About Us

The Lawton Philharmonic Society, Inc. presented its first concert, a volunteer effort, in November, 1962. This season marks 56 years of bringing music to the citizens of Lawton and the surrounding area and the orchestra has evolved from its volunteer status to approximately 84 professional musicians. The late Nels Harveland, a local pianist and instructor, served as volunteer conductor, director and manager of the group. From then to now, LPO has served as Southwest Oklahoma’s only professional orchestra. In its early years the orchestra worked in conjunction with Cameron University and after Harveland’s retirement, the podium was filled by the Chairman of the Music Department at Cameron until 1988 when Alan Burdick was hired and the orchestra became independent. LPO has always focused on educational opportunities for students in addition to its concert series. The current conductor, Jon Kalbfleisch a Lawton native who lives in the Washington, DC area, comes to Lawton the week prior to each concert so as to meet with public and civic groups, participate in all rehearsals and spend a maximum amount of time in the schools in the area introducing and furthering the appreciation for and love of live musical performances to students. From its rather humble beginnings, the LPO has evolved into a professional orchestra with goals of performing quality symphonic music to its constituents and of educating and involving the area’s school students in symphonic music.

Our Mission

The Lawton Philharmonic Society shall be a civic, non-profit organization devoted exclusively to the promotion of musical and educational activities which will further the development of musical understanding and appreciation in Lawton and the surrounding area. It shall be specifically charged with the creation, organization, maintenance, and control of a symphony orchestra in Lawton.

About the Maestro

Jon Kalbfleisch enjoys a multi-faceted musical life as a conductor, pianist, award-winning music director, freelance musician and organist. Having conducted ballet, opera, symphonic music, choral works, contemporary music and Broadway musicals, Jon has an interest in a wide range of musical styles. After over a decade as its music director and conductor, Maestro Kalbfleisch has guided the Lawton Philharmonic Orchestra to newfound heights both in terms of artistic success and community outreach. He looks forward to continuing that path by generating more interest in the orchestra as a vital part of the cultural scene in his native Southwest Oklahoma, where he received the Distinguished Alumni Award from Cameron University.

As a resident of the Washington, D.C. area, Jon is resident music director for the Tony Award-winning Signature Theatre in Arlington, VA, and has himself won nine Helen Hayes Awards for Outstanding Musical Direction, with 30 nominations to his credit. Recently, Jon was among the recipients of the inaugural Anderson-Hopkins Award for Theatrical Excellence in Washington D.C. When not on the podium, Jon has performed with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra at Carnegie hall, and on the Grammy-nominated recording of Bernstein’s MASS, as well as with the National Symphony Orchestra Pops at Wolf Trap. With a Bachelor of Arts in Piano Performance from Cameron University, and a Master of Music in Orchestral Conducting from Southern Methodist University as a student of Anshel Brusilow,

Jon has worked with such artists as Kathy Bates, Carol Burnett, Pat Carroll, Dixie Carter, Sutton Foster, Lynn Harrell, George Hearn, Bronson Pinchot, John Raitt, Chita Rivera, Lea Solonga, and Frederica von Stade. www.jonkalbfleisch.com

  • Tanya Case
  • Linda Chapman
  • Joshua Coody
  • Ed Dzialo
  • Carlana Fitch
  • Rick Fritsch
  • Kathryn Hickman
  • David Jackson
  • Jo Ann Knecht
  • Doris Lambert
  • SGT Alexis Sparkties
  • Bill Lorentino
  • Connie Lynn
  • Barbara Moeller
  • Ronda Norrell
  • Cindy O’Connor
  • Kim Patrick
  • Cherry Phillips
  • Carla Saliba
  • Sally Simpson
  • Jaymi Smith

  • President – David Jackson
  • First Vice President – Rick Fritsch
  • Second Vice President – Sally Simpson
  • Treasurer – Jo Ann Knecht
  • Recording Secretary – Linda Chapman
  • Corresponding Secretary – Cherry Phillips
  • Cameron University – Doris Lambert
  • 77th Army Band – SGT Alexis Sprakties

  • Patty Neuwirth, Executive Director
  • Arthur Busby, Musician personnel Manager
  • Jen Scott, Music Librarian

1st Violin

  • Densi Rushing, Concertmaster
  • Sophia Ro
  • Marat Gabdullin
  • Jamie Thompson
  • Becky Rathbun
  • Klaudia Cop
  • Arthur Busby
  • Mia Catania
  • Patrick Conlon
  • Angelica Pereira
  • Sam Wood
  • Marty Dalton
2nd Violin

  • Cathy Reaves, Principal
  • Heather Wickersham
  • Elizabeth Venegas
  • Michelle Fraser
  • Anne Bonnett
  • Nicole Melki
  • Gena Alexander
  • Hallie Michaels
  • Tova Olkinetsky
  • Doris Morris

  • Royce McLarry, Principal
  • Kelli Ingels
  • Joe Guevara
  • Joe Young
  • Steve Waddell
  • Donna Cain
  • Jennifer Scott
  • Ralph Morris

  • Kirsten Underwood, Principal
  • Valorie Tatge
  • Angelika Machnik-Jones
  • Jean Statham
  • Emily Stoops
  • Steve Fraser
  • Debbie Brooks
  • Kourtney Newton

  • Parvin Smith, Principal
  • Mark Osborn
  • Jeff Ketch
  • Will Coppoc
  • Talon Davis

  • Gaye LeBlanc Germain

  • Nancy Stizza-Ortega, Principal
  • Karen Torbert
  • Jennifer Peck

  • Dan Shwartz, Principal
  • Kristen Beene
  • Elise Belk
 English Horn

  • Elis Belk

  • Stacey DiPaolo, Principal
  • Susan Haas
  • David Cook
 Bass Clarinet

  • David Cook

  • Larry Reed, Principal
  • James Brewer
  • Barre Griffith

  • Barre Griffith
French Horn

  • Angelica Winter, Principal
  • Nancy Piper
  • Derek Mattheson
  • Sue Ann Hannah

  • John Moots, Principal
  • Larry Hatch
  • Derek Griner
  • Angelica Richards, assistant

  • Philip Martinson, Principal
  • Stephen Torbert
  • John Allen

  • Ryan Robinson

  • Jim Lambert

  • Roger Owens
  • Jon Lee
  • David Steffens
  • Lane Harder
  • Quinton Williams