The Frederick Symphony Orchestra (FSO) is a community orchestra composed of professionally trained musicians. Founded in 1997, we perform a series of concerts each year which include classical masterworks, music by contemporary composers, pop concerts, and educational programs. Through our affiliation with Frederick Community College, we perform at Jack B Kussmaul Theater, and qualified musicians receive college credit for playing in the ensemble.
The FSO 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 talents.
Our combination of education outreach, community involvement, and affordable entertainment has attracted support from many loyal patrons and arts programs, including the Maryland State Arts Council, Frederick Arts Council, local businesses, and generous private donors.
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.
Christina's journey with the FSO began when she auditioned to become a member at the age of sixteen. Almost twenty seasons later, Mrs. Connelly currently serves as a performing member in the second violin section and as President of the Board of Directors. This FSO veteran discovered the violin through FCPL's music exploratory program and continued her studies through graduation from Mount Saint Mary's University. In addition to performing with the FSO, Mrs. Connelly holds an MBA from MSMU and is the managing partner of Illumine8 Marketing & PR.
A Washington, D.C. native, Glenn Quader has rapidly gained national recognition as a dynamic and versatile conductor. Equally adept in classical, jazz, and popular idioms, he appeared extensively as a conductor, performer, and session musician in the US and Europe, placing him in high demand on concert stages and in recording studios. Mr. Quader studied at the Peabody Institute of John Hopkins University and the universities of Indiana, Illinois, Miami, and Florida International. He holds a conducting diploma, awarded by Sicily's Catania International Conducting Institute.
Andrew Rosenfeld's work in the FSO began in 2012 when he served as chorus master for a gala performance of Beethoven's Symphony No. 9. He also appeared as a guest conductor in a performance of Schubert's Symphony No. 8. As a result of the performance's success, he was asked to serve as rehearsal conductor for the FSO's 2014-15 season. It all led to the official appointment of his current position as Associate Conductor. He's also the founder and director of the Camerata, our summer residency offering innovative outreach programming with free performances. Mr. Rosenfeld is the chair of the visual and performing arts department at Mount Saint Mary's University.
Alyssa Boxhill has been a member of the FSO since 2004. Ms. Boxhill began her musical studies at the Manhatten School of Music's Preparatory Division in New York City at age four and continued at MSM under the instruction of Patinka Kopec beyond high school graduation. In 2001, she received a bachelor's in English literature from Barnard College.