Orchestra responds to surveys

Programs for performances of the Northern Neck Orchestra for the 2017-18 season are in the final stages of preparation, guided by results of surveys conducted in March.

Audiences at recent concerts at St. Clare Walker Middle School and at Northumberland High School were asked to fill out forms that asked about their preferences in orchestral music and about the ways they learn about upcoming events, reported public relations director Terry Greene.

The degree of response was unusually high; over 60% of the audiences returned completed surveys. The responses provide interesting insight into the musical taste and knowledge of concert goers in the community, said Greene.

Asked to choose among various musical genres, the audience showed a strong preference for full symphony orchestra performances, but also a significant degree of interest in choral and chamber music and in opera.

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