Concordia Chamber Players

Concordia Chamber Players was founded in 1997 in New Hope, PA. Since that time our audience has come to expect and relish in witnessing the great masterpieces of the chamber music repertoire, spanning all centuries, performed by our stellar list of guests artists in the intimate setting unique to bucolic Bucks County. Founder and Artistic Director, Michelle Djokic, endeavors to unveil some lesser known gems while presenting compositions we have all come to treasure in a setting that welcomes both the ardent devotee and those who are just embarking on the discovery of all the wealth of witnessing live chamber music. Michelle and her colleagues bask in the warmth of Bucks County and welcome the opportunity to escape the sterile environment of the big city just steps away for the intimacy and charm of New Hope. Discover the depth of talent of the Concordia family of musicians, from the veteran to the young protégées in the forum of witnessing the treasured masterpieces and the excitement of discovering a lesser known work. 

The Concordia Violin by Joseph Crilley

Violin by Joseph Crilley

Joseph Crilley (1920-2008)

 Joe Crilley was gracious enough to donate this painting which quickly became a recognizable symbol of  Concordia Chamber Players.

Born in 1920, Joe Crilley began to draw and paint as a child, and went on to study at the Philadelphia College of Art, and the Graphic Sketch Club. He moved to New Hope, Pennsylvania in 1948 and has remained a resident of the area. Crilley taught art in the New Hope – Solebury schools for six years, and worked as a professional photographer for 30 years in schools and museums in the United States and Europe. When the New Hope Community Center, located near the Bucks County Playhouse, was active, Crilley exhibited with many local artists including Spencer, Leith-Ross, Folinsbee, Garber, Coppedge and Redfield.

Acclaimed for his extraordinary use of color, Crilley has exhibited at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia Art Alliance, Philadelphia Sketch Club, National Academy of Design, Salmagundi Club, Audubon Artists and the Allied Artists in New York City, Woodmere Art Gallery, Phillips Mill, Trenton City Museum and Liscombe Lodge in Nova Scotia. His paintings are in collections in Australia, England, Italy, France, Canada and the U.S.

The Concordia Chair by Nakashima

Mira Nakashima

The Concordia Chair was designed for the Concordia Chamber Players in 2003, when the musicians and I discovered that the existing Nakashima chair designs were not suitable for the exuberant style of chamber music playing that Concordia exhibited. The result was a flat seat with an upright back providing minimal support and no obstruction to bowing. Director Michelle Djokics’ parents, who live in New Hope, had offered to give us the wood from a tree that had to be taken down in their yard, which was discovered to be English Walnut that yielded many planks of beautifully figured wood used to make the original set of seven chairs.

Board of Directors & Advisory Board

Concordia Board Members

Michelle Djokic
Artistic Director

Candace Jones
President

Diana Resek
Treasurer

Greta Adams Villeré
Secretary

Teresa Hopkins
Douglas Kale
Kathleen Kennerley
Linda Kenyon
Brian Keyes
Mira Nakashima-Yarnall
Susan Smith

Advisory Board

John Schucker
Kate Hanenberg

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