Once a year, a community member bravely steps forward to take the helm of the Erie Philharmonic as part of a critical fundraiser for our outreach activities.  Since 1969, the orchestra has been led by more than 45 individuals from across the region.


2016-17 Baton

2016-17 candidate to be announced soon...


2015-16 Archive

Linda Stevenson leading the Erie Phil


In 2015-16, we were honored and delighted to feature Linda Stevenson as our Baton Candidate. 

On Saturday, May 21, before our My Fair Lady Gala, presented in conjunction with the Erie Playhouse, Linda took the Baton from Maestro Daniel Meyer and led the Erie Philharmonic in a lovely rendition of God Save the Queen.

This was truly the perfect way to start this memorable evening. 

Linda's accomplishments across the region speak for themselves.  Currently, she serves as the Chair of Erie's Athena PowerLink Program and Leadership Programs, Senior V.P. of PNC Women's Business Development, and Senior V.P. and Director of the National City Women Business Development Program to name just a few.

All donations made in Linda's honor will be used towards our outreach activities, which include:

  • Instrument donations to local schools and facilities
  • Master classes
  • In-school visits
  • Instrumental petting zoos

Donations can be made by calling 455-1375, visiting the below website (select "Baton" from the designation drop down menu), or by mailing check made out to the Erie Philharmonic at 23 West 10th Street, Suite 3, Erie, PA 16501 (make sure to mark "Baton" on the check). 


  • 1992 - Lynn Levinson
  • 1993 - Peggy Richardson
  • 1994 - Pauline Scott
  • 1995 - Jason Maynard
  • 1996 - John Baldwin
  • 1997 - Bruce Kern
  • 1998 - Chuck Harris
  • 1999 - Frank and Michael Victor
  • 2000 - Dennis Unks
  • 2001 - Margaret Hull
  • 2002 - Dr. Jerry Beck
  • 2003 - Don Baxter
  • 2004 - Mary Alice Brown
  • 2005 - No baton candidate
  • 2006 - Marlene Mosco
  • 2007 - Christie Ferrier
  • 2008-09 - John Vanco
  • 2009-10 - Eric Borenstein
  • 2010-11 - Charlie Ingram
  • 2011-12 - Katie Denlinger
  • 2012-13 - Terry Cavanaugh
  • 2013-14 - Wally Faas
  • 2014-15 - Lou Baxter
  • 2015-16 - Linda Stevenson

Previous Baton Candidates

  • 1969 - John Beatty
  • 1970 - Dr. George D'Angelo
  • 1971 - Lydia McCain
  • 1972 - Bob Merwin
  • 1973 - Hal Herrington
  • 1974 - Robert Ferrier
  • 1975 - Brady Louis
  • 1976 - No listing available
  • 1977 - No listing available
  • 1978 - James McKibben
  • 1979 - No listing available
  • 1980 - No listing available
  • 1981 - Garth Hetz
  • 1982 - Kathy Zurn
  • 1983 - Mike Rathers
  • 1984 - Sandra Jarecki
  • 1985 - Al Renkis
  • 1986 - Tom and Joy Gay
  • 1987 - Charles Henness
  • 1988 - Wally Knox
  • 1989 - Fred Prahl
  • 1990 - Nick Scott
  • 1991 - Tom Vicary