Fact Sheet

  • From The Washington Post: “The orchestra was impeccable, playing with ease and humor … a lesson in elegance.”
  • The National Philharmonic, under the direction of Piotr Gajewski, Music Director & Conductor, and Stan Engebretson, Chorale Artistic Director, is the only major local resident music ensemble at the Music Center at Strathmore.
  • The National Philharmonic was formed through the merger of the National Chamber Orchestra and the Masterworks Chorus in 2003. The National Philharmonic took up residence at the Music Center at Strathmore on February 12, 2005.
  • The National Philharmonic is the largest Montgomery County-based producer/presenter of classical music concerts; the Philharmonic typically performs annually an estimated 30 orchestra or choral concerts at the Music Center at Strathmore.
  • The National Philharmonic manages a professional orchestra and a nearly 200-voice all-volunteer chorus. The Philharmonic annually presents works for orchestra, chamber orchestra, chorus and orchestra, and at times, concert operas.
  • Each year, the National Philharmonic performs for all Montgomery County Public School 2nd graders at the Music Center at Strathmore (approximately 10,000 students).
  • The bold ALL KIDS, ALL FREE, ALL THE TIME initiative is expected to attract more than 4,000 children age 7 to 17 with free tickets to its concerts at Strathmore.
  • The National Philharmonic offers High School and College Summer Choral Institutes in partner with Montgomery College/Rockville Music Department.
  • Nearly 100 talented young string musicians participate annually in the intensive Summer String Institutes.