The Burden of Genius

From ECO soloist Dr. Martha Summa Chadwick and General Manager Steve Weiser Reprinted with permission from Exceptional Parent Magazine – subscribe here! A spectacular series of concert performances, lectures, and workshops to advocate for a very special musical cause is scheduled in the beautiful city of Erie, Pennsylvania, during the week of April 13-17, 2015. … More The Burden of Genius

Prelude to the Dream

From ECO soloist Dr. Martha Summa Chadwick The ECO chamber music concert on Monday evening April 13th is designed as a unique celebration of both the aesthetic and therapeutic value of music. While much is known about how music influences mankind on the hedonic level, little is generally known about how music is actually experienced … More Prelude to the Dream

Music in our Schools

From Barber National Institute Executive Vice President Maureen Barber-Carey This past March was the 30th anniversary of national Music In Our Schools Month! This is a great time to celebrate the wonderful ways that music enhances learning. Several years ago, we made the commitment to boost the music program in our school. We began by … More Music in our Schools

Mozart and Me

From ECO Keyboardist Beth Etter I can relive the experience vividly, though it’s been decades ago. It was summer. I had just graduated from Allegheny College as a music major. Even then, the question was, what now? Great college, but. . .music major, from a small, rural, liberal arts college, where pre-med and pre-law students … More Mozart and Me

Being Bad is Good

From ECO Soloist Kate Amatuzzo (Papagena in our upcoming Magic Flute in Concert) I’ll never forget the first time I was cast in an opera. It was the spring of 2004, and I was just finishing up my freshman year of college at Mercyhurst University. I was a vocal performance major with a bit of … More Being Bad is Good

The Selfless Giant

From ECO Principal Cellist Ruth Ann Scanzillo Composers, like poets or painters, travel incognito. They aren’t visibly weighed down, unlike instrumental musicians with those often unwieldy cases. And, unlike actors, they wear faces nobody knows. In mixed company, most might see them as afficionados or patrons. But, their agenda is a breed apart. When composers … More The Selfless Giant


From ECO Principal Cellist Ruth Ann Scanzillo ” SEEENGH! mit deh chellow! SEEEEENGH!” His tall, gaunt, angular frame strode back and forth in front of me, that perpetual smile permitting one corner a puff puff of his aromatic pipe between each declaration. Bootsie the cat, the size of a small child, sat at the right … More Dimitri

How I Learned to Play Violin and Write Poems at the Same Time

From ECO violinist and frequent blog contributor Anna Rose Welch Growing up, I tried my hand at several hobbies. First, I tried gymnastics—but I failed to achieve a somersault. I moved on to horseback riding, but despite my great love of horses, I ended up spending each lesson tearfully asking my mom how much longer … More How I Learned to Play Violin and Write Poems at the Same Time

Celebrating the Rattles and Buzz

Behind the scenes of harpsichord performance from ECO Keyboardist Dr. Beth Etter I write to invite our community to attend the upcoming performance of the Erie Chamber Orchestra in a fascinating program featuring J.S. Bach’s 5th Brandenburg Concerto with Maureen Conlon Gutierrez (violin) and David Graham (flute), and world renowned marimbist She-e Wu performing a … More Celebrating the Rattles and Buzz

Striking Similarities

from ECO Music Director Matthew Kraemer The greatest gift to a musician or music lover must surely be the seemingly endless wealth of music spanning several centuries in western classical music. There are so many composers who have enriched the repertoire with their contributions, but very few have changed the course of music history the … More Striking Similarities

Cinematic Pioneers

from ECO Music Director Matthew Kraemer From the earliest days of motion picture history, music has played an integral role. Although the initial inclusion of music may have been merely to drown out the sound of the projector, it quickly evolved into a dramatic means of heightening drama and conveying emotions in ways that words … More Cinematic Pioneers

Charlie Chaplin

Extract from an article by David Robinson, 1989 Charles Chaplin remembered precisely the moment when, as he said, “music first entered my soul”. As a small boy, living in poverty in Kennington, he heard a pair of street musicians playing “The Honeysuckle and the Bee” on clarinet and harmonica at Kennington Cross. “It was here … More Charlie Chaplin


Written by ECO second flute Dr. Nicole McPherson From all of the career paths I’ve chosen in my life so far, including becoming a mom, becoming a momcologist was not a choice. But a mission I have been on to save my baby girl’s life. Here’s the facts. . . My husband Andrew and I … More Eleanor