Our Musicians

The Orchestra of Northern New York generally employs more than 100 talented professional musicians each year. Artistic fees and musician travel last year totaled $101,564 or 46% of all expenses.

Two-thirds of the orchestra is comprised of Local Professionals, hailing from many communities throughout the North Country, from Saranac Lake to Cicero.  

A select number of exceptionally talented students attending The Crane School of Music gain valuable experience playing alongside seasoned musicians in a professional orchestra setting. These ONNY/Crane Student Apprentices are paid through a generous grant from The Secret Sits Pro Musica Ensembles, Inc. (TSS, Inc.). 

The remaining third of the orchestra includes musicians who travel from Rochester, NYC, Boston , Ottawa, Montreal and other places to fill certain seats and play under the capable baton of Maestro Kenneth Andrews. Outside Professionals receive free housing thanks to volunteer host families who generously open their homes, providing a clean bed and meals for a few days of rehearsals and concerts. 

All performers generally have only three rehearsals before they perform two or three concerts for hundreds of people. 

Jill Rubio, ONNY’s Principal Flute, is an Adjunct Instructor of Flute at The Crane School of Music and a music educator in the Potsdam Central School District. She has been ONNY’s Personnel Manager for more than twelve years. She contracts musicians from Northern New York, the Northeast and Canada for each concert. Most programs necessitate hiring an average of 50 musicians, other concerts involve only 20-30 players, while pops concerts can need up to 70+ performers.

“She does an amazing job,” says Maestro Kenneth Andrews. “We simply wouldn’t have an orchestra without her.”