About Us

30th Anniversary Celebration!

In cooperation with the CDC recommendations for social distancing, we are canceling or postponing some of our upcoming concerts and events. Gabriel Chamber Ensembles values your health and well-being, and we encourage you to stay home, stay healthy, and join us when we resume our concert and fundraising schedule after the danger is past. Thank you for your understanding and patience.

The April 5 concert is CANCELED. Gabriel Chamber Ensemble values your health and well-being, and we encourage you to stay home, stay healthy, and join us when we perform this concert later in the year. We are still working out the details of finding a date that is available to all the musicians, with a better chance of accommodating our beloved audience. We will provide information and updates in this space as soon as we have them. We will also inform members via our mailing list.

The Gabriel Youth Orchestra concert, scheduled for April 26, has been CANCELED. We are canceling the GYO Spring concert. We thank the students who have worked so hard toward this concert, and hope that those who can, will join us again in the Fall. We wish our seniors all the best in their future endeavors.

The French Dinner Fundraiser, scheduled for May 3, is CANCELED.

The mission of the Gabriel Chamber Ensemble is to nurture our diverse community with music that enlivens, enriches, and educates.

About Us

The Gabriel Chamber Ensemble,now celebrating its 30th season in Schuylkill County, is a Non-Profit Organization, dedicated to present high quality performances of chamber music repertoire. Professional guest artists are frequently invited to join the Ensemble in order to offer a wide selection of chamber music masterpieces. GCE delights its audiences with its informative and fun presentations, its quality of performance, and its informality. All concerts are followed by a reception in the lobby, where the audience can meet the GCE members and discuss the evening.

The GCE has been successfully received in Maryland, New Jersey, Vermont, and Atlanta, Georgia.

In addition to its artistic achievements, GCE has initiated community and educational outreach programs to develop chamber music audiences and the musicians of the future. And to further its mission, the Ensemble created the Gabriel Youth Orchestra to provide an opportunity for middle and high school students from throughout the region to play in a professionally managed and conducted setting.

The Board

  • Mary Emma Dean, President
  • Marria Walsh, Vice President
  • Agnès Maurer, Executive Director
  • Nancy Taras, Secretary
  • Judy Terwilliger, Treasurer


Simon Maurer

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Simon Maurer grew up in Switzerland in a family of six children, all of whom became professional musicians. He studied violin at the Conservatory in Biel, and continued his studies in the U.S. with Geoffrey Michaels, Joyce Robbins and Claire Hodgkins.


Agnès Maurer

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Agnès Maurer is a native of France, where she studied the violin privately, and at the age of sixteen, she joined the Ensemble Instrumental Andrée Colson, a professional chamber orchestra.


Gerall Hieser

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Gerall Hieser began her musical education in Virginia singing harmony with her mother, also a cellist. After moving to Pennsylvania she continued piano but fell in love with the cello.