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We Are The Naptown Philharmonic Orchestra

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The Naptown Philharmonic’s Strong Foundation:

We started as the Londontowne Symphony Orchestra in 2003 with a vision by the late Kathy Solano, a professional violinist who taught in the public school system for more than 30 years.

Kathy’s original vision:

  • Creating a community orchestra in Central Maryland to provide high-quality classical and light classical music at an affordable price.
  • Giving young people experience and education in an orchestral setting.

Throughout the years, the orchestra has lived up to that vision as it has grown in size, scope, and popularity. Now The Naptown Philharmonic strives to perform five concerts each season, with at least one of those geared specifically toward young people. Under the direction of Anna Binneweg since 2007, the orchestra has matured into the premier orchestra it is today.

The Naptown Philharmonic’s members include professionals, military musicians, private/public school teachers, extraordinary amateurs, and students. The orchestra reaches the community with chamber recitals, quartets, and quintets. As part of our Mission, the Naptown Philharmonic is committed to bringing quality symphonic music to students in the region. We offer the following programs and opportunities for outreach to support music education to students:

  • Free Admission is offered for all students
  • Playing with the Naptown Philharmonic – Qualified student musicians may audition to become a member of the Naptown Philharmonic.
  • Master Classes – Members of the Naptown Philharmonic donate their time to facilitate master classes and workshops in our high schools
  • Annual Young Artist Concerto Competition – The Naptown Philharmonic gives the winners of its annual Young Artist Concerto Competition the opportunity to perform as featured soloists with the orchestra during a Naptown Philharmonic concert.

Since its inception, the Naptown Philharmonic has been bringing Central Maryland residents the excitement and passion that only live music can create. You can help make the music happen by contributing to our effort. The Naptown Philharmonic continues to thrive because of the loyalty of our audience, our sponsors, and our generous donors.

Our Mission

Naptown Philharmonic Orchestra’s Mission is to provide high-quality, family-friendly, affordable classical and light classical concerts for the enrichment and enjoyment of Central Maryland residents of all ages and backgrounds. We also provide an opportunity for professional, student, and community musicians to learn and grow under professional and experienced leadership.

Our Vision

The Naptown Philharmonic Orchestra Vision is to be a fully integrated, leading community orchestra of Central Maryland by fostering diverse artistic collaborations, promoting inclusive concert experiences and providing equitable opportunities for our musicians, patrons and community.

We strive to enhance our position as Central Maryland’s premier semi-professional/community orchestra. We are delighted to serve the community through:

• Presenting quality orchestral music
• Highlighting the gems of the orchestral repertoire
• Working with, mentoring, and performing with local students
• Musicians and Board members volunteering in the community
• Featuring talented local soloists and outstanding orchestra

Naptown Philharmonic
Music Director/Conductor

Anna Binneweg

“Collaborative … Engaging … Audience-ingratiating …”
– Baltimore Sun

Dr. Anna Binneweg, Music Director/Conductor of the Naptown Philharmonic Orchestra, the Washington Metropolitan Philharmonic, and the AACC Symphony Orchestra, captivates audiences worldwide with her boundless enthusiasm for music. With a career spanning prestigious venues like the Kennedy Center and international tours, Binneweg’s dynamic leadership ignites orchestral energy, making classical music accessible to all.

An esteemed educator, she’s led youth orchestras and served on national boards, while her collaborations include luminaries like Leonard Slatkin and Daniel Barenboim. With a doctorate in orchestral conducting from Northwestern University, Binneweg’s influence extends through academia and performance alike. Honored with the 2015 Annie Award for the Performing Arts, Binneweg continues to enrich our community through her passion for music. Learn more at

Naptown Philharmonic's Music director and conductor Anna Binneweg

Our Musicians

Violin I
Paul Bagley, concertmaster
Ali Crosby
Michelle Crosby
Mary Dean
Eileen Eaton
Danielle Glick
Kathy Laskin
Ray Neibauer
Noah Nicholson
Nancy Purdy
Peyton Reynolds

Violin II
Kristin Bakkegard, principal
Evan Bevere
Glenn Angus
Jim Armstrong
Anne Beskid
Caryn Getsinger
Jasmine Gollup
Sara Moran
Ashlynn Vilcheck
Kristen Witmer

Cameron Raecke, principal
Lorraine Combs
Chris Gosper
Diane Hornyak
Rebecca Jenei
Cooper Mitchell
Amelia Schrecker
Dana Marie Semos
Barbara Wieder

Diana Curtis, principal
Bryan Barrett
David Denekas
Elizabeth Marino
John Patterson
Ursula Pieper
Linda Testerman
Julie Wood

Double Bass
Broc Mertz, principal
Jim Dean
Margaret Justice
Gabriel Noon

Kerry O’Dell, principal
Alix Gilbert
Carolyn Sonnen
Judy Sammel, piccolo

Heidi Schultz, co-principal
Stephanie Ying, co-principal
Luke Zegowitz

English Horn
Heidi Schultz

Lynda Dembowski, principal
Karyn Hodgson
Jennifer Campbell, bass clarinet

Deanna Sala, principal
Alicia Bourassa
Scott Cooper
Kari Shea, contrabassoon

Myrlon Pressly, principal
Debra Curry
Cindy Curtis
Diana Ogilvie
Katie Wells

Jeremy Meeks, principal
Patrick Gleason
Stephanie Shields
Bill Sturgis

Dave Dochterman, principal
David Crisler
Don Naumann
Alan Potter
Elan Mizrahi, bass trombone

Paul Dembowski, principal

Helen Smith Tarchalski, principal

Heidi Sturniolo, principal

Jeremy Ulrich, principal
George Huttlin
Greg Pascuzzi
Glenn Scimonelli
Nichole Shipley
Maria Alldred
Nirvan Sengupta

Executive Leadership

Officers 2023-2024

Diane Nichols, Co-President
Commander, United States Navy

Elvia Hernández Thompson,
Co-President/Vice President
Co-founder & President Emerita, Annapolis Green

Christopher Grant, Secretary
Attorney at Law

Diane Hornyak, Acting Treasurer
Violist, Naptown Philharmonic Orchestra

Board of Directors 2023-2024

Howard Friedman
Owner, South River Imports

Benjamin Gilbert, MBA
Former CEO, Hygeia Home Health, LLC

Matilda Jane Kraemer
Part time Adjunct Faculty for Continuing Education and Workforce Development Department, Anne Arundel Community College recipient of the Annie Award.

Dee Dee Miller
Realtor, Long and Foster Real Estate, Inc.

Sally Schaefer
Enrollment Advisor, School of Nursing, Walden University (Retired)

Jeff Schaub
Former owner, The Annapolis Marine Art Gallery

Anna Binneweg, Music Director/Conductor
Associate Professor of Music, Anne Arundel County Community College

John Patterson, Operations Committee Representative and Cellist, Naptown Philharmonic Orchestra

Operations Committee

Anna Binneweg
Music Director/Conductor

Eileen Eaton
Strings Personnel Manager

Cindy Curtis
Winds/Brass/Percussion Personnel Manager

Katie Wells

Ursula Pieper
Assistant Librarian

Diane Hornyak
Assistant Treasurer

Debra Curry
Myrlon Pressly
Elvia Hernández Thompson
Marketing Team

Kathy Solano

In The News

Welcome Naptown Philharmonic

“The Londontowne Symphony Orchestra closed its 20th season tonight by revealing its new name, the Naptown Philharmonic Orchestra, symbolizing a new direction as a source of affordable and fun classical and popular music in the Annapolis area….”Read more

Londontowne Symphony Orchestra’s Season Finale Takes the Audience to the Wild Wild West!

The Londontowne Symphony Orchestra will take the audience on a musical journey to the majesty of the American West at its Season Finale concert. The inspiring music will include the Cowboys…Listen to the podcast

Supporting The Naptown Philharmonic Orchestra

The Naptown Philharmonic Orchestra relies on the generosity of supporters like you to continue bringing the thrill and emotion of live music to our community. Your contribution, whether financial or through volunteering your time, is vital to our mission.
As a 501(c)(3) corporation, the Naptown Philharmonic offers several avenues for financial support: Annual Gifts, the Naptown Philharmonic Endowment Fund, and the Musical Chairs program.
Annual Gifts and Musical Chairs help meet immediate needs, while the Endowment Fund ensures long-term stability, potentially offering donors financial benefits.Thank you for being a part of our journey and helping to sustain the music we love.

Annual Gifts
• Can be made on a monthly or yearly basis
• Help us maintain a balanced budget
• Support our mission of presenting professional, memorable symphonic music
• Enable varied programming across Anne Arundel County and Central Maryland
• Strengthen our region’s arts and cultural community
• Fulfill our commitment to you
Donors receive recognition in our concert program and on our website as well as invitations to periodic special events.

Musical Chairs
Musical Chairs is a new signature giving program designed to provide sponsorship for principal and section members of the Naptown Philharmonic from patrons who would like to invest in the future of live music and honor our talented musicians.
As a community-supported orchestra in the Mid-Atlantic region that is gaining area-wide recognition, the Musical Chairs program will help ensure that the Naptown Philharmonic continues to offer high quality performances.
Sponsors may choose a specific instrument to support. Benefits include recognition in concert programs as well as the opportunity to participate in special events. Our goal is to provide donors with a closer knowledge and connection to the orchestra from the inside out.
Chairs may be designated in your name, your family name, or in the name of another organization. Chairs may also honor the memory of a loved one.

Sponsorship Levels:
Conductor’s Chair $2500
Concertmaster’s Chair $1500
Orchestra Principal Chair $1000
Orchestra Section Chair $500

A big Thank You to the following donors who are currently supporting a Musical Chair!
Conductor Chair- The Stillinger Family, Hosler-Friedman
Concertmaster Chair- Phyllis and William Buff
Principal Viola Chair- Matilda Jane Kraemer & Jeff and Susan Schaub
Principal Cello Chair- In memory of Arthur “Buzz” Stillinger
Principal Clarinet Chair- Butch Rodak and Karen Hoover

Available Chairs:
Violin II, Double Bass
Flute, Oboe, Bassoon
Horn, Trumpet, Trombone, Tuba
Piano, Harp, Timpani, Percussion

Endowment Fund
• The Naptown Philharmonic Orchestra Endowment Fund is operated through the Community Foundation of Anne Arundel County (CFAAC).
• Growth of the Fund ensures long-term financial stability for the orchestra.
• Donations to the fund are managed by Mason Advisory Investment Services.
• Fund management follows CFAAC’s Investment Policy Statement.
• Investments are made via the CFAAC’s Long-Term Growth pool.
Invest in the Naptown Philharmonic Endowment Fund here.

Volunteer Your Time
Our team welcomes people with the time and heart to help us grow! We need help with every performance, greeting the audience, taking tickets, and planning and executing special receptions and other events. Interested? Contact us!

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