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For Phyllis Wilkes, life is music to her ears

By Steven Tingle
FEBRUARY 26, 2013

For Phyllis Wilkes, life is music to her ears


When she moved into Rolling Green Village sixteen years ago, Phyllis Wilkes apparently didn’t get the memo that it was a retirement community. “Greenville is a great place to be,” she says. “There’s so much going on—I’ve got tickets to the Warehouse, Centre Stage, the drama and music departments at Furman—you can’t possibly do it all, but I’m trying.”

Ms. Wilkes’s love of music and performance is obvious in her work as president of the Guild of the Greenville Symphony and board member of the Greenville Symphony Orchestra. She has a deep appreciation for classical music, sighting Dvorak’s 9th Symphony as her favorite piece. “It just resonates well with me,” she says.

At 84, she has no plans to slow down and often replaces the Dvorak in her CD player with something a little jumpier. “I’m from the swing era,” she says. “Glen Miller, Benny Goodman, Harry James.” She’s excited to continue her work with the Symphony and enjoy all the cultural events Greenville has to offer. “I have a lot of fun,” she says. “It’s better than sitting at home.”


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