Association Board

Association Boards/Committees

The Association Board is a marvelous group of people who meet monthly; there are about 35 of us. We are engaged in making the orchestra able to go public. Our purpose is to support the needs of the orchestra and of the musicians- we provide the music, the facility, and all that is required to produce the concerts.

Also, we provide the structure so that we can do these necessary tasks. Here, within the board, committees are set up which are structured around the areas of finance, public information and services. The Finance Committee, for example, includes procuring the money for the facility, the purchase or rental of music, and the production of the concerts. Another part of that effort is fundraising so we have the money to supply those needs. In the area of public information, the primary focus is getting out the word about the orchestra and the concerts so people will come to listen.

Additionally, we want to be able to fulfill other kinds of needs that we see out in the community and to encourage, particularly our young people, to take an interest in music. We encourage involvement of our youth through scholarships, concert program cover competitions, school outreach events and a family concert. So, we make a very deliberate attempt to encourage young people to participate and become interested in music.

Why do we do this? These many dedicated people support the arts in which we are interested. It gives us the opportunity to provide our community with good music. And finally, the major reason for each one of us is to have a chance to give back to our community.~John Olsen Past President


Board Membership

The ASO Assoc. Board of Directors meets eight times each year: the months of September,October, November, January, February, March, April and June. Meetings are normally held on Tuesdays at the Harlem Road Community Center, 4255 Harlem Road, Snyder, NY 14226, from 4:15 to 6:00pm. The purpose of the board is to maintain a community orchestra of volunteer musicians and to present a series of free concerts in the Town of Amherst.

The board needs new members who:

* Will help to publicize the orchestra concerts
* Will help to make the concert's run smoothly
* Will help to raise money to support the orchestra
* Will work with schools to make students aware of the orchestra and the opportunities for them as they become adults
* Will recognize the value of music as an essential part of everyone’s life and are interested in bringing music to the community

There is a continuing need for innovative and energetic people to help enhance the visibility, viability and community enjoyment of this tremendous resource.

Responsibilities of a Director

By inviting you to become a member of this board, the other directors have indicated that you are held in high regard and recognized as a community leader.

Your duty to this board is to contribute your valued talents, experience, and opinions to the Amherst Symphony Orchestra Association. Some of the ways in which you may carry out this responsibility include:

* Attend all board meetings and participate in the discussion of business at hand
* Become familiar with the organization
* Serve on committees and participate in the various projects of the Association
By accepting appointment to the Board of Directors, you have indicated that the continued success of the Orchestra and the Association are important to you. You will be expected to demonstrate your support by:
* making a financial contribution
* taking part in the financial drive
* attending concerts and encouraging others to attend

Officers 2016-2017

President.......................................Dr. Deborah Bruch Bucki
Immediate Past President ........................Nancy E. Wallace
Vice President/Financial.......................John R. Sedgwick
Vice President/Promotion......................Lee Brusino
Vice President/Services.........................James J.Voigt
Secretary........... ...............................Claudia Staines
Financial Secretary...............................John R. Sedgwick
Assistant Financial Secretary................. G. Nathan Barnes
Treasurer.................................... ......Eleanor Klepser
Assistant Treasurer, Concerts.................. Sharon J. Wall
ASO Musicians' Liaison..........................Molly Carroll

Board of Directors

Mark E. Ahrens
Dr. G. Kennard Beacher
Ronald W. Daniels
William C. Dannebrock
Edward B. Fisher
Dr. Curtis F. Holmes
Marilee Keller
Sandra Paddock
Julie M. Ponkow
C. Michael Taeger
William M. Rich
Daniel E. Saper
Richard A. Wojtowicz

Music Director/Conductor

Stefan Sanders

Associate Conductor

Brian Eckenrode

General Manager

Joan E. Fishburn

Musicians' Board President

Ann Marie Will/ Sandra Paddock

Friends Committee

Carolyn P. Dole - President
Sharon J. Wall - Treasurer

Advisory Committee

Susan G. Arrigo
Claire Cerra
Marion S. Fay
Susan J. Grelick
Audrey C. Hurd
Randall B. Kramer
Anthony J. Latona
David A. Macaluso
Barbara Maira
Trey Measer
Lynn Millane
Frederick H. Morgan
Fred S. Nadel
Emily D. Paolini
Dr. Joel H. Paull
Mitzie S. Serafin
Nandita Sharma
Michelle Trimper
Mary Wandling
Carol E. Weise
Diane Wojtowicz