Sheldon Bair, Founder and Music Director


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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Reserved Seating Now Available!

You asked…we listened!

The 2014–2015 season will have reserved seating. In order to get the seats of your choice be sure to buy your passes in advance. Season pass sales will begin on August 1st, two weeks before single tickets go on sale.

Concert #1. Three Centuries of Mozart – Featuring Prodigious Talent!

October 11, 2014, at 7:30PM; Bel Air High School

This concert features young Kara Iwanowski, Southhampton Middle School student and her teacher Elizabeth Borowsky in a piano duo.

Sheldon Bair – conductor
Kara Iwanowski – pianist
Elizabeth Borowsky – pianist

Mozart – Minuet in C Major, K. 409
Mozart – Concerto for Two Pianists in E-flat Major, K. 365
Mozart – Kontretänze No. 1 in C Major, from K. 609
Tchaikovsky – Gigue from “Mozartiana”
Mozart/Russell Peck – Mozart Escapes from the Museum; Concerto for Orchestra