Violin I
Martha Gardner, Concertmaster
Earl Hough
Aman Jetha
Katherine Jenkins
Chris Johnson
Kailey Oppenheim
David Sholl
Rudy Subramanian
Erik Zusmanis

Violin II
Nick Hoy, Principal
Elizabeth Benz
Lacey Glancy
Anna Johnson
Daniel Liu
Sarah Minton
Elisa Street-Bradshaw
Marla Velez
Jennifer Williams
Josepha Winter

Sherry Ellis, Principal
Eric Hawk
Heather Lofdahl
Janee Minnick
Soleil Robichaud
Greg Selig
Peace Stegall
Heather Vincenty
Kathy Wellman

(open), Principal
Jeff Daniel
Megan Hallam
Nicole Younker
Erica Vacare
Alex Waterfill
Collin Watts

Peter Hildebrandt, Principal
Lizzy Farrell
Tegan Matthews
Phil Schoeller


Kathy Farmer, Principal
Lisa Mahoney

Oboe/English Horn
Stephanie Beck, Principal
Gail Jackson
Torrence Welch, English Horn

Diane Hargreaves, Principal
Barbaraann Bongiovanni
Laurie Corbin

Jim Jackson, Principal
John Lenahan
Krystal Saenz


Mandy Tinsley, Principal
Anthony Bernard
Gina Davis
Leslie Ann & Jason Dunn

Carl McCurdy, Principal
Geoff Gay
Jacques Minjauw

Jimmy West, Principal
Dwight Klappich
Al Stark

Robert Coulter, Principal


Mike Del Campo, Principal
Henri Bulterman
John M. Greenwald

Jennifer Mautz, Principal

Ruthanna McAlister
Allen Baston

Julie Koenig
Tyler Hartley


Music Director
John Morrison

Martha Gardner

Personnel Manager
Greg Selig

Anna Johnson

Linda Brill

Repertoire Committee
Kathryn G. Otwell
Leslie Ann Dunn
John Lenahan
Kathy Farmer
Anna Johnson
Dwight Klappich

Northside Coordinators
Jim Jackson
Gail Jackson

Web Site Photography
Wayne Johnson
Ümit Yüksel
John Robson
Elizabeth Demaree
Megan Hallam
Thear Kirk Fraley

Recording Engineers
Ron Buelow
Wayne Johnson

Peter Hildebrandt

John Morrison
Music Director

Conductor John Morrison has served as music director of the Georgia Philharmonic since 2010. Mr Morrison pursued his conducting career at the Festival at Sandpoint as a principal conductor for two seasons conducting the Spokane Symphony under the tutelage of Gunther Schuller. He previously served as Music Director of the Atlanta Community Orchestra for five seasons and conducted the Atlanta Ballet Orchestra at the Ferst Theater. For more than a decade, John Morrison has been the executive director of the Georgia Academy of Music, also conducting the chamber orchestra.

An accomplished trumpet instrumentalist, John Morrison studied with three principal trumpets of the Boston Symphony: Rolf Smedvig, Roger Voisin, and Armando Ghitalla. He spent three summers at Tanglewood with the Boston Symphony, and has played under the batons of Leonard Bernstein, Seiji Ozawa, Kurt Mazur, and Sir Colin Davis. Mr. Morrison is coprincipal trumpet of the Atlanta Ballet Orchestra, performs periodically with the Atlanta Opera and Atlanta Symphony Orchestras, and is the founder of the Paramount Music Festival.

Our History
1984 to Present

The Georgia Philharmonic was originally founded as the Sandy Springs Chamber Orchestra in 1984, had 42 members and a music director, all volunteering their time and talents. In 1993, two decisions shaped the future of the orchestra. The orchestra relocated to a new permanent home in the Roswell Municipal Auditorium in North Fulton County and, later that year, was re-named as Orchestra Atlanta. At that time, Philip Rice took up the baton and guided the orchestra to new heights of musicianship.

2001 was a pivotal year for the orchestra. An administrative struggle at the board level was threatening to change the nature of the orchestra from the traditional classical repertoire. The artistic direction of the orchestra was in question, and the membership and its conductor voted to leave the board of Orchestra Atlanta. The 60-some musicians voted to create their own board and re-incorporated, now using the name Georgia Philharmonic, still pledged to perform the highest caliber of music for the entire community.

The 2009-2010 Season was one of transformation. Maestro Philip Rice stepped down from his post as Music Director after 8 wonderful years, and the Georgia Philharmonic embraced that transition as a tremendous opportunity, recognizing that variation and change often provide fresh perspectives and new vitality. The orchestra welcomed a series of outstanding guest conductors to the podium to excite audiences with new musical flavors, at the same time launching several exciting new programs to help cultivate a vibrant arts community in metro Atlanta. As part of its Premiere Program, the Georgia Philharmonic presented an original classical work by a local Atlanta composer during its Music of the Modern Age concert in March of 2010, and announced its commitment to premiering one original work each season, as well as presenting new soloists for local audiences from throughout the country.

After two successful guest conducting appearances in 2009 and 2010, John Morrison was appointed Interim Music Director of the Georgia Philharmonic for the 2010-2011 Season. In that capacity, he oversaw the first annual Samuel A. Fordis Young Artists Concerto Competition, named in loving memory of the Georgia Philharmonic's former concertmaster and beloved colleague. The Concerto Competition Showcase in January of 2011 featured four outstanding young musicians from throughout Metro Atlanta in solo performances with the orchestra. Today, the Samuel A. Fordis Young Arists Concerto Competition continues to grow in size and reach, with more than 40 soloists competing from the entire southeast United States.

Our Mission
From the Board of Directors

Georgia Philharmonic is a philharmonic in the truest sense of the word: local musicians unite and perform out of their love of music. In doing so, our artists create classical music experiences that not only rival those of professional orchestras, but also delight and inspire audience members. Enthusiasts become repeat patrons, volunteers, and donors. Serving the communities of northern metropolitan Atlanta with cultural enhancement and education is our goal. Sharing our love and appreciation of fine music is our passion.

Board of Directors
Georgia Philharmonic

Chair/Acting Personnel Manager Greg Selig
President Peter Hildebrandt
Vice President Kevin B. Smith
Treasurer Eriks Zusmanis
Secretary Lisa Mahoney
Director of Events Marla Velez
Director of Marketing Megan Hallam
Director of Development Elisa Street-Bradshaw
Corresponding Secretary Kathy Farmer
String Representative Katherine Jenkins
Brass/Percussion/Wind Representative Barbaraann Bongiovanni
Concerto Competition Chair Sherry Ellis
Librarian Anna Johnson
Member at Large Leslie Ann Dunn
Member at Large Stephanie Beck
Music Director John Morrison

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