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The American Friends of the Odessa Philharmonic Orchestra (AFOPO) was founded in 1995 by retired U.S. Foreign service officer Paul van Marx, less than one year after his first meeting with Hobart Earle and the orchestra at one of their concerts in Germany in November, 1994. The AFOPO is a registered, not-for-profit 501-C3 organization in the United States. Its purpose is to support the development and growth of the Odessa Philharmonic Orchestra.

Tax deductible contributions to the AFOPO since 1995 have been received from a total of over 200 individuals across the continental United States. Due to the fact that the AFOPO has never had any paid staff, all money raised goes directly to the benefit of the orchestra.

Contributions (fully tax deductible for U.S. taxpayers) in all sizes are welcome, and may be sent to:

The American Friends of the Odessa Philharmonic Orchestra (AFOPO)
P.O. Box 1095
Syosset, NY 11791-0489

Major projects the AFOPO has undertaken and completed include:

  • purchase of new concert clothing (including brand new concert tails) for the men in the orchestra
  • purchase of new instruments, including percussion, brass and woodwind
  • repair of the orchestra’s old “Dresden” set of timpani in London
  • financial aid to orchestra musicians in need, and with health problems

  • This list continues with the purchase of:

  • various kinds of mutes for horn, trumpet, trombone and tuba
  • bow hair, strings, rosin, shoulder rests ands humidifiers for string instruments
  • new skin for bass drum and numerous accessories for percussion
  • numerous accessories for woodwind and brass, including a gouging machine for oboe
  • C-extensions for four-string double basses
  • cane for oboe and bassoon reeds
  • clarinet reeds
  • portable lights for music stands
  • 4 computers for the orchestra’s office
  • 2 printers for the orchestra’s office
  • various small equipment for the orchestra’s office
  • 2 “Korg” tuners
  • new flight cases for double basses

    and also includes:
  • numerous repairs to problematic instruments such as tuba, but also to oboes, flutes and bassoons

  • and

  • the rental of orchestral parts for copyrighted music.

    The Odessa Philharmonic Orchestra and Hobart Earle would like to express their sincere gratitude to the following individuals who have served on the Board of the AFOPO at various times over the years since 1995:
  • Elizabeth Flemer, Princeton, NJ
    Andrew Budwig, Princeton, NJ
    Jan and David Buley, Princeton, NJ (at present living in Canada)
    Phil Dresdner, Pennington, NJ
    Carol Gurzo, Princeton, NJ
    Jake Hamel, Princeton, NJ
    Irene Hilem, Princeton, NJ
    Askold Lozynskyj, New York, NY
    Paul Murphy, Princeton, NJ
    Sheila Ruof, Yardley, PA (at present living in Mexico)
    Megan Thomas, Princeton, NJ