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 co-principal 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 with 42 members and a music director, all volunteering their time and talents. Throughout the period, the orchestra continued to grow. In 1993, the orchestra relocated to a new permanent home in the Roswell Municipal Auditorium in North Fulton County and was renamed Orchestra Atlanta. At that time, Dr. Philip Rice took the podium 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 membership and its conductor voted to leave the board of Orchestra Atlanta and reincorporate, under the name Georgia Philharmonic. The new musician-led board of directors pledged to continue bringing the highest caliber of music to the community.

After 16 years on the podium, Dr. Philip Rice stepped down from his post as Music Director in 2009. Following guest conducting appearances in 2009 and 2010, John Morrison was appointed Music Director of the Georgia Philharmonic.

In late 2010, the first annual Samuel A. Fordis Young Artists Concerto Competition was held, named in loving memory of the Georgia Philharmonic's former concertmaster and beloved colleague. The first Concerto Competition Showcase in 2011 featured four outstanding young musicians from throughout Metro Atlanta in solo performances with the orchestra. Today, the Samuel A. Fordis Young Artists Concerto Competition has grown in size and reach, with more than 40 soloists competing from the entire southeast United States and performing concertos with the orchestra each winter.

After more than 35 years, the orchestra is a strong as ever. John Morrison leads a diverse group of 75 music teachers, professionals, and amateurs who donate their time to make the orchestra an exceptional experience for audiences and musicians alike.

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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