The Portsmouth Wind Symphony

Performing the very best in classical and pops music for more than 25 seasons.


Our concerts are performed by an accomplished ensemble of fifty local and regional musicians and are entertaining for all ages.

Our outstanding musicians, many of whom are your neighbors, friends, and teachers, are joined by accomplished soloists and guest performers from the tri-state area.

The PWS Board continues to work hard to bring to Southern Ohio a quality performing organization. We strive to present family-friendly concerts at an affordable ticket price.

Board of Directors

  • Rev. Allison Bauer (President)
  • Trent Williams (VICE PRESIDENT/Treasurer)
  • Lisa Carver (Secretary)
  • Terry Thompson (Music Director)
  • Linda Donaldson (Librarian)
  • Beth Baldridge
  • Paul Hunt Jr.
  • Gail Miller
  • Michael Penley
  • Jonathan Phillips
  • Lou Schoettle
  • Kevin Smedley
  • Sandra White
  • Katie Williams
  • Linda Woods-Jones

Contact the Board:

Terry Thompson, Conductor and Music Director

Terry Thompson
Conductor & Music Director


27th Season

The Sounds of the South

Thursday, October 17, 2019 @ 7:00 pm

We open our season with the music from the SOUTH … well, at least south of Portsmouth, like the American South and South America! Even if you’ve never traveled down south, we bet you’ll recognize a few of these tunes.

  • Adult - $10
  • SSU Student w/ID - $5
  • Child over 12 - $5
  • Child 12 and under - Free

The Sounds of the North... Pole, That Is!

Saturday, December 14, 2019 @ 7:00 pm

Where else would our Christmas concert music come from except from the North Pole?! We know Santa will be busy at work preparing for the big night; but perhaps we could persuade him to stop by and see us …

  • Adult - $10
  • SSU Student w/ID - $5
  • Child over 12 - $5
  • Child 12 and under - Free

The Sounds of the East and the West

This concert is cancelled.

Saturday, April 4, 2020 @ 7:00 pm

For our Spring concert, we’re headed EAST and WEST! Where will we land? Boston, NYC, Denver, Albequerque? Perhaps ACROSS THE POND? BONUS: this concert will feature a unique collaboration with a special guest soloist.

  • Adult - $10
  • SSU Student w/ID - $5
  • Child over 12 - $5
  • Child 12 and under - Free

The Sounds of Freedom

Saturday, July 4, 2020 @ 7:00 pm

Our 2019-2020 season wraps with music from all points on the compass as we celebrate our heritage and the freedoms that make American the greatest country in the world. Don’t miss long-time PWS friend Steve Free and his band as well as your favorite patriotic tunes!

All concerts take place in the main theater of Shawnee State University's Vern Riffe Center for the Arts in Portsmouth, Ohio with the exception of The Power of Freedom which takes place in Tracy Park in Portsmouth, Ohio.

Check out some videos of our past concerts on Facebook!


There are benefits to subscribing early to our concerts by returning the ticket order form with no need to call or visit the box office.

Advance Ticketing

Receive your tickets in advance to all events. Tickets are mailed to you without having to wait in line at the box office.

Easy Exchange

For tickets you cannot use, we will be glad to exchange your tickets for another concert or provide you with a tax-deductible receipt for any tickets you cannot use. Simply call the box office at (740) 351-3600 at least 24 hours before the concert.

Subscription orders received before October 7 will be mailed to the address provided on the order form. After October 7, tickets will be available at the McKinley Box Office Will Call. The McKinley Box Office is located in the lobby of Shawnee State University's Vern Riffe Center for the Arts. Ten-minute parking is available in the fountain circle area.

The Vern Riffe Center for the Arts is fully handicapped accessible. Seating for wheelchairs and hearing assisting devices are available. Please indicate your need for assistance when ordering your tickets.

For assistance in ordering your tickets, please call the McKinley Box Office at (740) 351-3600.


We earnestly seek your support and your subscription to the 2018-2019 season that promises to be a great one.

Please consider a tax-deductible donation to The Portsmouth Wind Symphony. Ticket sales account for only 50% of the revenue needed to fund the season. The following are suggested categories:

  • Maestro | $1,000
  • Soloist | $500 - $999
  • Concert Master | $300 - $499
  • First Chair | $100 - $299
  • Patron | Up to $99

You may also sponsor a concert or a specific PWS chair.

Sponsor a Concert

  • Christmas or July 4th Concert | $2,000
  • October or April Concert | $1,000

Sponsor a Concert Master

  • Per Concert | $450
  • Concert Season | $2,500

Sponsor the Chair of a Specific Instrument

  • Per Concert | $800

Contributions will be acknowledged in our concert program and on our website and would be appreciated at any time of the year. Please make out checks to McKinley Box Office. Donations may also be made by Visa, MasterCard or Discover card. Mail payment and order form to:

  • McKinley Box Office
  • 940 Second Street
  • Portsmouth, Ohio 45662



(740) 351-3600 | McKinley Box Office



  • The Portsmouth Wind Symphony
  • P.O. Box 277
  • Portsmouth, Ohio 45662


  • Shawnee State University
  • 940 Second Street
  • Portsmouth, Ohio 45662


Rehearsals are on Monday evenings from 7:00 - 9:00 pm on the third floor of the Vern Riffe Center for the Arts from August through June.

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