MAC Center for the Arts

   Ken Michelli


        Director of the Newport Area Community Orchestra  


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A native of Baton Rouge, Louisiana,Ken earned a Bachelor of Music Education and a Master of Music at Louisiana State University. His major instruments are the trombone and the Euphonium. Ken worked as an elementary school band director in north Georgia for eleven years. During this time in Georgia, he played in many wind ensembles nd orchestras. Ken retired to the Northeast Kingdom in 2010.

The orchestra was formed in Derby Line, Vermont in February of 2011 by Michelli and rehearses at the Unitarian Universalist Church in Derby Line, VT. Members come from many walks of life and from many age groups.

Many of its members have come out of retirement to play with the orchestra. Some members had not played their instruments for over 40 years! The orchestra's repertoire consists of a variety of music including church hymns, marches, overtures, pop, Christmas carols, and symphonies. I am excited to be adding French horns and trumpets to our present instrumentation in the Fall. As the orchestra grows, I will be adding even more brass and percussion instruments. Our current instrumental needs include: violins, violas, cellos, string bass, oboe, and bassoon. String instruments are the heart and soul of a symphony orchestra and you can never have too many of them on hand. Anyone ho is interested in more information or joining us, or call 802- 766- 3021.

  Violin- Paul Gavin, Lee Story, Krista Manickas, Melissa Cusanello,
Victoria Cusanello, Ray Giroux, Kathy Ketchum, Carinthia Grayson
Viola- Anya Gedrath-Smith, Benjamin Muller
Cello- Ellen Sullivan, Sally Rivard, Julia Whitney
Flute- Heather Webster, Lisa C. Erwin, Sue Brassett, Becky Basiliere
Clarinet- Chris Maginniss, Linda Aiken, Lynn Perry, Linda Pelletier
French Horn- Marc and Ros Semprebon
Trumpet- Richard LaFoe
Trombone- Woody Arnold
Percussion- Peter Storrings, Mary Michelli
Keyboard- Janice Gluck

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