Edgar Herrera

Executive Director and Chief Development Officer

Edgar Herrera is an accomplished arts administrator and entrepreneur with 15+ years of experience in the North American cultural, social, and private sectors. Edgar holds Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in piano performance from the University of Texas at Austin, a Master’s in Arts Administration and an MBA, both from the University of Cincinnati.

In 2004 Edgar was awarded the prestigious Management Fellowship from the League of American Orchestras, undertaking special projects with The Philadelphia Orchestra, The Aspen Music Festival & School, The Atlanta Symphony, and The Elgin Symphony.

During his professional career, Edgar has held the positions of Manager of the Chamber Symphony at the Aspen Music Festival, Executive Director of The Pensacola Symphony, Director of Marketing, Public and Patron Relations at the Syracuse Symphony and Executive Director of Filantrofilia Foundation in Mexico. In 2005, Edgar founded and became the CEO of Grupo Luzed, a multi-disciplinary start-up in Mexico that identified, incubated, developed, and accelerated high-impact start-ups with a special focus on social impact.

Edgar was the winner of the concerto competition at the University of Texas in 2000, which allowed him to perform as a soloist the Piano Concerto of Manuel M. Ponce, his great grand uncle, under the baton of Peter Bay. In 2016 Edgar, along with his twin brother Omar, discovered over 50 personal manuscript letters of Ponce, donating them to the National Center for the Arts in Mexico. Edgar is a founding member of The Ponce Project, an organization based in Houston whose vision is to make Latin American classical music part of the standard repertoire. He is also a founding member of the Orquesta Filarmónica de las Américas in NYC and served as senior advisor to the Orquesta Filarmónica de la UNAM in Mexico City.

Edgar was appointed and began as the newly appointed Executive Director at the height of the 2020 pandemic year initially remotely from Mexico City and finally managing in international relocation across closed boarders to join us in Maryland.  He has since been joined by his wife Luz and his twin daughters.


Michael Granados

Director of Marketing, Technology & Digital

They say you can’t go home again but apparently sometimes you can. Michael grew up in a musical family in Bowie, MD where Mom was a music teacher and dad played the radio.  The kids were given a list of instruments they were allowed to play (which Mom knew would get college scholarships). Michael heard the bassoon in the 7th grade and was hooked, playing through three years at Bowie High School before transferring to North Carolina School for the Arts. He graduated high school with a diploma in bassoon performance before going on to study Music Literature and Business Administration At Towson State (and Mom was right, scholarships were involved). Career moves over the years took him to the New World Symphony in Miami Beach, The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra (the other ASO) where he also sang in the renowned ASO Chorus and earned 3 Grammy’s. Later out west to the Oregon Symphony and then off to Scotland to be married to his husband, Tim. Most recently they moved back to the US to Bellingham, WA for Michael to further pursue his career at the historic Mount Baker Theatre.  Little did he know that the ASO would call him back home but here we are. He’s made a sound choice.

Marshall Mentz

General Manager and Chief Operating Officer

Marshall MentzMarshall has been with the Annapolis Symphony for two decades, with a brief hiatus or two. He is a classically-trained clarinetist with a bachelor’s degree in Music with a concentration in Arts Administration from Goucher College. His chief responsibility is to ensure that there is always an orchestra for the Music Director to conduct, a place to rehearse and perform, technical support for the performance, soloists to work with, and punctual payment for all. He oversees all day-to-day operations of the Symphony, including finance, marketing, and education programs.

Netanel Draiblate

Academy Director and Founder

Netanel Draiblate headshotHailed as “an extremely gifted violinist,” Netanel Draiblate’s performances as a soloist, chamber musician, and recording artist serve to emphasize his versatility. Draiblate has collaborated with such luminaries as Pinchas Zukerman, Yo-Yo Ma, ltzhak Perlman, Jaime Laredo, and Cho Liang Lin.

Season highlights include performances of Jim Stephenson’s violin concerto Tributes with the Lake Forest Symphony, Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto with the Baltimore Chamber Orchestra featuring his own cadenza, Lou Harrison’s Suite for Violin, Piano and Chamber Orchestra with the Post-Classical Ensemble in Washington, D.C., and Coriglianos’ The Red Violin Chaconne with the Annapolis Symphony. Recent engagements include appearances with the American Symphony at Carnegie Hall, the Israel Chamber Orchestra, the Brasilia Concert Society Orchestra, and Turkey’s Bursa Symphony Orchestra.

Draiblate recently toured with duo partner pianist Lura Johnson as Times Two, with a program that included selections from their Azica Perspectives recording.  He also led a string quartet in a special program celebrating the 50th anniversary of German-Israeli diplomatic relations at Carnegie Hall, in Washington, D.C. and at Ravinia. Recognized for artistry that “combines confidence and eloquence,” Draiblate made his Canadian debut last season on the Friday Music Series.

Draiblate serves as the Director of Chamber Music at Georgetown University and is the Founder and Director of the Annapolis Symphony Academy.

Julie Nolan

Academy Program Coordinator

Julie Nolan headshotJulie is passionate about education and volunteers with many youth educational programs.  Before joining the Annapolis Symphony Academy staff, she was a homeschool educator for 13 years to her three children, who are currently attending Johns Hopkins, MIT, and high school, respectively.  Prior to homeschooling, Julie worked in Naval Intelligence for 14 years. Beginning as an intelligence analyst, she moved up to operational management, advising senior leadership and negotiating intelligence exchange agreements with foreign governments. In her last assignment, at the Pentagon on the staff of the Director of Naval Intelligence, she provided guidance and justification for defense intelligence budgets.

Rachel Franklin

Education Programs Lecturer

Rachel Franklin headshotBritish-born concert pianist Dr. Rachel Franklin is a renowned teacher and performer in the mid-Atlantic region.  Her acclaimed wit, scholarship and insights about music have led to countless speaking engagements for such distinguished organizations as the Smithsonian Institution, the Library of Congress, and NPR.

She is the Adult Program Lecturer for the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra, giving all the ASO’s pre-concert lectures plus six yearly Symphony Study classes. Her topics explore intersections between classical and jazz music, film scores, and the fine arts.

This wide range of musical expertise has brought her back repeatedly to enthusiastic audiences across the DMV, including the Academy Art Museum in Easton MD, the Chesapeake Film Festival and many others. Besides appreciating her performing artistry, her listeners rave about her warm and engaging style as she demonstrates with unique illustrations on the piano.

Rachel Franklin has concertized in major halls across Europe, Canada and the US. When, as a Pro Musicis International Award winner, she gave her solo debuts in Carnegie Recital Hall, New York, and Jordan Hall, Boston, the Boston Globeenthused about her “beautiful differentiations of color, touch and texture” and described a performance on her solo debut CD as “not inferior…to the recorded performances by Cortot and Rubinstein.” The Washington Post has praised her “cool-headed bravura and panache” and the Baltimore Sun lauded “a flawless crystalline technique, and warmth and electricity in her playing.”

Her recent regional appearances include concerto performances with the Arlington Philharmonic, the Columbia Orchestra, the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra, the Amadeus Orchestra, the Washington Sinfonietta, the Symphony of the Potomac, the Piedmont Symphony and others.

She is doubly talented as an accomplished jazz pianist, leading her own classical/jazz chamber ensemble SONOS, with the ASO’s Principal Second violin Christian Tremblay and bassist Jonathan Miles Brown. SONOS have presented several highly successful music and poetry evenings for the Friends of the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra.

Much in demand as an inspiring artist-teacher, she frequently gives master classes and judges competitions for gifted young musicians. She has taught at the Royal College of Music and the Peabody Conservatory, where she received her Doctorate of Musical Arts.

Rachel Franklin studied at the Yehudi Menuhin School, the Royal College of Music, and the Rubin Academy of Music, Tel Aviv University, where she won First Prize in the school’s piano competition and received highest honors upon graduation.

Anya Brodrick

Orchestra Librarian

Anya Brodrick recently moved to the area as a member of the President’s Own United States Marine Band. She is excited to continue working with an orchestra, having previously worked in the libraries at Oberlin Conservatory, the Boston Symphony, the Chelsea Music Festival, and the Aspen Music Festival. Anya studied French horn and English literature at the University of Vermont and earned a Master’s in Library and Information Sciences from Simmons University, in Boston. When not obsessing over pencils and paper, Anya enjoys playing tennis, gardening, and exploring Washington D.C.