From the President

Welcome to our 135th Season!

I have been pleased to serve as your president the past two years. As I begin my second two-year term, I look forward to working with the membership as we add new members and new venues.

Our yearbook and directory is again being done in house by Linda Bollas, saving us a significant amount of money.  Please keep continue to keep your 2014-15 yearbook to refer to the following items: Constitution, By-Laws, Committee descriptions and responsibilities, and Audition Requirements. You may also find the same information online at our Website under the About tab (for Constitution and By-Laws) or the Membership tab (Audition Requirements and Committee Responsibilities). Linda along with Cyndi Black Colburn will be working on updating our website this year as well. Please let them know any feedback you may have for them to make our online presence even more reflective of the good work we do. We will also continue with our monthly e-newsletter. Newsletters will be mailed to those without an email address.

We are holding our Huntington Concerts and Musicales again this year, with some important new changes. Our two fall concerts will be held in October at Broad Street United Methodist Church, and we will return to the Riley Auditorium at Otterbein University in November. Please see our Yearbook for all of the important details.

The Mary Lane Prize in Violin (October 2016), and the Young Artists’ String Competition (March 2017) will be held this coming season. Gratefully, Laura Koh has agreed to return as the coordinator of those two competitions along with Jennifer Marcellana coordinating the YAC with her. Planning is already underway. Thank you, Laura and Jennifer!

The board voted to suspend the College Scholarship Audition and alternate the two competitions every other year in order to build up more reserves in our scholarship fund. This past year we were also able to receive an additional grant from Cardinal Health for over $2,000. This was used to build up our scholarship fund. With that added grant and reducing our expenses for the time being, we should be able to achieve that goal.

In addition, the McConnell Arts center decided to end our collaboration with the orchestra featuring our scholarship winners. Attendance was not what had been hoped, and they have also decided to only do one outreach concert per year. We are very grateful for the past two years. The winners truly benefited from that experience. This will also reduce the expenses for these competitions.

I would also like to recognize Jen Bauman for stepping in to serve as treasurer in January of this year, after Kim Kramer needed to step down mid-year. Jen has been wonderful and has been very organized and thorough. We also thank Kim for her past hard work. We know that each treasurer stands on the shoulders of those that came before.

Finally, I remind you that our work together is dependent upon each of us taking a role with the organization. This long-time organization has much to be proud of and does great work in the Columbus community. We also depend greatly on every member finding her niche. There is much that needs to happen to keep our work moving forward into the future. In that light, we welcome three new board members from our membership: Jen Bauman, Cathy Wagner and Jennifer Hambrick. We look forward to having their important work and input. Know that any member is welcome to attend board meetings as a non-voting member. Just let me know ahead of time if you would like to do so.

I look forward to another exciting year of music-making!

-Dr. Cynthia Mahaney