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The diverse backgrounds of our musicians range from the Coast Guard to Google, from Germany to Milton, and from professional musicians to middle schoolers.  Some of us have been playing every day since we were children.  Some of us hadn't played for decades before we joined SODELO.  But we have come together as a community, sharing our passion for playing music, and for bringing orchestra music to the community.  We are a very talented community orchestra, and hope you will join us on stage, or in our audiences!  Click on the links below to learn more about some of us!

Music Director

"Destined to make his mark in a highly competitive field in which many are called but few are chosen."

- John W. Lambert, The Spectator

"Ovation after ovation rang from the standing audience, growing louder and louder as the leading ballerinas came forward. But when the conductor was led onto the stage, the roar rivaled that of the music he had led."

- Kate Dobbs Ariail, Classical Voice of North Carolina

Hailed for his inventive programming and compelling interpretations, award-winning maestro James Allen Anderson continues to engage audiences worldwide with entertaining and thought-provoking performances. Praised for his conducting versatility, he is equally at home in both concert and staged production settings. Since 2011, he has served as the director of orchestral activities and music director of the University of Delaware's Symphony Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra and Opera Theatre. Maestro Anderson continues to break new ground creating innovative programs such as the Delaware International Music Exchange (D.I.M.E.) project, the Creative Fusion Initiative (C.F.I.) and the University of Delaware's Cinema Symphony Series. Trained as a conductor and pianist, Dr. Anderson studied under esteemed maestros David Effron, Tonu Kalam, Pierre Hetu and Otto-Werner Mueller and with pianists Michael Zenge and Francis Whang.

In previous positions Dr. Anderson has served as music director of the Butte Symphony association, cover conductor of the North Carolina Symphony and director of orchestral activities at Appalachian State University and the University of Montana. He has held posts with the Eastman Opera Theatre, Triangle Opera (NC), Theater on the Ridge (NY) and the Pauper Players Theatre Company (NC). Additional affiliations include three summer seasons as resident conductor of the Master Players Festival Orchestra in Newark, Delaware, and eight seasons as resident conductor of the Cannon Music Symphony and String Orchestras in Boone, North Carolina. He is in demand as a guest conductor, having worked with ensembles in North and South America, Europe and Asia.  Upcoming international guest conducting activities include performances with the Jerusalem Symphony and the Israel Sinfonietta Beer Sheva. He remains committed to a variety of outreach projects and is a frequent adjudicator and clinician on the national and international level.

His commitment to new music developed early in his career and led to collaborations with composers such as Joseph Schwantner, Augusta Read Thomas, Michael Daugherty, Libby Larsen, Stephen Paulus, David Liptak, George Walker and Robert Moore. This commitment to new music endures with recent world premiere performances of works by Mark Hagerty, Beyond These Horizons; Robert Moran, Frammenti di un'opera barocca perduta and Star Charts and Travel Plans I; Joseph Vella Concerto Grosso; William Harbinson, Of Fire and Ice; David Maslanka, 11:11 A Dance at the Edge of the World, Symphony No. 6  "Living Earth" and A Child's Garden of Dreams: Book 2); and Daniel Bukvich, The Glittering Hill.  Recordings are available under the Albany Records label.



Justin Chou, concertmaster

Diane Coffin, assistant concertmaster *

Madison Bullard
Melissa Carson

Edward Cedar

Cecilia Conway

Eva DelGallo *

Sigrid Evers *

Barbara Hedges-Goetti

Mary Hudson *

Olivia Passwaters

Shelby Troyer


Melinda Verde, principal

Jeffrey Indrisano, co-principal

Laurie Andes

Stephen Greifer *

Daria Kellar

Robin McLean

Mary O'Connor *

Caroline Olewiler

Cynthia Stepowyj

Walter Stepowyj

Barbara Tasevoli

Carol West *

Jerri Williams


Diane Baxter Neutzling, principal
Charles Bachman

Susan Bartley

Claudia DuMerville

Leland Wood


Anthony Gizzi, principal *

Stephanie Tsantes, co-principal *

Ellen Gibby

Kimberly Leisey

Jacob Lev

Robert Moyer *

Ruth Myers

Mary William Smith *

Steve Van Order *


Jim McGiffin, principal

Robert Thomas, co-principal *

Domi Sanchez


Cindy-Lee DiMeglio, principal

Marcy Parykaza


Phoebe Marvel, principal

Jake Darmstadter


John Gottdiener, principal

Sarah Greendoner

Mary Jane Vanvestraut


Karen Brumbaugh, principal

Susan Newark


Jill Mears, principal

Aidan Hudson

Deborah Hunt

Mike Marotta

Anna Ramon


Terry Alvey, principal

Galen Gish

Kimberly Gora-Buck


David Czepukaitis, principal

James Tobias

Oliver Graves


Brian Cox

Abigail Tatmann


Scott Litzenberg


Cooper Fenton
Kim Scheaffer


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