National Philharmonic Orchestra & Chorale of Mongomery County Inc

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Jody Gatwood Education Fund

Jody Gatwood served as concertmaster of the National Philharmonic for 25 years.  At the end of National Philharmonic’s 2009-10 season, Jody announced his retirement from the orchestra. In honor of his outstanding service, Maestro Piotr Gajewski and the National Philharmonic Board of Directors immediately named Jody, Concertmaster Emeritus. 

To further honor the outstanding commitment of this fine leader and friend, the National Philharmonic created the Jody Gatwood Education Fund.  The fund's purpose is to support the National Philharmonic and its educational outreach programming including:

  • All Kids, All Free, All the Time that provides free tickets to children ages 7-17 to all National Philharmonic concerts
  • Curriculum-based arts education program and student concerts, in partnership with Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) and the Music Center at Strathmore, for all second and fifth graders in MCPS
  • Summer String and Choral Institutes that provide scholarships for students
  • Master classes and pre-concert lectures   


National Philharmonic is a leading provider of music education services to students in the Montgomery County Public Schools. Every year, we spend more than half-a-million dollars to provide educational and outreach programs to more than 25,000 children throughout Montgomery County and Washington, DC metro areas.  Our artistic and educational programs are funded by foundations, corporations, and individual donors such as you.

Our students really enjoyed the concert today. The selections were appropriate, not too long and just enough variety to whet the appetite for future instrumental musicians. It is an integral part of the 2nd Grade Music Curriculum. Thank you to all who made this event possible for our students!
--Jan Jones, El Music Teacher at Bel Pre ES

 The National Philharmonic gratefully accepts contributions to the Jody Gatwood Education Fund on an ongoing basis. 

Thank you for your generous support!

The mission of the National Philharmonic is to be the dynamic organization of choice providing the highest quality orchestral, choral and other musical experiences to enrich and inspire the lives of people in Montgomery County, the Washington, DC metropolitan area and beyond through concerts and educational programs for all ages.


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