Annapolis Symphony’s Herrera on legacy of late Pat Edwards, ASO’s first executive director

Posted on: February 9, 2021

“I moved to Annapolis last year to accept the position of executive director of the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra, the Patricia Edwards Chair,” writes Edgar Herrera in Sunday’s (2/7) Capital Gazette (Annapolis, MD). “I looked forward to meeting its namesake, Pat Edwards, the first ASO executive director and a powerhouse in the Annapolis music and arts community. We exchanged emails, but because of the pandemic, did not get the chance to meet in person. Edwards passed away Jan. 30, at her home. She was 83 years old. It is impossible to consider the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra without crediting Pat’s tireless efforts…. Pat established an office in Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts and mastered the business of running a symphony. Together, board president Anna Greenberg, Peter Bay (then ASO Music Director) and Pat expanded the concert season, doubled the symphony’s budget, increased ticket sales, and instituted a program of salary enhancements for the musicians…. In her nine-year tenure, Pat … had to think about the best way to … transition from a community orchestra to a professional institution. And she did a magnificent job. Thanks to Pat we can continue to build on what the ASO has achieved.”