Meet the Orchestra

First Violin

Paul Li

acting concertmaster

madeline brumback

Alison Candela

naomi chang-zajic

keith colon

hannah potts

shari rolnick

tim topoleski

Second Violin

jon louthian


meg glenn

christian johnson

chris nibali


david zajic


chris gosper

bruce newhall

margaret pooler


jennifer burleson

sarah cotterill

carolyn ginnever

jeremy keaton

elizabeth marino


kevin taylor



james dean


teddy hersey


Mackenzie Kisiel


Nancy Schoenfeld


karen hopkinson



Carl Reynolds


1 Anne Ward

Anne Ward



jeffrey girdler


cally messick

Tom Holtz

Tom Holtz



Jeff Soulen



zachary shanks



christopher monroe

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Paul Li

Paul Li is acting concertmaster with a professional background in Information Technology. Combining his love for technology and music, he creates a unique blend of artistic expression and analytical thinking. Among his favorite pieces, Brahms’s C minor piano quartet holds a special place in Paul’s heart. Outside of music, Paul finds joy in the company of his two feline companions, Olivia and Kylie. Their playful antics remind him to cherish life’s simple pleasures. His favorite saying, “Knowledge is power, France is Bacon” shows his witty sense of humor. Paul Li’s versatility shines through his dedication to music, his technological expertise, and his affection for his furry friends. His passion, knowledge-seeking attitude, and enigmatic nature make him an intriguing presence in the world of music.

Mairead Alexander

Mairead Alexander, is a passionate Elementary/Middle School Instrumental Music Teacher in Baltimore City Public Schools. She is also a Freelance Violinist, and thrives on playing fiddle in an Irish rock band, thrifting, making alterations to vintage clothing, and teaching yoga. Her favorite piece of music is Dvořák’s American String Quartet. Her successful first year as an orchestra and band director amid a global pandemic is her greatest accomplishment

robin atkins

Robin Atkins, an Organizational Psychology and Executive Coach, balances her love for music with hobbies like golf and martial arts. She loves how all three use the same mental strength, patience, and mastery. Married to her wonderful husband, Harold, and a proud mother of three amazing adult children, she finds joy in exploring Korean food, a delightful mix of her heritage.

Mike Catelinet

Mike, a skilled first violinist and mechanical engineer, seamlessly balances his passion for music with his professional expertise. When he’s not immersed in the world of engineering, Mike’s heart beats to the rhythm of his violin. Alongside his wife, Shira, who shares his love for music, he performs in the Greenspring Valley Orchestra and the Baltimore Philharmonia Orchestra. Mike’s current endeavor involves mastering all six of J.S. Bach’s Sonatas and Partitas for solo violin under the guidance of his dedicated teacher. Inspired by Captain Picard, Mike lives by the motto, “The only person you’re truly competing against is yourself,” embracing personal growth and continuous improvement. In his free time, he finds solace in the harmonious melodies of Mahler’s Symphony No. 5, captivated by its expressive power.

Matt DeBeal

Matt DeBeal is not only an orchestra teacher in Howard County Public Schools, but also an avid enthusiast of pop culture. When he’s not nurturing young musicians, you’ll find him immersed in the worlds of “Star Wars,” “Star Trek,” video games, Dungeons and Dragons, and playing ultimate frisbee. Matt is also a connoisseur of comfort food, with homemade mac and cheese topping his list. Despite the chaos of his alarm clock after multiple snoozes, he greets each day with enthusiasm, ready to inspire his students and explore new melodies.

Morgan dice

A Teacher in the Howard County Public School System, Morgan Dice finds fulfillment in a variety of hobbies including running, hiking, knitting, crocheting, and sewing. She’s accompanied by a faithful black lab mix named Rebel on many of these adventures. Morgan’s favorite foods are tacos, pizza, and pasta (Who doesn’t love those three?)

Elizabeth Haight

Elizabeth Haight, a dedicated violinist and middle school orchestra teacher in the Howard County Public School System, finds harmony not only in music but also in nurturing houseplants, immersing herself in captivating mystery books, conquering escape rooms, and savoring new culinary experiences. Fern and Rumble, her two affectionate tabby cats, bring comfort and joy to her home. Cape May, NJ, holds a special place in Elizabeth’s heart, and she dreams of being stranded there, captivated by its enchanting atmosphere. Guided by Aristotle’s wise words, Elizabeth believes that excellence is cultivated through consistent effort and dedication.

Amanda Huchla

Amanda Huchla plays a pivotal role as the hiring director of an instrumental music organization. Her passion for music is evident, both in her professional life and personal pursuits. When she’s not scouting for talented musicians, Amanda enjoys the simple pleasures of reading, baking, and rewatching episodes of “The Office.” Her favorite quote, “Enjoy the little things in life,” reflects her appreciation for the small joys that bring happiness. And when it comes to food, any pasta dish satisfies her palate and fuels her creative energy.

valerie lawrence

After a prolific 32-year career as an Orchestra Director for Howard County Public Schools, Valerie Lawrence now spends her time reading, strolling around Columbia’s lakes, and enriching young musicians through her private violin studio. Together with her husband Tom, a professional guitarist, they share a passion for travel (especially Aruba) and the performing arts. She and her husband have even performed together as a guitar and violin duo.

amity monroe

Amity Monroe, a Licensed Behavior Analyst/BCBA, enjoys cooking, traveling, and relishing the joy of her pets – Daisy, the Dog-Toy Miniature Schnauzer, and Mittens, the Tabby/Calico cat. Her most cherished roles include being a loving mom to her children Spencer and Hallie and advancing in her career to become the Clinical Director and Director of Assessments at her ABA company. Her favorite cuisines are Mexican and seafood, which she enjoys with her husband, Art Monroe, former principal cellist of Columbia Orchestra!

natalia vladmirova

Natalia Vladimirova, a violin teacher, cultivates her green thumb through gardening and tends to a lively menagerie including two dogs, two cats, quails, and goldfish. Her favorite food is dark chocolate! Her love for teaching and music drives her each day, and her pets provide companionship and solace.

Paige Barbour

Paige, a talented second violinist and marketing & communications manager for The YEARS Project, combines her love for music with her passion for environmental advocacy. Engaged in the creation of documentaries about climate change, Paige finds purpose in her professional endeavors. Beyond her career, she finds solace in the harmony of nature, gardening, and the challenge of solving intricate jigsaw puzzles. Her household is adorned with over 60 houseplants, creating a vibrant and soothing atmosphere. Piper, a sassy and curvy calico cat, adds an element of whimsy to Paige’s life. Together with her husband Brody, Paige resides in a charming Victorian-style house in Baltimore City. Each morning, she finds inspiration and energy by taking a refreshing walk through her neighborhood park, connecting with nature and setting a positive tone for the day. A lover of delectable flavors, Paige’s favorite food is a mouthwatering pizza that satisfies her taste buds.

Ashley Behringer

Ashley, a dedicated second violinist and archivist at the National Archives, harmonizes her passion for music with her love for preserving historical records. Beyond her professional pursuits, Ashley indulges in the joys of reading, walking her beloved Schnauzer mix, Schmidt, kayaking, and honing her skills in crocheting. As a member of the Columbia Orchestra, she finds solace in the collective power of music. Each morning, the cacophony of the alarm clock pulls her from slumber, urging her to seize the day. Ashley’s best-kept secret lies in her unwavering love for Reese’s Cups, but only the varieties that strike the perfect balance between peanut butter and chocolate.

Didi Cross

Didi Cross, a talented violinist, leads a double life as the Chief of the Reports and Analysis Branch at the Office of Science Policy, Planning, and Communications in the National Institute of Mental Health. When she’s not crunching numbers, Didi unleashes her creativity through drawing, painting, and sewing, infusing her life with vibrant hues and artistic expression. Her family, including her loving husband and two children, serves as a constant source of inspiration and support. Each morning, Didi finds herself drawn out of bed by the allure of her to-do list, the warm embrace of sunlight streaming through her window, and the comforting aroma of freshly brewed coffee.

jackie debella

Jackie DeBella is a dedicated Elementary Orchestra Teacher at Deep Run Elementary. When she’s not shaping young musicians, she enjoys family time with her husband, who is also a violinist, and their two children, one in middle school and the other in elementary. A remarkable achievement close to her heart is raising over $12,000 for breast cancer in memory of her younger sister and mother. Besides her passion for teaching and music, Jackie dreams of experiencing the magic of Disney World.

christine doney

Christine Doney, a Freelance Violinist/Violist and Retired Executive Assistant, brings her love for travel, photography, and sketching & watercolors to her music. She met her husband, Christopher, a music teacher (who played trumpet) during an orchestra rehearsal. Their first date was after a concert and we were married the following year. They were very happily married for 42 years before he passed away. They did not have children but adore their many nieces, nephews, great nieces, and great nephews as well. Christine enjoys travel, tennis, gardening, and the simple pleasure of reading a good book.

Kate Mankowski

Kate Mankowski is a violinist with a BA in Music from Gettysburg College and a Master’s Degree in Library Science from Syracuse University. She has worked at a variety of libraries and archives including NASA, NOAA, and The Great Courses. Aside from loving the variety of music performed in the Columbia Orchestra, Kate feels like she learns something new at each concert and loves the strong community within the orchestra. Other music activities Kate enjoys include playing in pit orchestras for community theatres (her favorite shows she has performed in include Les Miserables and West Side Story) and performing chamber music with other members of the orchestra. When not busy with music or work Kate enjoys a good cup of tea, journaling, reading, trying new foods, playing Dungeons and Dragons, and she has been studying French since the start of the pandemic.

Brynne McCann

Brynne McCann, an Account Services Manager at Blanchard, finds balance between her professional life and her love for furry companions. She shares her home with two golden retrievers, Murphy and Sierra, who bring boundless joy to her days. Brynne’s greatest accomplishment lies in her decision to teach English in a village in the Dominican Republic, following a challenging job search after college. The experience proved to be humbling, rewarding, and life-changing. Brynne’s dedication to overcoming obstacles shines through, both in her career and her musical journey with the violin.

esther wagner-yuan

Esther Wagner-Yuan, a Reading Teacher and dedicated Violinist, deftly balances her time between her profession and interests like crocheting, sewing, and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. She shares her home with Willow, a black lab, and treasures the moments spent with her husband and two daughters.

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martin chandler

Martin Chandler is currently savoring the joys of retirement, allowing him ample time to indulge in his lifelong passions: music and reading. A connoisseur of classical compositions, Martin’s favorite piece is R. V. Williams’ Tallis Fantasia. He shares his life with his wife of 39 years, Mary Rampolla, two sons, and two daughters-in-law. With a notable career spanning 21 years in the public drinking water supply sector, his greatest accomplishment lies in his commitment to ensuring access to clean water for communities.

Nicole Horstman

Nicole Horstman, the vibrant archivist at the National Park Service, brings her passion for music and history together. When she’s not safeguarding historical documents, she unleashes her creativity through reading captivating novels, exploring the great outdoors on exhilarating hikes, and knitting cozy creations. Nicole finds solace and inspiration in the mesmerizing soundtracks of epic movies, with Howard Shore’s “The Lord of the Rings” being her favorite. As a violist, her heart swells when she plays Holst’s “The Planets” (especially Jupiter), Smetana’s “The Moldau,” and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7, movement 2. At home, her mischievous cats, Loki (the black one) and Totoro (the gray tabby), employ their irresistible charms to coax her out of bed for breakfast.

Becca Knoll

Becca is a passionate violist and high school math teacher and finds joy in both the arts and academia. When she’s not captivating students with numbers, she immerses herself in the world of culinary arts, unleashing her creativity through cooking and baking. Becca’s love for music extends beyond the classroom, as she delights in playing the viola and piano, and indulges in the therapeutic nature of drawing and painting. Becca dreams of being stranded anywhere with her loved ones by her side. Fueling her mornings is the tantalizing aroma of breakfast, and she proudly proclaims, “Will run for food!”, which is her favorite saying. Becca’s dedication to her students and her ability to balance multiple passions are among her greatest accomplishments.

Lynn Moorhead

Meet Lynn Moorhead, a spirited retiree whose love for the viola has harmonized beautifully with her lifelong affinity for horses. While her career has gracefully taken its final bow, Lynn spends her retirement working with these majestic creatures and she continues to gallop ahead, filling her days with joy and tranquility. At home, she shares her heart and hearth with Duncan, an affectionate feline companion who adds a whimsical touch to her day. Lynn’s greatest source of happiness lies in her loving family, which includes two daughters and four delightful grandchildren who bring warmth and laughter to her life. Lynn approaches each new day with a sense of wonder and gratitude, cherishing life’s simple pleasures that make her heart sing.

sara richman sanders

Sara Richman Sanders is the Membership Director at a nonprofit association, where she focuses on recruiting and retaining members to support the organization’s mission. In her free time, Sara is an avid sports fan who roots for the Houston Astros and New York Giants. She also enjoys frequent visits to museums and art galleries to take in the culture and history on display. Civic engagement is important to Sara – she volunteers as an election judge to support the democratic process. An adventurous spirit, Sara loves to travel and has already been to 40 of the 50 states with a goal of visiting them all. She also has a bit of a nerdy side, building legos and playing Dungeons and Dragons when she needs a creative break. During the pandemic, Sara picked up her viola again after nearly twenty years without playing. Reconnecting with music has been a rewarding creative outlet. Most of all, Sara loves spending time with her family, including husband Brandon and daughter Keira. She also enjoys connecting with her extended family and friends whenever possible. Sara makes time for those she cares about, whether it’s a beach vacation or a cozy night in. Her varied interests and commitment to community continue to be driving forces in her life.

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elizabeth robbins

Elizabeth Robbins is a dedicated Music Teacher at Prince George’s County Public Schools. She not only imparts knowledge to her students but also finds exhilaration in roller coasters and haunted houses. Sharing her space with two feline companions named Chidi and Tahani, Elizabeth is clearly a fan of the tv show The Good Place. Her greatest accomplishment is getting her PHD in music education.

annemarie scimonelli

For Annemarie Scimonelli, a Human Resources Consultant, Dvorak Symphony #8 is more than music – it’s an inspiration. With her husband and son, as well as two lab mixes named Zeus and Winter, Annemarie relishes time with family.

Penny Zahn

Penny Zahn, a retired Family Counselor, relishes sailing her Bermuda 40 on the Chesapeake Bay and birdwatching. Her achievements include running Yacht Clubs and volunteering for numerous nonprofits. Penny’s dream is to be stranded on an idyllic spot by the water.

Elizabeth Skola Davis

Elizabeth Skola Davis, a talented cellist and rental associate at Potter Violins, shares her passion for music through teaching at Pritchard Music Academy. Her heart finds solace in the breathtaking melodies of Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No. 5. At home, Elizabeth’s two feline companions, Patches (an 11-year-old dilute calico) and Shi No Hana (a 3-year-old tuxedo with a unique name), add an element of playfulness to her life. Elizabeth treasures the memories of performing at the White House Executive Office in the Indian Treaty Room, a testament to her remarkable musical journey.

Debbie Chen

Debbie Chen combines her IT expertise with her passion for music, showcasing her versatility as an IT professional. Beyond her technical prowess, Debbie finds solace in gardening, cooking, and expressing herself through playing the cello. Her favorite piece of music is always the one she’s currently working on, allowing her to immerse herself in its intricacies. While her favorite saying, “The Columbia Orchestra, of course!” showcases her loyalty, her best-kept secret lies in her culinary skills, creating delectable dishes that delight her loved ones.

Judy Gill

Judy Gill, a retired orchestra teacher from Howard County Public Schools, has dedicated over four decades to instilling a love for music in her students. Her favorite piece, Bach’s Cello Suite No. 1 in G Major, resonates with her soul. When not nurturing young musicians, Judy finds solace in the company of her beloved pets: two dogs named Harmon and Lizzie, and a cat named Pippin. Judy’s journey as a teacher took her to various American states and even England, as the wife of an Air Force Officer and mother of three remarkable children.

christina hernandez

Christina Hernandez is a devoted mother to two wonderful kids, and a loving wife. Between her and her husband, their kids keep them busy. Her kids also share their mother’s love of music. Her favorite saying is “When words fail, music speaks”, and she has a special fondness for Mexican cuisine, especially chiles rellenos.

Sophia Jang

Sophia Jang is a statistical programmer with a passion for the cello. She began playing as an adult and continues to enjoy performing Bach’s Cello Suite No. 1 in G Major. When she’s not programming or playing music, Sophia stays active skiing and making flower bouquets and baskets. She also spends time painting, a hobby that allows her creative side to flourish. Sophia loves to travel and explore new destinations with her husband and two sons when time allows. Her family traditions are important to her, including enjoying Korean food together. Sophia starts each morning with a healthy smoothie to energize her day. Her varied interests from programming to music, art, and travel shape Sophia into a well-rounded person. She balances her technical career with creative pursuits and family time. Sophia’s mornings with her smoothie and Bach cello suites bring joy and set the tone for the rest of her day. Her appreciation for beauty, love of music, and analytical skills make Sophia a versatile and caring person.

Jennifer Jaromin

Jennifer Jaromin, a music teacher, is a multi-faceted individual with a passion for cooking, hiking, camping, running, and being a devoted sports parent. She holds a special connection with Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 5, as it was her introduction to this transformative style of music during her freshman year of college. Jennifer finds solace and excitement in every performance of the piece, reliving the initial awe she experienced. Her dream stranded destination is Tuscany, where she envisions herself surrounded by the culinary delights of wine, cheese, and bread.

Susan Mathis

Susan Mathis, a retired elementary instrumental music teacher from Montgomery County Public Schools, finds fulfillment in various activities. Bicycling, playing the cello, reading, and traveling allow her to explore her diverse interests. Susan takes pride in her two accomplished daughters, one being a data scientist and the other a software engineer. Although she may not fully grasp the technicalities of their careers, their happiness brings her immense joy. Susan’s greatest accomplishment lies in raising her daughters, providing them with the love and support they need to thrive.

jen retterer

Jen Retterer, a Middle School Orchestra Teacher in HCPSS, finds solace in making pottery. Her favorite piece of music is Elgar’s Nimrod from Enigma Variations, saying she is deeply moved by this particular movement. When asked where she would most like to be stranded, she said Prague, what an amazing city!

Dami Soh Schlobohm

Dami Soh Schlobohm, a passionate cellist and private instructor, immerses herself in a world of music and creativity. Alongside her musical pursuits, she finds joy in collecting and playing various musical instruments and noise makers, challenging herself with thrilling escape rooms, and staying active through the game of tennis. Stumpy and Tatertot, her two delightful dogs, and Suzy Laser Eyes, her mischievous cat, fill her home with love and laughter. Happily married to her supportive husband, Tom, Dami embraces each day with gratitude, surrounded by a symphony of music and boundless love.

Susan Wagner

Susan Wagner, a compassionate soul and retired strings teacher, dedicated her career to nurturing young musicians. Her love for music extends beyond the classroom to her personal hobbies, including reading captivating books, skillfully knitting intricate designs, and gracefully twirling on the dance floor during line dancing sessions. While teaching, Susan found solace in the emotional depth of Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No. 5. Although she doesn’t have any furry friends at the moment, Susan fondly reminisces about the beloved animals she’s had the privilege of sharing her life with. Married to Harold, Susan cherishes her role as a mother of three and a proud grandmother of seven.

bridgt donchatz

Bridget Donchatz, a passionate Music Teacher, finds delight in ice hockey, reading, and coaching. Her favorite pieces of music are a tie between Throne Room from Star Wars & Raiders March from Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark, two pieces from iconic films composed by John Williams. Bridget’s favorite food is sushi!

Elaine Newhall

Elaine has a background in music education and has worked as a private flute teacher for many years. She has always possessed a deep passion for music and community engagement. In 1990, Elaine recognized the incredible potential within the Columbia Orchestra and joined its board of directors. Over the years, she has not only been a member of the orchestra but has played an active role in the board’s activities and is grateful for the opportunity to contribute to the cultural and educational enrichment the orchestra provides to the community. When not busy with orchestra activities she enjoys cooking, reading, and being in the great outdoors.

Laura Benning

Laura is not only the Chief Financial Officer of All-Stage and Sound, her husband’s special events production company, but also a talented flutist. Married since 1994, she has a blended family of four children and four grandchildren. Besides raising her children, Laura’s flute convention planning stands out as a remarkable achievement. She served as the Convention Director for the Mid-Atlantic Flute Convention for 14 years and was the Assistant Program Chair for the National Flute Association’s 50th Anniversary Convention in Chicago in 2022. Her favorite quote, “Character is what you do when no one is looking,” reflects her belief in integrity. Playing the flute brings her joy and fulfillment, whether performing chamber music, in orchestras, or in flute choirs.

Devona lee schiller

Devona Schiller, a native of Baltimore County, Maryland, joined the Columbia Orchestra piccoloist in 2006.  She also currently serves as Principal Flutist of the U. S. Naval Academy Band.  She was formerly Principal Flutist of the U. S. ATLANTIC Fleet Band and has held positions with the Virginia Beach and Annapolis Wind Symphonies.  

Devona received Bachelor of Music degrees in education and performance in 1998 from James Madison University, where she studied with Carol Kniebusch Noe. Under the tutelage of Anthony Maiello, she received a Master of Music in conducting from George Mason University in 2003.  

An experienced soloist, Mrs. Schiller has been the first prize winner of the James Madison University Concerto Competition, Virginia Music Teachers Association Concerto Competition, and the Sigma Alpha Iota Scholarship Competition.  She can be heard on the James Madison University Flute Choir’s CD Sounds and Colors.  

A dedicated educator and advocate of the arts, Devona frequently teaches and serves as a clinician and adjudicator in Baltimore and Anne Arundel County schools.  Mrs. Schiller currently resides in Annapolis, MD and enjoys spending time with her husband, John and family.  Other interests include serving in church ministries, women’s lacrosse, weight training, cooking, biking, and interior design.

Elizabeth Berman

Elizabeth, a dedicated nonprofit administrator and fundraiser, gracefully balances her professional endeavors with her hobbies and family life. Gardening, video games, and immersing herself in her children’s interests bring her joy and connection. As a lover of music, she finds solace in the soul-stirring melodies of Josh Groban, as well as classical compositions like Scheherazade, Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 4, Brahms, Ravel, and Debussy. While she doesn’t currently have any pets, her children are slowly persuading her to consider the idea of a turtle companion. Elizabeth’s greatest accomplishment lies in the joy of motherhood and witnessing her children’s unique personalities blossom. Each day, the prospect of learning something new and witnessing her children navigate the world motivates her to embrace the day with enthusiasm. Her personal motto is to embrace the possibility of change and make a positive impact on the world. As for her best-kept secret, Elizabeth playfully hints that it wouldn’t be much of a secret if she were to reveal it now.

stacia pratt

Stacia Pratt, an Instrumental Music Teacher, loves road trips with her husband, exploring Maryland trails, and bonding over strong coffee. Her dream place to be stranded is on Harstine Island off the coast of Washington state. As a native Idahoan, her favorite food is true to form – potatoes! (Any type of potato, cooked any way) Stacia lives by the saying “The main thing is to keep the main thing the main thing.”

mary haaser

Mary Haaser, a Nurse at Johns Hopkins Hospital Intrastaff, brings her musical talents to pit orchestras, infusing her medical career with creative harmonies. Her favorite food, grapefruit, echoes her zest for life.

Lori Fowser

Lori is a talented and versatile freelance clarinetist and teacher, leaving her mark on various musical endeavors. As an instructor at Gallery Winds, PGCC, MCYO, and St. Vincent Pallotti High School, she shares her passion for clarinet performance and imparts her knowledge to aspiring musicians. Lori’s love for music is evident in her favorite repertoire, which includes any tonal large orchestra work featuring several different clarinets. The complexities and expressive possibilities of these pieces resonate deeply with her. When asked about her dream stranded location, Lori playfully suggests Tuscany, a place known for its breathtaking landscapes and delectable cuisine. However, upon reflection, she realizes that the comfort and familiarity of her own home provide the ultimate sanctuary, avoiding the anxiety of being stranded. One of Lori’s greatest accomplishments is her remarkable tenure of 10 years at Gallery Winds Chamber Music Camp, where she has worked alongside exceptional colleagues. This milestone stands as a testament to her commitment to musical education and the profound impact she has made on aspiring young musicians.

Ann Quinn

Ann Quinn is a talented poet and teacher, known for her ability to inspire through her words. When she’s not crafting beautiful verses, Ann finds solace in rowing, hiking, and reading. She is happily married to Steve, a retired woodwind repairman whose expertise comes in handy for Ann’s poetic endeavors. Their children, Paul and Rose, are both embarking on their own academic journeys, with Paul pursuing his education in Japan and Rose studying at Drexel University. Ann firmly believes that the world needs more peacemakers, healers, restorers, storytellers, and lovers of all kinds, a sentiment expressed by the Dalai Lama. It is this belief that drives her passion for teaching and creating meaningful connections through her poetry.

Stacy Hultzman

Stacy Hultzman, a dedicated bassoonist, fulfills multiple roles as a mom, teacher, and bookkeeper. Stacy finds inspiration and pride in her children, whom she describes as a perfect blend of her and her husband’s best qualities. To be stranded on a serene northern lake, surrounded by nature’s tranquility, is Stacy’s dream to be able to escape from the chaos of everyday life. As a Wisconsin native, she cherishes memories of snowmobiling and participating in the time-honored tradition of making maple syrup with her family.

paul lindenmann

Paul Lindenmann, a devoted Police Officer with the U.S. Capitol Police, says he lives for the thrill of big, classic 90-piece orchestra finales like Pines of Rome, Firebird Suite, 1812 Overture, and Mahler’s Symphonies and says that is why he joined the orchestra. With his three daughters and loving wife of 31 years, he finds solace in playing taps for ceremonial events for the Capitol Police Ceremonial Unit.

Richard Pasciuto

Richard, a retired police officer and polygraph examiner with the United States Capitol Police, has found solace and inspiration in the world of music. One of his most cherished pieces is Giuseppe Verdi’s Requiem, which holds a special place in his heart as one of the first orchestral works he ever played. Richard’s love for music is paralleled by his affection for his Golden Retriever, Charlie, who has brought immeasurable joy and companionship to his life. As a proud husband, father, & grandfather, Richard’s greatest accomplishment lies in the love and support he provides for his family. If stranded, Richard would like to be in the enchanting landscapes of Ireland, where he envisions a peaceful and serenading escape. Driven by the alarm and the desire to seize the day, Richard cherishes the opportunity to make each morning count. Guided by the motto “The only person you’re truly competing against is yourself,” he embraces growth and personal development.
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Anne Ward

Anne Ward, a retired instrumental music teacher, keeps an active lifestyle through various endeavors. Yoga, walking, fitness, and even golf contribute to her well-being. As a French horn player, she enjoys any repertoire currently being rehearsed by the orchestra. Anne shares her life with her husband Duke, and their dog Isabella, a loyal and beloved 13-year-old black lab mix. If stranded somewhere, Anne would hope to be in a place with modern amenities like indoor plumbing, heating, and air conditioning. Each morning, it is the piercing sound of the alarm clock that prompts her to start the day. Her favorite saying, “It is what it is,” reflects a pragmatic outlook on life, embracing the concept of acceptance. Smucker’s creamy natural peanut butter is her favorite culinary delight, and Anne’s best kept secret is still a secret to us!

sarah dorrance

Sarah Dorrance, a devoted pastor, has been a member of the orchestra for 34 years and enjoys the variety that playing in the orchestra brings to her life. Her eldest daughter was born just after her first season with the orchestra, and her girls grew up coming to concerts. Then, years later, she has had the pleasure of having her daughters bring their children to the concerts and see “Gigi” play in the orchestra! Sarah starts every day with the thought “Who can I help have a smile on their face today?”

Don Patterson

Don Patterson, a retired arranger and trombonist with the U.S. Marine Band, continues to freelance on trombone, remaining active and passionate about his craft. With a career that has spanned decades, Don’s trombone and arrangements have been shared with captive audiences all over the world. Beyond the stage, Don’s heart belongs to his beloved beagle, Susie, who brings endless joy and companionship to his family. For forty years, Don has been married to Iris, and together they have raised four remarkable adults: Erin (28), & Sean, Emma, and Bryan, triplets who are now 26. Don’s greatest accomplishment lies in the role of a dedicated husband and father, cherishing the bonds of family. Dreaming of the emerald landscapes of Ireland, Don would most like to be stranded in a place of enchantment and rich musical traditions. When it comes to food, nothing satisfies Don’s taste buds quite like the tastes of barbeque his home state, Texas. Guided by the timeless wisdom of “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it,” Don embraces the beauty of simplicity and the value of preserving what already thrives.

Nicholas Bulgarino

Nicholas Bulgarino, a trombonist with the renowned Loudoun Symphony Orchestra, is a true musical virtuoso. When he’s not thrilling audiences with his trombone skills, Nicholas finds delight in the intricate world of O Scale 2-Rail Model Railroading. The soul-stirring melodies of Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 5 resonate deeply within him. One of Nicholas’s proudest moments was receiving a well-deserved on-stage bow at Lincoln Center while performing in the banda of Maometto Secondo. While he may be a man of few words, Nicholas’s dedication to his craft speaks volumes.
Tom Holtz

Tom Holtz

Tom Holtz, an Executive Assistant in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, finds his passion in music. Although he considers it more than just a hobby, playing music keeps him young and invigorated. Tom’s remarkable career in “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band fills him with pride and brings back fond memories of friendship, camaraderie, and countless musical performances. His dream scenario involves a long gig with an open bar and a drummer who sets the stage on fire. What gets Tom out of bed in the morning is the excitement and purpose he finds in his work. With a lighthearted attitude, his favorite saying is, “What could POSSIBLY go wrong?”—a testament to his optimistic outlook on life and his ability to face challenges head-on.

Meredith Mancini

Meredith, a talented harpist and music teacher, weaves enchanting melodies through the strings of her instrument. With a love for literature and a knack for music arranging, she finds solace in the beauty of artistic expression. Meredith cherishes her roles as a wife, mother, and grandmother. She remains dedicated to her craft, constantly improving her skills. A lover of nature and tranquility, Meredith yearns to be stranded in a serene countryside near the mountains, where she can immerse herself in the peaceful symphony of nature. Despite the incessant sound of the alarm clock, she finds motivation in her favorite saying, “If it’s too hard, subdivide,” reminding herself to break down challenges into manageable steps. Meredith’s secret indulgence lies in savoring the delectable flavors of a Maine lobster roll, a true culinary delight.

Jacqueline Smedley

Jacqueline Smedley is a talented Computer Engineer who effortlessly balances her passion for technology with her love for music. As a skilled pianist and vocalist, she enjoys playing piano, practicing opera, and attending concerts. Jacqueline finds inspiration in the works of Liszt, Chopin, and the entire opera La Boheme. Making music and seeing the smiles it brings to people’s faces fills her heart with joy. Bears, both as a concept and as creatures, hold a special place in Jacqueline’s heart. She loves experiencing new things and cherishes the love and support of her amazing husband. With an insatiable thirst for new experiences and a deep appreciation for the power of music, Jacqueline embraces life’s adventures with enthusiasm.

Jeff Soulen

Jeff Soulen, timpanist, discovered his passion for percussion during his sophomore year of high school. Despite his initial lack of experience, his band director recognized his potential and enlisted him to play cymbals in the marching band. The enchantment of creating music with friends ignited Jeff’s dedication, leading him to pursue private lessons and perform with community groups in Philadelphia. College opened doors for him to study under esteemed mentors such as Michael Bookspan from the Philadelphia Orchestra and Fred Hinger from the Metropolitan Opera. Jeff’s musical journey has been a constant thread throughout his life, alongside his “first career” as a pediatrician and subsequent practice as a psychiatrist since 1994. In his leisure time, Jeff can be found in the great outdoors, savoring moments with his loved ones and hosting sessions at the Howard County Dharma Group.