Meet the Orchestra
Meet the Orchestra
LeAnne M. Wistrom, Principal
Sean F. Gabriel
Martha Sturtevant Memorial Chair
Amitai Vardi, Principal
Benjamin Chen (On Leave)
E Flat Clarinet
Laura Koepke, Principal
Christopher C. Rapier, Principal
Mark Addleman, Assistant
Gary Davis, Principal
Christopher Graham, Principal (On Leave)
Kenneth Heinlein, Principal
Scott Christian, Principal (On Leave)
Bradley Amidon, Principal
Melody Rapier, Principal
Christina Brice Dolanc
String personnel listed alphabetically.
Susan H. and Thomas B. Hagen Chair
Sandro Leal-Santiesteban, Associate Principal
Jonathan Moser, Principal
Gabrielle Monachino, Associate Principal
Karen Barker Ferren
Jennifer J. Jansen
Jaimie Sachay, Associate Principal
Mary Ann Saylor
Erica Snowden-Rodríguez, Principal
Charles and Noel Burgoyne Endowed Chair
Will Teegarden, Associate Principal
Nadine Engel Sherman
Kieran J. Hanlon, Principal
Joseph Hernandez, Associate Principal
James Mohney, Jr.
As Music Director of the Erie Philharmonic and Artistic Director of the Westmoreland Symphony and Cleveland’s BlueWater Chamber Orchestra, Daniel Meyer has reinvigorated orchestras with his innovative programs, engaging presence and keen musical intellect. Recently named new Music Director of the Lakeside Symphony Orchestra, Meyer took the helm of this historic summer music festival in July 2019.
In continuation of his longtime dedication to music education and community involvement in Erie, Meyer created 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 Beethoven's Leonore Overture No. 3, Piano Concerto No. 1, and a season-ending gala performance of Symphony No. 9 with the Erie Philharmonic Chorus and a cast of operatic soloists including Mark Doss. He conducts new commissions with the Philharmonic this season including a violin concerto by Michael Torke, a trumpet concerto by Vivian Fung, and an overture by Zhou Tian.
In addition to working with world-renowned soloists such as Marc-André Hamelin, Sharon Isbin, Gil Shaham, Jeremy Denk, Daniil Trifonov, Midori, and Emanuel Ax, Meyer’s passion for connecting with audiences has led him to develop strong ties with the community though frequent radio and television appearances, newspaper interviews, music talks, appearances in local schools, and speaking from the concert stage.
Meyer returns to conduct the Pittsburgh Symphony and West Virginia Symphony this season and leads a new production of Mozart’s Così fan Tutte. He recently recorded the music of Hanson, Diamond, and Daugherty for the Bavarian Radio with the Bamberger Symphoniker. In his role as Director of Orchestral Activities at Duquesne University, he has embarked on a recording project of the concertos of Lynn Purse and collaborates with pianist David Alan Wehr and bass-baritone Guenko Guechev. Recent guest appearances include the Detroit Symphony, Rochester Philharmonic, Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra, Portland Symphony, Symphony Silicon Valley, Württembergische Philharmonie, Staatsorchester Darmstadt, and the Nuremberg Symphony in Germany.
Meyer's eclectic and groundbreaking symphonic programs this season include works by Norman Dello Joio, Howard Hanson, and Duke Ellington in combination with masterworks of Ravel, Shostakovich, and Stravinsky. Featured works include Shostakovich’s epic Symphony No. 5, Sibelius’ Symphony No. 2, and great vocal works including Fauré’s Requiem and Italian opera choruses.
As part of his highly-acclaimed tenure as Music Director of the Asheville Symphony, Meyer created the Asheville Amadeus Festival, featuring sold-out weeks of film, lectures, community events, and concerts centered around the music of Mozart and pianist Emmanuel Ax in 2015 and violinist Midori in 2017. 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. 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’s summer festival appearances have included the Cleveland Orchestra at Blossom, the Aspen and Grand Teton Music Festivals, the Chautauqua Festival, Brevard Music Center, and Lakeside Chautauqua.
Upon the invitation of Mariss Jansons, Meyer was named Resident Conductor of the Pittsburgh Symphony and Music Director of the Pittsburgh Youth Symphony, where he served until 2009. 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 was awarded the prestigious Aspen Conducting Prize from David Zinman. He received an honorary doctorate from Edinboro University in 2016.
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.
*Valid ID must be presented at Erie Philharmonic box office to purchase tickets. For more info contact Patron Services Manager, Jennifer Barron:
firstname.lastname@example.org or 814.455.1375, ext. 10
PLEASE NOTE: The City’s 3% Amusement Tax fee is included in the order.
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.
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.
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.
Students with valid ID can receive a $12 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).
Know Before You Go
Know Before You Go
We are available to assist you:
Concert Saturdays: 10am-2pm
23 West 10th Street, Suite 3, Erie, PA 16501
Warner Theatre Address
811 State Street, Erie, PA 16501
The time of coattails and gowns is over - please wear anything that you are comfortable in! The Warner Theatre temperature can vary, so we suggest dressing in layers.
Traditionally, when a movement or section is completed, it is appropriate to applaud. Some audience members feel its natural to applaud when they like a piece of music - we encourage you to participate at whichever level is most comfortable for you! Feel free to follow the lead of your fellow audience members if you are unsure.
What we DON'T like: Phones ringing or making noises during the concert, or your screen alerts lighting up so much that it distracts other patrons.
What we DO like: People having fun and sharing that fun experience with others! So post selfies on Instagram and check in on Facebook - just do so silently and without disrupting the performance.
No outside food or drink is allowed in the Warner Theatre. Beverages and refreshments can be purchased at multiple locations. Drinks, in a Warner-permitted cup, are allowed inside the auditorium for our Pops Series only. No drinks are allowed in during the Symphonic Series.
If you are unsure, please check in with the staff or ushers for clarification.
We do offer late seating at an appropriate break in the performance.
Our concerts typically run 2 hours (including a 20 minute intermission).
We offer two options to receive your tickets. At this time, e-tickets are not available.
Will Call: Will call is available one hour before each performance at the Warner Theatre. It is located at the State Street entrance only. If you’d like your tickets prior to this time, you are always welcome to stop by our administrative offices to have your tickets in hand the night of the concert.
Shipping: If you purchase online, during checkout a $2 shipping fee will be applied if you would like your tickets mailed. Over the phone, that fee is waived. Our mail typically takes 7-10 business days to reach the destination.
The Warner Theatre was built as a movie theatre back in 1930, this allows us to offer optimal seating to enjoy the performance. The best seat is your preference - there is no bad seat in the house!
Anyone! We offer student discounts to anyone from pre-K to grad school. If a child needs a seat for themselves, a ticket must be purchased. Our programming includes matinees and some special performances as family-friendly options.
At this time, recording of any kind (video, photograph, or audio) is strictly prohibited.
There is ADA seating available throughout our seat map. We also offer seating for any patron that would like to transfer from a wheelchair or walker into a theater seat.
There are Assisted Listening Devices available at the Warner Theatre via the House Manager.
All items misplaced or lost at the Warner Theatre are kept in the House Manager’s office. Please contact Erie Events at 814.452.4857.
Erie Arts and Culture partnered with the Erie Metropolitan Transit Authority (EMTA) to offer free, Saturday night transportation for Erie arts and cultural events known as the Cultural Loop. Follow this link to find the schedule and route.
Parking garages 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 via Erie Parking Authority.
Handicap parking is available at the southeast corner of Eighth and French Streets.
On-street parking is available downtown.
Downtown Erie offers many varieties of cuisine, be sure to check out some of our season sponsors and Mac n’ Cheese Competition Winners!
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
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.
News and Updates
News and Updates
Directors and Governors
Directors and Governors
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 Wally Faas
Vice President-Education Jim Wertz
Vice President-Events Linda Wilkinson
Vice President-Marketing Charlie Ingram*
Chair Derf Hopsecger
Vice Chair Laura Zaruta
Secretary Kelly Reams
Dates shown represent the end of term
Vice President-Development Julie Chacona
Immediate Past President Daniel Zimmerman*
Chair, Board of Governors Derf Hopsecger
Executive Director Steve Weiser
Musician Rep Brad Amidon**
At Large Kate Weber
At Large Sandra Jarecki*
At Large Geri Cicchetti
Erie Phil Staff
Erie Phil Staff
Music Director and Conductor Daniel Meyer
Philharmonic Chorus Conductor Thomas Brooks
Junior Philharmonic Artistic Director & Conductor Jonathan Moser
Volunteer Usher Coordinators Donna Netkowicz & Marian Wygant
Volunteer Archivist Mary Jean McEwen
Executive Director Steve Weiser
Director of Marketing and Development Lisa Herring
Director of Operations & Librarian Chris Newlun
Marketing Manager Brigit Stack
Patron Services Manager Jennifer Barron
Community Program Manager Megan Kelly
Personnel Manager Christina Brice Dolanc
Bookkeeper Mary Pruchniewski
Junior Philharmonic Business Manager Maura Pelinsky