[gn_dropcap style=”1″ size=”3″]D[/gn_dropcap]ear Ars Musica Members and Supporters:
I am writing as the newly elected President of the Ars Musica Board of Directors. I’ve enjoyed twenty-five creative seasons with Ars Musica, and I have served on the Board for the previous seventeen years, including time in the roles of Vice-President and President, respectively. Following my wife’s suggestion to join, I still remember the thrill of excitement from my first concert and the work required to memorize the Mozart Requiem.
I recall with appreciation the events both great and small that helped develop Ars Musica’s community. From our weekly rehearsals and local performances, to our nine trips to Europe, and seven performances at Carnegie Hall, our shared experiences have become the foundation of who we are as a group. As board president, I will work to ensure Ars Musica has new opportunities that speak to our history, our work, and our skills, while continuing to strengthen the community of our members and supporters.
My goals as President also include a focus on the development of our performance level. When I joined for my first concert, I could not read music. Since that time, I have grown in my abilities by working hard and taking time to prepare. Looking back to previous concerts, our level of preparedness corresponded with our success at the performance. As we all continue our personal musical growth in the balance of busy lives, let us make full use of the rehearsal resources available. By making time for our music, we will help to make Ars Musica’s future successes even sweeter.
Mark Kantrowitz, DMD
President, Ars Musica Board of Directors