Sheldon Bair, Founder and Music Director

Our Mission...

Through the diverse programming of standard orchestral literature as well as newer and lesser-known works, The Susquehanna Symphony Orchestra strives to enliven the spirit, inspire the imagination, cultivate musical appreciation and serve the educational and entertainment needs of Harford County, Maryland and surrounding areas.


SSO Receives $500 Donation AND $6,100 Grant

For Immediate Release – September 6, 2014

Wegmans Food Markets, Inc., a family-owned supermarket chain, donated $500 to the SSO to help with the cost of piano rentals for our October concert, Three Centuries of Mozart.  Wegmans has made similar gifts to the SSO in the past, and is a proud support of the local arts.

The SSO also received a $6,100 grant from the Harford County Cultural Arts Board this week.  The Harford County Cultural Arts Board (HCCAB) is the premier local resource for arts, cultural and historical organizations, individual artists and the residents of Harford County, Maryland.  HCCAB provides financial, advocacy and administrative support to its local arts and cultural groups.

This grant from The Harford County Cultural Arts Board will go towards our general operating funds for the 2014-2015 Season.

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Susquehanna Symphony Orchestra Receives $8,000 Grant!

For Immediate Release – August 31, 2014

The Agape Fund, of InFaith Community Foundation, presents a check in the amount of $8000 to the SSO. This grant is made possible through the generosity and recommendation of The Agape Fund.  This grant is made for a donor advised fund at InFaith Comunity Foundation.  Donors make irrevocable and tax-deductible contributions, which are owned and controlled by the Foundation in a segregated account known as a “donor advised fund.”  Our donors exercise the privilege of recommending grants to qualified public charities.

This grant from The Agape Fund was designated for the purpose of the purchase of instruments, specifically, tom toms, suspended cymbals and stands, and Musser chimes.

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Susquehanna Symphony Orchestra Seeks New Board Members!

For Immediate Release – August 22, 2014

The Susquehanna Symphony Orchestra was founded by Sheldon Bair in 1978 and is a nonprofit community organization that serves the Harford County community and provides opportunities for local musicians to perform challenging orchestral repertoire.  It is composed of 100 all-volunteer amateur and professional musicians that come from all walks of life and professional endeavors.

The Board of Directors is comprised of individuals elected by the orchestra members and is charged with the governance of the nonprofit organization to achieve its Mission.  The Board of Directors meets 6 times per year and is seeking talented and conscientious volunteer members to help lead and strengthen our organization. If you would like to contribute your time, ideas, and leadership, please contact Diane Sengstacke at 

Board of Directors:

¨       Mark Grotke, President. Mr. Grotke is retired officer from the United States Army and works as an Army Civilian Manager at Aberdeen Proving Ground and is also a cellist for the orchestra.

¨       Diane Sengstacke, Vice President.  Diane is an Attorney for Sengstacke & Evans, LLC.

¨       Jim Weed, Treasurer.

¨       Secretary – This position is currently vacant – please contact Shannon Raum at for more information.

¨       Sheldon Bair, Founder and Music Director. Sheldon is an orchestra teacher for Harford County Public Schools, an adjunct faculty for Harford Community College, is on the conducting staff for Elizabethtown College Music Camp, and is often invited to conduct and adjudicate youth orchestras and soloists.

¨       Kathy Frawley, Orchestra Manager. Kathy is an Office Manager with Paramedical Personnel of Maryland.

¨       Anne Lehman, Student Personnel Manager. Mrs. Lehman is an instrumental music teacher at Edgewood High School and a violinist for the orchestra.

¨       Shannon Raum, Publicity Manager. Ms. Raum is a HR Generalist with Notre Dame of Maryland University and cellist for the orchestra.

¨       Laura Ruth Donall, Librarian.  Laura is an orchestra teacher for Harford County Public Schools and the principal cellist for the SSO.

¨       Amy Wilkinson, Personnel Manager.

¨       Jessica Conklin, Board Member. Formerly a financial specialist for Wachovia Bank, Jessica is now a stay at home mother and plays viola with the orchestra.

¨       Colleen Grotke, Board Member.  Mrs. Grotke is a Project Manager for Battelle Memorial Institute, a viola player for the orchestra and handles our donor relations.

¨       D. Henry Ruth, M.D., Board Member.  Dr. Ruth is a retired family physician.

For more information please contact Shannon Raum at

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