“Snowbelt Musical Arts Association announced this week that it is launching the Snowbelt Symphony Orchestra, the first fully professional orchestra serving Lake and Geauga counties,” reads an unsigned article in Friday’s (11/5) News-Herald (Willoughby, OH). “Its inaugural half season will feature two concerts planned for the spring of 2022. A full four-concert season will commence in the fall, according to a news release. The orchestra will begin performing as a 30-player chamber orchestra of strings, winds and brass…. As funding allows, it will expand into a full 60-player orchestra capable of performing most orchestral repertoire. ‘This is a dream that I’ve been working toward for 30 years,’ SMAA Founder and Executive Director Greg Hillis stated in the release. ‘I’ve always wanted to start an orchestra here in Lake and Geauga counties.’ Hillis is a professional conductor and horn player…. ‘Lake and Geauga counties make up the largest population area in Ohio without its own professional orchestra and, in fact, at least 10 counties smaller than Lake have one,’ said Hillis. ‘People today want to do things closer to home and we want to provide more high-quality, affordable concerts right here in the Snowbelt.”