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North Carolina Symphony Shares Spotlight with Citizen Musicians


During some of the darkest days of the pandemic in December 2020, the North Carolina Symphony (NCS) invited citizens across North Carolina to join, virtually, in a performance of Beethoven’s “Ode to Joy.” Sheet music was provided for all different instruments, vocal parts, and skill levels, and participants submitted videos of their performances. Dance and visual art submissions responding to the music were also welcomed.

In total, the call was answered by more than 1,400 North Carolinians—including people of all ages playing more than 30 different types of instruments, students from 400 schools, and NCS musicians and staff. In July, a final video compilation, titled “One State One Score,” was released—offering a heartwarming sense of unity and a remarkable display of creativity and talent. The video is available at

Throughout the 2020/2021 season, NCS musicians, members of Local 500 (Raleigh, NC), have participated in a wide range of community engagement and education projects, both virtually and in person.

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