Changing our World through the Power of Music

The Mission of the the Ashtabula Area Orchestra: Helping people in our community discover the power of music by giving them opportunities to listen and actively engage in learning about orchestral music and playing orchestral music all year long. Our shared vision is to have a world where each and every person on our community, no matter their social or economic status, has access to orchestral music in their lives.

About Us

The Ashtabula Area Orchestra serves a unique purpose in our community. Founded in 1982, we present live orchestral music and provide opportunities for local and regional musicians to perform.  Our orchestra makes very efficient use of our donated funds and work hard to provide the highest quality musical performances and educational events for our community.

2003 AAO History Overview with Former Musical Director, Michael Gelfand
(courtesy: MediaMagicOhio.com)

Upcoming Concerts

Ashtabula Area Orchestra Holiday Concerts 2022:

Spreading Holiday Cheer Across North and South County!

Come Celebrate the Holiday Season with the Ashtabula Area Orchestra!

Saturday, December 3, 7 pm. Lakeside Performing Arts Center at Lakeside High School, Ashtabula, Ohio, 44004. Tickets available at the door and online at Eventbrite.com .

Sunday, December 4, 2 pm. Pymatuning Veteran’s Memorial Performing Arts Center. Tickets available at the door and online at Eventbrite.com .

Tickets: Adults- $12, Seniors- $10, Students – $6, Children 5 and under – Free

Once again, Saturday and Sunday, Orchestra board members will be holding a 50/50 raffle and a giving away a door prize to one lucky ticketholder. Raffle tickets can be purchased in the lobby, prior to the concerts and during intermissions. Proceeds will benefit the Orchestra and its community educational programs.

For more information and updates, visit our Facebook page- @AshtabulaOrchestra and our Twitter feed – @AshtabulaO

AAO Holiday Concert 2022


In Residence at the Lakeside Performing Arts Center in Ashtabula, Ohio, the Ashtabula Area Orchestra attracts musicians from all over Northeast Ohio and Northwestern Pennsylvania. We have regular players join us from as far away as Euclid, Youngstown, Madison, Cleveland Heights, Mentor, Chardon and across the state line in Meadville and Sharon. We welcome musicians from other community, college and high school orchestras. We also invite those of you who used to play back in high school or college, to pick up your instrument again and play with a full symphony orchestra in a fun, low-pressure environment. Need to brush up with some instrumental lessons? Many of our members offer lessons… contact us and we will connect you.

2022 Holiday Concert Personnel

2021 Holiday Concert Personnel

Ashtabula Area Orchestra 2018-2020

First Violin

Art Reichenfeld, Jan Reichenfeld, Bonnie Savage Faranacci, Cheryl Dickson-Walker, Andona Zacks-Jordan, Elva Newcomer-Kocher, Anna Ring, Laurie Godfrey, Judy Jones, Anika Avery Grant

Second Violin

Linda Doviak, Kathryn Dutton, Jonna Mazza, Natalie Hanson, Morgan Franklin, Melinda Crawford, Nicolas Mibaly, Paul Bailie, Hannah Foots


Carol Linsenmeier, Zaneeta Zachs-Gabriel, Kira Kosatka, Ed Burke, Judy Wahlenmayer , Andy Snell, McKinzie Bumbarger


Rochelle Hylton, Greg Kinat, Brant Gephart, Emily Glink, Julianne Sheldon, Bill Anderson, Dave Owens


Rich Rea, Earl Inks, Joel Meltzer, Mitchell Lemponen


Abigail Beesler, Ruth Simon, Nan Adams-Case


Marion Carrel, Matthew Incorvia, Ruth Rea, Kaylee Perala


Marianne Carel, Kathy Zetts


Marjorie Rutherford, Brick Bates, Philip Kish

French Horn

Chip Laveck, Sue Miller, Jim Fuller, Gail Collister


Angie Shelton, Tom Stevenson, Richard Sesco


Bridget Sherman, Chris Sherman, David Roth, Kurt Updegraf, Amber Forrer


Andy Stevenson


Chris Dunn, JohnDunn, Josh Sommers, Ryan Wells


Mary Ann Stevenson


Brian Mather, Andrea Tredent

Support the Orch!

The Ashtabula Area Orchestra is a rare jewel: a small town American orchestra based in a rural county. The reality is that in order for us to continue our mission of serving the musical and educational needs of our community, we need more support from you. Your support is critical to the long term stability of our historic organization and the betterment of Ashtabula and its surrounding communities. It only takes a few moments to make your contribution, and it makes a huge difference to us. Please donate to “Ashtabula Area Orchestra Inc.”  And remember – your donation is always tax-deductible.

Support the Ashtabula Area Orchestra today! You’ll benefit, and so will the Ashtabula County area. You now can donate online at our Facebook page, @AshtabulaOrcherstra


There are seven levels of membership:

Grand Benefactor $3,000 and above
Platinum $1,000 – $2,999
Gold $500 – $999
Silver $250 – $499
Bronze $100 – $249
Musician’s Club $50 – $99
Friend $25 – $49

To become a member, send your contribution to the Ashtabula Area Orchestra Society. Inc., P.O. Box 415. Ashtabula, Ohio 44005-0415. Please make checks payable to the Ashtabula Area Orchestra, Inc. We are a 501c3, not-for-profit corporation. Your contribution is tax-deductible and and you can always make a donation at any of our orchestra concerts..


The Ashtabula Area Orchestra continues to seek corporate and/or individual concert sponsors. If you are interested in sponsoring or partially sponsoring a concert, contact the Ashtabula Area Orchestra . Inc. 440-294-2431 or contact us on Facebook @AshtabulaOrchestra.


Get terrific exposure for your business or organization, while supporting Ashtabula’s community orchestra. Purchase an ad in our Concert Program Booklet. Through the generosity of the Ashtabula Area City Schools’ Board of Education, we are granted rehearsal space at the high school, but we must cover all other operational costs through support from patrons, grants, fundraisers, orchestra members and area advertisers, such as you.

Your advertisement in our Concert Program Booklet will be seen by all attending our upcoming concerts. Our ad rates accommodate all budgets, large and small. Ad cost includes preparation of camera-ready art , which can be submitted as a high-resolution electronic jpeg, tif or pdf file. Electronic files can be emailed to AshtabulaOrchestra@gmail.com . For more information on placing an ad in our Concert Program Booklet, call us at 440-294-2431.

We look forward to seeing you at our concerts this season! Thank you in advance for your generous support.