Pennsylvania Ballet Orchestra

Beatrice Jona Affron

Music Director & Conductor

Beatrice Jona Affron first arrived at Pennsylvania Ballet in 1993 as Assistant Conductor. Later, she was promoted to Resident Conductor, and in 1997 she became the Company's Music Director and Conductor. Ms. Affron has conducted many ballets by George Balanchine and other classics, including Giselle, The Firebird, Romeo and Juliet, and The Sleeping Beauty. In 2004, she led the world premiere of Christopher Wheeldon's Swan Lake.

Ms. Affron is heard regularly in a large and varied repertoire that encompasses works from Handel, Donizetti, Philip Glass, and others. In 2002, she received international attention when she led the world premiere performances of Glass and Mary Zimmerman's Galileo Galilei at Chicago's Goodman Theater and on a tour to London's Barbican Theatre. Prior to that, Ms. Affron conducted the Boston Lyric Opera and Chicago Opera Theatre productions of Glass'Akhnaten. In 2005, she made her debut with the Glimmerglass Opera conducting a new production in French of Donizetti's Lucie de Lammermoor.

Some of Ms. Affron's past engagements have included Dominick Argento's opera Miss Havisham's Fire with Opera Theatre Saint Louis, Strauss' Die Fledermaus with the Boston Lyric Opera, and Hansel and Gretel and The Tender Land at New England Conservatory. She has led Boston's Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra in two concerts and last summer conducted the Boston Landmarks Orchestra at the Hatch Shell on the Esplanade.

A native of New York City and a graduate of Yale University, Ms. Affron studied conducting privately with Robert Spano and at New England Conservatory (where she later served on the faculty) with Pascal Verrot. Ms. Affron also has worked with Gunther Schuller, Jorge Mester, and David Effron. In 1996, she received the Conductors' Guild Thelma A. Robinson Award. Her involvement in contemporary music has included conducting in the Music at the Anthology Series in New York City and leading the national tour of Philip Glass' Les Enfants Terribles in fall 1997. From 2001 to 2004, Ms. Affron served as cover conductor with the Boston Symphony Orchestra.

1st Violin
Luigi Mazzocchi, Concertmaster
Olga Konopelsky
Elizabeth Kaderabek
Barbara Sonies
Heidi Soberick
Shannon Lee

2nd Violin
Paul Reiser
Diane Barnett
Karen Banos
Charlene Kwas
Eliza Cho

Viola
Shmuel Katz
Julia DiGaetani
Davis Barnett
Ruth Frazier

Violincello
Jennie Lorenzo
Mark Ward
Deborah Reeder
Vivian Barton Dozor

Double Bass
Anne Peterson
Daniel McDougall

Flute
Edward Schultz
Peter Ader

Piccolo
Peter Ader

Oboe
Nick Masterson
Stephen Labiner

English Horn
Stephen Labiner

Clarinet
Charles Salinger
Joshua Kovach

Bass Clarinet
Joshua Kovach

Bassoon
Jon Gaarder
Darryl Hartshorne

French Horn
Dan Wions
Adam Lesnick
Kathryn Mehrtens

Trumpet
Brian Kuszyk
Ralph Buck

Trombone
Tim Soberick
Edward Cascarella

Bass Trombone
Philip McClelland

Tuba
Jay Krush

Timpani & Percussion
Susan Jones
Ralph Sorrentino

Harp
Mindy Cutcher

Keyboard
Martha Koeneman

Librarian
J. Robert Loy

Assistant Conductor
Salvatore Scarpa

 

*Concertmaster