About Us

Since its first concert in June 2002, Allegro Orchestra Lancaster has brought joyful music to the Lancaster community. Inspired by the vision of Founder and Artistic Director, Dr. Brian Norcross, the ensemble embodies the classic definition of music by Catherine Drinker Bowen as a “conversation between friends.” Most of Allegro’s immensely talented professional players are from Lancaster County. Their love of great music – and of playing together – shows in every performance.


Our mission is to expand the appreciation and love for classical music across multiple generations in Lancaster County by making great music accessible in new, friendly and playful ways. Join us!

 
Artistic Leadership
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Dr. Brian Norcross

Artistic Director

Dr. Brian Norcross is not only the Artistic Director of Allegro Orchestra Lancaster but also one of its founders. His passion for creating a joyful experience when conducting, playing and listening to classical music drives much of Allegro’s artistic vision and audience experience.

Many people know Brian from Franklin & Marshall College where he is the Conductor of Instrumental Ensembles. He is also well known around the community as the Director of Music at First United Methodist Church.

He and his wife Kim have four children: Molly, Megan, Greyson and Gloria.

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Melody Cliff

Concert Master

Allegro is thrilled to have the talented Melody Cliff as its concert master.  Melody has been performing with Allegro since 2008. She is passionate about sharing the joy of music with the next generation of musicians and audiences alike. Melody is the orchestra director at Lower Dauphin Middle and High Schools, where she has taught for over 10 years.

A native of Elizabethtown, she was a violin student of Odin Rathnam, Melinda Daetsch, and Michael Jamanis. Melody studied Music Education at Lancaster Bible College and earned her Master's Degree in Violin Performance from West Chester University, where she studied with Sylvia Ahramjian.

 

Melody lives in downtown Lancaster with her husband Bill and their two sons, Griffin and Gavin.

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Zachary Levi

Assistant Conductor

Zachary Levi is Allegro's Assistant Conductor and NextGEN Youth Orchestra's Overture Conductor. He is also the high school orchestra director in the Southern York County School District as well as the orchestra director at York College. In addition to teaching and conducting, Zach is an active cellist performing with Allegro and the York Symphony. He lives in Columbia with his wife Johanna and their son, Samuel.

 
 
Board Members

Gene Clark

Scott Cullen

Morgann Davis

Zach Fried, President

Carl Hartman

Ken Husler
Catrina Laubach, Treasurer

Beth Lavender
Anne Nye
Stephanie Stauffer

Betsy Swartz

Gary Troxell

 

Paul E. Richer II, CEO
 

 
Musicians

Bass

Brent Edmondson

Brian Krauss

Charlie Burnett

Don Grabowski

John Shank

John Yerger

Michael Banks

Bassoon

Bryce Troy

Garrett Brown

Kimberly Nolet

Ralph Lehman

Robin Plant

Cello

Beth Lavender

Brian Mishler

Greg Flury

John Caldwell

Melissa Brun

Nathan Lavender

Sara Male

Steve Lavender

Zach Levi

Clarinet

Amy Halteman

Christy Banks

Gary Troxell

Rob Shaubach

Flute

Alice Broadway

CJ Flint

Jana MacKay

Matthew Angelo

Morgann Davis

Harp

Cheryl Cunningham

Elizabeth Asmus

Horn

Anne Nye

Elizabeth Pfaffle

Grace Salyards

Jill Graybill

Kristen Albert

Leah Jorgensen

Lori Groff

Oboe

Jill Hoffmann

Kathy Horein

Lauren Fairfull

Victoria Ritter

Percussion

Bob Nowak

Brent Behrenshausen

Grace Asuncion

Jim Martin

Jud Brill

Tom Blanchard

Piano

Biba Benjamin

Rosemary Blessing

Sara Nyquist

Trombone

Clay Sattazahn

Jerry Heilner

Scott Cullen

Steve Shiffer

Tracy Burke

Euphonium

Mark Brumbach

Ryan Kriebel

Trumpet

Curtis Palmer

Doug Albert

Keith Wiley

PC King

Todd Fulginiti

Tuba

Geoff Davis

Michael Banks

William Grager

Viola

Anthony Scheuerman

Christy Kauffman

Jody Greve

John Hamilton

Michael Gamon

Richard Ney

Violin

Amanda Krauss

Betsy Swartz

Brianna Mellon

Chi Park

Christopher Brooks

Corrinne White

Elizabeth Hess

Johanna Levi

Katelyn Kiehl

MaryLee Yerger

Melody Cliff, Concertmaster

Sally Woodman

May Zia

Nile Wilson

Sharon Lambertson

Tara Kenkelen

Venona Detrick

Timpani

Mark Yingling

 
Interested in Playing for Allegro?

Allegro Orchestra Lancaster is open to outstanding performers who demonstrate a high level of musicianship and who reflect Allegro’s mission of sharing a joyful experience with audience members of all ages. Interested players should contact our Artistic Director, Dr. Brian Norcross, at brian.norcross@fandm.edu. Interested musicians without a recommendation from a current Allegro member will be asked to audition prior to placement in an Allegro rehearsal.  Musicians with a recommendation from an Allegro musician will be invited to perform with Allegro in a series of rehearsals for evaluation. Based on their musicianship, attitude, and connection to the mission of Allegro, they may be invited to become a member of Allegro Orchestra Lancaster. Preference is given to those living in Lancaster County or those with ties to Lancaster County.

Interested in joining the Board?

We're currently looking for new board members. Contact us! 

Photo Gallery

To view a variety of photos from our concerts and events, click here.