Welcome to the 32nd Season of the Orchestra of Northern New York

Dear Friends & Patrons,

Welcome to the 32nd season of the Orchestra of Northern New York. With a wide array of brilliant orchestral masterpieces from our classics to our pops series, we invite you to join us and Experience the Passion of Live Music from virtuosic soloists and exceptional professional musicians from Northern New York and beyond. 

Thank you for your generous and continued support over these many years. We look forward to seeing you at our concerts.

Kenneth Andrews, Music Director

Baroque Concert Features ONNY Musicians

POTSDAM - A select few musicians of the Orchestra of Northern New York will be featured when the North Country's only professional symphony orchestra presents its Baroque winter concert next weekend.

The Magnificent Baroque will take place Saturday, February 9 at 7:30 p.m. in Trinity Episcopal Church in Watertown, and again on Sunday, February 10 at 3:00 p.m. in St. Mary's Church, Potsdam.

The program includes music by Bach, Handel, Purcell, Telemann and Charpentier.

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Concertmaster John Lindsey and violinist Elaine Dewar, Saranac Lake, will be showcased on strings. Lindsey is a Violin Professor Emeritus from the Crane School of Music where he taught for 35 years. He has received the President's Award and the Chancellor's Award, both for Excellence in Teaching.  He has performed throughout the U.S., Europe, Thailand, China and Colombia. He is the founding concertmaster of ONNY and the Eleva Chamber Players (VT). 

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Elaine Dewar earned her Master of Music in 1990. She has enjoyed playing and teaching in Canada and the United States. She is currently Music Director of the Tri-Lakes Community Orchestra, a first Soprano in the Northern Adirondack Vocal Ensemble and a member of the band, “The Dust Bunnies”.  

The trumpets will be highlighted by Crane professors Dr. John Ellis and Dr. James Madeja, and Crane student apprentice Christopher Keach. 

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Dr. Ellis has performed as soloist and chamber musician throughout the United States, Canada and Europe.  He has presented clinics and recitals at prestigious institutions and festivals throughout the world, including The Juilliard School, Summit Brass, the Banff Festival, and the 2005 International Trumpet Guild Festival in Bangkok, Thailand.  An Edwards Performing Artist, Dr. Ellis is a member of the Potsdam Brass Quintet and a Professor of Music at Crane.

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Dr. Anna Hendrickson will solo on oboe in the Baroque concert. As an orchestral player, Dr. Hendrickson performs regularly with the National Arts Centre Orchestra in Ottawa, ON and is principal oboe of the Orchestra of Northern New York. She holds the Doctor of Musical Arts and Master of Music degrees from the Eastman School of Music.  She is Professor of Oboe at the Crane School of Music, SUNY Potsdam.

Tickets are $25 for adults, $20 for seniors and military personnel, $10 for college students, and free for children, 17 and younger. They are available by phone at 315-267-2277, online at or at the door.


Orchestra Receives Gift for Student Apprenctices

POTSDAM - The Orchestra of Northern New York, the North Country's only year-round symphony orchestra, has received a five-year commitment to sponsor the exceptionally gifted students from the Crane School of Music who are selected for the ONNY Apprenticeship Program. The students are paid as young professionals.

The donation comes from The Secret Sits Pro Musica Ensembles, Inc. (TSS, Inc.), a charitable nonprofit organization founded in 2017 in memory of Marie A. Patten, of Athens, GA and the Gull Pond Community in the Piercefield, NY area. TSS, Inc. is incorporated in Georgia and New York.

Marie Patten was educated in New York City public schools and went on to earn BA, MSW and PhD degrees at the College of William and Mary and the University of Georgia. Her love of music grew throughout her life. An avid opera- and concert-goer, she would leave chamber music performances and frequently comment to the effect that the world would be a better place if that kind of music was on street corners. It is that sentiment, and the pursuit of related goals finding root around it, to which TSS, Inc. is now dedicated -- Better Music, Better World.

Marie was very fond of poetry, and wrote some herself. A personal encounter with Robert Frost when she was young became indelible in her life, and this is reflected in "The Secret Sits" being the title of one of Frost's poems:

We dance round in a ring and suppose,
But the Secret sits in the middle and knows.

"It is a wonderful opportunity for Crane students to perform with a professional symphony orchestra," says Kenneth Andrews, who founded the orchestra in 1988. "They are held to the same high standards as the other musicians, and the experience fosters discipline and professionalism."

"We are most grateful for this generous gift. It truly is transformational for the orchestra," Andrews continued.

ONNY is celebrating its 31st season of music that inspires and excites. It is a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) organization whose mission is "to enrich the quality of life in Northern New York and engage area youth by inspiring the enjoyment and appreciation of music through live performances by professional musicians." It is funded, in part, by the Northern New York Community Foundation and the New York State Council on the Arts, a state agency, with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

For more information about ONNY, call 315-267-3251 or visit

The Magnificent Baroque Features Trumpets and other Soloists

POTSDAM - Several members of the Orchestra of Northern New York will be featured as soloists when the North Country's only professional symphony orchestra performs its winter Baroque concert on February 9 and 10 in Watertown and Potsdam respectively.

The Magnificent Baroque will be performed at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, February 9 at Trinity Episcopal Church in Watertown, and at 3:00 p.m., Sunday, February 10 at St. Mary's Church in Potsdam.

Crane faculty members and trumpeters Dr. John Ellis and Dr. James Madeja will be joined by Crane student apprentice Christopher Keach as they solo with ONNY's Baroque Orchestra.  Joining them will is another Crane faculty member, Dr. Anna Hendrickson (oboe), and her Crane student apprentice, Meagan Flynn. String soloists include concertmaster John Lindsey and Elaine Dewars of Saranac Lake.

The program opens with Bach's Sinfonia in D Major from the Easter Oratorio and his Air from Suite/Overture No. 3 in D Major followed by Handel's March and Battle Scene from Rinaldo, and Purcell's Trumpet Tune from Scene 5, King Arthur.  The Concerto Gross in B Minor, Op. 6 No. 12 by Handel and Prelude to Te Deum in D Major by Charpentier are followed by Purcell's Overture from the Ode, Who Can From Joy Refrain and Chacony in G Minor. Telemann's Concerto in D Major for three trumpets, two oboes, timpani and strings concludes the concert.

The concert is sponsored, in part, by the Northern New York Community Foundation and the New York State Council on the Arts, a state agency with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the NYS Legislature.

Tickets are available in advance by calling the CPS box office at 315-267-2277 or visiting They are also available at the door. Adults are $25, seniors and military personnel are $20, college students with ID are $10 and children, 17 and younger, are free.

Immediately following the concert in Potsdam on Sunday, ONNY will host An Italian Affair, a delicious buffet of Italian foods and cash bar at Sergi's Restaurant, 10 Market Street, Potsdam. The public is invited. Cost for the dinner only is $25/person and reservations are required. They may be made by calling the ONNY office at 315-267-3251 or visiting

Photo Credit: Javi Sánchez de la viña

Students Sought for Orchestra Competition

POTSDAM -  The Orchestra of Northern New York seeks high school students to compete in its 13th Annual James and Katherine Andrews Young Artist Competition for High School Instrumentalists to be held 10:00 a.m., Saturday, February 16 at SUNY Potsdam's Crane School of Music.  The application deadline is February 1st.

The event is open to the public that is sure to be amazed as high school students from northern and central New York compete by performing required works from memory. 

Established in 2007 to help fulfill ONNY's youth mission of engaging young people in the enjoyment and appreciation of music. the competition's mission is to inspire young musicians to reach their highest level of artistry. 

The competition is one of the few of its kind in the U.S. that offers both a cash prize and the opportunity to solo with a professional symphony orchestra. 

The first place winner takes home $500 and this year will perform the winning piece during the Harry Potter Spectacular concerts on March 23rd and 24th in Watertown and Potsdam.  Second and third place prizes of $300 and $150 respectively are also awarded.

This year, we are proud to announce the $500 First Prize is donated anonymously by a friend and classmate of the late Rev. Peter J. Sullivan in his memory.

For an application form, list of required repertoire and more information about this year's competition, visit or call 315-267-3251.

Clerical Assistant Sought for Orchestra

POTSDAM - The North Country's professional symphony orchestra has an opening for a part-time clerical assistant to the executive director. The application deadline is February 1.

Duties of the position include, but are not limited to, such clerical tasks as updating the mailing list in Excel, doing mailings of promotional pieces to various market segments, and assisting with fundraising projects.

Keyboarding skills are essential and knowledge of WORD and Excel is required. Successful candidate will have good interpersonal and organizational skills.

The position is budgeted for eight hours per week at minimum wage of $11.10/hour. Specific hours to be determined in conjunction with the executive director.

To apply, send cover letter, resume and three professional references to: Search Committee, ONNY, PO Box 488, Potsdam, NY 13676 no later than Friday, February 1, 2019.

Welcome to the 31st Season of the Orchestra of Northern New York

Dear Patrons,

Welcome to the 31st season of the Orchestra of Northern New York. With a wide array of brilliant orchestral masterpieces from our classics to our pops series, we are proud to offer a season of Music that Inspires and Excites! We know you will be inspired by these magnificent programs that are performed by virtuosic soloists and exceptional professional musicians from Northern New York and beyond. Thank you for your generous and continued support over these many years. We look forward to seeing you at our future concerts.

Kenneth Andrews, Music Director

Free Tickets And Pre-Concert Lecture At ONNY Concert

POTSDAM - Maestro Kenneth Andrews, music director, conductor and founder of the Orchestra of Northern New York, will address the audience at a pre-concert lecture at 3:45 pm, Saturday, April 28 in Hosmer Hall at the Crane School of Music, and 2:15 pm, Sunday, April 29 in the First Presbyterian Church in Watertown. The concert, Stravinsky & Mendelssohn, begins at 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 3:00 p.m. Sunday.

Both performances are sponsored, in part, by the Northern New York Community Foundation and the New York State Council on the Arts, a state agency, with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

The concert features Stravinsky's masterful Pulcinella  Suite that will showcase the virtuosity of ONNY's principal chairs. On the second half of the program, Mendelssohn's brilliant and exhilarating Symphony No. 4 (Italian) will take the listener back to his magical trip to Italy in 1830.

Silas Smith, 18, of Malone will perform Ravel's Introduction and Allegro for harp. He is the winner of the James and Katherine Andrews Young Artist Competition held this past February. He has been studying harp for ten years through the National String Project at the Crane School of Music, under the direction of Dr. Jessica Suchy-Pilalis.

Tickets for the Watertown concert are available in Watertown at the North Country Arts Council, 52 Public Square, and Pine Cleaners, 237 Franklin Street.

Concertgoers are encouraged to come to Hosmer Hall early on Saturday, April 28th to take advantage of SeaComm Federal Credit Union's 'pay it forward' campaign. The financial institution is providing free tickets to the first 250 people in attendance.

For more information about ONNY, call 315-267-3251 or visit

Save the Date: Inaugural ONNY Fall Golf Classic

Dear Friend:

It's my pleasure to introduce the Inaugural Fall Golf Classic, sponsored by the Orchestra of Northern New York. It will be held Saturday, September 15, 2018 from 12:30–7:30 p.m. at the Potsdam Town & Country Club. The $100 entry fee includes 18 holes of golf, golf cart, buffet dinner, contests and prizes. There will also be a silent auction and raffles.

The Orchestra of Northern New York, now celebrating its 30th season, is the North Country's only year- round, professional symphony orchestra. It enriches the quality of life in northern New York through live performances of orchestral music by outstanding musicians and engages area youth in the appreciation of music. Each year, nearly 8,000 people enjoy LIVE music at ONNY concerts.

Ticket sales account for only 36% of the $160,500 revenue needed for a season, making donations to the Orchestra essential for its financial well being. Donors make it possible to keep ticket prices reasonable and to offer discounts to seniors, military personnel and college students. Children, 17 and younger, receive free admission to all concerts.

I hope you will participate as a valued sponsor of this golf tournament. Sponsors will receive significant publicity, concert tickets, and program advertising... (see attached form)

  • Before the tournament, recognition on posters displayed at area golf courses, in news releases, radio and TV spots, on ONNY's website, and in social media on facebook and Twitter
  • During the event with logos on signs at specific holes, and at the dinner and awards ceremony immediately following the tournament
  • After the tournament when sponsors will be acknowledged publicly throughout the 2018-2019 orchestra season with tickets and advertisements in ONNY concert programs

A member of our Golf Tournament Committee will call on you in the next few weeks. In the meantime, if you have any questions, feel free to contact ONNY executive director, Kathy Del Guidice, at 315-267- 3251 or

We are looking forward to a great day of golf to fundraise for a worthy cause. I hope you will support us.


Guy C. "Chip" Lamson
Tournament Chair