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Annapolis Symphony Academy
July 21, 2024
About Us

The Annapolis Symphony Academy is changing lives by providing a high-level musical education to students of all cultural and economic backgrounds. Music has the power to change lives. It is soulful, invigorating, challenging, emotionally charged, and immensely rewarding. It affects us all every day in virtually any situation we find ourselves in. 

Allow us to introduce you to the wonders of music and in return, introduce us to something unique about yourself. We can create a family together, a musical roof over a shared vision that our lives can be changed for the better with the power of music.


The Annapolis Symphony Academy

Our model for diversity

While classical music embraces all, it is not always accessible to everyone. Studies show that only a staggering 4% of orchestral players come from a minority background in the United States*. The Academy is structured in a unique way that promotes accessibility to classical music.

Through the incredible generosity of our donors, the Academy awards up to fifty percent of its annual tuition revenue in need-based scholarships. We believe this model provides a truly diverse student body, as it merges two overlapping, yet nonidentical, concepts of equality onto one program: our students are selected for the program strictly based on merit as well as their drive to learn and become better musicians.

Half of the Annapolis Symphony Academy student body is composed of under-represented minorities in a model that emphasizes interaction and mutual respect.


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Our Faculty

NETANEL DRAIBLATE

Netanel Draiblate, Founder and Academy Director


José-Luis Novo, Director of Orchestral Activities

Julie Nolan, Program Director & Grants Manager

Heather Haughn, Chair, Strings Department

Kimberly Valerio, Chair, Woodwinds and Brass Department

Join Now

We are looking forward to meeting you and hearing you play! Audition dates and tuition information are available via the dropdown menu under the "Enrollment" tab on our website.. Please feel free to contact us with any questions you may have at ndraiblate@annapolissymphony.org or 443-454-0609.

Other Exclusive Annapolis Symphony Academy benefits include:
  • Workshops with Annapolis Symphony Orchestra soloists, guest artists and speakers
  • Performance opportunities
  • Community service
  • Assistance with applications and auditions (summer festivals, colleges & universities)
  • Access to Annapolis Symphony Orchestra rehearsals
  • Complimentary Annapolis Symphony Orchestra concert access (live or online via Symphony+)

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Elizabeth Richebourg Rea and Philip Richebourg
Elizabeth Richebourg Rea

Elizabeth Richebourg


My father Philip Richebourg conducted his own orchestra every day of his life. Dedicated to each task at hand whether in business or in service to his community, in his life-passions as pilot, musician, archivist, my father approached all things in life as if resolute in achieving one goal, that of consistency, precision and perfect harmony. As ASO’s First Board President and for seven consecutive years, my father’s mission in the formative years was to solidify the orchestra financially and administratively with bold and creative ideas, ensuring its longevity. Today the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra has soared to the heights that my father dreamed would one day come true. I can think of no greater legacy than naming the ASO Music Director’s Chair after my father Philip Richebourg.

Elizabeth Richebourg Rea is a fine art photographer and curator. Rea’s art career began in the 1970s working for The Museum of Modern Art and Leo Castelli. Curator of numerous exhibitions of Joseph Cornell, she was also catalogue editor and research consultant for two Roy Lichtenstein Museum Retrospectives. Elizabeth is President of the Dungannon Foundation, sponsor of The Rea Award for the Short Story and Rea Visiting Writers/Lecturers series at the University of Virginia. She is active on the Peggy Guggenheim Advisory Board in Venice and is Honorary Trustee of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation. Elizabeth lives in Connecticut.


Philip and Elizabeth Richebourg

Philip Richebourg

Phillip Richebourg


Philip Richebourg co-founded the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra, was elected First Board President and served as Board President for seven consecutive years. His stalwart support, organizational vision and strong leadership during the ASO’s formative years helped solidify the orchestra financially and administratively, ensuring its longevity and signature as one of Maryland’s most distinguished performing arts organizations. Phil Richebourg’s commitment, dedication and passion for musical awareness leaves an indelible mark on the history of the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra.

 

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Our Mission

The mission of the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra is to inspire, educate and enrich lives near and far by creating extraordinary musical experiences with uncompromising artistic excellence.

With a 61-year history of artistic excellence, the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra is recognized as the largest and most distinguished performing arts organization in Maryland’s capital city. Under the direction of Jose-Luis Novo, the Symphony continues to rise in excellence and national reputation, performing Masterworks, Pops, Family Concerts and special events. The Symphony reaches thousands annually with its free Pops in the Park concert, joint concerts with the United States Naval Academy, accompanying the Annapolis Opera, and collaborative projects with other arts organizations and touring headliners. Additionally, we sponsor award-winning education concerts and outreach programs in community schools, sharing the joy of music-making with thousands of school children.


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2022-2023 Board of Trustees

Officers

Mary McKiel, PhD
Chair

Shelley Row, PE, CSP
Vice Chair

Jerray Slocum
Treasurer

Ann Whitcomb
Assistant Treasurer & VP-Finance

Katherine Edwards, MD
Secretary

Elizabeth Maxwell-Schmidt, MD
Assistant Secretary


Trustees

Robert Arias
Florence Calvert
Georgianna Crosby
Bill Davis
Ginger From
Charles Grudzinskas
Michelle Hellstern
Deb Howe
Geraldine "Mimi" Ladd Jones
Jill Kidwell
Monique Langston, MD
Shaun Mathis
Stephen A. Sotack
Marie Treanor


Trustees Emeritus

Peter Evans
David Anthony Huggins
Joe Rubino


Ex Officio Trustees

José-Luis Novo, Artistic Director & Conductor
The Philip Richebourg Chair

Paula Abernethy, FASO Representative


Orchestra Representative

Kristin Bakkegard, Musicians’ Representative, Players Committee

Annapolis Symphony Orchestra Staff
Barbara Randolph
Interim Executive Director
 
José-Luis Novo
Artistic Director & Conductor
The Philip Richebourg Chair
 
Sarah Johansen
Director of Business Operations
 
Miriam Fogel
Director of Artistic Operations
 
Diana Love
Director of Marketing & Communications
 
Netanel Draiblate
Annapolis Symphony Academy Director & Founder
 
Julie Nolan
Director of Education & Community Outreach
Grants Manager
 
Erica Johnson
Accountant
 
Olivia Ren
Orchestra Librarian
 
David Sciannella
Operations Manager
 
Maya McAtee
Office & Data Manager
 
Shun Yao
Assistant Conductor, Annapolis Symphony Academy
 
Kimberly Valerio
Annapolis Symphony Academy Department Head, Winds & Brass
 
Heather Haughn
Annapolis Symphony Academy Department Head, Strings
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Our Generous Donors
Businesses & Foundations

Gifts in the current fiscal year, as of March 15, 2023, to support the Orchestra’s 5-Year Strategic Vision to “play more music in more places for more people”. 

The Annapolis Symphony Orchestra is sustained through the continuous support of hundreds of generous patrons. The leadership of those listed on these pages (with gifts of at least $100) shows an extraordinary depth of support for the Orchestra’s music making, education programs, and community initiatives.


GIFTS OF $150,000 TO $249,999

Maryland State Arts Council


GIFTS OF $25,000 TO $49,999

The Helena Foundation


GIFTS OF $10,000 TO $24,999

Friends of the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra


GIFTS OF $5,000 TO $9,999

Elville Center for the Creative Arts

J.M. Kaplan Fund

JosuahOneNine Fund


GIFTS OF $1,000 TO $2,499

The Dealy Foundation, Inc.


GIFTS OF $100 TO $999

Old Fox Books & Coffeehouse

Janney Montgomery Scott LLC

Pledgeling Foundation


We make every effort to ensure accuracy. If you notice an error, omission or would like to be recognized in a different way, please let the Symphony staff know at your earliest convenience. The Annapolis Symphony Orchestra greatly appreciates all contributors of any amount. 

The Annapolis Symphony Orchestra is funded by operating grants from the Maryland State Arts Council, an agency dedicated to cultivating a vibrant cultural community where the arts thrive, and the Arts Council of Anne Arundel County, which receives public support from Anne Arundel County, the City of Annapolis, and the Maryland State Arts Council. Funding for the Maryland State Arts Council is also provided by the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency which believes that a great nation deserves great art.

Individual Support

Gifts in the current fiscal year, as of March 15, 2023, to support the Orchestra’s 5-Year Strategic Vision to “play more music in more places for more people”. 

The Annapolis Symphony Orchestra is sustained through the continuous support of hundreds of generous patrons. The leadership of those listed on these pages (with gifts of at least $100) shows an extraordinary depth of support for the Orchestra’s music making, education programs, and community initiatives.


+ Multiyear Pledges

Multiyear pledges support the Orchestra’s 5-Year Strategic Vision while helping to ensure a sustained level of funding. We salute those extraordinary donors who have signed pledge commitments of three years or more. These donors are recognized with this symbol next to their name: +


GIFTS OF $1 MILLION AND MORE

Marguerite Pelissier and Bill Seale

Joyce Pratt and Jeff Harris+

The Philip Richebourg Circle


GIFTS OF $500,000 TO $999,000

Elizabeth Richebourg Rea


GIFTS OF $250,000 TO $499,999

Michael Kurtz+

Laird Lott and Linda Gooden

GIFTS OF $150,000 TO $249,999

Kathleen and Robert Arias +

Jillinda Kidwell +

GIFTS OF $50,000 TO $149,000

Jane Campbell-Chambliss and Peter Chambliss +

Shelley Row +

Stephen A. Sotack +


GIFTS OF $25,000 TO $49,999

Tara Balfe Clifford +

Al and Ginger From +

Julie and Charles Grudzinkas

Dr. Mary C. McKiel+

Martha and John Schwieters

Patricia and David Mattingley+

Peter and Sarah Evans+


GIFTS OF $10,000 TO $24,999

Paula Abernethy

Peter Bungay and Joy Chambers +

Florence M. Calvert +

James W. Cheevers

Jesse Cunitz and Faith Goldstein Cunitz

Deborah Howe +

David and Eleanor Huggins

Mimi Jones +

Katherine Lantz

Diane Steed

Ann and Robert Whitcomb +


GIFTS OF $5,000 TO $9,999

Herb and Sally Abeles

Susan Byrom and Robert Thomas

Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Edwards Jr.

Collot Guerard

Capt. Mark and Michelle Hellstern +

David Irving

Fred Stielow & Susan Rosenfeld


GIFTS OF $2,500 TO $4,999

Betsy and Arthur Chotin

Prudence Clendenning

Ken Code

Marguerite and Enser Cole

Dorothy D’Amato

William and Renata Davis

Drs. Mark C. Davis and Ann A. Tran

Thomas DeKornfeld

Anna E. Greenberg

Pierre and Danalee Henkart

Jan and David Hoffberger

Karl and Marge Hoke

Ms. Lori Kesner

Paige Miller Memorial Scholarship

Anne S. Potter

Steve Root and Nancy Greene

Amy & Joe Rubino

William and Constance Scott +

Doug and Karen Smith +

Russ Stevenson and Margie Axtell

Judith Templeton


GIFTS OF $1,000 TO $2,499

Anonymous

Bill and Lisa Abercrombie

Martha Blaxall and Joe Dickey

Ann Burchard

Hugh Camitta & Louise Snyder

Diana & Kazmieras Campe

Joseph & Patricia Casey

Jane Danowitz

Don and Keren Dement

Angela Eggleston-Howard

Renee Ehler and George Bentley

Dr. Richard and Carole Falk

Bob and Diane Heaney

Richard and Lisa Hillman

The Johansen Family

Barbara Lazar

Janet Little

Elizabeth Mainiero

Pat Mager 

David McGill

Lee Mueller

Rob & Patti Muir

Laura Murray

Cheryl and Jim Painter

Beth Penn

Kathryn Porter

Clay and Carol Richards

Carolyn Robertson

Pamela Roeming

Mr. and Mrs. Michael T. Schuncke

Richard and Martha Schoenfeld

Bob Sherer

Dr. Rodney Tomlinson and Ms. Sari Kiraly

Mrs. Tamara and Dr. Stephan Tymkiw

George and Charlotte West

Anonymous


GIFTS OF $100 TO $999

Anne Scrivener Agee

Margaret Alaxanian

Michael Alin and Ann Carroll

Linda Allen

Vanessa Andris

Jack and Leslie Andryszak

Lillian Armstrong

Ms. Susan Armstrong

Karen Bakkegard

Adele Baron

Susan & Jess Behringer

Julie Belkin

Pam Benitez

Peter Bittner and Margaret Keegan

Marjie and Frank Blanco

Bernard Bradpiece

Pat and Karen Brown

Carmen and Nancy Brun

Mr. David Bush

Carolyn Cassidy

Pamela and James Chaconas

Patrick and Nancy Clagett

Rosemary Claire

Elizabeth Colandro

Mr. and Mrs. Andrew L. Cole

B.S. Creighton

Judy Crews-Hanks and Brian Hanks

Barbara & James Cyr-Roman

Mary Jean Davidge

Christian Davis

Mr. and Mrs. Robert Demoyer

C. DeVore

Peter Eareckson

Sylvia and James Earl

Fred and Susan Eckert

Mr. Michael Eckhart

Robert and Gloria Ellsworth

Sharon Engelhard

Mr. and Mrs. Donald C. Erickson

David and Janet Ewing

Pauline Farmer

Mr. and Mrs. Millard Firebaugh

James R. Fitzpatrick

David and Cindy Fox

Patricia Frese

Sheila Gagen

Julia Elizabeth Garraway

George Geneaux

Elizabeth Gordon-Bluntschli

Diane W. Green

Arthur Greenbaum

Arnold and Phyllis Gruber

Valerie Gutterson

Georgina Hammond

Patty Harris

Mr. and Mrs. Robert M. Hecht

Tylar and Carol Hecht

D. Gayle Hensley

Gretchen Herdt

David Herron

Margaret Hosmer

Hugh and Deborah Houghton

Dr. and Mrs. William Hunter

Sally W. Iadarola

Beth D. Jacob

La-Royce Jordan

Monica Kaiser

Tomoko Kanamaru

James Kaper & Carol Tacket

Lawrence and Jeanne Kelly

Nick Kemp and Kay Osburnsen

Ernie and Chris Kent

Jack and Maria Kersh

Marvin and Nina Kesner

Getha Klejnot

Linda Kolosky

Alice Kurs

Carol Laurenzano

Norman & Doris Lerner

Ellen and Joseph Levin

Susanne Lieberman

Timothy and Katherine Lynch

Lynne Malley

Shaun Mathis

Colin McIntosh & Robert Smith

Teresa McKenna

Elaine Mines and Norman Mines

Francisco Montero

Ed Moses

Don and Carol Nelson

David & Carol Newman

Nancy Nicoll and Richard Wagner

Susan Okula

Lily Openshaw and Dave Openshaw

Ed and Jeanne Paglee

Nancy Prendergast

Kristen Pironis

Bob and Cookie Pollock

Fred Probeck

Caroline Purdy and John Gudas

Margret Rauh

Ken and Maureen Reightler

Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Risher

Christopher Rizek

Jack and Ida Roadhouse

Constance Robinson

Paul and Joan Rosenberg

Barbara and Everett Santos

Jeffrey Scherr

Ken and Elaine Schmidt

Mr. and Mrs. Randy Schmitt

Scott Schollenberger

Donald Silawsky

Jill and Joseph Simon

Anne Sloan

Mr. and Mrs. Eric Smith

Lisa and Chris Smith

Walton Stallings

Robert and Barbara Stern

Anne K. Stratton

Dr. and Mrs. Albert Strunk

Thomas Taneyhill

Philip W. Tawes and Edwards Adams

Emily Tevault

Brian Thiel

Paula Thistle

Larry and Betty Thompson

Peter Threadgill

Laura and Jack Van Geffen

Matt Venhaus

Mr. and Mrs. Damien Wanner

Cynthia Wells

Hans Wein and Jean Mitchell

Mr. and Mrs. Ken Wexley

Tara Wittig

Mr. & Mrs. Clifford Woodward, Jr.

Francis Wright

Bernard and Louis Wulff

Cecelia Wyatt

Mark Wynn

Marion and Norbert Zacharias

Rosalie Zaia

Anne Zanazzi

Pat Zeno and Frank Parent

David Zinnamon

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We make every effort to ensure accuracy. If you notice an error, omission or would like to be recognized in a different way, please let the Symphony staff know at your earliest convenience. The Annapolis Symphony Orchestra greatly appreciates all contributors of any amount. 

The Annapolis Symphony Orchestra is funded by operating grants from the Maryland State Arts Council, an agency dedicated to cultivating a vibrant cultural community where the arts thrive, and the Arts Council of Anne Arundel County, which receives public support from Anne Arundel County, the City of Annapolis, and the Maryland State Arts Council. Funding for the Maryland State Arts Council is also provided by the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency which believes that a great nation deserves great art.

Crescendo Club

The Crescendo Club is back!

Donors who pledge or make gifts of $1,000 plus are invited to have a complimentary glass of wine before the concert and during the intermission.

Immediately following the concert please joinArtistic Director and Conductor José-Luis Novo and other patrons for a post-concert gathering.

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Annapolis Symphony Academy
About Us

The Annapolis Symphony Academy is changing lives by providing a high-level musical education to students of all cultural and economic backgrounds. Music has the power to change lives. It is soulful, invigorating, challenging, emotionally charged, and immensely rewarding. It affects us all every day in virtually any situation we find ourselves in. 

Allow us to introduce you to the wonders of music and in return, introduce us to something unique about yourself. We can create a family together, a musical roof over a shared vision that our lives can be changed for the better with the power of music.


The Annapolis Symphony Academy

Our model for diversity

While classical music embraces all, it is not always accessible to everyone. Studies show that only a staggering 4% of orchestral players come from a minority background in the United States*. The Academy is structured in a unique way that promotes accessibility to classical music.

Through the incredible generosity of our donors, the Academy awards up to fifty percent of its annual tuition revenue in need-based scholarships. We believe this model provides a truly diverse student body, as it merges two overlapping, yet nonidentical, concepts of equality onto one program: our students are selected for the program strictly based on merit as well as their drive to learn and become better musicians.

Half of the Annapolis Symphony Academy student body is composed of under-represented minorities in a model that emphasizes interaction and mutual respect.


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Our Faculty

NETANEL DRAIBLATE

Netanel Draiblate, Founder and Academy Director


José-Luis Novo, Director of Orchestral Activities

Julie Nolan, Program Director & Grants Manager

Heather Haughn, Chair, Strings Department

Kimberly Valerio, Chair, Woodwinds and Brass Department

Join Now

We are looking forward to meeting you and hearing you play! Audition dates and tuition information are available via the dropdown menu under the "Enrollment" tab on our website.. Please feel free to contact us with any questions you may have at ndraiblate@annapolissymphony.org or 443-454-0609.

Other Exclusive Annapolis Symphony Academy benefits include:
  • Workshops with Annapolis Symphony Orchestra soloists, guest artists and speakers
  • Performance opportunities
  • Community service
  • Assistance with applications and auditions (summer festivals, colleges & universities)
  • Access to Annapolis Symphony Orchestra rehearsals
  • Complimentary Annapolis Symphony Orchestra concert access (live or online via Symphony+)

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In Memorium
Memorial and Honorary Gifts

In memory of John Auer
James W. Cheevers

In memory of Catherine Reistrup
James W. Cheevers

In memory of Thea Lindauer
James W. Cheevers

In memory of Ralph Bluntschli
Elizabeth Gordon-Bluntschli

In memory of Peggy Ertlmeier
Bob Sherer

In honor of Jim Cheevers
Don and Keren Dement

In honor of Anna E. Greenberg
Don and Keren Dement

In memory of John B. Moore
Don and Keren Dement

In memory of Julie Hall
Monica Kaiser

In memory of Michael Kurtz
Pat Zeno and Frank Parent

In memory of Michael Kurtz
William and Constance Scott

In memory of Pamela F. Bush
David Bush

In memory of Paige Miller
The Paige Miller Memorial Scholarship

In memory of Damon Santos
Barbara and Everett Santos

In Memory

Edward Ross Goldstein
July 29, 1954 - January 6, 2023


Edward Ross Goldstein

Edward Goldstein was the principal tubist with the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra from 1974 to 2018 and performed with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. He received his Bachelor of Music Education and Master of Music degrees from the Peabody Conservatory of Music of the Johns Hopkins University. In addition to being a founding member of the Peabody Ragtime Ensemble in 1974, he was also the founder and director of the Baltimore Jazz Orchestra, the Swanee River Ragtime Band, the Brass Menagerie Brass Quintet and the Bourbon Street Ramblers. Ed was co-author of the definitive, 656-page, scholarly work on his instrument, The Tuba Source Book, published by Indiana University Press. Ed was the Music Contractor for Center Stage and Everyman Theater in Baltimore, MD. In addition to private teaching, Ed was on the music faculties of Loch Raven High School in Baltimore County and the Peabody Institute Preparatory Department. On April 3, 2022, Ed received a Lifetime Achievement Award from Baltimore Musicians Union. Contributions in his memory may be made to Shaarei Tfiloh Synagogue, 2001 Liberty Heights Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21217 or the Peabody Preporatory General Scholarship Fund, www.peabody.jhu.edu/preparatory/



Dr. Michael J. Kurtz
May 8, 1949 - December 17, 2022


Dr. Michael J. Kurtz

Dr. Kurtz served at the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) for 37 years, during which time he held significant leadership positions, supervised hundreds of staff in multiple locations, and led national efforts in electronic records preservation and management, declassification, and transparency of government records. Dr. Kurtz was the author of several highly cited publications in the areas of archives management and administration. His 2006 book, "America and the Return of Nazi Contraband: The Recovery of Europe’s Cultural Treasures" (Cambridge University Press, 2006) was the key inspiration for the 2014 film "The Monuments Men” (directed by George Clooney). 

A longtime supporter of the ASO, Michael Kurtz served as Trustee and Vice Chair of the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra (ASO) Board of Trustees and President of the Friends of the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra (FASO). Michael's passion for music was evident in his financial leadership and organizational drive behind the ASO's international tour to Spain (2021) and his ongoing support for the Annapolis Symphony Academy. Michael was preceded in death by his wife Cherie, who passed away in November 2019.   Both Michael and Cherie were very fond of the piano.  Michael's friends and colleagues from FASO believe it is fitting to honor his memory at this Masterworks concert, which features guest artist Jon Nakamatsu playing the piano in Beethoven's "Emperor" Concerto.  FASO will underwrite a portion of Mr. Nakamatsu's fee in Michael's memory. FASO requests that memorial contributions to this purpose can be made by sending a tax-deductible check payable to Friends of the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra, PO Box 1974, Annapolis, MD 21404 by the end of February.

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