Orchestra roster

Michael Slechta - Conductor

Violin 1
  • Kelly Murphy - Concertmaster
  • Ruth Bloom
  • Judy Chernikovich-Clemens
  • Anna Esser
  • Katie Mitchell
  • Justin Schlesselman
  • Anne Smith
Violin 2
  • Nanette O'Neal
  • Ellen Brown
  • Nyobi Brown
  • Barbara Emery
  • David Kraft
  • Fiona Pawling
  • John Secht
  • Ann Wenrich
  • Bronwen Gamble
  • Jackie Lockard
  • Mae Angstadt
  • Karen Gonzales Cervantes
  • Katey Keffer
  • Claudia S.Mahon
  • Dina Slechta
String Bass
  • Carol Kelly
  • Kevin Sensenig
  • Susan Kelly
  • Beth Richmond
  • Holly Walter
  • Kathy Hartman
  • Sandy Kern
  • David Krall
  • John LaBarre
  • Karen Gonzalez Cervantes
  • Greg Bitler
French Horn
  • Chris Rohrbach
  • James Funk
  • Robin Kraft
  • Jeff Oxenford
  • Gary Valinoto
  • George Boyd
  • Jeff Oxenford
  • Thomas K. Somers
  • Cameron Ellison
  • David Rentschler
  • Theodore Slechta
  • Cameron Ellison
  • Jose Martinez Barroso
  • Charlyn Gring

Michael Slechta - Conductor

Michael J. Slechta joined the Reading Philharmonic Orchestra as Co-Conductor in 2002, and became Conductor in 2012. He holds both a Bachelor of Science degree in Music Education and a Master of Science degree in music education from Lebanon Valley College where he earned college and music department honors for an independent study in instrumental conducting. As an Adjunct Instructor in the MME program at LVC Mike teaches Research Methods in Music Education and Interpreting and Using Research in Music Education.

Mike is the Coordinator for Music, Art, Humanities, and 21st Century Skills in the Lancaster School District. He hold National Board Certification as an early middle childhood music teacher, and in the fall of 2016 he received a Music For Everyone Award for his commitment to cultivating the power of music.

Mike is the Director of Music for Trinity UCC in East Petersburg where he directs the choir and the bell choirs. Aside from conducting, Mike plays bass with the Reading Pops Orchestra and freelances within Lancaster, Berks and other surrounding counties.

Carol Kelly - Assistant Conductor

Assistant Conductor Carol Kelly is a retired special education teacher and returned to her musical roots have played piano since age 10, glockenspiel, bass clarinet, and baritone since high school, and beginning bass lessons at age 62. She plays bass in the Moravian University Orchestra, Swing Fever Dance Band, Lehigh Vally Pops, and Reading Philharmonic Orchestra and conducts the Really Terrible Orchestra (RTO) which is designed for people who haven’t played their instruments in 20 years while having lots of fun. She began as Assistant Conductor with the Philharmonic in the fall of 2023, having substituted as conductor a number of times in previous seasons.