Annapolis Symphony Academy Students to Perform a Free Concert with Musicians from Annapolis Symphony Orchestra


The Annapolis Symphony Academy Lyra Ensembles and Aries String Orchestra will perform a concert alongside Annapolis Symphony Orchestra musicians in a performance at Temple Beth Shalom on Sunday, December 11th, at 4:00 PM. The performance is free and no tickets are required. More information about the Academy is available on their website

The students will perform alongside Annapolis Symphony Orchestra musicians, who mentor the young people. Netanel Draiblate, founder of the Academy, said “Our ASO musicians are knowledgeable, experienced, and amazing at assisting the students in rehearsals and concerts. The side-by-side December 11th concert is a highlight for our students, and they look forward to playing next to their ASO mentors.”

Susan Dapkunas, Director of The Lyra Ensembles, said “The Lyra Ensemble Program engages our less experienced string players. When students participate in chamber music early on, they gain confidence and start to understand the give-and-take required of a musician. Come hear how lyrical the Lyra Ensembles can be playing folk and dance tunes by Beethoven and Mussorgsky as well as pieces by Bach, Humperdinck and Mozart. “

Heather Haughn, Chair of Annapolis Academy String Department, said “The students in Aries are very dedicated to their craft. Their commitment to bringing the music to life and giving an exciting, polished performance of each work is evident.”  The Aries String Orchestra will perform works by Beethoven, Rimsky-Korsakov, and contemporary composers Newbold and Atwell. “We have a few holiday pieces programmed too. There is something for everyone,” said Haughn.

The Academy thanks founding donors Peter Chambliss and Jane Campbell-Chambliss and other supporters for their generous contributions.

About the Aries Youth Chamber Orchestra 

The Aries Youth Chamber Orchestra is designed to further the ensemble playing skills of young musicians who may have prior experience playing in small ensembles. Students participate in weekly Chamber Orchestra rehearsals lessons led by Ms. Heather Haughn, and perform exciting Chamber Orchestra repertoire at Annapolis Symphony Academy concerts. Students also participate in exciting collaborations with partner youth orchestras. Tuition assistance is available for this first-in-the-nation model for progressive musical training. Learn more by visiting

About the Annapolis Symphony Academy

The Annapolis Symphony Academy is changing lives by providing accessible high-level musical education to students of all cultural and economic backgrounds while addressing the under-representation of minority musicians in the classical music field. Half of the Annapolis Symphony Academy student body is composed of minorities under-represented in contemporary orchestras of the United States. The ASA employs a model that emphasizes interaction and mutual respect. This model provides a diverse student body: it merges two overlapping, non-identical concepts of equality into one program. Students are selected for the program strictly based on merit and their drive to learn and become better musicians. Regardless of a student’s cultural background and through the incredible generosity of our donors, the Academy awards up to fifty percent of its annual tuition revenue in need-based scholarships. To learn more about the ASA, visit

About the ASO

The mission of the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra is to inspire, educate and enrich lives near and far by creating extraordinary musical experiences with uncompromising artistic excellence. As we celebrate our 61st year in Annapolis, we are more intent than ever on bringing More Music, To More Places, For More People.

The Annapolis Symphony Orchestra offers subscription packages, both for in-person and virtual viewing, as well as tickets for single in-person programs. For more information and purchase tickets or subscriptions, see or contact the box office at 410-263-0907.

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