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Board of Directors/Community Support


Dan Lovy/ President

Chris Burke / Vice President, Fundraising

Mark Avenmarg / Treasurer
Thomas Palance / Artisic Director, Composer

Chris Florio/Composer, Artistic Team

G.Paul Naeger/Composer
Julie Meneghini/Artistic Team

Karen McConomy/Personnel Director

Laurie Hawkins/Fundraising

Kathy Earley /Community Relations

Paul Hurst/Community Volunteer, Fundraising

Jonah Lovy/Social Media

Our Mission

The Orchestra on the Hill provides opportunities for local artists to unite through professional and unique performances while fostering the growth of young performers.


Building Culture Where We Live


Board of Directors


Executive Board


Dan Lovy / President
Stephen Moore / Vice President
Mark Avenmarg / Treasurer
Mary Zolner / Acting Clerk




Thomas Palance / Artistic Director
Chris Florio / Assistant Artistic Director

Donna Riccardi / Director of Development

Eileen Yarrison / Principal flute Soloist / Educational Outreach Director
Julie Stückenschneider Meneghini / Principal Clarinet / Communications Team
Karen McConomy / Principal Viola / Personnel Manager / Educational Outreach Team

Joan Wilking / Director of Communications

G. Paul Naeger / Composer in Residence

Board Member Biographies >

Special thanks to
B. Aline Blanchard

for her support of the Orchestra
and her sponsorship of The
Composer-in-Residence Chair
awarded to G. Paul Naeger.


Our Vision

The Orchestra On The Hill is a regional arts organization based in Ipswich, MA devoted to producing interdisciplinary performances featuring the highest professional musicianship as well as performance art. Our mission is to contribute to the cultural enrichment of the North Shore of Massachusetts and beyond through exceptional concerts of orchestral music while showcasing other local artists including the visual arts, dance, poetry, animation and photography. The Orchestra On The Hill also provides opportunities for non-professional musicians to rehearse together while being coached and supported by professional conductors and players. Our goal is to encourage developing artists to continue to develop their abilities and to provide a platform for them to showcase their skills and to share this talent with our communities. 

Our Mission

The Orchestra On The Hill enriches the community by providing opportunities for musicians and other artists to collaborate through professional and innovative orchestral performances. The Orchestra On The Hill encourages youth participation and development while celebrating the natural beauty and rich history of our region.

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Artistic Director

Thomas is the founder and Artistic Director of The Orchestra on The Hill. He is an Assistant Professor at The Berklee College of Music and a Yamaha Artist. He has previously taught at The Boston Conservatory, Salem State University and The University of New Hampshire. Tom has been a professional versatile trumpet player and conductor for over forty years. Tom served twenty years in the Navy’s premiere band in Washington DC performing at The White House, The Kennedy Center and twenty-two national tours, and has performed for five US presidents as well as other world-wide dignitaries.  Tom has been on numerous studio recordings including four of his own releases. As an artistic leader he brought a variety of collaborations to the Boston area such as “Tiento Batu” at Salem State University, “Synergy” at Windover Estate and two “Images” concerts with The Orchestra on The Hill working with dancers, poets, visual artists, and animators. Tom is currently writing music using the vibrations of amino acids as an approach for higher artistic expression recently premiering two of those works, “Greetings from The Once Hidden”, and “Asah Mitera”.



Assistant Artistic Director

Chris Florio is an Ipswich, Mass. resident and award winning composer and performer. His works have been performed by the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, the Metrowest Symphony, the Greater Trenton Symphony, the Berklee Contemporary Orchestra and The Orchestra On The Hill. He has released several albums of his compositions on Passion Records. He has performed and Recorded with Full Metal Revolutionary Jazz ensemble (Drimala Records). Chris has taught game audio, animation and game programming at the New England Institute of Art and lives in Ipswich with his wife Helen, a young terrier, a barn cat and a rescued race horse.  

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