Music Matters 
Music Matters to Rocky Mount 

Orchestras Choruses, and Symphonies are shutting down all across America. These groups and the performances they give are critical to the cultural vibrancy of our communities. 

You know  names such as Bach, Beethoven, Brahms, Ellington, Basie, John Williams, Aaron Copland and more because you had the opportunity in school and in your community to experience music from these milestone composers.  

Let's keep that alive - consider a donation to the Tar River Orchestra and Chorus 
We are able to continue solely based on community support.

Call 252 985-3055 
or donate via Pay Pal 

Click the DONATE button at the top right of this page  

2015 - Special Event

Friday Feb. 13th - 7:30 PM

Gateway Convention Centre 
Transformed into Club TROC 

Valentines Show of Love Songs from the Platters
Dancing, Hors d'oeuvres, Wine, Great Music 

252 985-5197
800 303-5097  

Sponsored by The Tar River Orchestra and Chorus League


Thurs, Feb. 26th - 7:30 PM

The Dunn Center, North Carolina Wesleyan College, Rocky Mount
3400 N Wesleyan Blvd, Rocky Mt, NC 27804

Bring on the Spring - Band Classics and Music Festival Repertoire:
Tar River Symphonic Band

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Thurs, Mar 19th - 7:30 PM

Church on the Rise,  Rocky Mount Campus
3520 Bishop Road, Rocky Mount, NC 27804

Swingin' is Just the Beginning
Tar River Swing Band

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Sat, April 25th-7:30 PM

Brown Auditorium, Nash Community College
522 N Old Carriage Rd, Rocky Mt, NC 27804

TROC - Rocks   (Tee-Rock)
Tar River Philharmonic 
Tar River Children's Chorus 

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Sat, May 30th-7:30 PM

Back Yard Concert: Dan & Brenda Crocker
3358 Turkey Foot Road Rocky Mount, NC 27804

America's Back Yard
Tar River Symphonic Band
Tar River Children's Chorus
Tar River Chorus 

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Special Event - Club TROC 

Steppin' out on the town for some romance, dining, and dancing. Welcome to Club TROC, also known as the Gateway Center. Hear one of the legendary singing groups of all time, The Platters, romance Rocky Mount the day before Valentines Day. A great one of a kind Valentines night out for you and your special someone. The evening includes cocktails, dancing, refreshments, hor d'Oeuvres, and nightclub setting that will take you away to the classic dinner clubs of the 60's. 

The Platters - Feb. 13th, 2015

7:30 pm - Tickets at 252 985-5197 

Limited seating - get your tickets early 

Young Artist Competition

May 2, 2015
Church of the Good Shepherd, Rocky Mount

Call 252 985-3055 for details 

Annual competition open to student musicians through high school who live in North Carolina.

The winner is awarded a $250 scholarship to be used for further study.

Winner also performs with the Tar River Philharmonic Orchestra.

Each contestant to perform a movement of an approved selection with accompaniment that also has an orchestral accompaniment.

$25 entry fee 

Download Application Here

How you can get involved

  1. Auditions
  2. Attendance
  3. Contributions
  4. Volunteer

or text LOVEITLIVE to 22828

Turn your brain on!

Research shows a direct link between music and learning. Check out our latest link to make you think:

Music Lessons Improve Kids Emotional and Behavioral Growth - NEW RESEARCH

FROM THE WASHINGTON POST - Jan. 8, 2015, Speaking of Science

Music training not only helps children develop fine motor skills, but aids emotional and behavioral maturation as well, according to a new study, one of the largest to investigate the effects of playing an instrument on brain development.