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Charles Ellis, ConductorCharles Ellis, Music Director and Conductor of the Prince George’s Philharmonic, passed away on Friday, January 1st, after a brief illness. Chuck, as he preferred to be called, had been Music Director of the Philharmonic since 2001. He began his relationship with the Philharmonic as a guest conductor during the 1983 – 1984 season and then became the Resident Conductor in 1993. Under his leadership, the Philharmonic grew to become one of the best community musical groups in the Washington, DC area. He helped to enlarge the orchestra’s membership, repertoire, patrons, and donor base. He was also instrumental in expanding the Educational Outreach Program. Among other things, he initiated the Side-by-Side program, whereby selected high-school instrumentalists perform with the Philharmonic. We will perform our 9th Annual Side-by-Side this February.


A native of Boston, Charles Ellis received his bachelor’s degree in music at Indiana University, and afterwards traveled extensively with the Army Field Band based at Fort Meade. He later received a master’s degree from the New England Conservatory, and while working as a freelance conductor for various orchestras in Boston, founded the New England Philharmonic Orchestra in Boston, a community orchestra similar to the Prince George’s Philharmonic. Chuck came to Baltimore in the early 1980s where he received his DMA in Conducting from the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University. After several years as Associate Conductor of the Jacksonville (Florida) Symphony Orchestra, he returned to Maryland and began freelancing. He became the tour conductor of the Mantovani Orchestra, and was Music Director of Washington’s Levine Chamber Orchestra. He was appointed Resident Conductor of the Prince George’s Philharmonic in 1993, and when the Philharmonic’s Music Director, Ray Fowler, stepped down in 2001, Ellis was chosen to succeed him because of his performance and familiarity not only with the orchestra, but with the demographics and culture of the community.


Chuck leaves his beloved wife Anna, his sister Patricia, and several nieces and nephews, in addition to scores of musical friends and colleagues.


A memorial service is planned for 2:30 pm on Saturday, January 30th in Baltimore. The memorial will be held at:


First Christian Church
5802 Roland Avenue
Baltimore, MD  21210


The church is on the west side of Roland Avenue, just south of Lake Avenue.



Please click here for information regarding our 50th Anniversary Season celebrations.


Please click here for our season brochure, including a subscription order form. Prorated subscriptions are available.






PLEASE NOTE: Start date and finalist's conducting dates have changed. The deadline for applications remains February 1, 2016.


The Prince George’s Philharmonic, seeks a Music Director/Principal Conductor to start July 1, 2017. Finalists for the position will be invited to conduct a subscription concert during the orchestra’s 2016-2017 season.


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13 FEB 2016

Saturday - 8:00 pm

Eleanor Roosevelt High School, Greenbelt, MD

14 FEB 2016

Sunday - 3:00 pm

Suitland High School, Forestville, MD
Blair Skinner, assistant conductor 

Kenneth Boucher, guest conductor 

Jennifer Cabot, soprano

Angelique Hunter, soprano
Suitland High School Visual and Performing Arts Concert Choir,

Kenneth  Boucher, director


MozartRegina Coeli, K. 108
Mendelssohn:  Symphony No. 4 in A Major, Op. 90 “Italian”


Single Ticket General Admission: $20, Seniors: $18, Age 18 and under free (ticket required). Single Tickets go on sale the night of the concert beginning at 7 pm, cash or check only. Tickets can be purchased in advance, by check. Please click here for Single Ticket order form to the Saturday, February 13th concert at 8 pm or here for the Sunday, February 14th concert at 3 pm. All seating is unreserved. Free Parking.



19 MAR 2016

Saturday - 8:00 pm
Bowie Center for the Performing Arts, Bowie, MD

Charles Ellis, conductor

Blair Skinner, assistant conductor

Anne-Marie McDermott, piano


KodalyDances of Galanta
RachmaninoffRhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, Op. 43
Vaughan WilliamsNorfolk Rhapsody No. 1 in E Minor
Stravinsky:  Suite from The Firebird (1919)


Single Ticket General Admission: $20, Seniors: $18, Age 18 and under free (ticket required). Single Tickets go on sale the night of the concert beginning at 7 pm, cash or check only. Tickets can be purchased in advance, by check. Please click here for the Single Ticket mail-in order form. All seating is unreserved. Free Parking.





2 APR 2016

Saturday - 7:30 pm

Oaklands Presbyterian Church

14301 Laurel Bowie Road, Laurel, MD 20708


Qing Li, violin and Victoria Chiang, viola


Program TBA


Admission: $10.00
Tickets available at the door only. Cash or Check only.


Recitals are not included in season subscriptions.



22 MAY 2016

Sunday - 3:00 pm

Dekelboum Hall

Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, College Park, MD

Charles Ellis, conductor

Janice Chandler-Eteme, soprano

Delores Ziegler, mezzo-soprano

The Heritage Signature Chorale, Stanley Thurston, director
The Chesapeake Chorale, Jesse Parker, director


Mahler:  Symphony No. 2 in C Minor “Resurrection”


Tickets for the Clarice Smith Center are included with a season subscription. Single tickets will be available through the Clarice Smith Center box office only.