NEPA Philharmonic to Perform at Jaya’s Annual on the Roof

On Thursday, July 4th, at 9 AM, Hilary Steinberg of Jaya Yoga in Clarks Summit, and the Marketplace at Steamtown will sponsor the eleventh annual Yoga on the Roof, which includes one hour of yoga accompanied by live music played by Philharmonic musicians. The yoga practice will be followed by treats compliments of Maximum Zen.  This event is a favorite way to launch to Independence Day celebrations and benefits the Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic’s educational and outreach programs.

A five-minute mediation led by Lisa Rigau will open the event. Leading the yoga practice will be Jaya Yoga’s owner Hilary Steinberg, and instructor Lily Mackarey. Featured musicians are Leah Valenches, Juliet Valenches, and Peter Brubaker.

Yoga on the Roof is a unique event in Northeastern Pennsylvania, taking place on the morning of the holiday overlooking historic downtown Scranton.  Participants are invited to pre-register at until Tuesday, July 2nd.  Walk ins are welcome.  All are asked to arrive by 8:45 AM on Thursday, July 4th, rain or shine.

A donation of $20 is requested. The Philharmonic projects that directly benefit from Yoga on the Roof are Music in our Schools, Meet the Maestra, Young People’s Concerts, a juried mentoring program for talented high school music students, musical performances in senior living centers and a new initiative for tots in regional libraries.

 Pre-registration is also available by calling the Philharmonic at 570.270.4444.  For additional information about Yoga on the Roof, please contact

The Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic is a fully professional symphony orchestra performing in Lackawanna and Luzerne counties. Music Director and Conductor is Mélisse Brunet. For additional information about the Philharmonic, sponsorship opportunities, and concerts, please call (570) 270-4444. 

NEPA Philharmonic Takes Center Stage in June and July

The Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic’s June and July events will include a main stage concert, the NEPA premiere and private screening of the award-winning documentary Maestra, the launch of the 2024-2025 season, a summer BBQ hosted by the Philharmonic League, Yoga on the Roof, and free Independence Day concerts in Scranton and Wilkes-Barre.

Saturday, June 1, the Philharmonic will kick off its summer season with a Masterworks concert featuring the esteemed Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1, with pianist, Xiayin Wang, and Rachmaninoff’s sublime Symphony No. 2. The concert will take place at 7:30PM at Kirby Center for the Creative Arts at Wyoming Seminary. Tickets range in price from $38-$76, with free student admission (available through calling the box office or at the door). Parking is also free. Concert sponsors are Sundance Travel, Geisinger Temple B’nai B’rith, and Steinway & Sons.

On Sunday, June 2, the Philharmonic will host a private screening and reception at the Scranton Art Haus of the award-winning documentary “Maestra” featuring the NEPA Philharmonic’s conductor Mélisse Brunet. This will be the only screening in our region of this internationally acclaimed film.  VIP Tickets are $125, which includes a private meet and greet with Maestra Mélisse Brunet at 1:30 PM. Patron tickets are $75 and includes a 2 PM reception, movie screening and Q & A.  The “Maestra” event is sponsored by Scranton Art Haus and Serenity Senior Living. Tickets must be purchased in advance and seating is limited.

June will also mark the launch of the eclectic 2024-25 season “Building Bridges”.  Next season will feature the fully professional NEPA Philharmonic at its best, with tributes to Queen and Tina Turner, two holiday concerts, and three classical concerts featuring works by Tchaikovsky, Bizet, Sibelius, Dvorak, Copland, the thrilling Carmina Burana and more. Concert venues include Scranton Cultural Center, F. M. Kirby Center for the Performing Arts, Kirby Center for Creative Arts, and Mohegan Pennsylvania Casino. The full season will be announced in June with early bird subscriptions available for purchase in July.

On June 26 the Philharmonic League will host Swing Into Summer with Jazz & Jeans at Constantinos in Clarks Summit. Join us as we celebrate our 2024 Philharmonic League honoree, Mary Marrara, recognizing her many years of commitment to the League and to our community.  Music for the event will be by Erin Malloy. Tickets are $55 per person. Please RSVP: The Philharmonic League, PO Box 4525, Scranton PA 18505, or

All proceeds benefit the Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic, with a large portion dedicated to Once Upon an Orchestra Community Outreach and our Senior Citizen Outreach.

The 11th Annual Yoga on the Roof, a project of Jaya Yoga Studio Clarks Summit owned by Hillary Steinberg, features live music by the Philharmonic and will take place on Thursday, July 4th at 9 AM on the roof of the Marketplace at Steamtown’s Electric City Parking Garage.  This annual one-hour yoga practice is open to all level practitioners and is followed by treats from Maximum Zen.  A donation of $15 supports young people’s programs of the NEPA Philharmonic.  Preregistration is possible at and walk ins are welcome.

An annual tradition…free Independence Day NEPA Philharmonic concerts will take place on Courthouse Square in Scranton on Wednesday, July 3rd, and at Kirby Park in Wilkes Barre on Thursday, July 4th.  A program of familiar patriotic songs will be followed by a giant fireworks display.  These concerts are sponsored by The City of Scranton, The City of Wilkes-Barre, and Visit Luzerne County (Department of Tourism).

For tickets and additional information about the Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic, please check out or call 570.270.4444.

NEPA Philharmonic Executive Director Announces Retirement

Nancy Sanderson will retire from her position as executive director of the Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic on December 31, 2024, according to Carol Nelson Dembert, president of the NEPA Philharmonic’s board of directors.

On behalf of the board and staff, Nelson Dembert expressed appreciation for Sanderson’s service. “Nancy has led the NEPA Philharmonic for ten years, exhibiting outstanding leadership and stewardship,” she said. “Nancy has earned the respect of the region, our partners in the arts and education, our musicians, our sponsors, our board of trustees, and our patrons.”

Sanderson has been the face of the NEPA Philharmonic for a decade. Under her guidance, the orchestra has overcome many challenges, including COVID and economic changes, while still maintaining the Philharmonic’s position as the leading performing arts organization in
Northeastern Pennsylvania.

Also, during Sanderson’s tenure, the orchestra has expanded its educational programs with regional schools, introduced a juried mentoring program for highly talented high school students, and expanded the Music in our Schools program. Recently, Sanderson launched interactive performances in senior centers and children’s libraries.

Nancy shared her feelings about her upcoming retirement. “It is with mixed emotions that I’ve
made the difficult decision to step down from my position as executive director of the NEPA
Philharmonic. Since I joined the Philharmonic’s team in 2014, I have been honored to be a part of some major changes and accomplishments, all of which are positive and promising for the future of our outstanding regional orchestra. I have treasured the opportunity to get to know our incredibly talented musicians, our hard-working board members, and last, but not least, our loyal patrons. I know I leave the orchestra in the capable hands of the entire NEPA Philharmonic team, and I look forward to attending concerts as an enthusiastic and appreciative audience member.”

Nelson Dembert has named Carl Witkowski, chair of the NEPA Philharmonic board governance committee, to chair the search committee. “Nancy has set the bar very high,” Nelson Dembert stated, “and we are confident that with our new executive director in place, we will continue to entertain, educate and enhance life in Northeastern Pennsylvania.”

NEPA Philharmonic to Celebrate 100th Anniversary of Rhapsody in Blue with All Gershwin Concert

The Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic, under the baton of Maestra Mélisse Brunet, will present an ALL GERSHWIN Concert on Friday, April 12, at 7:30 PM at the Scranton Cultural Center, 420 North Washington Avenue.  The program will feature three Gershwin masterpieces: Rhapsody in Blue, An American in Paris, and selections from Porgy and Bess. Soloist for Rhapsody will be international pianist, Ron Stabinsky, who was born and raised in NEPA. Ron studied classical repertoire with concert pianists Ilya Itin and Thomas Hrynkiw.  

Introducing the Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic from the stage will be President of the Greater Scranton Chamber of Commerce, Robert Durkin.

This will be an incredible evening of music by the innovative genius, George Gershwin. Pianist Lara Downes said, that when we hear Rhapsody in Blue, we are somehow connecting with Gershwin, his enthusiasm, his open heart, and his wanting to show us the best of what our country can be-whether we know it or not.

Vocalists Michael Preacely and Marquita Richardson will be soloists for songs from Porgy and Bess. Baritone, Michael Preacely, and soprano Marquita Richardson, have worked with numerous major and regional opera houses and orchestras in the United States and have consistently garnered critical acclaim.

George Gershwin, 1898-1937, was an American composer and pianist whose eclectic compositions spanned popular jazz and classical genres. Among his other compositions were Swanee, Concerto in F, Overture to Strike up the Band, I’ve Got Rhythm, the scores to Shall We Dance, Girl Crazy, and many more. Unfortunately, his career was cut short at the age of 38 when he died from a brain tumor.

Tickets may be purchased at, through the Philharmonic box office, 570.270.4444, at the Scranton Cultural Center Box office, or at the door on concert night. Reserved seats begin at $38. Student tickets are $16

Sponsoring this ALL GERSHWIN evening are PNC Foundation, Dr. Seth and Caroline Fisher, Munley Law, Louis and Barbara Nivert, Toyota of Scranton, and The Atkins Family. Our media sponsors are WNEP TV, WVIA, Happenings Magazine, Halibut Blue, Lamar Advertising, and

Discover NEPA Our Philharmonic concerts would not be possible without sponsorship by our friends in the corporate community and individuals who are committed to keeping the music playing.

The Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic is a fully professional symphony orchestra, performing in Lackawanna and Luzerne counties.  In addition to main stage concerts, the Philharmonic performs chamber concerts, “Music in Or Schools”, “Once Upon an Orchestra for tots in public libraries, and programs in local senior centers. At the center of the Philharmonic’s music programs is a juried mentoring program that offers talented high school students the opportunity to study with Philharmonic musicians throughout the year and perform side by side with their mentors in the annual Young People’s Concerts. For additional information about tickets, programs, sponsorships, or special events, please call 570.270.4444