working with ensembles in five different school settings and performances with multiple school and community groups over the last ten + years. Previous symphony work had him performing with the Vancouver Symphony and the IWASH (Idaho Washington) Symphony. Previous ensemble work with his main instrument, the trumpet, has included performances with the North Coast Big Band, North Oregon Coast Symphonic Band, Astoria Chamber Players, and the North Oregon Coast Symphony.
Angela Pederson Calvin is the co-founder of the Columbia River Symphony with her husband, Cory Pederson. Angela is the orchestra string specialist for the Astoria School District, now in her 10th year. She teaches strings to 6-12th graders, and general music to students in the 3rd-5th grade. Currently, Angela is the concert master for the North Oregon Coast Symphony (Violin being her main instrument) and performs with the Columbia River Symphony, and the Little Ballet Theatre Orchestra for the Astoria, Oregon Nutcracker performance.. She is also the head string specialist teaching at the Astoria Conservatory of Music.
Mia Pederson is the newest member of the Columbia River Symphony. My wife and I have been very blessed to have our daughter experience the hospitality and warmth of the members of the Columbia River Symphony for the past 27 months. When she is able to attend a rehearsal or two, her hips are a dancin' and her smile widens even more!
Symphony Rehearsal Location:
1700 SE Main, Warrenton, OR 97146