• Pro Artè Chamber Orchestra of Greater Washington

    Metropolitan Washington DC's Premier Ensemble



    Maestro Dimitar Nikolov Conducts

    Selections from the Motion Picture

    L. Avery Pettigrew, Horn

    Eun-Ah Roh, Soprano

    Seyoung Jeong, Soprano


    7:30 PM

    Saturday, February 2, 2019

    UCP Reston

    11508 N. Shore Dr., Reston VA 20190





    Maestro Dimitar Nikolov Conducts

    Claude Debussy: La Mer

    Gustav Mahler: Symphony No. 1

    (Skillfully reduced for chamber orchestra)


    7:30 PM

    Saturday, March 23, 2019

    Community Lutheran Church of Sterling

    21014 Whitfield Pl., Sterling, VA 20165



    A Night of Beethoven


    Maestro Dimitar Nikolov Conducts

    Overture to Die Geschöpfe des Prometheus, Op.43

    Violin Concerto in D Major, Op. 61

    Symphony No. 4, Op. 60


    7:30 PM

    Saturday, May 4, 2019

    Belmont Ridge Middle School

    19045 Upper Belmont Pl, Lansdowne, VA 20176





  • 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.


  • Beginning September 2018

    The Pro Artè Chamber Orchestra of Greater Washington

    Board of Directors is proud to appoint to the podium

    Conductor & Music Director


    Press Release

    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 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 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 Alexandria, VA with his wife Nicole, Princess (an old but adorable cocker spaniel), and Mecho (hyperactive American Eskimo). For more information, please visit Dr. Nikolov’s website: www.dimitar-nikolov.com.


    Dr. Marjory Serrano-Coyer


    An accomplished orchestral and chamber musician, Maryory Serrano 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 Smphony 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 Sring 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. Maryory Serrano Prada, Concertmaster



  • Personnel

    The Artists of PACO



    Dr. Marjory Serrano-Coyer, concertmaster

    Dr. Jie Hyue Kim, assistant concertmaster

    Ji Hyun Bae

    Nancy Bovill

    Sarah Calderon

    Kailbeth Chachin

    Sarah Costales

    Thomas Gardner

    Sara Gill

    Eunju Kwak

    Margot Mezvinsky

    Carla Moussavi

    Frank Perrachia

    Amy Walder

    Heather Wong Voorhees


    Dr. Nora Hamme, principal
    Andrew Crane

    Jennifer Bockstege

    Carla Deniz

    Hune Hahm

    Gene Makley

    Catherine Palusci

    John Roxburgh

    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

    Edward Leaf

    Naj Qureshi



    Anne Ray
    Vanessa J. Young-Miller

    Trystan Bennett


    Dr. Bora Lee

    Jennifer Quiñones

    Woodwind, Brass & Percussion


    William Craig Marlowe

    Ashley Bowen-Sanchez
    Andrea Diggs

    Laura Benning


    Oboe/Cor Anglais

    Emily Bentgen

    Robert D. Huffman, Jr.

    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

    Ilycia Silver



    Chieko Matsuyama Reaves

    David Ottinger

    Jose Luis Oviedo


    Dr. Huai-En Tsai

    Christopher Reaves

    Adam Stokes
    Jeffrey Jacobsen



    Chris DeChiara

    Carlos Figuieras

    Emilie Mitchell

    Matthew Robotham



  • Seyoung Jeong


    Soprano Seyoung Jeong is on the voice faculty of Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. She has performed the role of Angelica in Suor Angelica by Puccini with Bel Cantanti Opera and Singer’s Theatre of Washington, and Countess Almaviva in Le Nozze di Figaro by Mozart with New York Lyric Opera and Eastman Opera. She has also appeared as soloist in Bach’s St. Matthew Passion, Handel’s Messiah, Mozart’s the Coronation Mass, Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis and C major Mass, Mendelssohn’s Elijah, Requiem by Faure, Schumann, and Brahms, and so on. She earned her Master degree in voice performance and literature from Eastman School of Music. Before attending Eastman, she completed her Doctoral degree in piano performance from WVU.

    L. Avery Pettigrew


    Dr. L. Avery Pettigrew is a freelance musician engaged throughout the DC area. She performs regularly with her chamber ensemble Potomac Winds, Manassas Symphony Orchestra, Symphony of the Potomac, Washington Sinfonietta, and the HUB Opera Ensemble. As a student with Samantha La Pointe-Woolf at Tulane University in New Orleans, she earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Music Performance and a Bachelor of Science in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology.


    At Tulane she was not only a member of the university's orchestra and chamber ensembles, but also of the Tulane Jazz Orchestra, which performed annually at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival. While in New Orleans, Dr. Pettigrew played with the British Brass Band of Louisiana, which shared concerts with the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra.


    Dr. Pettigrew earned both her Doctorate of Musical Arts and Master of Music degrees at the University of Maryland-College Park, where she held a performance-based graduate assistantship as a student of Gregory Miller and Phil Munds. Her summers have entailed engagements at various festivals including the Wintergreen Summer Music Festival, the Colorado College Music Festival, and the National Orchestral Institute. In addition to operating a private studio based in Chantilly, Dr. Pettigrew works as a horn instructor with several schools in Loudoun and Fairfax Counties in Virginia.


    Eun-Ah Roh

    Lyric-Coloratura Soprano

    Lyric-Coloratura Soprano, Dr. Eun-Ah Roh debuted as the role of Queen of the Night from Mozart’s opera ‘The Magic Flute’ with many different productions. Also, she did many operas, such as the role of Susanna from Mozart’s opera ‘The Marriage of Figaro’, Violetta from Verdi’s opera ‘La Traviata’, Voluptua from opera ‘La Pizza con funghi’, and Veronica from opera ‘Dr. Miracle’. She won numerous competitions such as Concert International Virtuoso competition-performed at Carnegie Hall in NY, 6th Korea Vocal Competition, VANATS voice competition, Pittsburgh Concert Society, and Duquesne Concerto Competition. In addition, she received Outstanding Performance Award from National Association of Professional Asian American Women and Certificate of Appreciation from DEA, U.S Department of Justice. She received Doctoral degree of Voice Performance at the Catholic University of America in DC. Currently, she is an assistant professor of music at Northern Virginia Community College.

  • Videos

    listen and enjoy!

    Arcangelo Corelli

    Concerto grosso in D Major, Op.6 No. 4

    from the debut performance of the Camerata on October 20, 2018!

    Guiseppi Torelli
    Trumpet Concerto in D major 'Estienne Roger 188'

    Chieko Matsuyama-Reaves, Trumpet

    from the debut performance of the Camerata on October 20, 2018!

  • 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


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    UCP Reston

    11508 North Shore Drive, Reston, VA, 20190


    11508 N. Shore Drive, Reston, VA 22190


    21014 Whitfield Pl, Sterling, VA 20165


    19045 Upper Belmont Pl, Lansdowne, VA 20176