New Episodes of Mornings with the Maestro Online! Lima, OH (January 26, 2021) – The Lima Symphony Orchestra has released a new episode of “Mornings with the Maestro,” now available online! Mornings with the Maestro are vibrant educational programs dreamed up by Maestro Andrew Crust and featuring Lima Symphony Orchestra musicians. These programs are intended to introduce young audiences to the basic elements of music in fun and engaging ways. Mornings with the Maestro Episode 2 asks the questions: what is a conductor? What does a conductor do? What kind of tools do conductors use to do their job? What is a baton? How do conductors direct music by using just their bodies? What is a score? What does a score look like? This program is appropriate for all ages and is available through the Lima Symphony Orchestra YouTube page. New performances will continue to be released throughout the winter and spring. Links to Mornings with the Maestro can also be accessed through the Lima Symphony Orchestra website. Mornings with the Maestro performances are part of the Lima Symphony’s ongoing commitment to music education and their firm belief that music and the other arts are critical tools in building strong communities. This series is supported by The Lima Public Library, Keystone Meats, and The Rotary Club of Lima. Mornings with the Maestro Episode 2: What is a Conductor?

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Morning with the Maestro Underwriters: Lima Public Library, Keystone Meats


Lima, OH (February 26, 2021) – The Lima Symphony Orchestra kicks off a new educational program this coming Monday, March 1. “Project Noteworthy” is a program created to help students process feelings of loneliness and isolation through music.

What is Project Noteworthy?
Project Noteworthy is an educational program made possible by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA). The focus of the project is to help students process the events of 2020-2021, specifically the trauma of quarantines, lockdowns, remote learning, and subsequent feelings of isolation and depression being experienced by many students. This project offers students a platform to express their feelings in a cathartic way. In addition to using music in order to process emotions, the project aims to encourage students to learn how music can serve as a useful tool for self-expression, self-esteem, and self-discipline. The overall program will not only give students tools for further self-expression once the project is over, it will also introduce them to a number of orchestral instruments and sounds that may serve as a further springboard for timbral exploration and emotional expression.

Students in the selected classes will work with professional songwriter and children’s author, Mary Amato, to create original songs based on student input. Ms. Amato will guide the students in the creation of the song and those songs will then be arranged for and played by Lima Symphony musicians. Once the project is over students will receive digital tracks of their song.

Who is involved in Project Noteworthy?
Four classes of elementary students in the Lima City School district were chosen to participate in “Project Noteworthy.” The groups chosen were:
Kara Place’s 4th grade class from Freedom Elementary
Nicole Rohrbaugh’s 4th grade class from Independence Elementary
Crystal Miller’s 4th grade class from Heritage Elementary
Joe MacBenn’s 5th grade class from North Middle School

When is Project Noteworthy Happening?
Project Noteworthy will be happening throughout March and April.

This project is made possible by the following sponsors:
National Endowment for the Arts

Full Schedule:
Monday, March 1
9:50-10:30 – MacBenn 1
Tuesday, March 2
9:40-10:20 – Independence 1
11:40-12:30 – Freedom 1
Wednesday, March 3
9:00-9:40 – Heritage 1
Thursday, March 4
9:40-10:20 – Independence 2
Friday, March 5
9:00-9:40 – Heritage 2
11:40-12:30 – Freedom 2
Monday, March 8
9:50-10:30 – MacBenn 2
Tuesday, March 9
9:00-9:40 – Heritage 3
9:40-10:20 – Independence 3
Wednesday, March 10
11:40-12:30 – Freedom 3
Thursday, March 11
9:40-10:20 – Independence 4
Friday, March 12
9:00-9:40 – Heritage 4
9:50-10:30 – MacBenn 3
Monday, March 15
9:50-10:30 – MacBenn 4
11:40-12:30 – Freedom 4

The Lima Symphony Orchestra is dedicated to preserving musical excellence as a living part of our community. Serving communities throughout West Central Ohio, the Lima Symphony annually presents five subscription concerts, a family concert, Mozart by Candlelight concerts and an annual New Year’s Eve Pops concert.


Lima, OH (February 26, 2021) – The Lima Symphony Orchestra will be presenting a new concert, Re:Imagination, via streaming beginning on Saturday, March 13. The concert is led by Music Director, Andrew Crust, and violin soloist, Shannon Lee.

Featuring a re-imagination of a Baroque masterpiece and a pillar of classical ingenuity, Re:Imagination presents creativity from every angle. The evening begins with Max Richter’s Four Seasons Recomposed, inviting listeners to hear Vivaldi’s Four Seasons through a modern musical lens. Set to a tonal and slow-moving harmonic accompaniment, the work falls somewhere between the Baroque and 21st century, with hints of electronic music, phase music, and tintinnabulation. Closing the concert is Schubert’s Symphony No. 5 in B Major, a tuneful evocation of the Austrian countryside that is Mozartian in its light instrumentation and enduring melodic content.

Despite not being able to play for a live audience, the Lima Symphony Orchestra remains steadfast in creating both enrichment for the community and employment for their musicians. Concerts and educational programs have and will continue to be adapted to an online format until it is safe for large numbers of people to reconvene in the concert hall. The LSO’s decisions are informed by the scientific community as well as local and federal leaders to ensure that patrons can be relaxed and confident that their health is not at risk.

Tickets can be purchased online at or by calling the symphony office at 419-222-5701. Program books are available digitally through the LSO website.

Max Richter/Antonio Vivaldi Four Seasons Recomposed
Shannon Lee, Violin

Franz Schubert Symphony No. 5 in Bb Major D. 485

Streaming Codes:
$20 adults
$10 student (call office for student prices)

This concert is generously underwritten by the following sponsors:
Season Sponsor:
Ohio Arts Council

Mercy Health
Interim Healthcare
Rudolph Foods

Guest Artist Sponsor:
Fifth Third Bank

Harpsichord courtesy of:
Van Wert County Foundation

The Lima Symphony Orchestra is dedicated to preserving musical excellence as a living part of our community. Serving communities throughout West Central Ohio, the Lima Symphony annually presents five subscription concerts, a family concert, Mozart by Candlelight concerts and an annual New Year’s Eve Pops concert.


For more information about the Lima Symphony Orchestra or for tickets, please contact the Lima Symphony at 419-222-5701 or

Shannon Lee

Violinist Shannon Lee has been praised for her “remarkable fire, impeccable intonation, and big, vibrant tone” (Gramophone). She is a recent prizewinner in several international competitions, including top prize and audience award at the Sendai Competition in Japan, fourth prize at the Queen Elisabeth Competition in Belgium, second place at the Naumburg Competition in New York City, and Laureate at the Indianapolis Competition, where she was also recognized for Best Performance of an Ysaÿe Sonata. Her festival appearances as a soloist and chamber musician include Heifetz International Music Institute as Artist-in-Residence, Krzyżowa-Music, Music@Menlo, and Music From Angel Fire. In 2016-17 she was a founding member of Bicycle String Trio, performing at the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival and Avaloch Farm Music Institute. Lee also received generous support from the Sylva Gelber Foundation in Canada through their Award for career development.

Born in Canada, Lee began studying violin at age four in Plano, Texas. She made her solo debut at the age of twelve with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, and two years later performed in Europe with Maestro Christof Perick and the Nuremberg Philharmonic. Other notable appearances include with the Nashville Symphony, Las Vegas Philharmonic, Fresno Philharmonic and Phoenix Symphony. Her debut recording, Introducing Shannon Lee, features 19th and 20th century violin-piano works, which Gramophone Magazine praised for Lee’s “technical command and fearless virtuosity.”

Lee is pursuing a Master’s degree in Violin Performance at the Cleveland Institute of Music, studying with Jaime Laredo and Jan Sloman as the inaugural Presidential Scholarship recipient. She received a diploma from the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia as a student of Ida Kavafian and Arnold Steinhardt. In Philadelphia, she also served as a Curtis ArtistYear Fellow under the mentorship of Mary Javian, developing the music program at Cramp Elementary Pre-K and working with All City Orchestra chamber music programs for high school students. Previously she completed her Bachelor’s degree in computer science from Columbia University while taking violin lessons with David Nadien. In Texas, Lee studied with Jan Sloman, and has played privately or in master classes for Rainer Schmidt, Guillaume Pirard, and Boris Kushnir.