2020-2021 Board of Directors
Barbara Lounsbury - President
A native Californian, Barbara graduated from UCLA with a Bachelors’ Degree in Music. She then studied privately with David Schwartz (principal violist for the NBC Symphony) at the California Institute of the Arts. Shortly thereafter, she relocated to New York City to pursue a professional career as a violist, studying with Emanuel Vardi. She was awarded a scholarship to the prestigious Tanglewood Center for Performing Arts, performed for two seasons at the Festival Dei Due Mondi in Spoleto, Italy and played the first world tour of the Bolshoi Ballet which debuted at the Metropolitan Opera Hall in New York City. Her musical experience spans a wide variety of styles. She was principal violist at Radio City Music Hall in NYC for 30 years, working with many artists including Tony Bennett, Elton John, Diana Ross, Liberace, Johnny Mathis
Her symphonic experience has included performing with the Brooklyn Philharmonic, American Symphony in Carnegie Hall, Little Orchestra Society in Lincoln Center, Music for Westchester, New York Choral Society, and Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts, and most recently, The Fifth Ave Chamber Orchestra, Opera Naples and Gulfshore Opera. She also has performed operas with the NYC Opera in Lincoln Center, NY Grand Opera, NJ State Opera, NY Light Opera
Nicholas Turner - Vice President
Nick is a member of a Naples pioneer family who looks for every opportunity to share a story about the rich history of our beautiful city. A graduate of Florida State University and former member of the FSU Marching Chiefs, he volunteers playing trumpet for the orchestra and local churches. His other role includes the responsibilities of Stage Manager for the orchestra.
Elizabeth Pellegrini - Secretary
Elizabeth Pellegrini is a bassoonist and music educator in Collier County Florida. She earned her Bachelor of Music in Education from the University of the Pacific’s Conservatory of Music in 2008, a Master of Music in Bassoon Performance from the University of Alabama in 2015, and a Doctor of Musical Arts in Bassoon Performance from the University of Alabama in 2018. Her major teachers include Jenny Mann, Don DaGrade, Nicolasa Kuster, and David Grainger. Dr. Pellegrini’s bassoon career started in Northern California where she performed with both professional and community ensembles. In 2010, she was a featured soloist for the Delta Winds’ performance at Carnegie Hall. She joined the same ensemble for their 2013 performance at the Kennedy Center. In the southeast, she has had the honor of performing with the Starkville Symphony, the Tuscaloosa Symphony, and was inaugural member of the Huxford Wind Quintet, a graduate Wind Quintet at the University of Alabama. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with family, reading, baking desserts, and crafting. Dr. Pellegrini is starting her second season with the Naples Community Orchestra as a bassoonist as well as her second year with Collier County Public Schools teaching orchestra and chorus.
John Weiss - Treasurer
John Weiss retired in November, 2009 from a position as a systems consultant at Metropolitan Life’s computer center in Clarks Summit, PA. He has played the cello with the Marywood University College-Community Orchestra for over 35 years. In the winter he plays cello with the Naples (FL) Community Orchestra and currently serves as Treasurer on their Board of Directors. He also sings with the Philharmonic Center Chorale associated with the Naples Philharmonic.
He holds a B.A. in Accounting from Lehigh University and an M.A. in Teaching from Teachers College, Columbia University. He is the program director at the Scranton Tennis Club in the summer, and serves as president of the club currently. He is also assistant girls tennis coach at Abington Heights High School.
He has sung with the Arcadia Chorale, a professional chamber choir in Scranton, PA, for over 35 years, and has served on the Chorale’s board for much of that time. He is currently involved with financial development and grant writing for the Chorale. He has also served at various times in audience development, program planning, and special events. He has served a number of years as president of the Arcadia board.
Mr. Weiss is a long-time member of the Music and Worship committee at the First Presbyterian Church in Clarks Summit, and is the chair of the 2019-2020 Arts at First Presbyterian concert series committee and serves as their grant writer. John sings in the church’s adult choir and also plays the cello occasionally in worship.
Stan Anderson - Director
Stan Anderson is a native of Cleveland, Ohio and received his Bachelor’s Degree from Baldwin Wallace College with a concentration in Liberal Arts and Education. While attending “BW”, Stan studied trumpet privately with James Darling of the Cleveland Orchestra, and Mary Squire of the Ohio Chamber Orchestra. He also auditioned for and won one of four trumpet slots, and received a full scholarship to attend the Festival of A Thousand Oaks Music Camp in Peru, Nebraska. The Festival provided Stan the opportunity to study with Guest Trumpet Lecturer, Armando Ghitalla, Principal Trumpet of the Boston Symphony Orchestra.
After graduating from BW, Stan had a successful career in Higher Education working for several colleges and universities, both public and private institutions in the capacity of Director of Undergraduate Admissions and Financial Planning. Stan made a career change after attending graduate school at Cleveland State University, and focused his career in Human Resources, with a specialization in Talent Acquisition and Executive Recruiting, primarily serving in the banking and financial services industries.
Stan became a resident of Florida in 2007, as he was “recruited” away from JPMorgan Chase to Naples by Fifth Third Bank, and held the position of Vice President for several years, in which Stan was responsible for strategically leading executive level vertical recruitment services for the Investment Advisor, Business Banking, and Commercial lines of business for the South Florida Affiliate. Most recently, Stan is serving as an Executive Recruiting Consultant specializing in several industries to include, both manufacturing and the supply chain industries.
Stan is entering his seventh season as a member of the Naples Community Orchestra, as he also volunteers and plays trumpet for several churches in the Naples Community.
Joan Eshkenazi - Director
“Born and bred in New York, I always believed that a piano, with small alabaster busts of Mozart and Beethoven displayed on each side of the spinet in our living room, was a requirement immediately following the stove! Although two older sisters practiced for their joint recital at Carnegie Recital Hall, I would dream with paper dolls and drawing.
Reluctant to leave the Big Apple, I completed the B.A. at Queens College and M.A. at Hunter, majoring in Art. Upon traveling to Italy to attend the Accademia di Belle Arti di Perugia I met my husband, Azariah who was off to study for his medical degree at the University of Padua.
During my five years in Italy I was a counselor at the Army Education Center and taught at the Army Dependent School at the military base in Vicenza. Volunteering for Special Forces as a choreographer enabled a rousing performance of Fiorello be presented in Trieste!
In addition to being an art teacher in the New York City public schools, studies of modern dance and choreography were pursued. As a scholarship student at the Mary Anthony Dance Studio in Greenwich Village, opportunities were presented to pass through the studios of Merce Cunningham, Martha Graham, Alwin Nikolais and other pioneers of modern dance. Eventually, the creative arts of painting and clay work won out. I continue to create and exhibit in Naples.
Honored to having been asked to serve on the NCO Board, and not being a musician ( except for briefly playing second violin quite poorly in my high school orchestra ), I look forward to being a part of this community of fine musicians.”
Hon. Dick Gephardt - Director
Richard Gephardt, known for his Democratic leadership as a United States Representative from Missouri from 1977 to 2005, served as House Majority Leader from 1989 to 1995 and as House Minority Leader from 1995 to 2003. He has worked tirelessly, both in the public and private sectors, to find solutions to the taxing problems facing mankind such as healthcare and climate change. Believing individual party identification can be overlooked for the common good, he always strove to work with all to improve our lives.
Today, as President and CEO of Gephardt Government Affairs, Mr. Gephardt still strives to find solutions using negotiations, crises management and strategic communications. Working with a broad array of Fortune 100 clients, he continues to serve as a public spokesman to bring about needed reforms for the betterment of our society.
As the Chair of the Board of Trustees of The Scripps Research Institute, a private non-profit research organization engaged in basic biomedical science, Mr. Gephardt’s quest for medical breakthroughs continues. Never one to relax, he continues to seek solutions for all.
We are fortunate to have Dick and Jane Gephardt come to Naples. Since their arrival several years ago, they have shown an interest in the arts and have offered what little time they have left to assist with the cultural needs. The Naples Community Orchestra feels fortunate to have Richard Gephardt on the Board.
Raymond Gniewek - Director
Raymond Gniewek, the acclaimed American violinist, served as concertmaster of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra for 43 years. Appointed in 1957, he was the youngest person to have ever held the post. He concluded his distinguished career in 2000 with the Met Orchestra at Carnegie Hall performance of Bela Bartok’s Bluebeard’s Castle.
Originally from Long Island, New York, Mr. Gniewek continued his musical education at the Eastman School of Music, studying with Andre de Ribaupierre and Joseph Knitzer. He soon became the concertmaster of the Eastman Rochester Orchestra and associate concertmaster of the Rochester Philharmonic under Eric Leinsdorf.
As Raymond Gniewek played in his chair, he would become entranced by the beautiful soprano on the Metropolitan Opera stage, Judith Blegen. Her role as Sophie, in Der Rosenkavalier was mesmerizing. They married soon after. The couple chose Naples as their full-time residence, contributing to the cultural richness of the community.
I am a graduate of Washington University in St. Louis where I received a BSBA. After
Janice Mintel Jack - Director
Having started singing in a cherub choir at the age of 5, Janice still finds herself immersed in music. She added the study of piano, violin, flute, and formal vocal training throughout the years. She has participated in choirs, orchestras, ensembles, and during college, was employed as an accompanist for the School of Music. Highlights of her music background include performing at the world premiere of Vaclav Nelhybel’s Sine Nomine in Dijon, France, and singing Fauré’s Requiem and Vivaldi’s Gloria at L’Eglise de la Madeleine in Paris in June of 2019.
Janice holds a BA in Secondary Education (French) from Millikin University, MA in French from Illinois State University, and an Ed.S. in administration from Eastern Illinois University. She served as a high school French and German teacher, dean, assistant principal, and principal for a total of 33 years. After she retired, she spent another 10 years as an adjunct professor in higher education.
She is a seasonal Floridian, residing in Bonita Springs, then returns to Illinois for the summer. She is a member of Bonita Springs First Presbyterian Church, where she sings in the choir. She currently serves as the Orchestra and Personnel Manager for the Naples Community Orchestra.
Max Rabinovitsj - Ex Officio
In Europe, he founded the Trio da Vinci, which toured extensively on that continent. He was Director of Festivals in Entrecasteaux, France and in Sintra and Evora in Portugal. Max debuted as a solo recitalist in New York City at Alice Tully Hall, in Lincoln Center, and performed the Bach Double
Max has been a Professor at Washington University, the University of Texas and the University of Evora (Portugal). He has also taught at the Nice Conservatory (France) and Edgecliff Academy in Cincinnati. He met his wife Mary, a
Since moving to Naples a little over six years ago, Max and his wife have been active in the Naples music community. He has performed at the Cultural Russian Center many times and continues as
Max hopes to continue giving recitals in Naples. He has played recitals with pianist Alexandra Carlson both in Naples and Sarasota. His calendar is quite full and exciting. Becoming Music Director of The Naples Community Orchestra fulfills a lifelong passion for conducting. Max is on the boards of The Russian Cultural Center and The Naples Community Orchestra.
Become part of the Naples Community Orchestra Team
Our volunteer Board of Directors and Artistic Director Max Rabinovitsj work year round to plan, fund, and produce our season.
We are always interested in expanding our Board to include more members of our community. If you are interested in volunteering for our Board or serving the organization in another capacity, please contact Anne Wilson [email protected]