Attorney Spotlight Part 1: Doris Phillips Loomis

McGuire Wood & Bissette Attorney Doris Loomis

From time to time this news feed will include a closer look at our attorneys. The posts will be on topics not necessarily about the law but about what is personally important to our attorneys outside the office. In this installment we spotlight the much adored Doris Loomis. Click here to see her webpage. Doris wrote the following short article to share with you.

“When I joined McGuire, Wood & Bissette in the early ‘80s, I was encouraged to volunteer often and enthusiastically in the community in order to make life in Asheville, my hometown, the best it could be. Throughout the years, that encouragement to all attorneys and staff of our firm has continued and, thanks to the efforts of all who are involved in the community, Asheville has grown into a vibrant town. A tenet of mine has always been that a vibrant town deserves a vibrant Symphony, which we certainly have! This year, I am honored to serve as the President of the Asheville Symphony Society Board of Directors as we bring six finalists for the Music Director position to Asheville.

Each of the six finalists will spend a week in our community and conduct a Masterworks concert. Rei Hotoda, an accomplished pianist who is as comfortable directing from the piano as she is from the podium and whose recording repertoire has highlighted many female composers will lead the orchestra in October. In November, Darko Burtorac, a world traveled cellist who uses humor and a youthful nature to connect with his audiences lifts the baton on stage. Garry Walker, a Scottish conductor with a passion for the great outdoors and who coincidentally wrote an essay in college about Lamar Stringfield, the founder of Asheville’s first symphony orchestra, is with us in February. Nicolas Hersh, a young arranger and orchestrator whose rendition of Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody” has brought him acclaim on stage and on You Tube conducts in March. Jayce Ogren, a composer and a medaled triathlete, leads the orchestra in April. The season concludes under the baton of Jacomo Bairos, an award-winning tubist who is part of a brass and string ensemble that blends the classics with today’s hits. 

Please join us at these concerts where surveys will be available at each candidate program as we seek the community’s feedback to help us choose our new music director in June. Your input matters!”

The first of the six Masterworks Audition Concerts is coming up on Saturday, October 21. The Conductor Rei Hotoda will be auditioning to be the next Music Director of the Asheville Symphony. For more information click here.



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