About Us

The mission of the Merrimack Valley Philharmonic Society, Inc. is to provide performance and listening opportunities of quality orchestral music for Merrimack Valley musicians and audiences. In addition, we are committed to the nurturing and encouragement of young musicians by providing performance opportunities, training, and scholarships for the advanced study of music.

David Feltner, Music Director & Conductor

As Music Director of the Merrimack Valley Philharmonic Orchestra, David Feltner brings a wealth of experience to the position. Equally at home in the symphonic and operatic worlds, he has served as Associate Conductor and Chorus Master for Boston Lyric Opera and Cover Conductor for Keith Lockhart and the Boston Pops. He has been acclaimed by The Boston Globe for leading performances of “profound expressivity” and praised for his “fervent advocacy” by The Boston Phoenix. 

He is in his twenty-fourth season as Music Director of the Chamber Orchestra of Boston, a group that has won accolades from audiences and critics alike for its polished performances and innovative programs. As Steven Ledbetter wrote in The Boston Music Intelligencer: “David Feltner put together a truly captivating program …one of the most completely satisfying concerts that I have heard this season.” 

He has been thrilling audiences in New Hampshire for the past eighteen seasons as Music Director of the Nashua Chamber Orchestra, where his leadership caused music critic Jeff Rapsis to write: “Conductor David Feltner brought the Nashua Chamber Orchestra to new places.” 

He has been a guest conductor for several orchestras, including the Boston Civic Symphony, Brockton Symphony, Adelphi Chamber Orchestra, Topeka Symphony Orchestra, Narragansett Bay Symphony, Rhode Island Philharmonic Community Orchestra and Intermezzo: The New England Chamber Opera Series.

An enthusiastic advocate for music of our time, Mr. Feltner has conducted numerous premieres and works by dozens of living composers, from Anaís Azul to Ellen Taaffe Zwilich. Mr. Feltner is also an accomplished violist and composer. As a violist, he has performed with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Boston Pops, Boston Lyric Opera, Boston Modern Orchestra Project, Yamagata (Japan) Symphony, New York City Opera and Palm Beach Opera, among others. His recent orchestral compositions include Looking Towards Heaven, Dreams and Awakenings, and a piccolo concerto. In June of 2023 he both soloed and conducted the premiere of his viola concerto, From the Depths, with the NCO.