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Symphony Team

Edgar Herrera

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.


Denise Rosson

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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Director of Artistic Operations

The Director of Artistic Operations is responsible for carrying out all provisions of the CBA, including the scheduling and production of all orchestra events (concerts, rehearsals, run-outs, tours, recordings, contract services, guest artists, side-by-side performances, etc.). The Director of Artistic Operations functions as the personnel manager and the liaison between the musicians and the rest of the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra.

Michael Granados

Director of Marketing, Technology & Digital

Michael Granados

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.

Sarah Johansen

Box Office & Administrative Manager

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.

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 & Community Outreach Associate Director

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.

Shun Yao

Assistant Conductor, Annapolis Symphony Academy

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.

Tim Granados

Administrative Assistant

Tim is a dual Scottish-German citizen who prior to his move to the US was living in Edinburgh, Scotland from 2006 as well as Germany and the North of England. He graduated from Liverpool John Moores University with a BA degree in Film History and Filmmaking and has been making short films in his free time. He is an avid film collector and reader of crime novels, and also enjoys classical music, especially Shostakovich and Mahler and avantgarde composers like Schnittke and Ligeti. After multi-year stints at BT, Standard Life and Amazon UK, Tim enjoys the change of working for an arts organization like the ASO.

Karen Lee

Orchestra Librarian

Karen Lee is joining the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra in January of 2022. Previously, Karen was Librarian Assistant at The Florida Orchestra for the 2020-21 season after serving as a librarian at the Frost School of Music for two years. Karen has interned with the Hill Country Youth Orchestras and volunteered and worked in various orchestra libraries across the United States. In addition to working for ASO, Karen is also Assistant Librarian at the National Symphony Orchestra.


Karen is from Texas and holds a Doctorate of the Musical Arts in violin performance from the University of Miami where she was Teaching Assistant to Charles Castleman. She also holds a Master of Music and Artist Diploma from the University of Cincinnati, College-Conservatory of Music where she was a Graduate Assistant and a Bachelor of Arts degree concentrating in Music and Psychology from Bard College at Simon’s Rock where she was a Hutchins Scholar.