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Symphony Team

Executive Director & Chief Development Officer

Edgar HerreraEdgar 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 an international relocation across closed boarders to join us in Maryland.  He has since been joined by his wife Luz and his twin daughters.

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Director of Business Operations

Sarah Johansen

Sarah is excited to be back in her hometown of Annapolis after living in New York City since 2016. While in NYC, she was the Line Producer / General Manager of Remarkable Entertainment, an immersive theatrical company whose projects included several shows for Virgin Voyages cruise line, the Big Apple Circus, and an upcoming immersive nightlife venue located in the heart of midtown. She also worked as the Theatre Manager of Soho Playhouse and as the Box Office Manager of many theatre festivals around the city. Sarah graduated from Oklahoma City University with a B.S. in Entertainment Business, with an emphasis in Theatre Management.

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Director of Artistic Operations

Miriam Fogel joined the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra as Director of Artistic Operations in September 2022, after working the previous spring on various tour, artistic, and personnel projects. Her past experience in orchestra management includes roles at the New World Symphony (Miami, FL), Richmond Symphony (VA), The Knights (Brooklyn, NY), and the Orchestra Sinfonica di Milano Giuseppe Verdi (Milan, Italy). Prior to ASO, she was Project Director of the Menuhin Competition Richmond 2021, an international violin competition.
She is also currently General Manager of Salt Bay Chamberfest, a two-week-long summer chamber music festival in Midcoast Maine. She also has extensive experience working with music festivals, including Aspen Music Festival (CO), Spoleto Festival dei 2 mondi (Umbria, Italy), Stresa Festival (Lombardy, Italy), Brevard Music Center (NC), and the Mostly Mozart Festival (NY). Miriam grew up in New York City and graduated from Harvard College with a bachelor’s degree in music.

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Director of Marketing & Communications

The Director of Marketing & Communications’ primary responsibility is the strategic development, execution, and deployment of communications, consistent with the growth and impact goals of the ASO’s 5-Year Strategic Initiatives.

This key senior management position is responsible for meeting revenue goals, and it is instrumental in achieving the success of a new 5-Year Plan to transition the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra into a 21st Century American Orchestra.

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Academy Director & 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.

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Director of Education & Community Outreach

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.

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Development Manager

Denise is a lifelong native of Maryland and currently resides in the home where she grew up in Severna Park. A graduate of Severn School and the College of Notre Dame, she has worked in development and fundraising for more than 20 years. She served as the alumni director for Severn School for 13 years and more recently was the director of development at Glenelg Country School in Howard County, leaving that position last year. Prior to her development days she worked as a reporter and columnist for the Annapolis Capital. While she does not play a musical instrument, she has been a fan of the ASO and BSO for many years and considers herself a very talented and gifted singer (in the shower.) She and her husband John have been married for 38 years and have four grown children and four delightful grands. She is excited to be back in Annapolis and looking forward to working with the ASO as it launches the exciting Sounds of Impact campaign.

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Senior Accountant

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Orchestra Librarian

Olivia Ren

Olivia Ren joined the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra in July of 2022. As the Orchestra Librarian, Olivia oversees all aspects of music acquisition. Olivia is also the Orchestra Librarian at the National Philharmonic at Strathmore, the Principal Librarian at the National Orchestral Institute and Festival, and the Orchestra Librarian at the Capital City Symphony in Washington, D.C. Previously, Olivia was the Interim Ensemble Librarian at the Peabody Conservatory, and Assistant Librarian at The Apollo Orchestra. She has also worked in the orchestra library at the University of Maryland School of Music.

An accomplished violinist as well, Olivia is from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and holds a Bachelor of Arts in Violin Performance from Case Western Reserve University and the Cleveland Institute of Music, as well as a Master of Music degree from the University of Maryland. Olivia has performed with various groups in the Washington, D.C. metro area.

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Operations Manager

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Orion Assistant Conductor

Shun YaoConductor and pianist Shun Yao is currently serving as conducting assistant at Annapolis Symphony Academy as well as University of Maryland Symphony Orchestra. Born in the historical city of Xi’an, China, Mr. Yao has worked with orchestras across Europe, Asia, and North America. In the 2020-2021 season, he appeared in concerts with South Demark Philharmonic and Janacek Philharmonic (Czech Republic). He assisted at Chicago Summer Opera for their production of Britten’s Albert Herring, as well as at the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra for their live-stream concerts during the pandemic, while advancing to the final round of the inaugural Arthur Nikisch Conducting Competition in Bulgaria.

Other highlights of Mr. Yao’s career include appearances with Eastern Festival Orchestra in North Carolina, Divertimento Ensemble in Milan, Hear&Now Ensemble in Houston, Cleveland Institute Symphony, Hong Kong Sinfonietta, and London Classical Soloists. He has participated in masterclasses with prominent figures such as Jorma Panula, David Zinman, Robert Spano, Tomas Netopil, José-Luis Novo, Larry Rachleff, and Gerard Schwarz. Dedicated to evolving orchestral performances to suit our time, his music-making has been described as “natural”, “attentive”, and “elegant” (Classical Voice).

Mr. Yao’s upcoming engagements include concerts with Orion Youth Orchestra, University of Maryland Repertoire Orchestra, and an apprenticeship with the Annapolis Opera.

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Data & Office Manager

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ASA Department Head, Winds & Brass

ASA Department Head, Strings

Discovery Program Coordinator