Did you once play a string instrument? Or do you play and want to join a group?
Welcome to our Main Street Symphony! This string orchestra is open to amateur string players who love music and love making music. There is no audition. Just come to a rehearsal, take out your instrument and join the fun. Be prepared to laugh and have a great time. We rehearse on Sunday evenings from 4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Rehearsals are held in the Suwanee Academy of the Arts.
The goal of the orchestra is bring together adult musicians of all backgrounds from beginning musicians to musicians who may be coming back to their instrument.
In 1995, Dixie's dream was to sponsor an adult amateur orchestra for the many musicians we saw on a daily basis in our shop. The biggest problem was finding a space where they could rehearse. When we bought our new building, we created the Lynam-Huthmaker Music Center and a rehearsal hall for the orchestra. After the "Name the Orchestra" contest was held, the lofty title was suggested by several people and the Main Street Symphony was born!
For the last ten years, the orchestra continues to grow with new members and exciting musical compositions.
Conducted by Amy Clement and Sarah Black, the group gives three concerts a year and rehearses on Sunday evenings from 4 - 6:30. There are no auditions. The only requirement is a love of music.
Amy and Sarah are professional violinists and the orchestra directors at North Gwinnett Middle School. They have conducted award-winning orchestras and their orchestra was selected to perform at Midwest.
We are honored that they are the conductors of the Main Street Symphony.
Please call 770.945.1188 and ask for Dixie Huthmaker if you have questions.
On the May 20 Pops Concert, several members included these remarks on the program:
"I love learning and playing with the orchestra! Thank you for bringing us together. We truly appreciate the opportunity and your dedication to our continued growth."
Windy Levesque, violinist
"Main Street Symphony is a source of my sanity, catharsis, and growth. On a secular lever, it has brought me a great bunch of friends, a good deal of musicial knowledge & a not too shabby Sunday evening routine."
Kristy Chun, realtor, violinist
"I enjoy watching people who are already musicians inside perfect the skills to express that music to others. Music is an art of expression. Only when you can share it with others can you truly experience it yourself."
Carey Carlan, violinist, 'cellist
"After 35 years of not touching the violin, I took it up again but soon became unsatisfied by myself. Just when I was ready to give it up again, the Huthmakers created this wonderful orchestra. There are a few things more satisfying than making music with others. I also got a chance to play a duet with the orchestra (first time!) and conduct (first time!). Dixie and Buddy and Anna: you are incredible human beings. Thanks."
Jim Hilton, violinist
"I started playing the 'cello at age 49! I can't believe I love this so much. Playing in the orchestra is an awesome experience and I thank you every day for the opportunity. I look forward to Sunday rehearsals and relish being a part of such an incredible group. THANK YOU HUTHMAKERS! You don't know how much this means to me."
Nancy Mack, 'cellist
"Dixie: Thanks for making the MSSO possible. It feels like a family band."
Doug Olsen, violinist
I moved to the Atlanta aread two years ago from Pensacola, Florida. We had a fantastic youth strings program of which I feel fortunate to have been a part. However, after the high school years, participation in an orchestra is over in Pensacola unless you are good enough and have the time to be a member of the Symphony. Imagine my surprise when I was making some sales calls and stumbled across the Huthmaker Violin Shop. On a whim, I stopped in to ask whether they were aware of any groups of amateurs that played together on a regular basis. 'How about downstairs every Sunday night at 7:00 p.m.? was Dixie's response as she handed me a flyer for the Main Street Symphony. I feel so blessed to be a part of this little group of music lovers. Many thanks to the Huthmaker family, Dana our enthusiastic conductor, and all my friends in the Main Street Symphony."
Paul Clowe, violinist
"As busy as life gets, it is wonderful to know that every week I will have an opportunity to make music with friends. It is a beautiful gift. Thank you."
Monica Ransom, violinist
"Dixie, thank you so much for giving me this wonderful opportunity. Working with these musicians is a great pleasure I look forward to each week. You have provided a beautiful and meaningful addition to the community."
Dana Lowe, conductor