• Pro Artè Chamber Orchestra of Greater Washington

    Metropolitan Washington DC's Premier Ensemble

    SEASON No. 6

    Details Coming Soon

  • About


    Our Mission

    The mission of the Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra of Greater Washington (PACO) is to create intimate, inspirational musical experiences throughout the Washington DC area by engaging the community through vibrant music making by the orchestra and chamber ensembles.


    Our Vision

    PACO will perform traditional classical favorites, rarely heard works by well-known and new composers, and skillfully arranged reductions of larger orchestral masterpieces. We will also provide encouragement to Washington DC area composers by commissioning and performing their new works. Moreover, we seek to make classical music accessible to the entire community. Low income, at-risk, disabled, students, youths and elderly individuals will be encouraged to attend, by receiving discounted admission to our events. PACO will thrive by interactively engaging our audience, and exclusively highlighting our orchestral artists as soloists.


    In a nutshell...

    The main artistic drive behind PACO is the desire to revitalize the classical music scene from within, by re-imagining & redefining the content and delivery of classical concerts. This means approaching each program or individual work with a fresh mind, searching for ways to make the music more engaging, more inspiring, more profound. Our biggest aim is to fill our audience with the passion we feel about our music, and create truly memorable performances.



    Conductor & Music Director

    Dimitar Nikolov, a versatile conductor, pianist, and educator, has conducted orchestra and opera performances in the United States and Europe. Audiences have been impressed by his ability to energize the orchestra and to produce a unique sound within a large dynamic range. He has held conducting positions in the US and his native country Bulgaria, including his current position as Music Director/Conductor of Baltimore Philharmonia Orchestra. Dr. Nikolov has appeared as guest conductor with orchestras in the United States, Austria, Bulgaria, Italy, Spain, Russia, Romania, and Ukraine.


    Dimitar began his career as Assistant Conductor of the Burgas State Opera in Bulgaria. Early in his career he won the Vienna Chamber Orchestra competition and had the opportunity to conduct a subscription concert with one of the world greatest chamber orchestras. This success led to numerous guest conducting opportunities with most of the major Bulgarian symphony orchestra and his appointment as Music Director/Conductor of the Bulgarian National Wind Symphony. After moving to the US in 1996, Dr. Nikolov served as Music Director/Conductor of the Fort Dodge Symphony and Assistant Conductor of Des Moines Metro Opera, before his current appointment as Music Director of the Baltimore Philharmonia Orchestra. He has conducted concerts in some of the most prestigious world concert halls such as The Kennedy Center of Performing Arts, Mozart Hall (Vienna, Austria), and The National Palace of Culture Concert Hall (Sofia, Bulgaria).


    Dimitar has studied with many eminent conductors such as Ilya Mousine, Yury Temirkanov, James Levine, and Alan Gilbert. In 1999, as a fellowship recipient, he spent a summer in Aspen, studying with David Zinman and Murry Sidlin. He has a DMA in Orchestral Conducting from The Catholic University of America and MM from the National Academy of Music-Sofia, Bulgaria.


    Dr. Nikolov is also active as an educator. He has served on the music faculty of The Catholic University of America, Waldorf University, Simpson College, the International School of Music, and the Bulgarian National Academy of Music.


    Dimitar lives in Annapolis, MD with his wife Nicole, Princess (an old but adorable cocker spaniel), and Mecho (hyperactive American Eskimo). For more information about Dr. Nikolov, please visit his website: www.dimitar-nikolov.com.


    Dr. Yeong Su Kim

    Music director and conductor, Yeong Su Kim is a highly sought-after conductor in Korea and the US. He currently holds positions as a conductor and music director of the Busan Metropolitan Philharmonic Orchestra, the United Symphony Youth Orchestra and an assistant conductor of the Symphony S.O.N.G in Korea. In the United States, he has serves as a conductor Laureate of Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra of Greater Washington where he has served as music director and conductor since its inaugural season to 2016. He also has served as music director and conductor of the Loudoun Symphony Youth Orchestra, the Washington Korean Symphony Orchestra, and Washington Soloist Ensemble. As a guest conductor, he led Quad State String Festival at Murray State University, Loudoun Symphony Orchestra, the Great Noise Ensemble, a contemporary ensemble, and Danube Symphony Orchestra, Hungary. Maestro Kim often can be seen on the Kennedy Center stages for the Asian American Heritage Month Celebration.


    Maestro Kim studied at the University of Maryland at College Park (DMA), Yale University (MM), University of Southern California (BM) and he further studied orchestral conducting degree (MM) from the Catholic University of America, where he studied with Murry Sidlin and David Searle. He also participated in such prestigious workshops as the Rose City International Conductor’s Workshop with Christopher Zimmerman and David Hoose, and the Naples Philharmonic conductor’s workshop led by maestro Jorge Mester.


    As an oboist, he was a founding member of Voci di Vento Quintet and has performed with the group extensively. As an orchestral musician, he held positions as principal oboist of the Oratorio Society of Charlottesville-Albemarle, the American Balalaika Symphony Orchestra, co-principal oboist with the Washington Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra, American Youth Symphony Orchestra and Debut Orchestra. In addition, Yeong Su Kim has appeared with numerous ensembles as a guest artist, including the Georgetown Wind Symphony, the MidAtlantic Symphony Orchestra, the Los Angeles Mozart Orchestra, Binghamton Philharmonic Orchestra and Daejeon Philharmonic Orchestra in Korea. Maestro Kim has collaborated with such world-class conductors as Zubin Mehta and Sergiu Comissiona as well as many world-renowned soloists, including Midori, Daniel Pollack, and Mstislav Rostropovich.


    Committed to education, maestro Kim served as a conducting faculty at the Kunkuk University, Midwest University, the Catholic University of America and adjunct professor at the Columbia Union College. He is also highly in demand as an adjudicator for many competitions, including the Asian American Music Society International Competition, the Lions of Virginia Bland Music Competition, and the Korea Times Music Competition. Dr. Kim also is a founder of Ensembles for Everyone, a concert program tailored for special needs audience.



    Dr. Marjory Serrano-Coyer

    Loudoun County's own accomplished soloist, orchestral and chamber musician, Marjory Serrano-Coyer began violin studies at the Aragua Symphony Foundation in Venezuela. She has studied with a number of noted teachers and has earned a Master of Music degree in Violin Performance and Artist Diplomas in String Quartet Studies and Violin Performance from Shenandoah Conservatory under Akemi Takayama.


    She was a member of the Aragua Symphony Orchestra in Venezuela from 1995 until 2001, and Principal Second Violin in the Loudoun Symphony Orchestra from 2003 until 2014. She has extensive experience serving as a concertmaster, including with the Shenandoah Conservatory Symphony Orchestra for several years under Venezuelan conductor Jan Wagner, and most recently has served as concertmaster for the Catholic University of America Symphony Orchestra while pursuing her doctoral studies at that institution under the direction of Jody Gatwood.


    Dr. Serrano served as principal second violin at the Idyllwild Arts Music Festival under the baton of Larry Livingston, and also performed at the Castleton Festival under the baton of then-New York Philharmonic conductor Lorin Maazel. Dr. Serrano has performed at such renowned venues as Carnegie Hall in New York City, the Kennedy Center in Washington DC, and the Walt Disney Concert hall in Los Angeles. In 2007, she was the only violinist from the Americas invited to compete in the International Violin Competition Citta d'Brescia in Italy.


    Dr. Serrano is currently the concertmaster of the National String Symphonia and the Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra of Greater Washington. She also performs with the Apollo Orchestra in the Washington, DC area, and the Two Rivers Chamber Orchestra in Shepherdstown, WV. Additionally, Ms. Serrano is a founding member of the Loudoun Quartet and Argot String Quartet. Dr. Serrano holds an adjunct faculty position in violin at Frederick (MD) Community College and teaches 5th-grade orchestra at Loudoun Country Day School in Leesburg, VA.


  • Board of Directors


    President & Managing Artistic Director

    William C. Marlowe


    Vice President & Executive Director

    Alisha D. Coleman



    Dr. Nora Hamme



    Whitney S. Flood Dunton



    Ashley Bowen-Sanchez, Outreach & Development

    Jane Hughes, Outreach & Development

    Dr. Lois McMahon, Outreach & Development

    Dr. Dimitar Nikolov, Conductor & Music Director

    Dr. Marjory Serrano-Coyer, Concertmaster

  • Personnel

    The Artists of PACO



    Dr. Marjory Serrano-Coyer, concertmaster

    Dr. Jie Hyue Kim, assistant concertmaster

    Ji Hyun Bae

    Nancy Bovill

    Sarah Calderon

    Sarah Costales

    Thomas Gardner

    Eunju Kwak

    Margot Mezvinsky

    Carla Moussavi

    Frank Perrachia

    Amy Walder

    Heather Wong Voorhees


    Dr. Nora Hamme, principal
    Andrew Crane

    Jennifer Bockstege

    Carla Deniz

    Catherine Palusci

    Adrienn Salazar

    Dan Zhang

    Camilo Perez-Mejia, principal

    Meghan Hickman, assistant principal

    Dr. Heejung Jung, assistant principal

    Zachary Whitaker
    Irina P. Desmond

    Sarah Hover


    Michael Rohrer, principal

    Erik Cohen

    Kenton Hambrick

    Naj Qureshi



    Anne Ray

    Francesca Savoia
    Vanessa J. Young-Miller

    Trystan Bennett


    Dr. Bora Lee

    Jennifer Quiñones

    Felipe Dominguez

    Woodwind, Brass & Percussion


    William Craig Marlowe

    Ashley Bowen-Sanchez
    Andrea Diggs

    Laura Benning


    Oboe/Cor Anglais

    Robert D. Huffman, Jr.

    Emily Bentgen

    Adéle-Marie Buis

    Jane Hughes


    Alisha D. Coleman
    Elizabeth C. Bley

    Carolyn Robblee

    Dr. Walter D. Wynn, III
    Robin Gelman

    Matthew Ogden



    Dr. Robert Goler



    Dr. L. Avery Pettigrew

    Bernard Baiden

    Wendy Chinn

    Emilio Colina

    Ilycia Silver



    Chieko Matsuyama Reaves

    David Ottinger

    Jose Luis Oviedo


    Dr. Huai-En Tsai

    Christopher Reaves

    Adam Stokes

    Steve Ward
    Jeffrey Jacobsen



    Chris DeChiara

    Carlos Figuieras

    Emilie Mitchell

    Matthew Robotham



  • Support!


    The Pro Artè Chamber Orchestra of Greater Washington

    is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt not-for-profit organization.

    Your donations are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law.


    Help us hit the ground running!!!

    The Pro Artè Chamber Orchestra of Greater Washington is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt not-for-profit organization. Your donations are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law.
    The main artistic drive behind the Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra of Greater Washington (PACO) is the desire to revitalize the classical music scene from within, by re-imagining & redefining the content and delivery of classical concerts. This means approaching each program or individual work with a fresh mind, searching for ways to make the music more engaging, more inspiring, more profound. Our biggest aim is to fill our audience with the passion we feel about our music, and create truly memorable performances.


    Your generous gift will help the Pro Artè Chamber Orchestra of Greater Washington make music relevant to new generations of audiences through virtuosic performances that combine a diversity of genres with fresh interpretations of classic works.


    If you are interested in sponsorship opportunities (chair endowments, concert/full season dedications, underwriting soloist fees, etc.), please contact our Executive Director, Alisha Coleman at (571) 483-8444 or via e-mail at info@PACOdc.org with your inquiry, questions or comments about Friends of PACO donor benefits.

    Pro Artè Chamber Orchestra of Greater Washington

    612 West Maple Avenue
    Sterling, VA 20164


    Thank you for your support!


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    HIRE US!!!

    PACO is available for hire and/or collaboration. Our experienced musicians and management team are pleased to cater for the needs of almost any project. Whether you wish to hire an orchestra for a function or event, or to accompany your solo project, or record your composition. Whatever the event or project, PACO can tailor the orchestra or other associated chamber groups to your musical requirements with excellent quality of performance and management. To discuss your project in more detail and to get a quote, contact Alisha Coleman, Executive Director, on (571) 483-8444 or email her at info@PACOdc.org.Add paragraph text here.

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    20600 Red Cedar Drive, Leesburg, VA 20175


    11508 N. Shore Drive, Reston, VA 22190


    21014 Whitfield Pl, Sterling, VA 20165