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For over 30 years, the Naples Community Orchestra has been providing high quality classical music concerts.

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2021 to Present:
Alvin HO

NCO is delighted to welcome Alvin Ho to the podium!  In a community partnership with Artis-Naples, Alvin was identified as the ideal candidate to 'inherit the baton' from Max.  Since joining NCO, Alvin has brought new ideas and fresh energy to the ensemble.  We are so pleased to have Alvin and look forward the Season ahead!  

2014 to 2021:
Max Rabinovitsj

2021 saw Max Rabinovitsj’s retirement as NCO Artistic Director and Conductor. His virtuosity as a conductor and violinist has forever changed our organization. Bringing his expertise to our musicians has raised the level of our performances to rival the very best of the country’s community orchestras. We were fortunate to have Max for eight seasons. He returns to Naples in January to conduct the season opener.

2019 Name Change:
"Naples Orchestra and Chorus" now known as "The Naples Community Orchestra"

Under the direction of internationally renowned conductor and violinist Max Rabinovitsj, Naples Orchestra and Chorus legally changed the name to The Naples Community Orchestra in 2019. The change reflects the ensemble's dedication to bringing audiences the finest in community orchestral performance and its commitment to creating opportunities for students and accomplished local musicians to learn and perform together.

2008 to 2014:
Robert Dale Herrema

In 2008 Robert Dale Herrema was appointed Musical Director. He built on the foundations laid down by Mr. Stewart and Mr. Holmberg and the NOC continued to grow and develop.

During his leadership, the Orchestra and Chorus performed a World Premier composition, which was commissioned to celebrate NOC’s 20th Anniversary Season.

2004 to 2008: Richard Holmberg

In 2004, when Ralph became ill, he asked Richard T. Holmberg to step in as Musical Director of the Naples Community Orchestra.

Richard arrived at a time of crisis but managed to maintain the vitality of the organization. The orchestra and chorus grew in numbers and matured in quality. No one was surprised because Richard Holmberg was an unusual musician.

He had been director of music for the School Town of Munster in Munster, Indiana, for 35 years, during which time he built the music department into one of the most successful music programs in the state. He was also in charge of the vocal music department, which included as many as three hundred students participating in choirs and select vocal ensembles.

Richard continued his personal dedication through 2007.

Founded in 1993 by Ralph Stewart

Ralph Stewart was not new to starting musical groups from scratch. He formed his first civic chorus in Northern Ontario when he was seventeen. Later his experience included choirs and orchestras in Canada’s capital, where he established a 100-voice chorus for the nation’s centennial, and in the United States.

In addition to his musical pursuits, Mr. Stewart was a published author, politician and professional diplomat. He was elected to Canada’s Parliament where he served for eleven years. He chaired a committee at the NATO Assembly and was Canada’s Consul General to the Southeastern U.S. and Puerto Rico.

After leaving his ambassadorial post he became a permanent resident of the U.S. and settled in Naples where he served for twelve years as Director of Music at St. Leo Catholic Church in Bonita Springs.

Ralph Stewart founded both the orchestra and chorus and was the organization’s conductor from 1993 to 2004.

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