Warm Greetings!

Nancy Sanderson,
Executive Director

We are thrilled to ”raise the curtain” on our 2023-2024 Concert Season–a season that reflects the creative genius of some of the most prolific composers, storytellers, musicians, and performing artists ever to grace our stage! This season also reflects the amazing things that can be accomplished through creative collaboration. We are proud that our “partners in crime” include WVIA, The Ballet Theatre of Scranton, The Choral Society of NEPA, The PA Music Educators District 9, and the music departments of Abington Heights School District, Bloomsburg University, Marywood University, and Wyoming Seminary.

There are many reasons why this season promises to take us to places “Beyond our Imagination,” and here are just a few:

Mélisse Brunet, our Music Director Extraordinaire, will once again, lead our musicians to unprecedented heights.

Rich and varied programming is showcased by the orchestral masterpieces, commissioned works, dynamic soloists, living composers, and entertaining POPS concerts offered this season.

Jazz Meets Classical: NEPA’s most favorite jazz and classical pianist, Ron Stabinsky, will dazzle us with his compelling interpretation of Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue.

Young Professional Society: This newly established group welcomes young professionals between the ages of 21–45 who enjoy attending concerts and seek networking opportunities with like-minded young music lovers.

Classical Conversations: Enrich your understanding of the music performed at Masterworks concerts with a free lecture by Maestra Mélisse Brunet and our guest soloists.

To our new and renewing subscribers: I encourage you to create your own concert series. Enjoy the ultimate flexibility of selecting the performances that most interest you. Benefits include substantial savings, the best seats in the house, free ticket exchanges, and complimentary tickets for guests of your choice.

All concerts, with the exception of our Holiday Concert, will begin at 7:30 PM this season. With each concert’s downbeat at 7:30, the power of live music will once again soar into its vital, uplifting role within our community!

Philharmonic Executive Director Announces Retirement

Search for New Executive Director Is Underway

SCRANTON/WILKES-BARRE, PA – Nancy Sanderson will retire from her position as executive director of the Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic on December 31, 2024, according to Carol Nelson Dembert, president of the NEPA Philharmonic’s board of directors.

On behalf of the board and staff, Nelson Dembert expressed appreciation for Sanderson’s service. “Nancy has led the NEPA Philharmonic for ten years, exhibiting outstanding leadership and stewardship,” she said. “Nancy has earned the respect of the region, our partners in the arts and education, our musicians, our sponsors, our board of trustees, and our patrons.”

Sanderson has been the face of the NEPA Philharmonic for a decade. Under her guidance, the orchestra has overcome many challenges, including COVID and economic changes, while still maintaining the Philharmonic’s position as the leading performing arts organization in Northeastern Pennsylvania. Also during Sanderson’s tenure, the orchestra has expanded its educational programs with regional schools, introduced a juried mentoring program for highly talented high school students, and expanded the Music in our Schools program. Recently, Sanderson launched interactive performances in senior centers and children’s libraries.

Nancy shared her feelings about her upcoming retirement. “It is with mixed emotions that I’ve made the difficult decision to step down from my position as executive director of the NEPA Philharmonic. Since I joined the Philharmonic’s team in 2014, I have been honored to be a part of some major changes and accomplishments, all of which are positive and promising for the future of our outstanding regional orchestra. I have treasured the opportunity to get to know our incredibly talented musicians, our hard-working board members, and last, but not least, our loyal patrons. I know I leave the orchestra in the capable hands of the entire NEPA Philharmonic team and I look forward to attending concerts as an enthusiastic and appreciative audience member.”

Nelson Dembert has named Carl Witkowski, chair of the NEPA Philharmonic board governance committee, to chair the search committee. “Nancy has set the bar very high,” Nelson Dembert stated, “and we are confident that with our new executive director in place, we will continue to entertain, educate and enhance life in Northeastern Pennsylvania.”