Welcome to Foothills Philharmonic Orchestra

Learn about our Concerts and Guest Artists

About the Philharmonic

Who Are We?

The mission of the FOOTHILLS PHIILHARMONIC is to enrich the lives of the residents of the Upstate region of South Carolina through quality performances of fine orchestral literature. Through outreach programs, our volunteer members work with young adults, the goal being to fostering an appreciation and love for music and the arts. In conjunction with other organizations, we assist in fulfilling the needs of the community.

Who Are Our Musicians?

Foothills Philharmonic is an all-volunteer orchestra made up of  accomplished nonprofessional musicians from the Upstate region.  Orchestra membership includes individuals from many walks of life:  part-time musicians, teachers, business and professional people,  homemakers and more.

Interested In Playing With Us?

Membership in the Foothills Philharmonic is open to amateur and  professional musicians. Avocational musicians are welcome and no  audition is required although training in youth orchestra, college  orchestra, or professional orchestra, in the Greenville Concert Band or  an equivalent band is suggested as necessary experience. Interested  musicians should contact FP Personnel Manager  at foothillspersonnel@foothillphil.org.

Concert Schedule

Where and when is our next FREE concert?

No upcoming events.

Our Leadership

The Maestro

Foothills Philharmonic is privileged to have Artistic Director Kory Vrieze return to the podium for a sixth season. Mr. Vrieze was first introduced to the orchestra as a guest conductor for the March 2011 concert, "20th Century Favorites".

Vrieze received his B.M. in Music Education from Berry College and did  his graduate studies at University of South Dakota in History of Musical  Instruments where he studied at the Shrine to Music Museum.  

In addition to teaching, Mr. Vrieze was Manager of  Education at the New Jersey Symphony which included working with the  Greater Newark Youth Orchestra, the Newark Early Strings Program and the  North Star Program.  After several summers on faculty at the Sewanee  Summer Music Festival, he was promoted to Festival Coordinator for the  2002 and 2003 seasons.

Mr. Vrieze has enjoyed performing as well as  teaching by playing principal clarinet in the Huron Symphony, the Golden  Isles Symphony, and the Cherokee Symphony.  He spent several summers  playing in the Sewanee Festival Orchestra.

As a clinician and adjudicator, Mr. Vrieze has  worked in Georgia, Texas, South Dakota, North Carolina, South Carolina,  New Jersey, Tennessee and Iowa.  Recently, he was guest conductor of the  Florence All City Orchestra and Greenville Middle School Orchestra  Festival. He holds memberships in the Music Educators National  Conference, South Carolina Band Directors Association and has been the  local president for the National Education Association in Chamberlain,  South Dakota.

2016-2017 Board of Directors

Evan Duke

Laird Minor

Yogi Rana
Volunteer Coordinator
Doug Frazier

Personnel Manager
Bobby Powell

Web Design
David Lowery

Concerts & Guest Artists

Masterworks I

Featuring Robert Schumann's Symphony No. 4, Danzas Fantasticas by Joachin Turina, and Gioachino Rossini's Overture from William Tel. Also, tonight is the opening night of our art sale benefiting local artists from the community. 

Masterworks II

Featuring Robert Schumann's Cello Concerto in A Minor with Guest Soloist, Dr. Yuriy Leonovich and Peter Illyich Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 2 "Little Russian." Please bring a canned food item to donate to our food drive to help support Greer Community Ministries Food Pantry. In addition, tonight is the concluding night of our art sale for local community artists.

Born in Kyiv, Ukraine, Yuriy Leonovich immigrated with his family to the United States, where he began studying cello and composition. Leonovich's cello teachers include Stephen Geber, Robert De Maine and Marcy Chanteaux. He studied composition with James Hartway. Leonovich received his Doctorate of Musical Arts from the Cleveland Institute of Music. 

Leonovich is an active proponent of Eastern European, Spanish, Soviet-era, as well as new music. He has collaborated with Kimbo Ishii-Eto in the Cleveland premiere of Khachaturian's Concerto-Rhapsody and with Gary Ciepluch in the Cleveland premiere of De Meij's Casanova. As an active recitalist, Leonovich frequently collaborates with his wife Kristin Leonovich and has performed on many occasions with Daniil Trifonov and Elizabeth De Mio. 

His compositions and arrangements have been played in North and South America, Europe, Asia and Australia/Oceania by Massimo La Rosa, Brian Thornton, the Spirale Piano Trio, the New Zealand viola ensemble Viola Viva: The Next Generation and others. In 2010 the Cleveland Orchestra's principal trombone Massimo La Rosa recorded Leonovich's arrangement of Rossini's Barber of Seville overture. This recording, which appears on La Rosa's "Cantando" album, marked Leonovich's commercial-recording debut. La Rosa frequently takes the arrangement on tour to Italy and South America. Leonovich's arrangement of Puccini's Intermezzo from Manon Lescaut is now available on La Rosa's "Sempre Espressivo" album. The Rusalka Fantasie, which has been performed internationally by various Cleveland Orchestra members, is featured on Brian Thornton and Spencer Myer's Kol Nidrei and Beyond: Lev's Story - a tribute to Lev Aronson. 

In 2006 Leonovich completed Tchaikovsky's Cello Concerto. This grand project was made possible with the help of Brett Langston, who generously provided sketches and ideas for the piece. The article about this project can be found at www.tchaikovsky-research.org. In addition to completing the Tchaikovsky Concerto, Leonovich has arranged Stravinsky's Rite of Spring for cello octet and Bach's Fifth Solo Suite and Mozart String Quartet, K. 589 for cello quartet. Following his vision to expand the standard cello repertoire, Leonovich wrote a research document on Gaspar Cassadó's cello concertos.

Currently, Leonovich holds the Assistant Cello Professor position at Bob Jones University in Greenville, SC. He plays a cello made by Michael K öberling in 2016 and a bow by a Roger Zabinski, which Leonovich commissioned. His tailpiece was designed by Kenneth Kuo.

Christmas Concert

Featuring Christmas and Seasonal favorites to be enjoyed by the entire family. Plan on bringing a toy to the concert to donate to our Toys for Tots Drive. 

Chamber Concert

Featuring Chamber selections by Foothills Philharmonic in the opening concert of the spring performance cycle

Masterworks III

Featuring the Firebird Suite By Igor Stravinsky, Fingal's Cave (Hebrides Overture) by Felix Mendelssohn, and Rainbow Body by Christophher Theofanidis 

Pops Concert

Favorites from stage, screen, and radio!

Become an Active Participant

Volunteer Support

Foothills Philharmonic is currently seeking men and women to help with a  wide variety of jobs.  Volunteers play a critical role in the success  of Foothills Philharmonic and every hour you can donate will be  appreciated.  For example, you can serve as an usher, help in the music  library, sell program ads, assist with the post-concert reception or  work on mailings. Please contact our Volunteer Coordinator, Doug Frazier, for complete list of volunteer opportunities and find a role that YOU can fill.

Financial Support

While our concerts are performed for FREE Admission, donations for operating expenses are cheerfully and gratefully accepted.  Fully tax-deductible gifts can be made online by clicking on the Donate Now button below, or by check made payable to Foothills Philharmonic and  mailed to:

Foothills Philharmonic
P.O. Box 3001
Greenville, SC 29602

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