Robert Helmacy, Music Director & Conductor

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 Audition Announcement:

 

We will be holding auditions by appointment from July 1 to September 1, 2016.

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Information

Concerts & Tickets

Nov. 12,  8:00

 

Wyalusing High School

 

11364 Wyalusing-NewAlbany Rd., Wyalusing PA 18853

Nov. 19, 8:00

 

Peckville Assembly of God

 

3364 Scranton-Carbondale Hwy, Blakely PA 18447

Dec. 3, 8:00

 

Tunkhannock Middle School

 

200 Franklin Ave, Tunkhannock PA 18657

Orchestra Members:

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Rehearsal Schedule

Program:

 

Sea Songs...............................................................................Ralph Vaughn Williams

 

Symphony No. 8 ....................................................................Ludwig van Beethoven

 

Fantasia on Greensleeves........................................................Ralph Vaughn Williams

 

Sleigh Ride........................................................................Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

 

Waltz of the Flowers.....................(from “The Nutcracker”) Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

 

Academic Festival Overture.................Johannes Brahms (Nov 12 and Nov 19 Only)

 

A Christmas Festival....................................................Leroy Anderson (Dec. 3 Only)

 

Sleigh Ride..................................................................Leroy Anderson (Dec. 3 Only)

 

 

Ticket Prices

Adult:

$10.00

Child/Student:

$5.00

Student Group Rate:

 

Groups of 10 or more students: $4 per person. 1 free adult admission for each group of 10 paid students.

Tickets are available at the door and at the following locations:

Greenwood's Furniture

 

61 E. Tioga St, Tunkhannock

Gay's True Value Hardware

 

189 E. Tioga St, Tunkhannock

Our Music Director & Conductor Robert Helmacy

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Robert Helmacy became the founding Music Director and Conductor of the Northern Tier Symphony Orchestra in Tunkhannock, Pennsylvania for its opening season in 2010-2011. Mr. Helmacy conducted the South Orange Symphony in South Orange, New Jersey, from 1972-2012. He also was a major conductor of the Eastern Music Festival in Greensboro, North Carolina, where he conducted for twenty-five years.

 

During his career with Eastern Music Festival, Mr. Helmacy conducted concerti for many world class players, including John Mack, Robert Bloom, Larry Combs, John Miller, John Marcellis, Eugene Levinson, Tom Stacey, Gustavo Romero, Gary Karr, Barry Green, Ricardo Morales and Guillaume Sutre. He also coached many young and aspiring musicians, including teaching a young Wynton Marsallis baroque ornamentation and the Hummel Eb Trumpet Concerto prior to his grammy-winning recording.

During his tenure with the South Orange Symphony, Mr. Helmacy has introduced programs such as an annual artist competition for soloists, scholarships for string players, and innovative formats for family and chamber concerts.

 

Earlier in his career, Mr. Helmacy was principal trumpet with the North Jersey Wind Symphony, where he performed the world premiere of the trumpet concerto “Return and Rebuild the Desolate Places” by Alan Hovhaness. He has also performed with the Aspen Festival Orchestra, the Juilliard Theatre Orchestra, the Hammerskold Players, and was principal trumpet with the South Orange Symphony. He has been the recipient of the Fellowship in Music Literature awarded by the Juilliard School, a conducting scholarship from the Aspen Music Festival, the Outstanding Performance Award from Boston University, and the Distinguished Alumni Award from Baldwin-Wallace College.

 

Mr. Helmacy was the conductor of the Susquehanna Valley Symphony Orchestra in 1969-1970, and director of brass ensembles, in addition to his orchestral conducting duties, at Eastern Music Festival from 1970 to 1994. He has been a faculty member at Susquehanna University (PA), County College of Morris (NJ), Caldwell College (NJ) and Wilkes University (PA).

In 1992, Mr. Helmacy commissioned a trumpet concerto from the American composer Carl Roskott, and conducted its world premiere performance in 1993. It has since been commercially recorded by Albany Records with Dr. Paul Neebe as soloist.

Mr. Helmacy taught in the Caldwell-West Caldwell schools for thirty-seven years, originally in the Band Department as a protege of Keith Brion (“Mr. Sousa”), and eventually became the high school orchestra director and violin teacher. In the 1980’s he served on the Board of the New Jersey All-State Orchestra. He has served as a guest conductor and adjudicator in the New York metropolitan area for more than twenty-five years.

 

He holds a Master’s Degree in Music from Boston University, a Diploma in Trumpet from the Juilliard School of Music, and a Bachelor of Music Education Degree from Baldwin-Wallace College. He studied trumpet with William Vacchiano, former and long-time principal trumpet of the New York Philharmonic, Mel Broiles and Bernard Adelstein, Charles Hois, Armando Ghittalla, and conducting with Jorge Mester and Walter Susskind, orchestral performance practice with James Chambers and Arthur Weisberg, and music literature with Arnold Fish and Joel Sheveloff. He studied violin with George Poinar, Elizabeth Kleinman and Norma Auth.

 

Mr. Helmacy and his wife, Colleen, currently reside in Susquehanna County, Pennsylvania.

About Us

The Northern Tier Symphony Orchestra, a 501-(c)(3) Orchestra, is the ONLY orchestra based in the Northern Tier Region of Pennsylvania.  Our mission is to provide high quality performances of the world’s finest music to residents throughout the Northern Tier Region.

 

The Symphony musicians are integral members of their communities, and teach at universities and school districts across the region. They represent the extensive range of talent that the Northern Tier has to offer, including players who have previously performed with such prestigious groups as the President’s Own Marine Corp Band, the U.S. Army and Air Force Bands, New York Philharmonic, Radio City Music Hall, the Bogota, Columbia Symphony, the American Symphony, New Jersey Symphony, New Orleans Symphony, Pittsburgh Opera and Ballet Company, Knoxville Symphony, and Garden State Philharmonic.

 

Performances by the Northern Tier Symphony have regularly sold out the 600 seats in our base venue of Tunkhannock, prompting us to add additional performances venues in Towanda, Honesdale, Hawley, and New Milford.

 

By sponsoring the Northern Tier Symphony, you will be instrumental in providing high quality cultural access for the people of the Northern Tier Region, while utilizing the Region’s own wealth of talent.

 

 

 

MISSION STATEMENT

 

1. Provide a quality musical performance venue in which qualified musicians can rehearse and perform in a professional manner

 

2. Provide concerts at an affordable cost for the people of the Northern Tier Region of Pennsylvania

 

3. Perform the finest of serious orchestral literature at the highest level.

 

Support Us

SPONSORSHIPS, GIFTS, and ADVERTISEMENTS

 

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GIFT LEVELS (PER SEASON):

 

 

$ 5,000+.................................................................................................Distinguished Benefactor

 

$ 2,500 - $4,999...........................................................................................................Golden Tier

 

$ 1,000 - $2,499...............................................................................................Conductor’s Circle

 

$ 750 - $ 999..........................................................................................................Diamond Circle

 

$ 500 - $ 749.......................................................................................................Symphony Circle

 

$ 250 - $ 499.........................................................................................................................Patron

 

$ 100 - $ 249..........................................................................................................................Angel

 

$ 50 - $ 99....................................................................................................................Contributor

 

$ 20 - $ 49............................................................................................................................Friend

 

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ADVERTISEMENT IN CONCERT PROGRAM:

 

$ 200...........................................................................................................................Back Cover

 

$ 100.......................................................................................................Full-page advertisement

 

$ 85..........................................................................................................3/4 page advertisement

 

$ 65..........................................................................................................1/2 page advertisement

 

$ 40.........................................................................................................1/4 page advertisement

 

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Please submit your business card or prepared advertisement via email to:

 

northerntiersymphony@yahoo.com

 

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via U.S. Mail to:

P.O. Box 111

Nicholson PA  18446-0111

 

 

 

 

CHAIR SPONSORSHIPS (PER SEASON):

 

$300.............................................................................................................Concertmaster (1)

 

* Acknowledged by name, tribute, or memorial in concert program, 2 complimentary tickets*

 

$200.......................................................String Section Leader or Assistant Concertmaster

 

* Acknowledged by name, tribute, or memorial in concert program, 2 complimentary tickets*

 

$100...........................................................................................Any Other Orchestra Chair

 

* Acknowledged by name, tribute, or memorial in concert program, 2 complimentary tickets*

 

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SEASON AND CONCERT SPONSORSHIPS

 

Season Sponsor - $7,500

 

    Primary billing on all publicity products

    Acknowledgement on Press Release to Media throughout the region, Email Subscriber List (approx 2,000 addresses)

    Acknowledgement in our concert programs

    Acknowledgement on our website Home Page

    Acknowledgement on our Facebook page

    On-stage recognition of your representative(s) at concert

    10 Complimentary tickets to each concert

 

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Concert Sponsors - $2,000 (Specify venue choice)

 

    Secondary billing on all publicity products for your concert

    Acknowledgement on Press Release to Media throughout the region, Email Subscriber List (approx 2,000 addresses)

    Acknowledgement in our concert programs

    Acknowledgement on our website Concerts and Tickets Page

    Acknowledgement on our Facebook page

    8 Complimentary tickets to each concert

 

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“Additional Funding” Sponsors - $750 (Specify venue choice)

 

    Acknowledgement on all publicity products for your concert

    Acknowledgement in our concert programs

    Acknowledgement on notifications to our Email Subscriber List

    Acknowledgement on ”About Us” page of our website

    Acknowledgement or our Facebook page

    6 Complimentary tickets to concert

 

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Business 400 Club (Yearly)

 

$400 (Logo Level)

*Your company name and logo featured in primary position on a Sign in Concert Lobby;

*4 Season Complimentary Tickets.

 

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Business 200 Club (Yearly)

 

$200 (Listing Level)

*Your company name featured on a Sign in Concert Lobby;

*2 Season Complimentary Tickets.

 

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SPECIAL GIFT

 

The Northern Tier Symphony Orchestra is seeking a Donor to provide $12,000 for the purchase of a set of professional quality TIMPANI.  These superior kettle drums are made with expensive hand-hammered copper bowls, and are unmatched in tone, mechanical action and sensitivity of tuning.

 

The Donor(s) will:

 

 * Be acknowledged in a Special Press Release

 

 * Be recognized in our concert progams

 

 * Receive a large, framed, commemorative photograph of the Donor(s) with the Northern Tier Symphony Music Director and Conductor, Executive Director and Timpanist, along with the set of Timpani.

 

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