KINGSPORT — The Dobyns-Bennett Sinfonia, formerly known as the Chamber Orchestra, will present a holiday concert at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 800 Broad St., on Sunday.
The concert begins at 3 p.m. Admission is free, but an offering will be received to benefit the Sinfonia.
The group is under the direction of Ross Bader, who has been the orchestra director at Dobyns-Bennett High School since 2004. He also has been the director at Ross N. Robinson Middle School Orchestra since 2006.
Bader graduated from Milligan College with a degree in music education. During his time at Milligan, he was the accompanist for the Milligan College Concert Choir and also participated in Chamber Singers, Jazz Band and the ETSU marching and concert bands.
In 2003, Milligan’s annual choir award was renamed the “Ross Bader Concert Choir Award” in his honor, and he was also the recipient of the award that same year.
During Bader’s time at Dobyns-Bennett, the orchestra has received consecutive superior ratings at local concert festivals. In the past, the orchestra has performed at many events including the Tennessee Music Education Association’s State Festival, two appearances at the Music Educator’s National Conference Regional Convention as well as the Midwest International Band and Orchestra Clinic.
They have also performed locally with Kingsport’s Symphony of the Mountains.