Maine State Ballet Orchestra

The Maine State Ballet Orchestra has performed for Maine State Ballet productions since 1987. Conducted and directed by Karla Kelley Brenner, the orchestra is composed of over 40 musicians, all but a few of whom live in Maine. Many of these musicians also play for the Portland Symphony Orchestra and other prominent organizations. Kelley Brenner, of Massachusetts, is both a musician and a gifted conductor with a reputation for conducting ballet orchestras.


Two youth choral groups located in the Portland area have collaborated with the Maine State Ballet Orchestra in recent years to provide voices into the Nutcracker snow scene: the Musica de Filia Girlchoir, directed by Jaye Churchill, and the Wescustago Youth Chorale, directed by Ann Dillon and Lise Dunn.

Maine State Ballet Orchestra - Karla M. Kelley Brenner, Conductor


Cindy Alpert

Alison Pease


Elizabeth Miller

Julie Eiten

Ann Stepp

Jean Alvord


Richard Noyes

Richard Francis

Evan Pillsbury

Robin Jellis


Karen Beacham

Maria Wagner


John Mehrmann


Mark Fredericks


Marcia DiBiase


Piper Runnion-Bareford

Violin l

Graybert Beacham

Nancy Roderick

Valerie Green

Meagan McIntyre

Margaret Ruell

Rebecca Matsovic

Violin Il

Terry Melinda McCardell
Elise Straus-Bowers
Deirdre Oehrtmann

Kathryn Pillsbury


Cynthia Blanchard

Anthony Allen

Jennifer Willis


Mark Zielinski

John Furman

Jeff Marsanskis


Steve Thayer

Meredith Duke

Jeff Marsanskis


Nancy Rutan Goldenhar

Katie Hendrick

Seth Blank

Beth Almquist


C. Scott Smith

Carol Kanicki

Seth Blank

Beth Almquist


Lynn Armour Hannings

Deborah Jones

Alyson Ciechomski

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348 U.S. Route One 

Falmouth, ME  04105

Phone:  207-781-7672

Box Office:  207-781-3587

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