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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Who Loves a Great Jazz Vocalist?
March 19th - The Church on the Rise, Rocky Mount, Campus

The Tar River Swing Band will feature great vocal tunes

It Had to be You - Harry Connick Jr. version
Fly Me to the Moon -  Frank Sinatra version
For Once in My Life - Michael Buble' version 

Anita O'Days great versions of:
Honey Suckle Rose
Ten Cents a Dance
The Way You Look Tonight 

and more






FEB. 26TH Symphonic Band Concert 

We regret to inform that this performance had to be cancelled due to the extended period of severe weather and unsafe travel conditions. 

The Tar River ensembles are each made up of selected musicians from across all of Eastern North Carolina and it became evident that asking them to travel for rehearsals and performances during this time would be risky and would put them at risk.

While we also attempted to find an appropriate time and place for rescheduling the concert the numerous details related to putting on an event of this nature became prohibitive in terms of rescheduling. 

Safety was our first priority, for our musicians and our audience, and maintaining our high standards for quality of performance was the other consideration.

We appreciate your support and apologize for any confusion based on the cancellation.

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  


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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Young Artist Competition 

Tips - Good to Know  

  1. The applicant will perform one movement of a concerto
  2.  Memorization is strongly encouraged, but not required
  3. The contestant will be responsible for providing his/her own accompanist
  4. The contestant must provide two numbered copies of the music for the judges
  5. The decision of the judges will be final
  6. All contestants will be notified by telephone at the conclusion of the auditions
  7. The The winner must agree to be available for a rehearsal with the orchestra  for the concert in the 2015-2016 season.


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.