Juneau Symphony
The Juneau Symphony is a semi-professional symphony orchestra
An orchestra is a sizable instrumental ensemble that contains sections of string, brass, woodwind, and percussion instruments. The term orchestra derives from the Greek ορχήστρα, the name for the area in front of an ancient Greek stage reserved for the Greek chorus...

 located in Juneau, Alaska
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The Juneau Symphony was created in 1962 by Cliff Berge and was self-conducted until 1982, when a professional director was needed. Mel Flood filled that role until his retirement in 1999. Peabody Institute
Peabody Institute
The Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University is a renowned conservatory and preparatory school located in the Mount Vernon neighborhood of Baltimore, Maryland at the corner of Charles and Monument Streets at Mount Vernon Place.-History:...

 graduate Kyle Wiley Pickett was subsequently hired, a position he still fills today.


The Juneau Symphony has expanded in recent years, featuring a part-time administrator/executive director, over 80 musicians, a full-fledged and multi-tiered student symphony network, and has been advertising out of town for its performances aiming for a more regional audience. The symphony also brings in guest musicians from Seattle
Seattle, Washington
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 and the Pacific Northwest
Pacific Northwest
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for its concerts for instrumentation where local or regional talent does not exist or suffice.
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