NC Symphony Plans To Add Musicians As Part Of 50 Million Dollar Campaign

The North Carolina Symphony wants to move up a notch.

A symphony will have 68 musicians when it performs its first concert of the new season on September second. As part of a 50 million dollar capital campaign, supporters hope there will be as many as 85 musicians.

Other goals include expanding artistic and educational programming and increasing the size of the symphony's permanent endowment.

The North Carolina Symphony is part of a the American Symphony Orchestra League, and is in the league's Group Two. A league spokeswoman says the average number of musicians in that category of orchestras is 70, while the low is 49 and the high is 87. The increase to 80 to 85 musicians would put the symphony at the high end of its group.

The symphony spokeswoman says the group often performs with subs, allowing as many as 90 musicians to take the stage for bigger pieces. She says it's better to rehearse with the same musicians rather than having subs.