Introducing the Capital Philharmonic of New Jersey

Our Distinguished Board of Trustees:


Gloria Teti, President

Civic Leader


John Hatch, FAIA, Vice President
Principal, Clarke Caton Hintz


William Joseph Keephart, CPA, Treasurer

William J. Keephart, CPA, PA


Melissa J. Bohl, Secretary

Westminster Conservatory

CPNJ Principal Oboe


Daniel Spalding

CPNJ Music Director


Bernard J. McMullan, PhD

Consultant on Program Evaluation and

Strategic Planning


Steven Kyle   
Music educator, orchestra member


Stephen Doyle, AIA, LEED AP

Associate, Clarke Caton Hintz

Lydia Fabbro Keephart, Esquire

Pellettieri, Rabstein and Altman, Partner

Jill Aguayo

Civic leader


Lynne Azarchi

Director, Kidsbridge

Sarah Dash

Singer and Actress

Joseph P. Teti

Civic Leader

Pauline Perkins

Civic Leader

Dr. Jane Rosenbaum

Faculty, Rider University

Trenton School Board

Mark Pepper

Civic Leader


Dr. Omelan Kotsopey 










                                                 Our hardworking Board of Trustees at a recent retreat with facilitator Jane Silverman (second from right).

Who we are:


The Capital Philharmonic Orchestra of New Jersey was  founded in the fall of 2013 in a quest to make Trenton a proud, culturally integrated, musical beacon of renewal. We believe that Trenton deserves investments in cultural leadership for our kids and seniors, our business community, our educators, and our civic entrepreneurs.  Even in this short time, these groups have embraced our vision and awarded us sponsorships, partnerships, publicity, board service, and concert attendance. Our mission “to change lives and enhance quality of life by providing Trenton and its surrounding communities with a locally-based high quality professional symphony orchestra” is unfolding successfully.


How did we come about? The simultaneous demise of established classical orchestras on both sides of the Delaware River, the abandonment of Trenton concerts by the New Jersey Symphony, and the new availability of the iconic and luxuriously refurbished War Memorial Patriots Theater presented a unique opportunity to begin anew and to fill a void in the local musical and cultural landscape. Seizing the moment, a distinguished 16-member Board of Trustees was carefully chosen to include dedicated community leaders, people already known as movers and shakers in business and the arts. We are already serving as a strong complement to the cultural heritage of Trenton and surrounding areas and most importantly, the Capital Philharmonic is now a driving force in the economic renaissance of downtown Trenton.


We are now embarking on our 7th season, promising more unique concert experiences as presented by our innovative Music Director, Maestro Daniel Spalding. We hope to see you there!

                                                                              A Message from the Music Director

Dear Music Lovers,


We are beginning a new era for Trenton as we plan our 8th season. I invite you to join me and our musicians, dedicated board members, and volunteers in a journey of hope to restore and reinvigorate the musical life in Trenton. We will do it with passion for the traditions we hold dear but also mindful of our changing times. And I promise you I will give it my all to make The Capital Philharmonic a treasured jewel that will bring our community a sense of pride. We are about world class music making using our local wealth of resources, engaging our community and contributing to Trenton’s own renaissance.


Music is a powerful engine that inspires us, consoles us in moments of loss and uplifts our spirits. It brings us together and fortifies our sense of community and releases energy into our world. Let us start another century of rich musical tradition in Trenton together. If circumstances allow us in this extraordinary time, please join us for our 2020-2021 season, bring your family and friends along, and we will play our hearts out for you.


Hoping to see you there,



Daniel Spalding


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