Hilton Head Orchestra

The 65-piece Hilton Head Orchestra presents a 10-concert Monday Master Series, a 5-concert Sunday Series, and several special events, and sponsors a youth orchestra and international piano competition. About 40 percent of the musicians are from the local area, with the others traveling from Southern cities such as Savannah, Charleston, South Carolina, and Jacksonville, Florida, to participate in performances. Concerts are held at the First Presbyterian Church at 540 William Hilton Parkway. Mary Woodmansee Green serves as the orchestra’s music director/ conductor, having assumed that role in July 1998. Prior to coming to Hilton Head, she was the music director and conductor of the Kennett Symphony and Philadelphia Festival Orchestras, the Delaware Valley Chorale, and The Mary Green Singers. The orchestra was founded in the winter of 1982 by a handful of local musicians who incorporated the organization as the Hilton Head Chamber Orchestra later in the year. The name was changed to Hilton Head Community Orchestra in 1983; six years later, it became the Hilton Head Orchestra. The Hilton Head Youth Orchestra was organized in 1996. The Hilton Head Island International Piano Competition was also started in 1996. The competition is held early in March at the First Presbyterian Church. About 150 pianists apply, with 24 selected as quarter-finalists.


32 Office Park Rd
Hilton Head Island, SC 29928
United States