2013-2014 SEASON
About The Frederick Symphony Orchestra
The Frederick Symphony Orchestra (FSO) is a community orchestra composed of professional and amateur musicians from in and around central Maryland. Founded in 1997, the orchestra performs a series of concerts each year which include classical masterworks, music by contemporary composers, pops concerts, and educational programs. Through its affiliation with Frederick Community College, FSO performs at FCC's Jack B. Kussmaul Theater, and qualified musicians receive college credit for playing in the orchestra. The orchestra is incorporated in the state of Maryland as a 501-(c)-3 non-profit organization, and is governed by its by-laws and the members of its Board of Directors.

The Frederick Symphony Orchestra is committed to enriching the cultural climate of Frederick, Maryland and its surrounding communities by providing opportunities for local musicians to perform and further develop their musicianship. In 1999, the orchestra instituted its Young Artist Competition to showcase and encourage talented local music students and expanded its fund-raising goals.

FSO's combination of educational outreach, community involvement, and affordable entertainment has attracted increasing support from the community. In its eleventh season, FSO responded to audience demand by adding a fifth concert to its performance schedule and by starting the new Frederick Orchestra Guild (affectionately known as the FROGs) for volunteer community service. Throughout its history, FSO has enjoyed support from the Maryland State Arts Council, the Frederick Arts Council, local corporations, and generous private donors.

Music Director and Conductor
Elisa Koehler has been the Music Director and Conductor of the Frederick Symphony Orchestra since 1997. She is also Associate Professor and Chair of the Music Department at Goucher College in Towson, Maryland, where she conducts the Goucher College Orchestra and teaches courses in music history and theory as well as private lessons in trumpet and conducting.

Known for her versatility and probing musicianship, Dr. Koehler was awarded a sabbatical leave by Goucher College in 2012 as well as a Summer Research Grant in 2010 and a Faculty Merit Prize in 2005. In 2009 the University of Tennessee named her a Distinguished Alumna and her biography appeared in Friedel Keim’s Das grosse Buch der Trompete, Band 2 (Schott). A member of the editorial staff of the International Trumpet Guild Journal since 2002, she has published widely about historic brass and has authored two books that will be released in early 2014: Fanfares and Finesse: A Performer’s Guide to Trumpet History and Literature (Indiana University Press) and A Dictionary for the Modern Trumpet Player (Scarecrow Press). Her articles have appeared in numerous publications including the Conductors Guild Journal, International Trumpet Guild Journal, Heritage Band Encyclopedia, Alta Musica, and The New Grove Dictionary of American Music.

As a professional trumpeter, Dr. Koehler has performed with the Baltimore Chamber Orchestra, the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra, the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra, and as the solo trumpeter for Baltimore’s Bach Concert Series. On period instruments she has performed with the Bach Sinfonia, the Handel Choir of Baltimore, Orchestra of the Seventeenth Century, Opera Lafayette, the Washington Cornett and Sackbut Ensemble, and Newberry’s Victorian Cornet Band. Her 2010 solo performances in Germany of Bach’s Second Brandenburg Concerto and Hertel’s Concerto No. 3 in D (on piccolo trumpet) garnered reviews praising her “trumpet playing with the deepest sensitivity” and "tonal purity of the highest order" … "the American beguiled everyone with her dreamlike trumpet playing."

Elisa Koehler earned a doctorate in orchestral conducting from the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University as a student of Frederik Prausnitz and as a teaching assistant for Harlan Parker. She also studied conducting with Harold Farberman and Kirk Trevor, and participated in workshops with Daniel Lewis, Paul Vermel, David Epstein and Frederick Fennell. She earned a Master’s degree in trumpet performance from the University of Tennessee as a teaching assistant for Cathy Leach as well as Bachelor’s degrees in both performance and music education from Peabody as a student of Wayne Cameron.

Amy Oswald began her violin studies as an enthusiastic Suzuki student at age four. As a young musician she enjoyed many performing opportunities throughout the Western United States and Europe with the Rocky Mountain Youth Camarata. She attended summer institutes in Estes Park, Colorado, and the Meadowmount School of Music in New York. Her musical training was shaped over the years through inspirational teachers including Deborah Moench, Hiroko Primrose, Jack Ashton, Gerald Elias, Ralph Matson, Nicholas Mann, and Ronda Cole. Originally from Salt Lake City, Utah, she earned her Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Utah and her Master of Music degree from the North Carolina School of the Arts. She has performed as a featured soloist with the Utah Symphony under the direction of Maestro Joseph Silverstein.

She has performed professionally as a violinist with the Utah Chamber Orchestra, Utah Symphony, Greensboro Symphony, Redlands Symphony Orchestra, San Bernardino Symphony, Frederick Symphony Orchestra and substitute violinist with the Maryland Symphony Orchestra.

She is a certified Suzuki Violin Teacher and resides in Frederick, Maryland with her husband and three children.

Joshua Arzt has been in the I.T. industry for over 20 years and currently serves as a Senior Software Architect for Leidos. He has a degree in mathematics and a Masters in I.T. He currently has 4 technical publications and maintains an active web presence regarding his endeavors in software development.

Over the last 15 years, he has served as the president of a few non-profit organizations and continues to assist other organizations with their leadership needs.

He has been a cellist with the Frederick Symphony since 2010 and has served on the Board of Directors since 2011.

Business Manager
Catherine Randazzo has spent more than twenty years in senior leadership roles in both national and global trade associations in the United States. Career highlights include working with diverse stakeholders, launching a new non-profit, managing complex regulatory issues, creating training and certification programs, creating new branding, fundraising and strategic planning.

Catherine's work has included speaking at domestic and international conferences, managing major conferences and trade shows and publishing an industry trade magazine. She participated in dance recitals throughout her education and studied the piano as an adult. She is a life-long patron of the Metropolitan Opera and a number of national orchestras. She has an MBA in Finance, is married and has two children.

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