Dr. Anna Skrupky is the executive director of the Pennsylvania Chamber Orchestra. Prior to this position, she was the director the Community Music School at Rowan University, the adult programming coordinator at the Music School of Delaware, was on staff at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Wisconsin Public Television, and the Madison Symphony. Additionally, she has taught on the faculties of the Rowan Community Music School, the Music School of Delaware, the University of Missouri-Kansas City, Lawrence University, and at the University of Wisconsin-Rock County. Anna maintains an active teaching and freelancing schedule and performs frequently with the Allegheny Winds and the Nittany Valley Symphony. She received a DMA in horn from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a minor in arts administration, a MM in horn performance and literature from Northwestern University, and a BM in horn performance and general music education from Lawrence University.
Susan Kroeker is the personnel manager and principal flute of the Pennsylvania Chamber Orchestra. She has a MMUS degree in Flute Performance from the Hartt School of Music where she studied with John Wion and Samuel Baron, and a BMUS from Wheaton College Conservatory (IL). She participated in the Sarasota Music Festival, Tanglewood Summer Flute Seminar, and masterclasses with Jean-Pierre Rampal. She currently freelances in Pennsylvania, and performs as principal flutist with the Pennsylvania Centre Orchestra and piccoloist with the Nittany Valley Symphony. Susan previously performed as principal flutist for the South Dakota Symphony, Dakota Wind Quintet, and the New England Pops.
She has been a flute instructor in State College area for 30 years, and has taught at Penn State University, Augustana College (SD), and Westfield State University (MA).
Ally Ward is excited to be our PCO intern for the 2019-2020 season. She is a junior majoring in music and minoring in Information Science and Technology. She enjoys playing tuba and is a member of both the Penn State Tuba Euphonium Studio and the Blue Band. Outside of music, she is heavily involved in fundraising for THON. She spends her summers as the sousaphone instructor at her alma mater, Jefferson High School.