Jody Gatwood Education Fund

Jody Gatwood served as concertmaster of the National Philharmonic for 25 years. At the end of National Philharmonic’s 2009-2010 season, Jody announced his retirement from the orchestra. In honor of his outstanding service, Maestro Piotr Gajewski and the National Philharmonic Board of Directors immediately named Jody Concertmaster Emeritus.

To further honor the outstanding commitment of this fine leader and friend, the National Philharmonic created the Jody Gatwood Education Fund. The fund’s purpose is to support the National Philharmonic and its educational outreach programming including:

  • All Kids, All Free, All the Time
  • Student concerts, in partnership with Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) and the Music Center at Strathmore, for all second and fifth graders in MCPS
  • Summer String and Choral Institutes
  • Masterclasses and pre-concert Lectures

The National Philharmonic gratefully accepts contributions to the Jody Gatwood Education Fund on an ongoing basis. To contribute to the fund, please click here. Write “Jody Gatwood Education Fund” in the comment section.

Thank you for your support.

Jody Gatwood & the National Philharmonic

  • Maestro Piotr Gajewski named Jody Gatwood concertmaster of the National Philharmonic at the beginning of the 1985-1986 season. Mr. Gatwood’s first concert was on October 12, 1985 at The National Bureau of Standards Red Auditorium. The program included Stravinsky’s Danses Concertantes and Mozart’s Symphony No. 34 (“Haffner”).
  • Mr. Gatwood’s first solo performance with Maestro Piotr Gajewski and the National Philharmonic occurred on April 5, 1986 at The National Bureau of Standards. He performed Vivaldi’s Four Seasons.
  • Mr. Gatwood was a founding faculty member of the National Philharmonic’s Summer String Institutes in 1985.
  • The late Washington-area composer Andres Makris wrote his Violin Concerto for Mr. Gatwood, who premiered it with the National Philharmonic on January 31, 1997 at Rockville’s F. Scott Fitzgerald Theater. Mr. Gatwood performed the Violin Concerto again on January 26, 2008 at the world-class Music Center at Strathmore.
  • As the first violinist of many National Philharmonic chamber music ensembles, Mr. Gatwood has performed numerous chamber music concerts at the Mansion at Strathmore, among other prestigious locations, with other National Philharmonic musicians.