News & Updates

Gannon University, Erie Philharmonic, and Erie Arts & Culture Partner to Advance Access to Music in Erie

Posted on March 7th, 2018 at 9:57 AM
Gannon University, Erie Philharmonic, and Erie Arts & Culture Partner to Advance Access to Music in Erie

Gannon University, the Erie Philharmonic and Erie Arts & Culture announced their collaboration
together in a press conference on Friday, Feb. 23 to leverage the resources of Gannon’s Erie Chamber
Orchestra (ECO) and advance the delivery of its services to the Erie community.

The three entities have diligently worked to plan for a new, modified vision for the dream behind Bruce
Morton Wright’s beloved Erie Chamber Orchestra, in which the ECO’s concerts will be fulfilled by the Erie
Philharmonic after the conclusion of its current season.

In a collaborative effort to advance the ECO’s mission and its service of providing free arts and cultural
experiences to the Erie community, the Erie Philharmonic announced it will create a collection of smaller
concerts titled the Bruce Morton Wright Chamber Series beginning with its 2018-19 season. These events
will continue to be held in churches and performance venues throughout the community to continue the
vision of ECO’s founder, Bruce Morton Wright, and his dream of free music for everyone in the Erie
community, regardless of age, income, background or social status.

The Erie Chamber Orchestra is supported in part by the Clarence E. Beyers Fund of the Erie Arts
Endowment administered by Erie Arts & Culture. Their contribution, as well as others from key community
stakeholders and the Erie Philharmonic, has allowed for the creation of this pilot program of free chamber
music concerts under the Philharmonic.

“The shared dedication of these three entities to providing access to the arts through a community-centric
focus made this an ideal collaboration to align and leverage Erie Chamber Orchestra’s service to the
community,” said Walter Iwanenko, Ph.D., vice president of academic affairs at Gannon University. “The
support from the Erie Philharmonic and Erie Arts & Culture has been tremendous, and we look forward to
the great work they will do to continue the mission of ECO and vision of its founder.”

Steve Weiser, executive director of the Erie Philharmonic and the former ECO general manager from 2012-
2015, added, “Gannon University’s support of the ECO over the last 40 years has been nothing short of
exemplary. Since 1978, the University has contributed over $2.5 million to the mission of free music for
everyone. The Philharmonic, under the direction of Music Director Daniel Meyer, is honored to continue this
mission and keep Bruce’s dream alive.”

About Gannon University:
Gannon University is a Catholic, diocesan university with campuses in Erie, Pennsylvania, and Ruskin,
Florida, offering online and traditional associate, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral programs to more than
4,000 academically talented and diverse students.

Gannon University is dedicated to excellence in teaching, scholarship and service. Inspired by the Catholic
Intellectual Tradition, the University offers a comprehensive, values-centered learning experience that
emphasizes faith, leadership, inclusiveness and social responsibility.

About Erie Arts & Culture:
The mission of Erie Arts & Culture is to strengthen the vibrancy and vitality of the Erie Region and enrich
the lives of our people through the advancement of arts and culture. Additional information about Erie Arts
& Culture is available online at

About Erie Philharmonic:
The mission of the Erie Philharmonic is to strengthen our community and region by providing high quality
live orchestra concerts and programs that enrich, entertain and educate people of all ages.