Our History

Four Decades of Complimentary Concerts

A community orchestra is no haphazard thing. It requires the persistent efforts of many people, the generous support of individuals and companies, and, above all, inspired musicians and a conductor with vision.

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Brad Maffett

Brad Maffett (M.M.Ed.), in his tenth year as Principal Trombonist with the Athens Symphony, was named Assistant Conductor in 2012 and Associate Conductor in 2017. Previously Mr. Maffett performed with the Athens Symphony Chorus and continues to serve as a rehearsal assistant for the Chorus.

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Conductor, retired

Susan Dinwiddie

Susan Dinwiddie (M.M.Ed.) served 10 years as Conductor of the Athens Symphony, having served first as Assistant and then Associate Conductor from May, 1997, to September, 2012. She began her association with the Athens Symphony playing clarinet and double bass in 1980.

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Albert F. Ligotti

Founding Conductor and Conductor Laureate

After 34 years as Founder and Conductor of the Athens Symphony, Albert Ligotti retired in the Fall of 2012. The Board of Directors immediately bestowed the title Conductor Laureate in Perpetuity on Mr. Ligotti.

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Our Musicians

Athens Symphony members are volunteers from across Northeast Georgia, coming from a wide range of professions, from music teachers to medical professionals to college administrators, and from the ranks of the retired. But they all share a passionate love for performing beautiful music.

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Our Chorus

The Athens Symphony Chorus is a volunteer choral ensemble of singers of all ages with a wide background of musical training and experience.

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Board of Directors and Administration

The Athens Symphony's governing board includes 14 business and community leaders as elected directors and four ex-officio members. The Board is responsible for ensuring the Symphony operates on a sustainable basis as a financially-sound, volunteer community asset.

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