master classes


Montgomery Philharmonic, Inc. is a community orchestra based in Gaithersburg, Maryland, dedicated to providing opportunities to enjoy, explore, and create music. As a teaching orchestra with education at the center of our mission, we provide an environment that promotes excellence for musicians of various levels to play orchestral music for themselves and for the community. Our goal is for the audience to experience classical music from great composers ranging from Bach to Webern and everything in between and to come together in the community to share a love of music in an exciting and welcoming environment.

Adult Education Master Classes with Members of the BSO and NSO

The Montgomery Philharmonic is pleased to offer a free virtual orchestral masterclass with Andrew Balio, Principal Trumpet – Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. The masterclass will be a lecture and demonstration focusing on Symphony No. 5 by Tchaikovsky. Maestro Balio will explain the work from a brass player’s perspective and all instrumentalists are welcome to attend. The masterclass will take place from 7:00 – 8:30 PM on Monday, August 31 via To receive a login code, please go to and click on the ABOUT tab to find masterclasses and register. The first 100 registrations will be admitted to the class. The masterclass is free and donations are enthusiastically accepted.

The sessions below will be held at Gaithersburg Presbyterian Church, 610 S. Frederick Avenue. Pre-registration is Required.

BSO Concertmaster Jonathan Carney begins his twelfth season with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra after 12 seasons in the same position with London’s Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. Born in New Jersey, Mr. Carney hails from a musical family with all six members having graduated from The Juilliard School. Following completion of his studies with Ivan Galamian and Christine Dethier, he was awarded a Leverhulme Fellowship to continue his studies in London at the Royal College of Music.

After enjoying critically acclaimed international tours as both concertmaster and soloist with numerous ensembles, Mr. Carney was invited by Vladimir Ashkenazy to become concertmaster of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in 1991. He was also appointed concertmaster of the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra in 1994 and the Basque National Orchestra in 1996. Recent solo performances have included concertos by Bruch, Korngold, Khatchaturian, Sibelius, Nielsen, the Brahms Double Concerto and Vaughan Williams’ The Lark Ascending, which was featured as a live BBC broadcast from London’s Barbican Hall.

He has made a number of recordings, including concertos by Mozart, Vivaldi, and Nielsen; sonatas by Brahms, Beethoven, and Franck; and a disc of virtuoso works by Sarasate and Kreisler, with his mother, Gloria Carney, accompanying him on piano. New releases include Beethoven’s Archduke and Ghost trios, the cello quintet of Schubert, and a Dvorak disc with the Terzetto and four Romantic pieces for violin. .

Violinist Julie Savignon has established herself as an active soloist, chamber musician, orchestral player, and teacher. Her performances have taken her to such distinguished venues as Carnegie Hall, the Smithsonian in Washington, D.C., the Kennedy Center, Salle Cortot in Paris, and the Muza Kawasaki Symphony Hall in Tokyo. Ms. Savignon recently traveled to Paris, where she performed in recital and to critical acclaim at the famed Salle Cortot.

Equally comfortable in the orchestral world, Ms. Savignon is currently a regular substitute player with the Baltimore Symphony and the National Symphony Orchestra. She has toured extensively with the NSO and was invited to participate in the National Symphony’s most recent South American tour. Previously, Ms. Savignon was appointed Assistant Principal Second Violin of the Charlotte Symphony. Ms. Savignon also performs with the Washington Concert Opera, the Master Chorale of Washington at the Kennedy Center, and the National Cathedral Choral Society. She is a member of the Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic and has performed with the Reading, Lancaster, and Delaware Symphonies and the Smithsonian Chamber Players. She has participated in several recordings with the Houston Symphony Orchestra, Christoph Eschenbach conducting, while serving as a substitute player at the invitation of Mr. Eschenbach. Ms. Savignon toured Asia with the New York Symphonic Ensemble in July 2007.
As a chamber musician, Ms. Savignon has collaborated with such artists as Kenneth Goldsmith, Norman Fischer, Csaba Erdely, Anne Epperson, and Brian Connelly, among others. She has participated in the acclaimed Foothills Chamber Music Festival in Winston-Salem, where she took part in a concert paying homage to the late African-American composer Undine Smith Moore. She is currently working on a recording of works by Bartok, Strauss, and Shostakovich with the Smithsonian Chamber Players.

Ms. Savignon served on the faculties of both Penn State University and Juniata College in Pennsylvania, where she also directed the string ensembles. Her students can be found among the ranks of some of this country’s finest music institutions. In addition, she has maintained a private studio for the past 8 years.

Ms. Savignon studied in France at the renowned Conservatoire National in Dijon, where she was awarded The Medaille D’or by unanimous vote. While in Europe, Ms Savignon was profiled on several occasions by National French television and featured in live performances and interviews. She completed her academic Baccalaureate Degree in France with high honors and then joined famed violinist Josef Gingold’s studio at Indiana University. She then completed both the Bachelor and Master of Music degrees in violin performance at Rice University under the tutelage of Sergiu Luca and Kathleen Winkler.

Ms. Savignon plays a fine Enrico Rocca violin and uses a Eugene Sartory bow, considered to be one of his finest examples.

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