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
Julie Meneghini/Artistic Team
Karen McConomy/Personnel Director
Kathy Earley /Community Relations
Paul Hurst/Community Volunteer, Fundraising
Jonah Lovy/Social Media
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
Dan Lovy / President
VACANT / Vice President
Mark Avenmarg / Treasurer
Thomas Palance / Artistic Director
Chris Florio / Assistant Artistic Director
G. Paul Naeger
Special thanks to
B. Aline Blanchard
for her support of the Orchestra
and her sponsorship of The 2021
awarded to G. Paul Naeger.
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.
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.
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.