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Meet the Musicians

Meet the Orchestra     

Meet the Musicians

Meet the Orchestra     

The mission of the Erie Philharmonic is to strengthen our community and region by providing high quality live orchestra concerts and programs that enrich, entertain and educate people of all ages.

Musicians of the Erie Philharmonic


LeAnne M. Wistrom, Principal

Sean F. Gabriel

Martha Sturtevant Memorial Chair



Susan Royal



Danna Sundet, Principal

Heather Storey


English Horn

Sarah Hamilton



Amitai Vardi, Principal

Benjamin Chen


Bass Clarinet

Deb Alexander


E Flat Clarinet

KeriAnn DiBari-Oberle



Laura Koepke, Principal

Sarah Elizabeth Lee (on leave)



Christopher C. Rapier, Principal

Mark Addleman, Assistant

Emily Rapson

Bryan Adkins

Benjamin Strecker



Gary Davis, Principal

Robert Dolwick



Christopher Graham, Principal

Whitney Clair




Kenneth Heinlein, Principal



Scott Christian, Principal



Bradley Amidon, Principal

Matthew Larson



Melody Rapier, Principal


Personnel Manager

Christina Brice Dolanc



String personnel listed alphabetically.

First Violin

Ken Johnston, Concertmaster

Susan H. and Thomas B. Hagen Chair

Sandro Leal-SantiestebanAssociate Principal

Janice Carlson

Amy Cave (on leave)

Kimia Ghaderi

Joshua Huang

Yejee Kim

Maura Pelinsky

Meredith Riley (on leave)

Melissa Hernández


Second Violin

Jonathan Moser, Principal

Brenda Dolwick

Emilie Engel

Karen Barker Ferren

Jennifer J. Jansen

Howard Lyon

Louis Nicolia

Colleen Vanderzyden



Ji young Nam, Principal

Jaimie Sachay, Associate Principal

Sarah Poe

Mary Ann Saylor

Benjamin Schantz

Si Yu



vacant, Principal

            Charles and Noel Burgoyne Endowed Chair

Erica Snowden, Associate Principal (on leave)

Robert Nicholson

Jeffrey Singler

Jean Verdecchia



Kieran J. Hanlon, Principal

Joseph Hernandez, Associate Principal

Thomas Christopherson

Harry Jacobson

James Mohney, Jr.



Erie Phil Blogs


Music Director

Music Director

Music Director

Music Director

As Music Director of the Asheville Symphony and Erie Philharmonic, conductor Daniel Meyer has reinvigorated both orchestras with his innovative programs, engaging presence and keen musical intellect.

In the 17/18 season, Meyer returns to the Rochester Philharmonic, Portland Symphony and debuts with Cleveland’s BlueWater Chamber Orchestra.  Recent guest appearances include the Detroit Symphony, Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra, Württembergische Philharmonie, Staatsorchester Darmstadt, and the Nuremberg Symphony. 


Meyer's eclectic and groundbreaking symphonic programs this season include works by Howard Hanson, Arvo Pärt, and John Corigliano, in and amongst the masterworks of Beethoven, Shostakovich and Tchaikovsky; Strauss’ Also Sprach Zarathustra and great vocal works including Orff’s Carmina Burana and Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms.  Equally at home in opera and ballet, Meyer leads new productions of Bernstein’s Candide, Handel’s Alexander’s Feast, and revival productions of Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker.  Meyer opens the ASO season in collaboration with pianist Yefim Bronfman on Beethoven’s Emperor Concerto, ushers in 2018 with Sharon Isbin and the music of Rodrigo, and closes the Erie Philharmonic season with a commission of Philip Glass’ Piano Concerto and pianist Simone Dinnerstein.

In 2015, Meyer curated and led the inaugural Asheville Amadeus Festival with the Asheville Symphony, a sold out week of film, lectures, community events, and concerts featuring Emmanuel Ax - an extension of his longtime dedication to music education and community involvement.  The festival returned to acclaim in 2017 with violinist Midori.  Meyer has also initiated Beethoven 4/4, a four-year project focusing on the life and works of the great composer with the Erie Philharmonic.  Performances this season include his Triple Concerto, Piano Concerto No. 4, Symphony No. 5, and Choral Fantasy.

In recent seasons Meyer has frequently conducted the Rochester Philharmonic and the Pittsburgh Symphony, as well as guest engagements with the Indianapolis, Columbus, Phoenix, Eugene, Alabama, and Knoxville Symphonies. At the Asheville Lyric Opera he led a double bill of Puccini’s Suor Angelica and Leoncavallo’s I Pagliacci, Mozart’s The Magic Flute, and Rodgers and Hammerstein's Carousel. His critically acclaimed European debut took place with the Staatstheater Stuttgart Orchestra and violinist Thomas Zehetmaier, and he returned to Germany soon after for concerts with the Neue Philharmonie Westfalen, and to Austria with the Tonkünstler Orchestra in Vienna and the Wiener Jeunesse Orchestra.

Meyer has led the symphony orchestras of Utah, Fort Worth, San Antonio, Syracuse, Tallahassee, Youngstown, Lexington, Portland, Santa Barbara, Lansing, and Wheeling. Summer festival appearances have included the Cleveland Orchestra at Blossom, the Aspen and Grand Teton Music Festivals, the Chautauqua Festival and the Brevard Music Center.

Upon the invitation of Mariss Jansons, Meyer was Resident Conductor of the Pittsburgh Symphony and Music Director of the Pittsburgh Youth Symphony, where he served until 2009. He worked closely with Manfred Honeck, Mariss Jansons, Sir Andrew Davis, and Charles Dutoit. He led the Pittsburgh Symphony on tour; conducted performances with Pinchas Zukerman, Sarah Chang, and Marvin Hamlisch, among other notable soloists; and conducted the world premiere of Richard Danielpour’s Pastime, a co-commission of the Pittsburgh and Atlanta Symphonies and the Brooklyn Philharmonic.

As music director of the Pittsburgh Youth Symphony, Meyer led the PYSO on their first ever tour to China and an international tour to Vienna, Prague, Leipzig and Budapest in programs including the world premieres of David Stock's Clarinet Concerto with soloist Richard Stoltzman, and John Harbison’s Mary Lou: Four Symphonic Memories of Mary Lou Williams.

A native of Cleveland, Mr. Meyer Studied conducting at the Hochschule für Musik in Vienna as a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar, and is a graduate of Denison University and the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. He composed and conducted works for ensembles at both schools, including a Stabat Mater for soprano, chorus and orchestra. At Boston University, Mr. Meyer received the Orchestral Conducting Honors Award and at Aspen was awarded the prestigious Conducting Prize from David Zinman.  He received an honorary doctorate last year from Edinboro University, serves as the Artistic Director of the Westmoreland Symphony and Director of Orchestral Activities at Duquesne University.

10 Amazing Years with the Erie Philharmonic

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Ticket Information

Ticket Information

Ticket Information

Ticket Information

Season Subscriptions and Tickets

Season subscriptions and single tickets may be purchased by phone at 814/455-1375, online, or at our box office at 23 West 10th Street, Suite 3, Erie, PA 16501.

Pops Series Ticket Prices
$56 · $45 · $35 · $22 · $10

Holiday Matinee Ticket Prices
$40 · $30 · $20 · $22 · $10

Symphonic Series Ticket Prices
$52 · $42 · $32 · $20 · $10

Nutcracker Ticket Prices
$56 · $45 · $35 · $22 · $10

No refunds.

All subscriptions are subject to a $6 per seat processing fee.  Single tickets purchased online are subject to $3-4 per ticket convenience fee. 

Single tickets purchased via phone or in person are subject to a $2 per ticket processing fee.  No additional fee for for shipping.

PLEASE NOTE: The City’s 3% Amusement Tax fee is included in the order.

Ticket Vouchers

If you have received a ticket voucher, please read the voucher carefully and complete it before redeeming it. It is recommended that vouchers are redeemable before showtime at the Philharmonic office (Monday thru Friday, 9AM – 5PM), for best seating options. Seating will be assigned when the vouchers are redeemed. Vouchers may also be redeemed at the door (Warner Theatre) before showtime.

However, there are a limited number of complimentary tickets available for each concert, therefore it is recommended that you redeem your voucher at least TWO weeks in advance of the concert.

Your tickets will be held at Will Call if ordered by phone or online. Vouchers are not redeemable for cash and expire on the stated date or at the end of the concert season.

Group Sales

Groups of 15 or more will receive a 20% discount off single ticket prices. No other discounts or special offers apply to group sales. Call 814/455-1375 for more information or to reserve seats.

Student Pricing Policy

Students with valid ID can receive a $10 admission to any symphonic concert or pops concert during the season based on availability. Student tickets may be purchased in advance or at the door. Section B, C, or D seating (at the discretion of the box office).  

Find Your Seat!




Visiting the Warner Theatre

Visiting the Warner Theatre

Visiting the Warner Theatre

Visiting the Warner Theatre



Warner Theatre

811 State Street, Erie PA


Erie Philharmonic Offices

23 West 10th Street, Suite 3, Erie, PA 16501

Where to Park

Ramps are available at:

  •    8th Street between State and French
  •    10th Street between State and French Streets
  •   8th Street between French and Holland (accessible when there are events at Erie Insurance Arena)

Event parking fees range from $3 - $5.

Handicap parking is available at the southeast corner of Eighth and French Streets.

On-street parking is available on State Street and side streets (there is no charge after 6 pm on weekdays and on Saturdays and Sundays).

Erie Philharmonic Encore Club donors receive special parking privileges in the Northwest Savings Bank parking lot located across the street from the Warner. Parking pass must be presented.

Learn more about the Encore Club here.

Where to Eat Downtown

Blog Archive

Ticketing Policy

Please note that all sales are final. Subscribers may exchange tickets for future concerts if unused tickets are returned prior to the concert. Ticket prices include 3% City of Erie Amusement Tax and Warner Theatre facility fee.

Emergency Messages

The Warner Theatre provides an emergency call service for doctors and others who might be called in extreme emergencies. The emergency number is 480-6007.

If you need to be reached during a performance, please make arrangements to be contacted through the emergency number and make sure that the caller has your seat location – section, row, and seat number – so an usher can contact you.

Medical Emergencies

Any doctor who would be willing to attend a medical emergency, should it occur during the concert, is asked to give his/her name and seat location to the on-duty manager in the office on the main floor. Many thanks for your help.

In case of a medical emergency, patrons should contact the nearest usher.

Access for Patrons with Disabilities

The Warner Theatre is accessible by all main entrances for patrons with disabilities.  Anyone needing special assistance is asked to seek an usher.

Headsets for the Hearing Impaired

The Warner Theatre has a limited number of headsets for the hearing impaired. To borrow a headset, stop by the office on the main floor in the Warner Theatre with I.D. and talk to the manager on duty.




Concert Guide

If you have any questions, please call us at 455-1375, e-mail us at or, if you’ve already bought your tickets, come and see us at every concert in the Warner Theatre lobby. We love helping people share our passion for music.

The following are frequently asked questions about going to a performance designed to make your trip to the Erie Phil a pleasant one!

Find your seat!

What is Classical music?

The term “classical music” is really broad and can mean anything from a Bach Concerto to a Gershwin Rhapsody, anything from an Adams tone poem to a Schubert Symphony. Generally, classical music is played by a symphonic ensemble comprised of strings, woodwinds, brass and percussion, or some combination thereof.

Stage Views

Do I need to know the music before I attend a performance?

You don’t have to be a gourmet chef to enjoy a fine meal and you don’t need to know the music on the program to have a meaningful concert experience. One of the great joys of going to an Erie Phil concert is being introduced to a great piece of music you’ve never heard before, or listening to a superb performance of a piece you haven’t heard in years. Many audience members find it enhances their enjoyment of the music if they take the time before the performance to read the notes in the program about the composer and the pieces that are to be played.

Why not join us for our Classics in the Evening with WQLN’s Brian Hannah, designed to enhance your concert-going experience. Brian's discussions are held at 7:15 PM in the Key Bank Community Room, adjacent to the Warner lobby, prior to symphonic concerts.  You might learn more about Berlioz's failure as a physician or what movie music Mozart is famous for.  A guest artist or Erie Phil musician may even drop in.

The pre-concert chat is free to ticket holders.  Patrons can enter the Community Room though the Warner Lobby. 

Will I recognize any music?

Odds are you’ll recognize far more than you realize. Many of today’s popular songs, television shows and movies include or are taken from classical themes…like the Lone Ranger theme (Rossini’s William Tell Overture), the Bugs Bunny cartoon “What’s Opera, Doc?” (Wagner’s Ride of the Valkyries), United Airlines commercials (Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue), and many more.


What should I wear?

Wear whatever makes you comfortable. Contrary to what many people think, formal attire, like tuxedos and evening gowns, is not required. You’ll see concertgoers in suits, vests, sweaters, skirts, khakis, and slacks.

When should I clap?

Generally, it is considered proper concert etiquette to clap only after a piece is complete. This means that, for example, if you’re listening to Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9, which has four movements, it is appropriate to clap after the last movement. You can look at your program book to find out how many movements a piece has. Usually, there is a 15- to 30-second pause in between movements. If all else fails, you can always wait for the rest of the audience to clap before applauding. Another good sign is when the conductor either turns around or steps off the podium (the elevated “box” he or she stands on).

Isn’t any noise during a performance typically frowned upon?

We love to hear the lobby “buzz” before and after the concert. So, please limit your conversations to before or after the music. Anything that makes unwanted noise, such as cell phones, pagers, wristwatches, or crinkly candy wrappers, should be turned off or left at home.

What if I arrive late or have to leave early?

Try to do so as quietly as possibly. We recommend you arrive at least 15 minutes prior to the curtain time to allow adequate time for seating. If you arrive late, you will be seated during the applause between pieces on the program.

How long will the concert last?

Erie Phil concerts generally run two hours, including a 20-minute intermission.

Is the concert accessible to persons with disabilities?

The Warner Theatre is accessible by all main entrances for persons with disabilities. During a performance, patrons in wheelchairs are seated in predetermined, designated seat locations. 

Who can I contact with questions or concerns?

See the staff at the Erie Phil table in the Warner lobby or call us during regular business hours at 455-1375.


The use of still/flash and video cameras or any form of recording equipment is strictly prohibited.


While we encourage interaction with the Erie Philharmonic's social media pages, cell phones must be set to vibrate or silent before entering the concert hall. Please read “Emergency Messages” above if emergency notification might be required.


A public phone is located inside the double doors at the State Street entrance. Restrooms are located on the main floor on either side of the refreshment bar, on the balcony level next to the stairs leading to the State Street lobby as well as in the French Street Annex. Drinking fountains are located on the main floor by the office and by the back door and on the balcony level next to the stairs leading to the main floor hallway.


During intermission and before concerts, the Symphony Shop is available in the lobby. Music-related gifts are sold to benefit the Erie Junior Philharmonic.


Smoking is prohibited in the Warner Theatre. Patrons who wish to smoke must do so outside the building.

Late Arrivals

Doors open approximately one hour before performance time. Concerts begin at 8 p.m., unless otherwise noted. As a courtesy to the performers and the audience, late arrivals will be seated by the ushers during the first convenient pause in the program.

Patrons who must leave early are asked to do so between program works as not to disturb others.

Coat Racks

The Warner Theatre provides coat racks for patrons in the lobby and in the balcony hallway. A donation is requested.

Draping coats over railings is against fire regulations.

Lost and Found

Found objects can be taken to the on-duty manager in the office on the first floor in the Warner Theatre (across from the concert hall). At concerts, lost items can be claimed at the office. To claim a lost article at any other time, call the Erie Insurance Arena weekdays at 453-7117.


Cultural Loop

Cultural Loop

Cultural Loop

Cultural Loop

Free transportation to all Erie Phil concerts!

The Cultural Loop, a partnership between Erie Metropolitan Transit Authority, Erie Arts & Culture, Erie Downtown Partnership, and Erie County Convention Center Authority, is a FREE trolley service providing Saturday evening service to popular events and activities in Erie’s downtown area.

Let EMTA do the driving while you enjoy free complimentary parking at the Intermodal Transportation Center & Liberty Park-N-Ride. Stay warm in the rotundas while tracking your ride on EMTA’s new mobile app, myStop, or by viewing the real-time departures on screens located at select venues.

Sit back, relax, and see all what Erie’s downtown has to offer on the Cultural Loop. Get on board tonight!

EMTA is not in service on the following holidays: New Years Day • Easter Sunday • Memorial Day 4th Of July • Labor Day Thanksgiving Day • Christmas Day

Track your bus in real time with your smart phone - download the myStop app today.  

You can also track your bus via text message.  Text ER plus the stop ID number to 321123 and you'll receive real-time arrival via SMS message. 

Warner ID # 1995

Intermodal Center # 896 






A Brief History

The history of the Erie Philharmonic began on November 30, 1913, when the Erie Symphonic Orchestra, a 50 piece ensemble under the direction of Franz Kohler, presented a concert of “Sacred Music.”  The title notwithstanding, the concert was entirely symphonic and was enthusiastically received by the Erie audience.  Kohler, who had been concertmaster and first violinist of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra from 1897-1911, conducted the orchestra until 1916 when his health failed.

In 1920, following a lapse of four years and the end of World War I, the orchestra was reorganized under the direction of Henry Bethuel Vincent.  As music director for one season, Vincent revised the orchestra under the sanction of the American Federation of Musicians so that professional and amateur musicians played together.

Under the baton of John R. Metcalf, from 1931 to 1947, the orchestra reached a new level of support from the community.  The Erie Philharmonic Society was created to sponsor the orchestra, and in 1947 all members of the orchestra were paid union scale wages.  The orchestra also became a charter member of the American Symphony Orchestra League in 1942.

Fritz Mahler (a nephew of Gustav Mahler) was appointed music director in 1947 and performed the orchestra’s first pops concert in 1948.  In 1950, the Erie Philharmonic sponsored its first important commission, Peter Mennin’s (Erie native) “Concerto for Orchestra,” which has established itself in the orchestral repertoire. The Erie Philharmonic Chorus began its great tradition in October of 1952, singing choruses from "La Traviata" under the direction of Fritz Mahler.

In 1953, Music Director James Sample and President William Schuster established the Erie Junior Philharmonic, which today still serves as an important part of the Philharmonic’s educational activities.  After Sample, the orchestra continued its artistic achievements under the batons of John Gosling (1967-76), Harold Bauer (1974-76), Walter Hendl (1976-90), Eiji Oue (1990-96), Peter Bay (1996-99), and Hugh Keelan (2000-06).

In the summer of 2007, Daniel Meyer was named the 12th Music Director of the Erie Philharmonic.  The 2016-17 season marks the 103rd Season of the Erie Philharmonic.

Archive Recordings

March 1962

January 1961

October 1960

February 1959

January 1959

April 1958

November 1957

October 1957

Archive Publications

U.S. State Department Recordings

Past Presidents

(L-R) Doug Murphy 1994-96, Deb Murphy 2008-11, Charlie Ingram 2013-15, Blossom McBrier 1961-63, Tom Vicary 2000-02, Thomas Hagen 1971-72, Music Director Daniel Meyer, Wally Knox 1991-94, John Baldwin 1996-98, Sandra Jarecki 1986-89, Bruce Kern II 2004-06, Dan Zimmerman 2015-2017

Warner Theatre Archive Photos

Historical Timeline

  • 1913 November 30 - First concert by Erie Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Franz Kohler, at Colonial Theatre on Peach St. before audience of 750.
  • 1914 April 19 - First concert at Park Theatre on Perry Square, featuring world premiere performance of the Henry Vincent “Suite.”
  • 1916 February 20 - Final concert of the Erie Symphony Orchestra
  • 1921 January 30 - First concert of the re-organized Erie Second Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Henry Vincent at Academy High School.
  • 1921 February 8 - First concert of the First Philharmonic, conducted by Eugene Haesener at the Central Presbyterian Church, Corner of 10th and Sassafras St.
  • 1922 December 10 - Erie Battalion offers to broadcast symphony concerts by radiophone over its transmitting station WOAV.
  • 1926 May 2 - Final performance of the Second Symphony Orchestra
  • 1932 February 7 - First concert by the Second Philharmonic conducted by John Metcalf at Strong Vincent High School.
  • 1937 January 12 - Premiere performance in Erie of Rimsky-Korsakov symphonic suite “Scheherazade.”
  • 1941 November 6 - Erie Philharmonic disbanded for duration of World War II.
  • 1947 September 23 - Erie Philharmonic Incorporated
  • 1948 April 5 - Western Hemisphere premiere performance of the Serge Prokofiev “Symphonic Suite, 1941.”
  • 1948 April 19 - First “Pops” concert.
  • 1949 December 6 - Western Hemisphere premiere performance of the Gustav Mahler “Symphony No. 10 (Unfinished).”
  • 1953 December 8 - First annual symphonic performance of Handel’s “Messiah,” with recently organized Erie Philharmonic Chorus.
  • 1956 April 25 - First public appearance of the Erie Junior Philharmonic
  • 1958 October 21 - First concert at Technical Memorial High School
  • 1963 October 22 - Philharmonic launches 50th anniversary season, playing the first of six commissioned works.
  • 1967 October 16 - John Gosling conducts his first Opening Night Concert
  • 1968 January 18 - First out-of-town performance by Philharmonic at Allegheny College
  • 1973 October 17 - Debut of conductor Harold Bauer with Philharmonic
  • 1974 October 8 - First concert at the Warner Theatre
  • 1976 October 5 - Walter Hendl makes his debut as orchestral director of Erie Philharmonic
  • 1977 November 10 - First D’Angelo Young Artists Competition winner plays with the orchestra
  • 1989 November 11 - World premier performance of Albert Glinsky’s “A Throne of the Third Heaven.”
  • 1990 September 22 - Opening Night with Eiji Oue conducting his first concert as the Philharmonic’s Music Director
  • 1993 February 13 - Premiere performance in Erie of the Libby Larsen “Marimba Concerto: After Hampton.”
  • 1993 March 13 - World premiere performance of the Albert Glinsky “Concerto for Piano and Orchestra.”
  • 1996 April 13 - Peter Bay conducted his first concert with the Erie Philharmonic
  • 2000 July 1 - Hugh Keelan is named Music Director and Conductor of the Erie Philharmonic
  • 2007 September 27 - Daniel Meyer makes his debut as Conductor and Music Director of the Erie Philharmonic
  • 2013 - the orchestra celebrates its 100th Anniversary
  • 2016 - launching of the orchestra's Beethoven 4/4 Festival, which includes a residency from legendary pianist Emanuel Ax

Conductor Photo Gallery

Fritz Mahler 1947-1953


News and Updates

News and Updates

News and Updates

News and Updates

News Stories


GRAMMY winner to join Erie Phil in concert

New year brings interesting special events

Coming Full Circle

Lake Erie Ballet's 59th 'Nutcracker' builds on new traditions

The Insider featuring the Nutcracker

Packed house turns out for Philharmonic's Come Home for the Holidays Pops Concerts

Erie Philharmonic Holiday Concerts 2017

Christmas Comes Early with Holiday Tour of Homes

Our Erie

Erie homes decked out for Philharmonic's holiday tour

Free Youth Concert by Erie Philharmonic

Erie Phil's 'Zarathustra Speaks' comes to the Warner

Students experience music with Erie Philharmonic

Erie Philharmonic: Giving you the business

Erie Philharmonic donates piano to young pianist

Erie Philharmonic Opens Symphonic Season

Must See Shows

Erie Phil concert trio performs at WQLN

Erie Philharmonic kicks off 104th season on Saturday

Commitment to Erie winners named

Erie Phil's pop series kicks off with "A Night on Broadway"

Erie Philharmonic's Beethoven run, walk, fair set for Saturday

8th Annual Beat Beethoven

Philharmonic Donates Backpacks to Kids

Erie Philharmonic Gives

Erie Phil event raises nearly $40K for outreach

Erie Philharmonic names new Choir Director

Magazine honors Erie Philharmonic

Erie Philharmonic celebrating accomplishment

Pennsylvania's Erie Philharmonic Brings Harmony to Its Community

Junior League teams up with Erie Philharmonic to support music outreach

50 year member of the Erie Philharmonic passes

Sneak peek at Erie Phil's 2017-18 season

Erie Phil wraps up season with Saturday's 'Organ' concert

Music sings at Erie Phil's 'Disney Favorites' concert

Erie's Warner Theatre to close in 2018 for renovations

Pianist Emanuel Ax shares his talent with Erie

Pianist Emanuel Ax host workshop at Mercyhurst

Pianist Emanuel Ax Gives Free Outreach Events in Erie

Renowned pianist Emanuel Ax plans memorable Erie visit

Sought-after Daniel Meyer likely to stay on with Erie Phil

Emanuel Ax Tips the Scales for the Erie Community

Erie Philharmonic Pops Casablanca Performance Sells Out Warner

Erie Phil brings 'Casablanca' to musical life on Saturday

TV Special on Millcreek Government Channel

Get your 'Casablanca' tickets here

Winter soundscaping with the Erie Philharmonic

Erie Philharmonic coming out of its shell

Erie Events secures land, moves forward


Erie Philharmonic 'Rings in the New Year'

Collaborations bring LEB's 'Nutcracker' to life this weekend

Erie Phil celebrates the season in 'Come Home for the Holidays'

Erie Philharmonic Chorus ready for holidays

Lake Erie Ballet embraces change

Erie Phil brings 'Classical Rivalries' to light on Saturday

Erie Phil's Holiday Tour of Homes returns this weekend

What's This? Elfman concert in the air?

Erie Phil Home Tour Preview

Students get a taste of the classics

Ken Johnston, Erie Phil start symphonic series on Saturday

Fun things to do around Erie, Oct. 10 and later

Hess helps Erie Phil promote new season

Erie Phil kicks off season with Beat Beethoven 5K

Erie Phil opens season with tribute to Sting, The Police

Enjoy wine, food and music at benefit for WQLN

Lake Erie Ballet, Erie Philharmonic announce partnership

Erie Phil's wind quintet performs at Mid-Day Art Break

Erie Gives smashes fundraising record

Big changes for Beat Beethoven race!

Erie gets 'Phil' of mac and cheese

Erie Phil serves up mac and cheese competition on Sunday

Have a loverly time at Saturday's 'My Fair Lady'

Mid-Day Art Break lineup announced

Linda Stevenson to be guest conductor at Erie Phil performance

Gannon, Edinboro University confer degrees

Playhouse, Erie Phil partner for 'My Fair Lady'

Erie Phil wraps up season with Beethoven, more on Saturday

Music director of the Erie Philharmonic Orchestra to be given honorary letters at Edinboro University

Philharmonic to donate piano to Erie church

Erie Philharmonic marks new season

My Fair Lady combines Erie Phil and Playhouse talents

Cathie Ryan brings Irish flair to Saturday's Erie Phil concert

Erie Philharmonic and Cloud 9 Wine Bar host "An Evening in Paris"

Erie Philharmonic donates piano to local Crime Victim Center

Erie Phil brings sparkle, magic to an "Evening in Paris"

Erie Philharmonic moves to new space

Inna Faliks takes on classic during Erie Phil's 'Crazy for Gershwin'

Erie Phil moves to new downtown office

Get More than Your Phil

Violinist Bella Hristova, Erie Phil perform concert Saturday

Historic Erie building has new tenants

Press Releases

Erie Philharmonic presents annual Holiday Pops concerts this weekend

Erie Philharmonic Octet to perform for middle school students

Erie Philharmonic and Downtown YMCA Teen Center create composition school

Opening Symphonic Series and Special Partnership

Opening Night for Philharmonic

Beat Beethoven & Street Fair

Erie Phil donates pianos and school supplies

Erie Philharmonic Chorus to hire renowned new choir director

Erie Philharmonic ends 2016-17 season with busy season finale week

Erie Junior Philharmonic Music Director to step down after 25 years

Philharmonic welcomes Emanuel Ax to the Flagship City

Erie Philharmonic returns this weekend with big plans for 2017

Over 4,500 students attending Erie Philharmonic Youth Concert

Philharmonic brings award-winning artist to Erie

Over 140 musicians on Warner Theatre stage this weekend

Erie Philharmonic to feature one of its own, Concertmaster Ken Johnston

Erie Phil opens season with rockin' good time

Erie Philharmonic launching week of activities in the community

Erie Philharmonic musicians visit Barber National Institute

Season finale of Philharmonic brings together over 175 people on stage

Piano to be Gifted to Episcopal Cathedral of St. Paul

Celebration in Erie Continues with Erie Philharmonic Concert

Erie Philharmonic Announces 2016-2017 Season

Philharmonic Continues Outreach for An Evening in Paris

Erie Philharmonic Continues Outreach into Community

Acclaimed violinist visits Erie

Erie Philharmonic launches Education Week

Grammy award-winning composer visits Erie

Youth Concert sponsorships

Erie Philharmonic announces new Executive Director


Our Musicians Outside of Erie

Outside of Erie

Our Musicians Outside of Erie

Outside of Erie

See what Erie Phil musicians are up to around the region!

Danna Sundet - principal oboe

Maureen Conlon (Trio Nova Mundi) - violin

Sandro Leal Santiesteban (Beo String Quartet) - violin

Robert Nicholson - cello


Directors and Governors

Directors and Governors

Directors and Governors

Directors and Governors

Board of Directors

President John Knox

Executive Vice President Lisa Adams

Vice President-Finance & Treasurer Amy Denlinger

Secretary Pam Davis

Vice President & General Counsel Scott Miller

Vice President-Artistic Affairs Tom Vicary

Vice President-Education Tom New

Vice President-Events Julia Nene Pratt

Vice President-Marketing Geri Cicchetti


Board of Governors

Chair Kate Weber

Vice Chair Derf Hopsecger

Secretary Kelly Reams

Dates shown represent the end of term


    • Brian Amick
    • Bradley Amidon**
    • Eric Confer
    • Pam Davis
    • Michael DeSanctis***
    • Wally Faas
    • Lorianne Feltz
    • Marshall Fryer****
    • Nadia Havard
    • Derf Hopsecger
    • W. John Knox, III
    • James Lin
    • Michael Martin
    • Julia Nene Pratt
    • Nick Scott
    • Laura Semple
    • Dennis Unks
    • William Vorsheck
    • Kate Weber
    • Daniel Zimmerman


    • Lisa Adams
    • Thomas Brooks
    • Geri Cicchetti
    • Chanel Cook
    • Lucia Doyle
    • Jenny Weigold Geertson
    • Mili Chiang-Hanes
    • Chuck Harris
    • Rebecca Jubulis
    • Scott Miller
    • Tom New
    • Kelly Reams
    • Jamey Stewart
    • Jim Wertz
    • Linda Wilkinson

    Vice President-Development Julie Chacona

    Immediate Past President Daniel Zimmerman 

    Chair, Board of Governors Kate Weber

    Executive Director Steve Weiser

    Musician Rep Brad Amidon**

    At Large Linda Wilkinson

    At Large Sandra Jarecki*

    At Large Charlie Ingram*








    • Penny Austin
    • Thomas Brasco Jr.
    • Diana Brautigam
    • Michael Burns
    • Julie Chacona
    • Peter Correa
    • Amy Denlinger
    • Sally DiBacco
    • Brian Dorio
    • Theodore Ely
    • Amy Fessler
    • Rob Hoff
    • Charles Ingram
    • Krista Jones
    • Samantha Lincoln
    • John Lyons
    • Joellen Nelson
    • Susan Newman
    • Joe Parlak
    • Karen Thomas
    • Laura Zaruta

    Director Emeritus

    • Don Baxter*
    • Noel Burgoyne
    • John Enders
    • Christie Ferrier*
    • Thomas B. Hagen*
    • Sandra Jarecki*
    • C. Bruce Kern II*
    • Wally Knox*
    • John Leuenberger*
    • Deborah Murphy*
    • Doug Murphy*
    • Peggy Richardson
    • Tom Vicary*

    Past Presidents
    ** Philharmonic Musician
    *** Chorus Rep
    **** Jr Phil Rep


    Administrative Staff

    Erie Phil Staff

    Administrative Staff

    Erie Phil Staff

    Erie Phil Staff


    Music Director and Conductor Daniel Meyer

    Philharmonic Chorus Conductor Thomas Brooks

    Junior Philharmonic Artistic Director & Conductor Robert Dolwick


    Volunteer Usher Coordinators Donna Netkowicz & Marian Wygant

    Volunteer Archivist Mary Jean McEwen


    Phone 814.455.1375



    Executive Director Steve Weiser

    Director of Community Impact Lisa Herring

    Operations Manager & Librarian Chris Newlun

    Patron Services Manager Mathew Anderson

    Donor Relations Manager Jessica Flock 

    Marketing Assistant Brigit Stack

    Personnel Manager Christina Brice Dolanc

    Bookkeeper Mary Pruchniewski

    Junior Philharmonic Business Manager Janet Preston

    Behind the Scenes at the Phil






    Audition Information

    The Erie Philharmonic announces the following vacancies at the
    beginning of the 2017-2018 Season:



    SECTION VIOLIN 1 (multiple openings)






    Auditions will be held on September 10-12, 2017 in Edinboro, PA


    September 10, 2017

    Cole Auditorium, Edinboro University, 219 Meadville St., Edinboro, PA, 16444

    10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
    Principal Timpani Auditions

    6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
    Associate Principal Bass Auditions


    September 11, 2017

    Alexander Music Center, Edinboro University, 219 Meadville St., Edinboro, PA, 16444

    6:00 PM – 10:00 PM
    Violin Auditions (all positions)


    September 12, 2017

    Alexander Music Center, Edinboro University, 219 Meadville St., Edinboro, PA, 16444

    7:00 PM – 10:00 PM
    Principal Cello Auditions


    Auditions times and dates are subject to change. Visit our website at for updates.

    To apply, please submit a 1-page resume and a refundable deposit of $35.00
    (payable to Erie Philharmonic, returned if cancellation is made by September 1, 2017) to:

    Audition Manager, Erie Philharmonic

    23 W 10th St, Suite 3

    Erie, PA 16501

    All applications must be received by August 28, 2017

    Audition Repertoire and Excerpts


    Job Openings

    Job Openings

    Job Openings

    Job Openings

    Job Openings (2)



    DATE:                                   November 27, 2017

    JOB TITLE:                          Donor Relations Manager

    STATUS:                               Full-Time                               

    REPORTS TO:                     Director of Community Impact

    APPLICATIONS DUE:        December 22, 2017

    JOB TO BEGIN:                  immediately upon offer, if available


    JOB SUMMARY                

    The Donor Relations Manager is responsible for a variety of tasks, including donor relations, annual fund, Board cultivation, volunteer coordination and more.




    • Maintain the donor portion of Patron Manager database, including all data entry, file maintenance and establishment of consistent record-keeping practices
    • Oversee the donor acknowledgement program, including producing weekly letters for donors and new subscribers
    • Responsible for handling incoming cash flow and reporting
    • Maintain the honor roll for program books
    • Implement benefits associated with the Encore Club, including lounge passes, parking passes, donor events, etc…
    • Aid in producing Annual Report
    • Become proficient in Patron Manager software to track donor data and giving information
    • Produce lists and reports as necessary
    • Aid in planning and implementing all stewardship and cultivation events


    • Aid in lower-level donor cultivation
    • Establish a strong Annual Fund appeal schedule and case statement
    • Help in distribution of Annual Fund benefits
    • Implement all mailings and solicitations


    • Lead effort to secure grants/institutional funding
    • Assit Executive Director with grant writing as necessary
    • Aid in producing follow-up reports
    • Research new grant opportunities


    • Serve as staff liaison for all volunteer opportunites, including concert ushers and special event volunteers
    • Coordinate schedule of ushers for all Warner Theatre concerts
    • Serve as main point of contact for volunteers for all special events and office assistance


    • Help present a professional lobby presence at all Philharmonic events and the office
    • Serve as box office staff during office hours and for all functions
    • Help prep information for Board of Governors regarding directory, sponsorships, etc



    The Erie Philharmonic is looking for the following recommended qualifications for the position of Donor Relations Manager:

    • Two years of experience with a professional orchestra preferred
    • Experience working with Microsoft Office
    • Extensive musical knowledge preferred
    • Willingness to engage donors outside of the office
    • Willingness to work beyond normal 9-5 hours
    • Collaborative and positive attitude
    • Attention to detail
    • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
    • Flexibility and willingness to take initiative when needed


    TO APPLY  

    Interested applicants should submit a cover letter and resume by email (PDF or Word format) to by December 22, 2017. Phone calls and physical mail submissions will not be considered. Please submit any queries by email to Review of resumes will begin immediately upon receipt. The Erie Philharmonic is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

    Music Librarian and Operations Assistant

    DATE:                                   November 17, 2017

    JOB TITLE:                          Music Librarian and Operations Assistant

    STATUS:                               Full-Time                               

    REPORTS TO:                     Director of Operations

    APPLICATIONS DUE:        December 31, 2017

    JOB TO BEGIN:                  Immediately upon offer, if available



    This position is responsible for the duties of both Music Librarian and Operations Assistant.  Music Librarian duties include the purchase, rental and preparation of scores and parts for all performances. Works with the Music Director in selecting performing editions and in marking bowing, cuts or other editing, then distributes parts to musicians. Maintains library of music holdings, records repertoire performance data, and assesses long-range acquisition needs.  Operations Assistant duties include assistance during rehearsals and concerts regarding stage set up, soloist hospitality, concert PowerPoint presentations, etc.




    • Collaborate with Music Director and Executive Director to draft programs for pops concerts. Assist Music Director with programming research as requested, and consult with Music Director regarding arrangements and editions.
    • Research arrangements/editions and determine rental needs and prices.
    • Prepare all music for distribution to musicians for each concert, including managing bowing timelines, marking cuts, fixing page turns/errata, and transferring bowings and markings among parts. 
    • Distribute music to players according to timeline stipulated in master agreement.
    • Collect all music following concerts and return to library or publishers as appropriate.
    • Curate the orchestra’s music library, cataloguing acquisitions, managing loan requests, and maintaining an orderly collection.
    • Ensure proper licensing for all repertoire performed by the orchestra.



    • Assist with rehearsal and concert duties as necessary, including soloist hospitality, PowerPoint presentations, stage set up, super titles, etc.
    • Working with Director of Operations, develop and implement strategies for all facets of concert production, including stage lighting and sound, facility usage, stage plots, staging, and stagehand management for each performance and event of the season.
    • Attend all rehearsals and concerts.



    The Erie Philharmonic seeks an experienced, outgoing, creative and enthusiastic individual to oversee management of the music library and assist with operations.               

    Preferred qualifications:

    • Two years of experience working with a professional orchestra
    • Experience working as an orchestra librarian and working with a union orchestra
    • Extensive classical musical knowledge
    • Required to work beyond normal 9-5 hours
    • Collaborative and positive attitude
    • Obsessive attention to detail
    • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
    • Flexibility and willingness to take initiative when needed


    TO APPLY  

    Interested applicants should submit a cover letter and resume by email (PDF or Word format) to by December 31, 2017. Phone calls and physical mail submissions will not be considered. Please submit any inquiries by email to Review of resumes will begin immediately upon receipt. The Erie Philharmonic is an Equal Opportunity Employer.