Emilio Fernandez, President
Emilio J. Fernandez, a 5-year resident of Arlington County, is an Associate Director specializing in Modernization and Process Improvement at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, where he has worked since 2012. He is a Marine Corps veteran himself, and has served our veterans as part of the Veterans Benefits Administration's Office of Business Process Integration in various roles. He is an active volunteer in the local community, the arts, and school activities. His daughter is a member of Crescendo, our youth chamber music program. Mr. Fernandez conceived and managed the recent fundraiser Música y Vino de España.
Elizabeth O'Hara Stahr, Vice President
Arlington Philharmonic violist Elizabeth O'Hara Stahr and her husband Matthew are proud to call Arlington home. She is an extremely active freelancer and performs in several premier ensembles as both principal and section violist, including the Amadeus Orchestra, American Festival Pops Orchestra, Annapolis Symphony Orchestra, Apollo Orchestra, Delaware Symphony Orchestra, Gettysburg Chamber Orchestra, Mid-Atlantic Symphony Orchestra, Richmond Symphony Orchestra, Shippensburg Festival Orchestra, Virginia Symphony Orchestra, and York Symphony Orchestra. Elizabeth also has extensive experience with chamber music, as a founding member of two professional ensembles and most recently, as a member of the Fairfax Chamber Ensemble from 2012-2014. Her most exciting performance to date was in conjunction with Dream Works Pictures for the release of the movie The Soloist in the spring of 2009. Elizabeth currently operates a private violin/viola studio in Arlington.
Mrs. Stahr is Artistic Director and also serves as an artist-in-residence with Crescendo, the Arlington Philharmonic youth chamber music program. Previously, she served as an artist-in-residence for Prelude, the precursor program to Crescendo.
Evan Hart, Secretary
Evan Hart is a French horn player who studied at the Eastman School before moving to DC and switching careers. He is an association events professional, was the head of Sales, Marketing and Business Development for a small non-profit association, helping to create a strategic plan, increase event attendance, and forge corporate alliances. During his tenure, gross revenue grew from 2 to 3 million dollars annually.
Rachel Warner, Treasurer
Rachel Warner, Arlington resident, is a flutist from a prolific musical family, both forebears and children. She worked for the U.S. Government for over 30 years, first at the Library of Congress and then at the Department of State until her retirement in 2016. At State, she was an intelligence analyst focused on Africa and then worked in State’s Bureau of Intelligence and Research. Ms. Warner has been a frequent volunteer at Philharmonic and Crescendo concerts.
Bryce Bunner is a violist with the Air Force Strings, ran the organization's education outreach program for over 4 years, and supervises the Band’s chamber players, education outreach and museum outreach programs. He recently joined the coaching staff of the Crescendo program and lives in Alexandria with his husband, Evan Hart.
Mary Dausch is a violist with the Arlington Philharmonic, Amadeus Orchestra, and Fairfax Symphony and also freelances in the DC Area. She teaches violin and viola at Landon School in Bethesda. She received a Bachelor of Music Performance from San Francisco Conservatory and a Masters from Rice University. In her free time, she is a stay-at-home Mom to four children.
Amanda Eich is a clarinetist with the United States Navy Band. She holds a Master of Music and Arts Leadership Program Certificate from the Eastman School of Music, and a Bachelor of Music and Bachelor of Science in Water Resource Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. In her free time, she enjoys reading, skiing, and sharing pictures of her dogs.
Elizabeth Fogel has a bachelor degree in violin performance, an M.A. in Arts Management and has been teaching violin, viola, and piano in her studio for twelve years, and worked as an administrator for the McLean music programs. She is involved in community associations and skilled in grant writing, fundraising and donor relations, website development, social media, basic accounting, and other nonprofit responsibilities. She lives in Fairhaven with her husband Gregory and two children.
Kristin Gomez is a violist with our orchestra, Director of Orchestras at Thomas Jefferson Middle School in Arlington, and teaches orchestra at Arlington’s Abingdon Elementary. She is Director and Conductor of the Junior All-County Orchestra of Arlington Public Schools and Principal viola of the Pan American Symphony, and violist with the Arlington Philharmonic. She holds degrees in French Literature and Music.
Lee Seltman practiced civil rights, environmental, and entertainment law for 16 years. After a clerkship on the Minnesota Supreme Court, she began her career in Los Angeles where she worked at several law firms. Following a second clerkship on the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, she moved to Washington, D.C., where she worked as a civil rights lawyer for the United States Department of Justice, protecting the rights of people housed in state-run facilities. She has lived in Arlington for 15 years, where she now is a stay-at-home parent to two budding violinists. A former violinist herself, Ms. Seltman’s two daughters are violinists, the eldest a member of Crescendo.
Ex Officio Members
A. Scott Wood, Music Director and Conductor
Nicole Powlison, Operations Manager