A Message from Irene Stoll, Board President
Welcome to the 2015-2016 Asheville Symphony season!
It couldn’t be more clear: the Asheville Symphony Orchestra “performs and promotes symphonic music for the benefit, enjoyment and education of the people of Western North Carolina,” according to our mission statement.
As I begin the second year of my presidency, I continue to see the ripple effects that the Asheville Symphony has made in our community. Several strategies have helped shape our successes:
- The ASO continues to strive for musical excellence under the leadership of Music Director Daniel Meyer. The Asheville Symphony, as pianist Emanuel Ax stated when he visited with us for the Asheville Amadeus festival, is a gem of an orchestra – one that he would come back to hear again as an audience member. And as those members of the audience, we agree!
- Along with musical excellence has come financial vitality. We have succeeded in growing our annual fund and are working on enhancing our endowment, through special events such as Asheville Amadeus. More than 20,000 people were part of the festival’s community-wide events, and many indicated in a follow-up survey they would attend – and donate to – Asheville Amadeus in 2017.
- Music education continues to be a core principle of our mission. We have spread our reach throughout the community with the Asheville-Buncombe Youth Orchestra, Young People’s concerts, Music in the Schools programs for Buncombe County students, scholarships, competitions, master classes, adult education and MusicWorks! at Hall Fletcher Elementary. Children and adults are learning through the pleasure of music.
- Orchestral artistic achievements, audience growth, community engagement, music education and long-term financial strength is only possible when we – the audience, subscribers, patrons, volunteers, board members, staff and musicians – work together towards our shared goals. Only with this mindset, will we be able to fulfill our promise for the future.
It is exciting to think the ripples are expanding beyond our community and region. At the May 2015 League of American Orchestras annual conference, which draws orchestras from all over the world, we heard wonderful praise about Asheville Amadeus from the New York Philharmonic’s vice president for marketing. A few weeks later, we learned the Asheville Symphony’s 2015-16 season brochure was named “Most Awesome Brochure” out of dozens entered in the League’s national competition.
On behalf of the Asheville Symphony Board of Directors, I thank you for being part of those ripples as we look forward to many delightful Asheville Symphony performances this season.
Asheville Symphony Orchestra
2015 – 2016 Board of Directors & Staff
VP – Development
Doris Phillips Loomis
G. Edward Towson, II
VP – Artistic Affairs and Education
VP – Governance
Gerald C. Kitch
VP – Finance
VP – Human Resources
David N. Whitehill
Director of Development
Sally J. Keeney
Patron Services Manager
Patron Services Associate
Education Coordinator and Youth Orchestra Manager
MusicWorks! Program Director
Thomas C. Bolton
Michael S. Cortes
John P. Cuellar, III, M.D.
Dawn H. Grohs
C. Allan Morse
George M. Bilbrey, Jr. M.D.
J.K. MacKendree Day
Joyce R. Dorr, Ph.D.
George F. Goosmann, III
Karl S. Quisenberry, Ph.D.
John J. Sherman, Jr.
W. Herbert Smith, Jr.