The Scottsdale Philharmonic Symphony Staff
The staff of the Scottsdale Philharmonic volunteer their time to work collaboratively to manage the responsibilities and provide the services necessary for the seamless operation of a high quality orchestra comprised of volunteer professionally trained musicians.
Joy Partridge, CPA
President of the Board and CEO
As the co-founder of the Scottsdale Philharmonic, Joy has realized her dream of creating a symphony orchestra in Scottsdale comprised of professional musicians who provide the highest quality of classical symphony music. As all concerts are free, everyone, young and old, can enjoy the beauty of classical music in the beautiful Scottsdale Bible Church.
Ms. Partridge’s expertise owning a Certified Public Accounting firm and serving over 25 years actively on Valley symphony boards provides her with a solid foundation for the establishment, organization and operation of the Scottsdale Philharmonic. Joy is the primary publicity contact, fundraiser, community liaison, and donor connection for the Philharmonic. She can often be found at City Hall and in the offices of supportive organizations promoting the mission and vision of the orchestra. As part of her responsibilities, as President, she oversees and coordinates the activities of key staff members to assure all aspects of the orchestra operations are fulfilled.
For over 30 years Joy has performed as a violist in various valley orchestras and continues her performing tradition with the Scottsdale Philharmonic.
Read a Message From the President of the Board
It is with great pride and pleasure that I welcome you to our 2017 season of the Scottsdale Philharmonic. I am pleased to say that our orchestra has some of the finest musicians in the valley. We are honored to have Robert J. Nichols and Ajay R. Patel as our resident conductors.
I want to give a special “thank you” to all of our orchestra members. They volunteer their time with the orchestra because of their dedication and love of classical music. They have committed their valuable time and talent so that we can enjoy this exceptional musical experience.
Our Executive Director, Carl Reiter, has worked untold hours planning and organizing this season’s concerts. He deserves a great deal of praise for all that he has contributed to our premier season.
And finally, I want to thank all of you, our dedicated sponsors and friends, for being part of this amazing musical adventure. It is with great appreciation and gratitude that I wish to express to everyone, “Thank you for making all of this possible.” I look forward to the Scottsdale Philharmonic providing beautiful music for generations to come.
Carl R. Reiter
Music Director and Trustee
Carl Reiter is the co-founder of the Scottsdale Philharmonic and brings his broad experience and expertise to the organization both as a musician and an entrepreneur. His doctoral studies were done at Northern Arizona University. As our Director of Music, Carl is responsible for all the behind the scenes musical preparations for the concert seasons, auditions for musicians and establishing the program of music for each season, identifying and negotiating with concert soloists, obtaining music and managing all licensing commitments.
Carl also performs in the first violin section in our symphony. His experience as a violinist and violist began with his first professional engagement at the age of 11. While Carl is currently playing 1st violin with the Scottsdale Philharmonic, he has been a performing member of the Phoenix Symphony, Tempe Symphony, Phoenix String Quartet, Tucson Symphony, Flagstaff Symphony, Mesa Symphony, Scottsdale Symphony, and is the concert master, Phoenix First Assembly.
Four summers were spent working with Hidden Valley Music Seminars in Carmel Valley under the Assistant Director of the New York Philharmonic. His business experience was sharpened while performing public relations and instrument repair at the Reiter String Shop, a family owned business for 30 years in Phoenix. He also served as the Executive Director for the Arizona School of Fine Arts and Science, and taught music on the faculty of Grand Canyon University.
Read a Message From the Music Director
Welcome to the Scottsdale Philharmonic and thank you for joining us in support and enjoyment of classical music. I am excited and gratified to see the tremendous audience support this orchestra has received. This is a unique orchestra, we are a group of professional musicians who see no limit and are eager to present the finest quality concerts to the public.
Come join us for our concerts as we present the world’s greatest music that is both familiar and loved by everyone.
The Scottsdale Philharmonic proudly showcases soloists who thrill audiences and who are both internationally and locally recognized and local concert artists.
Your attendance and support allows our symphony to continue providing these wonderful concerts to everyone. Any and all support is appreciated.
Robert R. Nichols
Conductor, Scottsdale Philharmonic
Robert R. Nichols has made his career as a public school music educator. He has taught all levels of orchestra during his 35 year tenure in the Mesa Public Schools and currently teaches at Benjamin Franklin High School in Queen Creek. In addition to orchestra he has taught marching band, concert band, choir, guitar, and music theory. He holds a Bachelor of Music Education (BME) degree from Northern Arizona University (NAU) and a Master of Music (MM) in Cello Performance from Arizona State University (ASU).
He has served in leadership positions for the Arizona Band and Orchestra Directors Association (ABODA) for most of his tenure, and in 2011-13 served as President of the Arizona Music Educators Association (AMEA). He has received the AMEA George C. Wilson Leadership Award, the “Distinguished Professional and Community Service Award” from the NAU Alumni Association and NAU School of Performing Arts, the AMEA O.M. Hartzel Award for Excellence in Teaching Music; and in 2015 was honored to be named the AMEA “Music Educator of the Year”.
He has served as guest clinician and conductor for district, music camp, and other various honor orchestras throughout Arizona and has conducted more than 16 different AMEA region honor orchestras. He and his wife Jennifer were administrators of the NAU Pat B. Curry Summer Music Camp from 1994 – 2005.
He is a professional cellist and has performed with the Mesa Symphony, Flagstaff Symphony, Ventura County Symphony, Tempe Symphony, Sun City Symphony, Phoenix Praise Symphony, and he conducts and plays cello in the Scottsdale Philharmonic.
He enjoys fishing, camping, woodworking, bird watching, spending time with his wife and family, and binge watching Netflix. All four of his children play a stringed instrument.
Ajay R. Patel
Conductor, Scottsdale Philharmonic
Ajay R. Patel has been a music educator in Arizona since 2001. His first three years were as the Director of Orchestras at Mountain Pointe High School, and then Basha High School in the Chandler district from 2006-2016. From 2016 to the present, he serves as the Orchestra Director at Desert Ridge High School in the Gilbert district. Mr. Patel earned his Bachelor of Music Education from Arizona State University (ASU), and a Master of Music in Cello Performance from Arizona State University.
Mr. Patel is an active member of organizations that support Arizona music education. He has served positions for the Arizona Band and Orchestra Directors Association as Southwest Region Orchestra Chair, and Southwest Region Governor. He is also a current member of the National Association for Music Education (NAfME) and the American String Teachers Association (ASTA).
Mr. Patel served as the Symphony Orchestra conductor for the East Valley Youth Symphony since its inaugural year in 2006. He also established the Chandler Academy for the Performing Arts (CAPA) in 2009, a three week summer music program for orchestra, band, choir and theatre serving the students of the Chandler Unified School District and the local southeast valley community.
An accomplished cellist, Mr. Patel has performed with many of the community and professional orchestras in Arizona. He has served as a substitute section cellist for the Arizona Opera, Guest Principal cellist for the Chandler Symphony Orchestra, and the Assistant Principal Cellist of the Arizona Pro Arte Orchestra. He has also performed with the Symphony of the Southwest, MusicaNova Orchestra, as well as the Scottsdale Philharmonic. In the winter of 2011, Mr. Patel was the principal cellist of the American Festival Orchestra under the direction of Lawrence Golan. The American Festival Orchestra toured 14 cities in China over a span of two weeks as part of an international cultural exchange.
Mr. Patel studied cello with Takayori Atsumi and Thomas Landschoot, at Arizona State University. His conducting studies were guided by Dr. Timothy Russell and Dr. Gary Hill at Arizona State University.
Mr. Patel lives in Gilbert with his wife Rochel, and their children Olivia and Alexander.
Concertmaster, Scottsdale Philharmonic
Originally from Chicago, Vickie Thai holds degrees in Church Music from the Moody Bible Institute, violin performance from the American Conservatory of Music, and music education from the Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University.
For five seasons, as a member, principal second, and assistant concertmaster of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, the training program of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Vickie had the honor of performing under the direction of Sir Georg Solti, Sir Neville Marriner, Leonard Slatkin, Claudio Abbado, Margaret Hillis and Gordon Peters.
Here in the valley, Vickie played with the Mesa Symphony for 20 years, serving as concertmaster for the 2004-2005 season. She was the assistant concertmaster of the Scottsdale Musical Arts Symphony and also played in the West Valley Symphony, the Phoenix Praise Orchestra, and the Palmcroft Church orchestra.
Since she was 18 years old, Vickie has had the privilege of teaching music in public schools and home school groups. Currently, Vickie maintains a private studio at Harmony House Music Academy.
For 8 years Vickie was a member of String Sounds, an organization providing inter-disciplinary arts programs in public schools.
As a partner of the Allegro Quartet, Vickie helps brides plan the perfect music for their wedding, and leads the quartet performing for their special day.
A member and an associate concertmaster of the Scottsdale Philharmonic since its inception, Vickie is thrilled to be a part of this fine organization.
Professional Musician and Trustee
Bob Herzog began the viola in 3rd grade. During college, he performed in the Arizona State University Symphony and attended the Taos School of Chamber Music (in NM) during the summers. He then joined the military and was accepted into the Air Force Academy Strolling Strings. Upon his return to Phoenix, he worked at Salt River Project, (SRP) until he retired as Senior Project Leader, Water Engineering Department.Bob performed in the Phoenix Symphony for 11 years, the Colorado Springs Symphony, The Tempe Symphony, the Mesa Symphony, the Mesa College Community Orchestra, the Scottsdale Musical Arts Orchestra, the Fine Arts String Orchestra, and currently performs in and is a Director/Trustee of the Scottsdale Philharmonic. He performed in the Chandler Symphony Orchestra for 8 seasons, where he held the positions of Principal Violist, Board Member, and President.
As the Music Librarian, Mary’s first responsibility is to assure every musician has a complete folder of music for every concert. She maintains the organization and cataloging of the orchestra library. For music rentals, Mary assures all music is returned in its received condition in a timely manner according to the rental agreement.Mary has been playing string bass since she was 11 years old. She played in Arizona orchestras since 1972 and is proud to play bass with the Scottsdale Philharmonic. Mary lives in Sun City and is a retired Special Education teacher.
Charlie handles data collection and integration into the orchestra’s database used for emailing and analysis of its audience and donors. In his day to day life, he is a Systems Analyst for a hotel property management software company, where he is responsible for maintaining, upgrading and repairing both the physical computing and networking infrastructure of hotels as well as the software and databases they utilize. Charlie is also a cellist with the Scottsdale Philharmonic.
Director of Development
Barbara is responsible for representing the Scottsdale Philharmonic at various business and arts organizations throughout the valley. She coordinates program advertising and sponsorships and supports the Trustees in day-to-day operations of the orchestra. She is a violinist with the Scottsdale Philharmonic and has performed with the Scottsdale Symphony, MusicaNova Orchestra, San Marcos Symphony, Chandler Symphony, Fine Arts String Orchestra and the Scottsdale Musical Arts Orchestra. She is a co-founder of MusicaNova Orchestra and served as their Board President for many years. She also served as the Board President for the San Marcos Symphony from 2003 to 2005, which became known as the Chandler Symphony.