RPO 2016–17 Annual Report

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“This is the RPO swinging with two bats. This is what makes it a better, stronger orchestra. And we are better for having encountered it.” -JANN NYFFELER, DEMOCRAT & CHRONICLE

Table of Contents REFLECTIONS FROM LEADERSHIP From the Board Chair and President & CEO.............................. 4 From the Music Director............................................................... 5 THE YEAR IN PICTURES.................................................................... 8 SERVING THE COMMUNITY Education at the RPO................................................................... 10 RPO in the Community................................................................. 12 YEAR AT A GLANCE The Orchestra................................................................................ 15 Our Audiences............................................................................... 17 The Board of Directors................................................................. 18 How Funds Are Used.................................................................... 19 OUR RPO HONOR ROLL Corporate Partners, Foundations & Organizations.................. 20 Maestro’s Circle............................................................................. 21 Artistic Excellence Society........................................................... 22 Campaign for Artistic Excellence................................................ 22 George Eastman Legacy Society................................................ 22 The Christopher Seaman Conductor Laureate Chair............... 23 Philharmonic Friends.................................................................... 23 FINANCIAL STATEMENTS THE ADMINISTRATION...................................................................... 30



“Music Director Ward Stare directed the orchestra in one of his most impassioned performances yet. It was his orchestra, without a doubt, as he led the musicians with a focus and fury that brought out the best in every section.”

Reflections from Leadership



Dear RPO Friends and Supporters, Welcome to our 2016-17 Annual Report. We are extremely pleased to celebrate a wonderful year artistically, financially, and through our meaningful community partnerships. First, we must express our thanks to the two years of great work by the RPO Board of Directors and Interim President and CEO Ralph Craviso, and Board Chairperson Jules L. Smith. At the conclusion of Ralph’s tenure in August 2017, we had achieved a balanced budget—the first in six years. The 2016-17 season also saw a 20% increase in ticket sales reflecting 10% more subscription revenue and 30% more single ticket revenue. Thanks to you, we also saw a 25% increase in year-over-year contributions, including a summer matching challenge campaign that exceeded its $200,000 goal. Music Director Ward Stare, along with Jeff Tyzik and Michael Butterman, built an appealing and eclectic season, attracting audiences across a wide spectrum through programs like our semistaged opera and popular film and video game concerts. And, thanks to our increased digital and social media footprint, we have been able to deepen our community interaction.

With strong community backing and a board and artistic leadership working in tandem, we are at a crucial and exciting point in our 95-year history. As members and good citizens of the Rochester community, we are committed to serving the entire region through music and engagement, and are serious about earning your support. RPO musicians are also Rochester community members. Each is committed to growing existing partnerships and creating novel collaborations. Stepping out of the large orchestra setting, they appear in small ensembles, one-to-one educational workshops, and—on their own time—volunteer to make a difference for various community causes. We have a robust and carefully thought-out plan for a path going forward. We count on the continuation and growth of our supporters, members, and subscribers—all of whom have experienced the transformative impact of the RPO—to join us on this path. Together, we will mold a dynamic and energetic future. “Where words fail, music speaks.” –Hans Christian Andersen

We entertain. We inspire. We educate. We prize our relationships with those who hear us at Kodak Hall and Hochstein as well as with those who experience the RPO in diverse community spaces, schools, and houses of worship throughout the greater Rochester area. Of last year’s more than 120 live concerts, nearly 50 brought us directly to you.



With appreciation,





I am delighted to have the opportunity to look back on the 2016-17 season and share our marvelous year with you. There have been numerous highlights, but the American Music Festival represented the pinnacle of the season for me. As you know, Rochester has a rich tradition of showcasing American composers, thanks to influential musicians of the past such as Howard Hanson. The result was beyond what I could have imagined, and I am exceedingly proud. Our musicians really stepped up and knocked it out of the park. Once again, I was reminded of the orchestra’s flexibility, virtuosity and great sense of style in works by Diamond, Gershwin, Copland, Adams, Ives, Higdon and Barber. Beyond the festival, the thread of American music was woven throughout much of the regular season. We sprinkled in gems of rarely-performed American repertoire while paying tribute to great composers like Mahler, Shostakovich, Beethoven, Mozart and Brahms. Where else but with the RPO could you have experienced one of the Rochester’s favorite pianists, Jon Nakamatsu, opening our Philharmonics season with Rachmaninoff, and launching our Pops season with a reprise of his jazzy Gershwin performances? It was a delightful 10th anniversary celebration of the harmonia mundi collaborative CD that rose to #3 on the Billboard charts. Our guest soloists elated us with their artistry and communicative skills. We experienced the thrill of pianist Jeremy Denk, the elegance of violinist James Ehnes, and the gorgeous lyric soprano of Nicole Cabell. As always, it was a pleasure to welcome back Conductor Laureate Christopher Seaman to perform his beautifully refined Elgar and Beethoven.

For the first time in nearly ten years, the renowned Yo-Yo Ma returned to wow a sold-out crowd with the iconic Dvořák Cello Concerto. The evening was made even sweeter by ROCmusic Collaborative’s post-concert performance for Yo-Yo, during which he joined them onstage. You could see the thrill on their young faces. This exemplifies precisely what the RPO and the community can do—and be—together. The season’s grand finale ended with the appropriately grand, semi-staged version of Puccini’s La Bohème. A wonderful stage director and splendid singers made for a well-executed and equally well-received performance. Enthusiasm for the opera was palpable, which certainly bodes well for more concerts like this in the future. I am indebted to the musicians, our supporters and sponsors, our local, state, and federal funders, and my colleagues Jeff Tyzik and Michael Butterman. Most of all, I am grateful for your commitment to continue to grow the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra in our community. Thank you again, and see you with the RPO! Warmly,



The Year in Pictures: In the fall of 2016, Music Director Ward Stare embarked on his first ever American Music Festival, celebrating such 20th-and 21st-century luminaries as Copland, Barber, Bernstein, Jennifer Higdon, Charles Ives, John Adams, Tobias Picker, John Williams and Rochester’s own David Diamond.

The dazzling lyric soprano and Eastman School alumna Nicole Cabell joined the RPO in Ravel’s gorgeous and evocative Shéhérazade. Cabell’s voice embodied the heroine and narrator of The Arabian Nights and brought this romantic song cycle to warm a cold Rochester January.

John Williams’ epic score to Raiders of the Lost Ark was brought to life by the RPO, matching the edgeof-the-seat roller coaster ride in the film presentation to a sell-out crowd.

Yo-Yo Ma was just “one of the orchestra” when he briefly joined the ROCmusic Collaborative “All Stars” cello section. The ensemble, conducted by Music Director Alexander Pena, was invited by the RPO to perform at the reception following Mr. Ma’s performance with the orchestra.


In December, we were thrilled to host renowned cellist Yo-Yo Ma in an exclusive, one-time performance of the Dvořák Cello Concerto with Ward State and the RPO. The concert was completely sold out to subscribers eight months before the actual event.

Miller Center played host to our Season Launch party on September 14. Posing for the camera and enjoying the evening are RPO Board Chair Jules L. Smith, Esq. with his wife, Alex Northrup.

Six-time Grammy winner Amy Grant made her RPO debut in January, performing #1 hits like “Baby Baby,” “Better Than a Hallelujah,” “House of Love,” “Every Heartbeat,” and “Emmanuel” under the direction of renowned musician, arranger, composer, producer, and conductor David Hamilton.

RPO audiences were treated to a 40+ year journey of David Bowie’s innovative music featuring vocalist David Brighton, credited with being the world’s best Bowie impersonator. We welcomed back arranger/guest conductor Brent Havens plus a full rock band fronting the RPO.

The highly-anticipated appearance of vocalist Sutton Foster dazzled us in her RPO debut! Under Pops Conductor Jeff Tyzik, the twotime Tony award-winning Foster performed selections from some of her Broadway shows and two jazz/pop albums, as well as debuting a few new pieces.

In time for Valentine’s Day, our audiences were treated to Jeremy Denk’s performance of the passionate and thrillingly virtuosic Brahms Piano Concerto No. 1. The multifaceted Denk is one of the country’s foremost pianists, having received the 2013 MacArthur Fellowship, the 2014 Avery Fisher Prize, and Musical America’s 2014 Instrumentalist of the Year award.


The appreciation event for Maestro’s Circle donors was a truly beautiful evening in October at the Arbor Loft in downtown Rochester. At this “Pour & Pair” evening, guests mingled to music by RPO players, enjoyed hors d’oevres and a threecourse dinner plus dessert in a lovely fall-themed event.

Our Pops series finale brought “Women Rock,” a brand new show from Principal Pops Conductor Jeff Tyzik celebrating the power of women who changed rock and roll forever. Vocalists Cassidy Catanzaro and Shayna Steele (both pictured), and Katrina Dideriksen brought back the great music of Carole King, Tina Turner, Janis Joplin, Aretha Franklin, and others paired with video footage projections of each iconic artist.

Puccini’s glorious opera, La Bohème, concluded our Philharmonics season with a flourish. The in-concert production featured the orchestra and cast onstage—with some costuming, props, and English supertitles. “If I had forgotten why this opera continues to be so popular, more than 120 years after its creation, the RPO’s performance was a reminder,” said CITY Newspaper. “The music was absolutely sumptuous—as full and vivid in orchestral color as I’ve heard from Stare and company all season.”

The Hot Sardines warmed things up in March with its modern take on a 1920s speakeasy sound. The eight-piece band, featuring powerhouse female lead vocalist Elizabeth Bougerol (and a tap dancer for added percussion), updated the hottest jazz of the 20s, 30s, and 40s for our 21st-century palate.

Our staff celebrated 100% donor participation to the RPO with a fun afternoon in June at Frontier Field with the Red Wings.


“Bugs Bunny at the Symphony” brought the timeless Loony Tunes classics like The Rabbit of Seville and What’s Opera, Doc? projected on the big screen, while the RPO performed the original live scores inspired by master composers. Bugs was joined by some new additions, the East Coast concert premiere of Long-Haired Hare, and two brand new Warner Bros. 3D animated shorts: Rabid Rider and Coyote Fall.

Grammy-winning Canadian violinist James Ehnes deftly put his signature on Beethoven’s sublime Violin Concerto with the RPO, creating what the Democrat and Chronicle called “a magical thing.” For contrast, Ehnes treated the audience to an affecting encore of the third movement of Bach’s Violin Sonata No. 3.

Van Cliburn-winning pianist and Rochester favorite Jon Nakamatsu served double duty for the RPO this season. Proving his diverse stylistic and technical prowess, he opened both our Philharmonics season in Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2, and our Pops season with the first movement of Gershwin’s Concerto in F and Rhapsody in Blue. The Pops concert was a festive 10th anniversary celebration of the our joint CD which hit #3 on the Billboard charts.

Back by popular demand, Cirque de la Symphonie returned to Rochester and the RPO with a new show featuring some of the world’s greatest circus artists and acrobats. Flying in front of the orchestra as they played, Cirque performers thrilled the audience with amazing stunts and magical illusions all set to live music.

It’s cool to be classical, especially when first-time donors to the End of Season Challenge got a pair of nifty RPO sunglasses! Modeling these shades are Associate Concertmaster Wilfredo Degláns, Concertmaster Juliana Athayde, cellist Lars Kirvan, Principal Viola Melissa Matson, and Assistant Principal Cello Kathy Kemp.



Education at the RPO


Michael Butterman’s interactive Sunday afternoon concerts—with thematic pre-concert activities—are perfectly geared with the younger set in mind. From fantasy worlds to our own, we began with comic swordplay in Gilbert & Sullivan’s Pirates of Penzance and proceeded to Harry Potter’s Wands & Wizards. For the holidays, we took a musical trip on The Polar Express to the land of Frozen. A musical voyage with Symphonic Tales from Around the World led to the celebration of the 100th Anniversary of America’s National Parks—all from the comfort of the Hochstein Performance Hall.


“Ah, music,” he said, wiping his eyes. “A magic beyond all we do here.”

Wide-eyed first-through-third-graders from the Rochester City Schools and suburbs come to the magnificent Kodak Hall to hear the RPO, often their first introduction to a symphony orchestra. Michael Butterman brought The Science of Sound to teach about instruments, their sounds, and how they work together to produce music. A highlight was the “wacky instruments” demonstration—including a PVC trombone and a garden hose horn to show students how each instrument creates a sound.

–J.K. ROWLING, HARRY POTTER AND THE SORCERER’S STONE™ The RPO was one of the first orchestras in the country to create a music education program for children. With Michael Butterman as Principal Conductor for Education and Community Engagement (The Louise and Henry Epstein Family Chair), we continue to lead in creating age-appropriate, sequential learning programs fully integrated into school curricula. We partner with regional school districts so that each child in Rochester can be exposed to and enriched by music. There is scarcely a household in Rochester’s nine-county region that has not been touched by the Orchestra’s educational programming.


More than students from ROCmusic, Eastman School of Music, and Edison Tech High School benefitted from our open rehearsals and guest artist outreach.

15,000 More than


Our orKIDStra series, including holiday concerts, attracted more than

4,000 audience members.

children heard the RPO live in concert through our Tiny Tots, Primary, and Intermediate Concert series.

Today’s Primary concert was wonderful—learning about sound, music, some “homegrown” instruments, and hearing great music! Our conductor was enthusiastic, and what a great performance with the musicians. My grandson is learning how to play drums, and he was trying to play right along with the musicians on stage. Looking forward to the next concert with my older home-schoolers! Hope you had a great day. We did, with the RPO!” –LARRY MAHONEY, GRANDFATHER OF A HOMES-CHOOLED STUDENT


Our space-themed, multi-media program really intrigued the fourth-through-sixth-graders. Reaching for the Stars led by Maestro Butterman celebrated the 100th anniversary of President Kennedy’s birth by connecting his moon landing challenge and the role of courage. Music-inspired student works of art and poetry were projected above the orchestra during the concert.

“What a WONDERFUL concert we saw yesterday! The kids loved it. Seeing kids their own age on the stage was super exciting, too! The RPO Education Department always does such a fantastic job. I love that I’ve been coming for 17 years and have never seen the same thing twice!” –KRISTEN FLUET, TEACHER AT OAKFIELD-ALABAMA SCHOOL DISTRICT


It’s never too early for children to experience symphonic music. Our 40-minute Tiny Tots concerts brought preschoolers and kindergartners to Franklin High School, Browncroft Community Church, Temple B’rith Kodesh, and ChurchvilleChili High School for The RPO Neighborhood. Students traveled to String Street, Woodwind Way, Brass Blvd, and Percussion Place to learn about the different families and instruments that make up an orchestra.


The pinnacle of the RPYO’s 46th season undoubtedly was its appearance at Carnegie Hall in February! A November “warm-up” for an appreciative Rochester audience also featured double-bassist and Brighton High School Senior Sarah Wager, winner of the Rochester Philharmonic League’s annual Young Artist Auditions. Sitting onstage with the RPO Side-by-Side in March is always a joy— and an education—for these middle- and high-schoolers. RPYO Conductor James Mick concluded the season with Mozart and Mussorgsky at Roberts Wesleyan College. The Orchestra also recognized longtime RPYO Manager Susan Basu on her retirement after 25 years!





RPO in the Community

The bronze sculpture, “Let’s Have Tea,” of Susan B. Anthony and Frederick Douglass in Susan B. Anthony Square Park provided a backdrop to our free RPO jazz trio concert in July.


Since 1922, the RPO has been committed to providing an enriching experience to the community with live music of the highest artistic quality. “I do not believe that any city in America possesses an orchestra supported on such a city-wide basis, and with a plan of operation which will bring the group so intimately into contact with the city’s inhabitants.” (George Eastman, Civic Orchestra News, 1929)

Highlighted against the setting sun, the RPO performed patriotic favorites at the free, city-sponsored Independence Day Concert at Main Street Bridge, followed by the thrilling downtown fireworks display.


We are proud of our history, and grateful for the opportunity to continue to grow our community relationships.

25,000 More than

people experienced the RPO at no charge through our 10 free public concerts.

Thirteen RPO small ensembles engaged with more than


individuals from throughout the City of Rochester into the Adirondacks, more than doubling our reach from last year.


During the 2016-17 season, the RPO performed in


different locations

across the state.

CMAC Camp Good Days* Canandaigua High School Clifton Springs Geneseo Geneva Inlet* Keuka College Livonia Newark

“The connection that the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra has established between audiences in our community - both young and old alike and the performers on stage is nothing short of amazing. The RPO is a true joy to work with and a major asset to our college community and the surrounding areas.” –DAVID R. DUNN, DIRECTOR CULTURAL LIFE CENTER/ VAC/CONFERENCE & EVENT SERVICES ROBERTS WESLEYAN COLLEGE

MONROE COUNTY Barrington Park Browncroft Community Church Camp Open Arms* Churchville-Chili High School Eastridge High School Edgerton Recreation Center Edison Tech High School Fairport High School Franklin High School Frontier Field Gantt Recreation Center Greece Baptist Church Hochstein School of Music & Dance Joseph and Clifford Avenue neighborhood* Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre Kodak Park: Theatre on the Ridge Legacy at Fairways* Main Street Bridge Maplewood Rose Garden* Ontario Beach SUNY Brockport Susan B. Anthony Square Park* Temple B’rith Kodesh Vertus High School* Wilmot Cancer Center*

*RPO Ensemble Performance


Residents in Rochester’s Northeast quadrant (corner of Joseph and Clifford Avenues) enjoyed a summer evening of music with the RPO brass quintet.



“This RPO performance could hardly have been better—solid as a rock” –DAVID RAYMOND, CITY NEWSPAPER

2016–17 Season


Juliana Athayde, Concertmaster

The Caroline W. Gannett & Clayla Ward Chair, Funded in perpetuity

Wilfredo Degláns, Associate Concertmaster Shannon Nance, Assistant Concertmaster Perrin Yang Supported in part this season by Charles & Cindy Gibson

Tigran Vardanyan Ellen Rathjen Thomas Rodgers

Supported in part this season by Kitty J. Wise

Aika Ito William Hunt Kenneth Langley Molly Werts McDonald Willa Finck Jeremy Hill An-Chi Lin

The Orchestra Welcome to:

Nikolette LaBonte, Associate/Assistant/Utility horn Hanna Landrum, Principal 2nd violin

A Fond Farewell to: We say bravi to these four individuals who, in total, gave us more than 100 years of music! Charles Bailey, 2nd bassoonist, retired from the orchestra at the end of the 2016-17 season after 22 years of service. Violist Elizabeth Seka retired from the orchestra at the end of the 2016-17 season (and a 50-year tenure with the RPO). Principal trombonist Mark Kellogg stepped down after the 2016-17 season to focus full-time on his Eastman School of Music teaching position. Joseph Werner retired from his role as Personnel Manager after 24 years, although continues in his position as RPO’s Principal Keyboard.


SECOND VIOLIN Hanna Landrum, Principal

Daryl Perlo, Assistant Principal Patricia Sunwoo John Sullivan Lara Sipols Nancy Hunt Boris Zapesochny Liana Koteva Kirvan Margaret Leenhouts Heidi Brodwin Ainur Zabenova Petros Karapetyan VIOLA

Melissa Matson, Principal



Funded in perpetuity

The Robert J. Strasenburgh Chair Funded in perpetuity

Kathleen Murphy Kemp, Assistant Principal

William Amsel Andrew Brown

Una Gong Benjamin Krug Zexun Shen Ingrid Bock


Ahrim Kim, Principal The Clara and Edwin Strasenburgh Chair

Supported in part this season by Elizabeth & Larry Rice

BASS Michael Griffin, Acting Principal The Anne Hayden McQuay Chair Funded in perpetuity

Gaelen McCormick, Acting Assistant Principal Edward Castilano Fred Dole Jeff Campbell + Eric Polenik Supported in part this season by Duane & Ida Miller

Jason McNeel


Rebecca Gilbert, Principal The Charlotte Whitney Allen Chair Funded in perpetuity

Kenneth Grant,+ Principal

Andrew Brown

SAXOPHONE Ramon Ricker

Supported in part this season by Jeff & Sue Crane


Matthew McDonald, Principal The Ron and Donna Fielding Chair Funded in perpetuity

Charles Bailey* Natalya Rose Vrbsky Martha Sholl

CONTRA-BASSOON Natalya Rose Vrbsky

W. Peter Kurau,+ Principal The Cricket and Frank Luellen Chair Nikolette LaBonte, Associate/Assistant/Utility Maura McCune Corvington David Angus Supported in part this season by Kathy & John Purcell

Charles Ross, Principal

Jim Tiller, Assistant Principal

PERCUSSION Jim Tiller, Principal

The Marie-Merrill and George M. Ewing Chair Funded in perpetuity

Brian Stotz John McNeill

Supported in part this season by Bill & Ruth Cahn

Robert Patterson Jillian Pritchard Fiandach


Grace Wong, Principal

The Eileen Malone Chair, A Tribute by Mr. and Mrs. Harcourt M. Sylvester Funded in perpetuity


Joseph Werner, Principal

The Lois P. Lines Chair, Funded in perpetuity

Cary Ratcliff



Stephen Laifer

Kim Hartquist


The William L. Gamble Chair Supported in part this season by John & Carol Bennett

Erik Behr, Principal The Dr. Jacques M. Lipson Chair


Marc Anderson, Assistant Principal Elizabeth Seka Olita Povero Olivia Chew Samantha Rodriguez Neil Miller David Hult Aaron Mossburg Matthew Ross

Anna Steltenpohl Geoffrey Sanford

The Elaine P. Wilson Chair

ENGLISH HORN Anna Steltenpohl

Supported in part this season by Rob W. Goodling

The Harold and Joan Feinbloom Chair Funded in perpetuity

Funded in perpetuity

Funded in perpetuity

W. Craig Sutherland, Principal


Jessica Sindell Diane Smith





PICCOLO Joanna Bassett Jessica Sindell

Jeffrey Gray

William Amsel

Joanna Bassett Supported in part this season by Josephine Trubek


Douglas Prosser,+ Principal Wesley Nance Herbert Smith Paul Shewan

TROMBONE Mark Kellogg,+ Principal

The Austin E. Hildebrandt Chair Funded in perpetuity

David Bruestle, Acting Principal Lisa Albrecht Jeffrey Gray

David Zaccaria, Stage Manager Deirdre Street, Assistant Stage Manager

* On leave + Full-time faculty at the Eastman School of Music ~ Eastman School of Music Orchestra/ Studies Diploma Intern

This list is current as of August 31, 2017



Our Audiences # PERFORMANCES

“The RPO has indeed arrived at its signature sound under Stare. The transition toward stability feels complete.” -JANN NYFFELER, DEMOCRAT & CHRONICLE


TICKETED CONCERTS Phils 28 37,500 Pops 20 32,700 Specials 5 10,000 Sunday Matinee 6 3,600 Orkidstra 6 4,000 Summer 2 1,900 Nutcracker 6 7,600 Other 3 1,700 TOTAL 76 99,000 EDUCATION AND COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT Free Public Concerts 10 25,500 Tiny Tots, Primary and Intermediate 10 15,300 Ensemble Concerts 13 2,300 WXXI Broadcasts 27 18,000 TOTAL 60 61,100 RUNOUTS AND TOURS Runouts 11 6,200 Hired 3 4,000 TOTAL 14





Our Board, 2016–17 OFFICERS


Ingrid A. Stanlis Chairperson-Elect

David C. Heiligman Chairperson, Honorary Board

Jules L. Smith, Esq. Chairperson

Ralph P. Craviso President & CEO Ilene L. Flaum Vice Chairperson

Ralph P. Craviso President & CEO

Dr. Dawn F. Lipson Immediate Past Chairperson

Robert A. Woodhouse Treasurer

Dr. Jamal J. Rossi Dean, Eastman School of Music

Mark Siwiec Secretary

Anna Steltenpohl Orchestra Representative

Dr. Dawn F. Lipson Immediate Past Chairperson

W. Craig Sutherland Orchestra Representative


La Marr J. Jackson, Esq. David Lane Michael Pietropaoli Christopher N. Pipa Dr. Stephen I. Rosenfeld Katherine T. Schumacher Jules L. Smith, Esq. Deborah Wilson (TERM EXPIRES FEB. 2019)

Dr. Steven E. Feldon Marjorie L. Goldstein Dr. Sandra S. Johnson Mark Siwiec Ingrid A. Stanlis Jason Thomas Steven H. Whitman Robert A. Woodhouse


Stephen B. Ashley Dr. Andrew J. Elliot James T. Englert Ilene L. Flaum Michael Gioja Michael B. Millard Elizabeth F. Rice

HONORARY BOARD David C. Heiligman Chairperson

Nancy Beilfuss James M. Boucher Paul W. Briggs William L. Cahn Catherine B. Carlson Louise Epstein Joan Feinbloom Betsy Friedman Patrick Fulford Ronald A. Furman Mary M. Gooley A. Thomas Hildebrandt Marie Kenton Dr. James E. Koller Harold A. Kurland, Esq. Cricket and Frank Luellen Elizabeth F. Rice Nathan J. Robfogel, Esq. Jon L. Schumacher, Esq. Katherine T. Schumacher Betty Strasenburgh Josephine S. Trubek Suzanne D. Welch Patricia C. Wilder The RPO expresses its gratitude to all those who have served as Honorary Board members in the past.


PAST RPO CHAIRPERSONS 1930–32: Edward G. Miner* 1932–34: Simon N. Stein* 1934–38: George E. Norton* 1938–41: Leroy E. Snyder* 1941–42: Frank W. Lovejoy* 1942–43: Bernard E. Finucane* 1943–46: L. Dudley Field* 1946–48: Edward S. Farrow, Jr. * 1948–51: Joseph J. Myler* 1951–52: Joseph F. Taylor* 1952–55: Raymond W. Albright* 1955–57: Arthur I. Stern* 1957–59: Thomas H. Hawks* 1959–61: Walter C. Strakosh* 1962–63: Ernest J. Howe* 1963–65: O. Cedric Rowntree* 1965–67: Frank E. Holley * 1967–69: Thomas C. Taylor* 1969–71: Thomas H. Miller* 1971–72: Mrs. Frederick J. Wilkens* 1972–73: Edward C. McIrvine 1973–74: Robert J. Strasenburgh* 1974–75: John A. Santuccio 1975–76: Robert J. Strasenburgh* 1976–78: Dr. Louis Lasagna* 1978–80: Edward C. McIrvine 1980–82: Peter L. Faber 1982–84: Paul F. Pagerey 1984–85: Peter L. Waasdorp* 1986–89: Robert H. Hurlbut* 1989–91: Paul W. Briggs 1991–93: Karen Noble Hanson 1993–95: Ronald E. Salluzzo 1995–98: A. Thomas Hildebrandt 1998–00: Harold A. Kurland, Esq. 2000–04: David C. Heiligman 2004–06: Ingrid A. Stanlis 2006–09: James M. Boucher 2009–11: Suzanne D. Welch 2011–13: Elizabeth F. Rice 2013–15: Dr. Dawn F. Lipson

How Funds are Used Your contributions account for 60% of the RPO’s annual costs! Your tax-deductible contribution to the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra ensures that our music—and our community outreach—continues well into the future.

Your support is instrumental. IN THE 2016–17 SEASON, TOGETHER WE: Provided free concerts in Kodak Hall for 7,800 kindergarten, third, and fifth grade students in the Rochester City School District

Performed 45 community engagement concerts in more than 20 venues, many of which are free to attend

Presented more than 120 performances reflecting diverse repertoire

Performed for 34,800 youth audience members

40% Ticket sales and other earned revenue


Approximate philanthropic contributions from people like you

Hosted nearly 1,000 youth who performed with the RPO

* Deceased

This list is current as of August 31, 2017

Please support our work Visit RPO.ORG/DONATE Contact the development office at 585-399-3649


Our RPO Honor Roll

The Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra gratefully acknowledges the following corporate, foundation and community organizations for their generous support. Listings reflect donations received September 1, 2016 through August 31, 2017. Please contact the Development Office at 585-454-7311, ext. 249 with questions or corrections.


The Community Foundation G.W. Lisk, Inc. Wegman Family Charitable Foundation Wegmans Food Markets Elaine P. and Richard U. Wilson Foundation

CONCERTO ($25,000–$49,999)

AVANGRID Foundation Canandaigua National Bank and Trust Constellation Brands Davenport-Hatch Foundation ESL Charitable Foundation Glover Crask Charitable Trust Rochester Regional Health System M and T Bank Charitable Foundation

SONATA ($10,000–$24,999)

Melvin and Mildred Eggers Family Charitable Foundation ESL Charitable Foundation Gertrude Chanler RPO Fund High Falls Advisors Max and Marian Farash Charitable Foundation Daisy Marquis Jones Foundation KeyBank Oppenheimer Funds Inc. Summers Foundation Inc.

SUITE ($5,000–$9,999)

Ann and Gordon Getty Foundation The MAGIC Center at RIT Premium Mortgage Corporation Rochester Midland Corporation Rubens Family Foundation St. John’s Home Two Point Capital Management John F. Wegman Fund


OVERTURE ($3,000–$4,999)

The Ashley Group Caldwell Manufacturing Co. Chapman-Davenport Charitable Gift Fund The Elizabeth F. Cheney Foundation Cornell/Weinstein Family Foundation Rufus K. Dryer II Fund Hazlow Electronics, Inc. Harter Secrest & Emery LLP Konar Foundation Rochester Eyecare Group, P.C. Spindler Family Foundation

PARTNER ($1,000–$2,999)

Ames Amzalak Memorial Trust Bancroft-Tubbs Family Fund Brighton Securities Brown & Brown, Inc. Chase Manhattan Bank T.M. and M.W. Crandall Foundation Fred L. Emerson Foundation F. I. Hutchins Charitable Trust Sheila Konar Fund for Alzheimer’s Services Kovalsky-Carr Electric Supply LaBella Associates Monroe Motor Products Parts Plus Nazareth College New Horizons Band and Orchestra PayPal Giving Fund Pinnacle Investments LLC Rochester Philharmonic League The Pike Company Inc. Uniland Development Co. Waldron Rise Foundation The Louis S. and Molly B. Wolk Foundation

ASSOCIATE ($600–$999)

Diamond Packaging Lake Beverage Corporation Morning Musicale

SUPPORTER ($350–$599)

Bosch Security Systems Diamond Packaging Genesee Valley Pennysaver Inc. Navitar Inc. Riedman Foundation Star Headlight and Lantern Co., Inc.


County of Monroe City of Rochester New York State Council for the Arts


Sarah D. Atkinson, M.D. & Steven Hess Michael Butterman and Jennifer Carsillo City Newspaper Constellation Brands Digital Audio Visual Environments Hedonist Artisan Chocolates Tom and Nan Hildebrandt KidsOutAndAbout.com JR McCarthy Ramerman Leadership Group Ingrid Stanlis Ward Stare Jeff and Jill Tyzik Wegmans Food Markets Rochester Red Wings Rochester Museum & Science Center The Little Theatre Woodcliff Hotel & Spa A Gust of Sun Winery & Vineyard Agness Wine Cellars


Apple, Inc. Bank of America Discover Financial Services ExxonMobil Foundation Fidelity Charitable Matching Gift Program IBM Corporation Johnson and Johnson Lincoln Financial Foundation Matching Gift Program J. P. Morgan Chase and Co. Morgan Stanley


The Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra gratefully acknowledges the generous individuals listed here who help us continue to enrich and inspire the community through the art of music. While space only permits us to list gifts made at the Benefactor level and above, we value the generosity and vital support of all donors. Thank you so very much! Listings are in recognition of annual giving from September 1, 2016 to August 31, 2017. If we have made an error or omission on this list, please accept our sincere apologies and call 585.454.7311 x 249 so we may correct our oversight. MAESTOSO ($50,000 AND ABOVE) Anonymous Stephen and Janice Ashley Catherine B. Carlson Joan Feinbloom Ronald and Susan Fielding Barbara and Patrick Fulford Mr. and Mrs. Ronald A. Furman Dr. Dawn Lipson Cricket and Frank Luellen Mrs. Marjorie Morris Joan M. Pfeifer* Dr. Suzanne Rodgers* Elise and Stephen Rosenfeld James G. Scanzaroli*

PRESTISSIMO ($25,000–$49,999)

Allen and Joyce Boucher Ilene and David Flaum Suzanne Gouvernet Marie and Charlie Kenton Larry and Elizabeth Rice Sunny and Nellie Rosenberg Mrs. Robert M. Santo Katherine T. and Jon L. Schumacher Dr. and Mrs. Sidney H. Sobel Louise Woerner and Don Kollmorgen Mrs. Mary Alice Wolf

PRESTO ($15,000–$24,999)

Jim and Maria Boucher William L. and Ruth P. Cahn Mary Cowden Ralph Craviso Dr. Eric Dreyfuss Dr. and Mrs. Steven Feldon Jeff and Alleen* Fraser Mr. and Mrs. Julian Goldstein Barbara Griffis Harold and Christine Kurland Sandra A. Parker and John M. Summers Jules L. Smith and Alexandra Northrop Ingrid Stanlis Sandra and Richard Stein Michael and Patricia Wilder Robert A. Woodhouse

VIVACE ($10,000–$14,999)

Anonymous (1) Sarah D. Atkinson, M.D. and Steven Hess Drs. Eric and Edie Bieber Paul and Mary Callaway William Eggers and Deborah McLean Andrew and Juli Elliot Mr. and Mrs. James T. Englert Mike and Tabatha Gioja Jody and Bruce Hellman Jim and Marianne Koller Jane Labrum Nancy and David Lane Joanne Lang Mr. and Mrs. Michael Millard Mrs. Richard Palermo Christopher and Elaine Pipa Norma Riedman Sherman Levey and Deborah Ronnen Dr. Eugene Toy Josephine Trubek Krestie Utech Steven and Christine Whitman Dr. Seth Zeidman and Dr. Eva Pressman

ALLEGRO ($5,000–$9,999)

Anonymous (1) Miriam H. Ackley Carol and John Bennett Mr. and Mrs. Matthew Bielaska, Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Paul W. Briggs Mr. Thomas Burns Mary Ellen Burris Mr. and Mrs. Harlan D. Calkins Joan and Paul Casterline Joyce Crofton Alison and John Currie Carolyn and Roger Friedlander Marion Fulbright Patty and Dick George Joanne Gianniny Howard T. Hallowell III David and Barrie Heiligman Tom and Nan Hildebrandt Stephen Lurie and Kathleen Holt Norman Horton Dr. Jack and Harriette Howitt Arthur F. Hulse Dr. Sandra Johnson Daryl and Charles Kaplan Mrs. Sheila Konar Dr. and Mrs. Anthony J. Leone, Jr. Dr. Thomas Caprio and Ann Leonhardt Dan and Kiki Mahar Mr. Joseph J. Mancini Mr. Lawrence Martling Douglas and Diana Phillips Kathy Purcell Dr. and Mrs. Ronald Reed Nathan and Susan Robfogel

Drs. Daniel and Charlotte Ryan Ron and Sharon Salluzzo Janet Buchanan Smith Wayne and Mary Gale Smith Robert C. Stevens John Urban Robin and Michael Weintraub

ANDANTE ($2,500–$4,999)

Anonymous (2) Edward and Joan After Allan and Polly Anderson Elaine Anderson Allegra Angus Jane Ellen Bailey William J. Beenhouwer Mr. and Mrs. Richard G. Bennett Judith M. Binder and Barbara Erbland Stuart and Betsy Bobry Barbara and John Bruning Alan L. Cameros Philip and Jeanne Carlivati Margaret J. Carnall Betsy and John Carver Bill and Victoria Cherry Mary Ellen Clark Christine Colucci Dr. John Condemi Jeff and Sue Crane Mrs. Nancy G. Curme Tex and Nicki Doolittle Michele Dryer In Memoriam for Anita B. Dushay by Frederick Dushay Rose Duver Larry and Kas Eldridge John R. Ertle Robert P. Fordyce in Memory of Dr. and Mrs. Charles R. Fordyce Jonathan Foster Dr. and Mrs. Elmar Frangenberg Mr. Thomas Lennox and Mrs. Margaret Freeman Shirley B. and Kevin Frick Betsy Friedman Helen and Dan Fultz Dr. and Mrs. Charles J. Gibson Warren and June Glaser Deborah G. Goldman John and Roslyn Goldman Rob W. Goodling Jean Gostomski Janet and Roger Gram George and Mary Hamlin Warren and Joyce Heilbronner Mr. and Mrs. Ernest J. Ierardi La Marr J. Jackson, Esq. Leslie H. Jacobs in memory of Stephen D. Jacobs Miles and Silvija Jones Dr. Ralph F. Jozefowicz

Norman and Judith Karsten Mr. and Mrs. Bruce M. Kennedy Richard and Karen Knowles Marcy and Ray Kraus in loving memory of Dr. Allan and Charlotte Kraus Deanna and Charles Krusentsjerna Jennifer Leonard and David Cay Johnston Dr. and Mrs. Hobart A. Lerner John and Dolores Loftus Edith M. Lord Swaminathan and Janice Madhu Diana Marquis Mrs. Bruce P. Marshall Bruce and Eleanor McLear Mr. and Mrs. James R. McMillen Deanne Molinari James E. and Janet L. Morris Nazareth College Paul Marc and Pamela Miller Ness Elizabeth Neureiter-Seely Sara L. Niemeyer Drs. Avice and Timothy O’Connor Karen A. Petras Mr. David C. Pixley and Ms. Laura V. Morriessey Brock and Sandra Powell Susan A. Raub Nancy and Vincent Reale Carol Ritter Wright and William Wright John B. Rumsey Drs. Carl and O.J. Sahler Ron Sassone Libba and Wolf Seka Richard and Vicki Schwartz Nancy A. Skelton Glenna Spindelman in memory of Norman Spindelman Bob and Gayle Stiles David and Grace Strong Catherine Toy Ann and Robert Van Niel Skip and Karen Warren Stephen R. Webb Dr. Sidney and Linda S. Weinstein Mary K. Welch Dr. and Mrs. Tae B. Whang Mrs. Frederick C. White Kitty J. Wise Charlotte J. Wright * Deceased



The Artistic Excellence Society (AES) recognizes donors for making a three-year pledge of $2,500 or more. The AES is designed to engage our most passionate contributors and to ensure financial stability and ongoing support. Contact the Development Office at 585-454-7311 ext. 229 for questions or corrections. Anonymous (1) Nancy and Harry* Beilfuss Carol and John Bennett Stuart and Betsy Bobry Chris and tom Burns Mary Ellen Burris Margaret J. Carnall Mr. and Mrs. Russell D. Chapman Jeff and Sue Crane Paul R. Donnelly Dr. Eric Dreyfuss Larry and Kas Eldridge Fred L. Emerson Foundation James and Ellen Englert Lousie Epstein

Barbara and Patrick Fulford Charles and Cindy Gibson Rob W. Gooding David and Barrie Heiligman Mr.* and Mrs. Robert D. Hursh Ralph F. Jozefowicz Myrta and Robert Knox Jim and Marianne Koller Stephen Lurie and Kathleen Holt Drs. Jacques* and Dawn Lipson Jane and Jim Littwitz Swaminathan and Janice Madhu Daniel M. Meyers Deanne Molinari Paul Marc and Pamela Miller Ness


The Campaign for Artistic Excellence was launched in 2012 to help the RPO achieve its long-term goals of attracting and retaining the best possible artistic talent, continuing a tradition of community service, building national recognition and ensuring financial stability and organizational excellence. $100,000 AND ABOVE G. W. Lisk Company, Inc. Drs. Jacques* & Dawn Lipson


Elaine P. & Richard U. Wilson Foundation Louise Woerner & Don Kollmorgen

$30,000–$49,999 High Falls Advisors


Carol and John Bennett Marie and Charlie Kenton Elizabeth and Larry Rice


Robin & Michael Weintraub


William Eggers & Deborah McLean * Deceased


Charles H. Owens William and Barbara Pulsifer Dr. and Mrs. Ronald Reed Elizabeth and Larry Rice Paul and Brigid Ryan Katherine T. and Jon L. Schumacher Vicki and Richard Schwartz Nancy Skelton Ingrid A. Stanlis Dr. and Mrs. Tae B. Whang Michael and Patricia Wilder Kitty J. Wise


The Christopher Seaman Chair is supported by funds from Barbara and Patrick Fulford and the Conductor Laureate Society, recognized below. We sincerely appreciate the support of these most generous patrons who made it possible to honor former Music Director Christopher Seaman’s 13 dedicated years in a very special way. Listing are as of August 31, 2017. GOLD BATON ($100,000)

* Deceased

Barbara & Patrick Fulford

PODIUM ($50,000–$99,999)


Joan & Harold* Feinbloom

The George Eastman Legacy Society honors those individuals who have included the RPO in their estate plans. Interested in joining a growing group of dedicated individuals who appreciate the value that the RPO brings to their lives and the life of our community? Contact our Development Office at 585-454-7311 X229 to find out how you can help ensure that the RPO will be here for future generations. Anonymous (1) Nancy and Harry* Beilfuss Carol and John Bennett Jack and Carolyn Bent Ellen S. Bevan Stuart and Betsy Bobry William L. and Ruth P. Cahn Margaret J. Carnall Joan and Paul Casterline Dr. and Mrs. John J. Condemi Paul Connelly Janis Dowd and Daan Zwick Joan Feinbloom Donald and Elizabeth Fisher Suressa and Richard H. Forbes Catherine and Elmar Frangenberg Carolyn and Roger Friedlander Betsy Friedman Barbara and Patrick Fulford Rob W. Gooding Mary M. Gooley Barbara Jean Gray-Gottorff George Greer* Mrs. Laura J. Hameister Warren and Joyce Heilbronner Jean Hitchcock Norman L. Horton H. Larry and Dorothy C. Humm Mr.* and Mrs. Robert D. Hursh Jim and Marianne Koller Marshall and Lenore Lesser Drs. Jacques* and Dawn Lipson Sue and Michael Lococco William C. and Elfriede K. Lotz Cricket and Frank Luellen

Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Mahar Joseph J. Mancini Pet and Sally Merrill Robert J. and Marcia Wishengrad Metzger Mrs. Elizabeth O. Miller Deanne Molinari Paul Marc and Pamela Miller Ness Suzanne F. Powell Eileen D. Ramos William Rapp Dr. Ramon L. and Judith S. Ricker Dr. Suzanne H. Rodgers* Wallace R. Rust Peggy W. Savlov David and Antonia T. Schantz William and Susan Schoff Peter Schott and Mary Jane Tasciotti Katherine T. and Jon L. Schumacher Gretchen Shafer Ingrid A. Stanlis Ivan Town Ann and Robert Van Niel Harry and Ruth Walker Lewis and Patricia Ward-Baker Fred M. Wechsler Robin and Michael Weintraub Michael and Patricia Wilder Kitty J. Wise Susan and Lawrence Yovanoff Nancy and Mark Zawacki Alan Ziegler and Emily Neece Mr. and Mrs. Ted Zornow * Deceased

CONCERTMASTER ($25,000–$49,999)

Anonymous (2) Mr.* & Mrs. Robert Hurlbut, Sr. Cricket & Frank Luellen

PRINCIPAL ($10,000–$24,999)

Anonymous (2) Lisa Brubaker, James Viscardi, Louise Woerner and Don Kollmorgen Paul Donnelly William Eggers and Deborah McLean Louise W. Epstein Ronald and Donna* Fielding Steven Hess and Sarah Atkinson, M.D. Mr.* and Mrs. Robert Hursh Harold and Christine Kurland Ann Mowris Mulligan* Kathy and John Purcell Robin Lehman and Marie Rolf Elizabeth and Larry Rice Nick and Susan Robfogel Ingrid Stanlis Drs. Richard and Gwen Sterns Frank* and Mary Lou* Stotz

CONDUCTOR LAUREATE SUPPORTERS John and Carol Bennett Paul and Bea Briggs David and Barrie Heiligman Mr. and Mrs. Bruce M. Kennedy Jim and Marianne Koller Drs. Jacques* and Dawn Lipson Nannette Nocon and Karl Wessendorf Charles H. Owens Peggy Savlov Katherine T. and Jon L. Schumacher Joel Seligman Suzanne D. Welch and William D. Watson Robin and Michael Weintraub Deborah Wilson * Deceased


Anonymous (7) Daniel and Elizabeth Abbas Dr. G Richard and Elaine Abbott Mrs. Martin Abkowitz Robert E. and Carol G. Achilles Barbara and David Ackroyd Dr. and Mrs. Henry W. Altland Stephanie and Geoffrey Amsel Marvin and Frederica Amstey Mr. and Mrs. F.L. Angevine, Jr. Mr. and Mrs. George M. Angle Dave and Jan Angus Peter Arcadi Mr. and Mrs. Mehdi N. Araghi Domenic and Hilary Argentieri Bob and Jody Asbury Betsy Ann Balzano John and Mary Bartholomew Mr. and Mrs. Bruce B. Bates David M. Berg and Dawn K. Riedy John and Kristine Bouyoucos Shirley Bowen and Tracy Perkins Judith Boyd Simon and Josephine Braitman Susann Brown and Terence Chrzan Josephine Buckley Brian and Mary Jane Burke Sharon and Philip Burke Ann Burr and A. Vincent Buzard Mr. and Mrs. Terrance Carney William T. Chandler Oliver Chanler Lorraine W. Clarke John and Catherine Coulter Roy Czernikowski and Karin Dunnigan Mrs. Joan Dalberth Judith and Joseph Darweesh David F. Dean Richard and Michele Decker Mr. and Mrs.Duane DeHollander Stephanie and Douglas Dickman Gail and Douglas Doonan William and Cynthia Dougherty Marilyn Drumm Mr. and Mrs. C. Thomas Eagle Ellen and Lester Eber Dr. Steven and Mrs. Susan Eisinger Carol and Tom Elliott Holly K. Elwell Mohsen Emami, M.D. Louise W. Epstein Tonya Erdle Gerald G. Estes Trevor and Elizabeth Ewell Sherman and Anne Farnham Thomas and Janet Fink Gail R. Flugel Suressa and Richard Forbes Mrs. Timothy P. Forget Richard and Carol Fullerton Marjorie and James Fulmer Johanna M. Gambino in memory of Jerry J. Gambino Dr. Richard and Josie Gangemi David and Patricia Gardner Sharon Garelick Winston E. Gaum Jacquie and Andrew Germanow Richard and Joyce Gilbert Robert and Marie Ginther Paul and Carol Goldberg

Patricia Goodwin Burton Gordon Jean Gostomski Robert and Jeanne Grace Jeanne Gray in memory of Robert C. Gray Mrs. Judith Greenberg in memory of her husband, Mr. Harvey Greenberg Alan and Julie Griesinger David Louis Guadagnino Brigitte and Klaus Gueldenpfennig Mrs. Robert Gulick Susan and James Haefner Jeffrey and Lynne Halik Peggy and David Hall Mrs. Laura J. Hameister Ms. Barbara Hamlin Louise Harris Dirk Bernold and Karen Hatch Richard A. Henshaw Merril and Dianne Herrick Elizabeth and John T. Hessney Walter B.D. Hickey, Jr. David C. and Patricia M. Hinkle Art and Barb Hirst John and Barbara Holder Dan and Sandy Hollands Susan Holliday Dr. Robert E. Horn and Dr. Patricia Nachman James Iacutone Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence S. Iwan Bob and Elaine Jacobsen Dr. and Mrs. Harold Kanthor Patrick and Kathleen Kelly Robert J. Kennedy Richard Killmer Marilyn and David Klass Myrta and Robert Knox Elsbeth J. Kozel Karen S. Kral Chari Krenis Werner and Susan Kunz David and Andrea Lambert Donna M. Landry Ross P. Lanzafame Ms. Connie Leary John and Alice Leddy Nancy H. Lee Arlene Leenhouts Gay and Don Lenhard T.C. and Pam Lewis Jane and Jim Littwitz Barbara L. Lobb James and Susan Locke Sue and Michael Lococo Pamela Krug Maloof John Marchioni Saul and Susan Marsh Frances and Robert Marx Richard and Catherine Massie Carol and John Matteson William and Erin McCune Gilbert Kennedy McCurdy Mr. Michael McCusker Pamela McGreevy Marion and Ed Mench Pete and Sally Merrill Robert J. and Marcia Wishengrad Metzger Daniel M. Meyers Ken and Nancy Mihalyov Duane and Ida Miller Hinda and Michael Miller


Jonathan Mink and Janet Cranshaw Mr. and Mrs. Richard A. Moncrief Mr. and Mrs. Paul F. Morgan Jack and Laura Morrissey John Muenter Harold Munson Dr. and Mrs. Stephen Munson Dr. Gary and Mrs. Ruth Myers Mr. and Mrs. Philip Neivert Dr. Richard and Mrs. Nancy Newton Kathy and Ted Nixon William J. O’Connor, Jr. Peter Oddliefson and Kay Wallace Mrs. Virginia S. Pacala Dr. Vivian Palladoro Jane Parker and Francis Cosentino Patricia and Philip Parr Edward J. Pettinella Channing and Marie Philbrick Charitable Fund Ann Piato Lee Pollan Bill and Beverly Pullis William and Barbara Pulsifer Robert and Anne Quivey Richard and Susan Reed E Rennert Mr. and Mrs. Thomas S. Richards Doria Scortichini and Chris Ritchlin Nancy Robbins Nancy and Art Roberts Dr. and Mrs. Gordon N. Robinson Mrs. Stanley M. Rogoff Antonio and Patricia K. Rosati Thomas and Elizabeth Ross Jamal and Pam Rossi Drs. Eva and Jude Sauer William Savino Gary B. Schaefer Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence M. Schenck Peter Schott and Mary Jane Tasciotti Schreiner Family Fund Catherine and Richard Seeger Joan and Arthur Segal Mr. and Mrs. Eugene P. Seymour Sonja Shelton Carol C. Shulman Mark Siwiec and Duffy Palmer Alice and Ken Slining Janet H. Sorensen Susan and David Spector Kenneth T. and Eva M. Steadman Richard Steinheider Anna Steltenpohl Georgine and James Stenger Chris Stenzel Ann H. Stevens and William J. Shattuck Dr. Robert and Mrs. Sally Jo Stookey Margaret A. Strite Jim Sullivan Eleanor Summers Steve and Cheryl Swartout Mark and Lois Taubman Dr. and Mrs. Henry A. Thiede J. Russell and Kathleen Thomas Jason Thomas Miriam Thomas Robert and Diane Tichell Mr. Eric Tillich Mimi and Sam Tilton Dr. and Mrs. Mark Tornatore Mrs. Schuyler Townson David and Marcia Trauernicht Sally Turner Mrs. Marshall Tyler Gary and Marie VanGraafeiland


Jim and Linda Varner Gretchen Voss Harry and Ruth Walker Irene and Alan Weinberg Ann Weitzel Linda Wells Davey Joseph Werner and Diane Smith Stephen Wershing Nancy Weyl Carol Whitbeck Yvonne White Dr. James and Mrs. Nancy Wierowski James H. Willey Elise and Joseph Wojciechowski Caroline and Richard Yates Bill and Wende Young Deborah and Mark Zeger Mr. and Mrs. Ted Zornow Daan Zwick

ADVOCATE ($700-$999)

Anonymous (2) Betsy and Gerald Archibald Edward and Ruth Atwater Gloria Baciewicz Ann Bauer Jeanne Beecher Hays and Karen Bell Mr. and Mrs. Rodney Blumenau Robert Boehner Don and Peggy Bolger Susann Brown and Terence Chrzan Josh and Beth Bruner James L. and Hollis S. Budd Bruce and Shirley Burritt Keith and Joan Calkins Gerard and Joanne Caschette Gary R. Chadwick David and Mary Cheeran Ted and Winnie Cichanowicz Jack and Barbara Clarcq Nancy and Sreeram Dhurjaty Jane Dieck Gordon J. Estey Mrs. Walter Fallon Udo Fehn and Christine Long Mr. and Mrs. Lee J. Fleckenstein George and Marie Follett John and Sandy Ford Jane Gorsline Dr. and Mrs. William Grammar Barbara J. Granite Russell and Kathleen Green Ed and Terry Grissing Stephen Gullace Ronald W. Hansen Robert T. and Mary Ann Hargrave Mr. and Mrs. James M. Hartman A. Scott Hecker Mr. Lawrence Helfer Dr. and Mrs. Raul Herrera K. L. Hersam Drs. Ryan and Makiko Hoefen Carol E. Hopkins Mr. and Mrs. John Hustler Robert and Merilyn Israel Dr. and Mrs. H. Douglas Jones Lori and Frank Karbel Hendrik and Elizabeth Keesom Glenn and Nancy Koch Doris and Austin Leve Ken and Katherine Lindahl Tanzy Love John and Judy Lynd

Sandy and Jack Maniloff Mr. and Mrs. Fred Mason Richard McGrath Mr and Mrs John F. McNamara Richard and Joyce Mitchell Ilene Montana Mr. and Mrs. Thomas T. Mooney James Moore Mr. and Mrs. Otto Muller-Girard Dr. Philip S. Nash Jann Nyffeler Ms. Marilyn Petz Stephanie Polowe-Aldersley Bill Prest Patricia and William Rahn Jacklin Randall-Ward Stan and Anne Refermat Suzanne Robinson Mrs. James A. Rockwell in Memory of Rev. James A. Rockwell Mr. and Mrs. Richard M. Rosenbaum William Saunders Rich Sensenbach Mary E. Sherman Mr. and Mrs. Michael O. Shipley Bruce and Laura Smoller Kathie Snyder Robert and Norma Snyder Charles H. Speirs Susan and Daniel Stare Alison and Ron Steinmiller Kevin Stone and Nancy Atwood-Stone William and Carol-Sue Strusz Frank and Rose Swiskey Bill and Mary Anna Towler Jim Van Meter and Marlene Piscitelli Brian Waldmiller Debra Watson Pierce and Elizabeth Webb Jean G. Whitney Dale and Lorraine Whittington Ms. Christine Wickert Ed and Wilma Wierenga Puck* and Claes Winqvist Grace Wong Eileen M. Wurzer Laura and Joel Yellin Carol Zajkowski

BENEFACTOR ($375-$699)

Anonymous (6) Karen Abbas Robert and Anne Allen Peter and Jane Anderson Abagail and Douglas Bennett Mary Elaine Aldoretta and Richard Burandt A. Joseph Antos Dr. and Mrs. E. David Appelbaum Dean and Joan Arvan Jane and John August Jeanette Axelrod Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Balta Karen Bancroft Kathleen Bankey M.J. Barclay Steve and Anne Bauer John and Ellen Beck Miss Anne Bell Mary Ellen Bigler Eric and Marcia Birken Lynne Blank Alan F. Bloom James R. Boehler Susan and Peter Bondy

Agneta M. Borgstedt, M.D. Ann Borgstrom Mr. and Mrs. William Boudway Jeff and Kathy Bowen Don and Jackie Bowman Donald and Mary Boyd Nancy Boyer Robert and Ann Marie Bradley Daan Braveman Linda Bretz Mr. and Mrs. Joseph C. Briggs Elaine and Wayne Brigman Marilyn R. Brown Priscilla Brown Wilma M. Brucker Nancy Brush and John Parker Eileen Buholtz Mr. and Mrs. Bruce C. Burkey Veronica and Larry Burling David J. and Margaret M. Burns Mr. and Mrs. Donald S Cameron Wayne Carnall Dr. and Mrs. Robert H. Carrier Hal and Elise Carter Ms. Barbara J. Case John and Diane Caselli Diane and Roger Cass Richard E. Cavers Dr. Lawrence and Mrs. Rita Chessin Victor Ciaraldi and Kathy Marchaesi Elizabeth Claypoole Alan Cohen and Nancy Bloom Jules Cohen, M.D. Gloria and Pincus Cohen Cheryl Collins Barbara A. Colucci Mary Lewis Consler Mr. George J. Conte, Jr. Jeremy Cooney, Esq. John and Mary Crowe Jimena Cubillos Mr. and Mrs. Edward P. Curtis, Jr. Cathy Cushman and Jeff Sokol Frederick Davey Jerry Davidson Mr. and Mrs. Daniel C. Davies Teri Davis Ken and Jean DeHaven Janice DeJager Jeanne Denike Dr. Elise DePapp Michael and Ann DeStefano Josephine Dewey Jorge L. Diaz-Herrera Kathleen Dill Celia Dilworth Wendell and Mary Discher Donald and Stephanie Doe Warren Doerrer Marie Duhamel Jane Dunham Dr. and Mrs. James Durfee Daniel Dwyer Joanne Eccles Dianne Edgar Mr. and Mrs. Richard J. Egan Larry and Peggy Elliott Marcia L. Elwitt Mr. and Mrs. R. Clinton Emery D. Craig Epperson and Dr. Beth Jelsma Julia B. Everitt Edward and Jennifer Faringer Nancy J. Farrell Ronald and Susan Fielding Dr. Paul Fine Julie Figel

Clara S. Firth Elizabeth B. Fisher F. Peter Flihan Susan and Leslie Foor Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Forsyth Ann and Steve Fox Barbara A. Frank Sandra and Neil Frankel Ruth Freeman Dr. Jonathan W. Friedberg Dr. Gary J. Friend and Mrs. Lois B. Wolff-Friend Kevin Frisch Judith Fulmer Muriel and Bob Gabbey Sue Gaffney Jerry J. Gambino, Jr. Jill and Kent Gardner Michael Garrett Mary Anna and Darrell Geib David Gentile Mrs. Essie Germanow Mr. and Mrs. Wesley P. Ghyzel Thomas Giblin Walter Gilges Tom and Kelly Gilman Anne Gilson Brock and Amanda Glann Bruce Goldman Mr. and Mrs. Chad Goodchild Dane and Judy Gordon Ken Grant Barbara Jean Gray-Gottorff Mr. and Mrs. Newton H. Green Gay Jane Greene David Griffin and Susan Warner Mr. and Mrs. Michael R. Griswold Michael and Joanna Grosodonia Mr. Robert C. Grossman Mr. James P. Growney, Sr. Laurene and Bob Guerin Ann L. Haag Sue Habbersett Mr. and Mrs. Gary D. Haines Robert and Deborah Hall Mark Hamer Sharon and Mark Hamer David and MaryAnn Hamilton Nancy and Henry Hamlin Martin and Sherri Handelman Barbara and A. Michael Hanna Mr. and Mrs. Joseph R. Hanna Marilyn and Dick Hare Alan J. Harris Mr. and Mrs. Lee Hasiuk Bernice Hatch Gil and Judy Hawkins John and Ruth Hazzard Amy R. Hecker and Howard F. Decker Mr. and Mrs. David Hedges Ms. Margaret Hedges Barbara Heiligman Barbara and Dieter Hentschel Mr. Warren Hern Dr. Florence M. Higgins Mr. and Mrs. Ned Holmes Andrew and Kathleen Holt Tala and Mark Hopkins Mrs. Theodore L. Horne Mr. and Mrs. William N. Hosley Larry and Barbara Howe Drs. Geza and Minou Hrazdina Dr. Kelly R. Huiatt Mary Jo and Jack Hultz Mr. and Mrs. Elmer Humes Marjorie S. Humphrey

Fulltec LLC/ Agop Ispentchian Dewey Jackson Mary Kay and Charles Jackson Bruce Jacobs Ms. Emily Jamberdino Janet S. Jennison David and Patricia Jewell H. Winn McCray Maryanne Jones Ronald and Marcia Joy John and Carole Joyce Mr. and Mrs. Thomas F. Judson, Jr. Valerie and Robert Kalwas Barbara and Robert Kay Mrs. Robert E. Keim William and Jean Keplinger Marilyn and John Kiesling Elthea King Mr. Edward Klehr Marcella Klein and Richard Schaeffer Kenneth R. Knight Mr. and Mrs. Mordecai Kolko Mrs. Ellen Konar Diane S Koretz Paulina and Laurence Kovalsky James Kraus Barbara and Jack Kraushaar Dr. and Mrs. Jacob Krieger Salvatore and Sandra LaBella Dr. and Mrs. Leo R. Landhuis Craig and Susan Larson Diana Lauria Lenore and Marshall Lesser Dr. Pamela A. Leve Sarah F. Liebschutz Yufang Liu Mrs. Elfriede K. Lotz Carol C. Lovell Jeremiah Casey and Patrick Macey Russell Madsen Mr. and Mrs. Achilles Mafilios Angela Mambro James and Rosa Mance James and Patricia Mangin Rebekah and Joseph Marinelli C. Thomas and Emily McCall Stan and Janis McCormack Ms. Vera McCune Mr. Ken McCurdy Edward McDonald Dick and Sandra McGavern Mr. and Mrs. David McNair Cecilia Meagher Margaret and Bob Mecredy Jagat S. Mehta M.D., P.C. Judy Michael Carolyn Lee Mok Mrs. Ruth Monaco Ms. Mary Ann Monley Jane Morale Ann Morris Theodore H. Morse Mr. and Mrs. Gerard Muhl John Joseph Mulcahy in memory of Karl F. Faber Linda Mulcahy Dr. Donald Munger Susan T. Murphy Michael D. Nazar Matthew Nesci Mildred G. Ness John Barbara Neumann Mike and Pat Niles Nannette Nocon and Karl Wessendorf Jason and Lea Nordhaus Joan and Beryl Nusbaum

Susan Nutt Margaret and David Oakes Suzanne J. O’Brien W. Smith and Jean O’Brien Margie O’Jea Robert and Betty Oppenheimer Jim and Linda Orgar Mildred Ortbach Robert J. Palmer Jonathan R. Parkes and Marcia Bornhurst-Parkes Esther and Tom Paul David and Marjorie Perlman Mr. and Mrs. Claude Peters Mary Ann and Jeffrey Peters Thomas W. Petrillo and William R. Reamy Mr. and Mrs. Dom C. Piazza Allyson and Webster H. Pilcher Joyce and Victor Poleshuck Mr. and Mrs. Edward Polidor Linda E. Postler Mary Jane Proschel Dr. and Mrs. Edwin Przybylowicz Patricia Pullano Margaret Quackenbush Barry and Jean Rabson Jerry and Janice Rachfal Gopal Ramaraju Eileen D. Ramos Rene Reixach Marjorie Relin Bob and Shirley Rheinwald Mariana and John Rhoades Constance E. Rice Nancy K. Rice Gail Richeson G.W. Richter Dr. and Mrs. Henry Richter Dr. Ramon L. and Judith S. Ricker Sandra and Eugene Riley Thorn Wierum Elizabeth and Donald Roemermann Mr. and Mrs. Charles Rogers Mrs. David Romig Dr. Harry and Ellen Rosen Dr. Gerald and Maxine Rosen Dick and Bea Rosenbloom Tom and Ellen Rusling Hon. Franklin T. and Cynthia Russell Mr. and Mrs. Victor E. Salerno, Jr. Paul and Jean Salisbury Dr. Alvani D. and Carol M. Santos Ed and Gabriel Saphar Susan Scanlon and Croft K. Hangartner Paul and Barbara Schmied Suzanne and Michael Schnittman David and Naomi Schrier Caroline Schultz Joan M. Schumaker George J Schwartz, M.D. Steven Schwartz and Alice Tariot Mr. and Mrs. Earl H. Sexton Robert Hallstrom and Lily Shaw Mr. Kelly M. Shea Mr. and Mrs. Thomas P. Shea Robert and Nancy Shewan Robert L. Shrader Mrs. Shirley Shumway Myron S. Silver Naomi Silver Gary and Cathy Simpson Joseph Simpson Daniel and Sarah Singal Fred and JoAnne Smith Mr. and Mrs. Richard Smith Mr. Thomas Smith

Carol Snook in Memory of Richard Snook Ed Solorzano Patricia Southcombe Ms. Suzanne Spencer Jean and Harold Stacey Arthur and Catherine Steffen Abby and David Stern Richard and Gwen Sterns Elizabeth and Robert Sterrett Ms. Nancy Stones Patricia and Howard Scott Dr. and Mrs. Alexander Strasser Mr. Elmar Strazds Margaret and Charles Symington Yoshiko Tamura and Bruce M. Lee Daniel Taramasco David and Carol Teegarden Jonathan G. Terry Tim Thaney Woodlief and Marrillan Thomas Eric Thompson James Tobin Celia and Doug Topping John and Betty Travis Mr. and Mrs. George Treier William J. Tribelhorn Mr. and Mrs. A. Gene Trimble Robert and Terri Tugel Gerard Turbide Mrs. Richard L. Turner John and Janet Tyler Eugene and Gloria Ulterino John R. Unson Doug Cline and Lorraine Van Meter-Cline Margaret Vanas Charles and Susan VanBuren Kristin A. Vandenbrul Wayne and Anne Vander Byl Timothy and Debbie Veazey Stephen and Linda Venuti Thomas and Jeanne Verhulst Jo Ann F Vierthaler John and Anne Vogtle John and Susan Volpel Robert Vosteen Ellen Wagner Arthur Waite John Walker Robert and Sandra Walker Nancy and Tom Walters Lawrence and Diane Wardlow Mrs. Herbert Watkins Mr. and Mrs. David K. Weber Betsy and Peter Webster Ann D. Weintraub Miss Delores Welkley Mrs. Lyndon Wells Richard and Shirley Wersinger Charles and Carolyn Whitfield Mr. and Mrs. William Wilcox Mr. John Williams and Mr. Chuck Lundeen Leonore and Lee Wiltse Charles and Susan Wolfe Beatrice and Michael Wolford Gary and Judith Wood Elizabeth D. Woodard Peter Woods Mr. and Mrs. Claude Wright Jeff Wright and Betty Wells Kevin and Trude Wright Ellen G. Young Marsha Young Susan and Maurice Zauderer * Deceased


Statement of Financial Position as of August 31, 2017 (With Comparative Totals for 2016)

Statement of Unrestricted Operating Revenues and Expenses for the Year Ended August 31, 2017

39 82 7 11 + 1 4 9 + 45 Ticketing & Concert Fees $4,388,622


Membership & Contributions $5,013,743



REVENUE AND SUPPORT Endowment Draw & Distributions Government Grants Special Events RPYO Other TOTAL REVENUE AND SUPPORT

1,082,741 389,000 135,197 142,620 138,373

9.6% 3.5% 1.2% 1.3% 1.2%


*Other includes: recordings, gift shop, and miscellaneous income not isolated above.



Administration Fundraising





Cash $ 264,183 $ 560,868 $ - $ 825,051 $ 892,726 Other receivables 151,068 - - 151,068 231,031 Prepaid expenses and other assets 214,699 - - 214,699 363,258 Pledges receivable, net 127,778 628,434 75,094 831,306 828,755 Investments 16,054 - 2,227,467 2,243,521 2,450,867 Interest in net assets of RPO Fund, Inc. - 4,444,641 7,043,727 11,488,368 11,929,392 Property and equipment, net 433,892 - - 433,892 469,875 Amount due from (to) other funds (682,219) 693,474 (11,255) - TOTAL ASSETS $ 525,455 $ 6,327,417 $ 9,335,033 $ 16,187,905 $ 17,165,904



Program Services $9,073,606


1,246,490 11.0% 970,200 8.6%





LIABILITIES: Line of credit $ 200,000 $ - $ - $ 200,000 $ 540,000 Term Note payable 236,236 - - 236,236 314,399 Accounts payable 469,699 - - 469,699 514,011 Accrued expenses 150,287 - - 150,287 220,794 Advance receipts 2,588,452 - - 2,588,452 2,496,020 Instrument Loans 7,949 - - 7,949 32,766 TOTAL LIABILITIES 3,652,623 - - 3,652,623 4,117,990 NET ASSETS (3,127,168) 6,327,417 9,335,033 12,535,282 13,047,914 TOTAL LIABILITIES & NET ASSETS $ 525,455 $ 6,327,417 $ 9,335,033 $ 16,187,905 $ 17,165,904


The Administration, 2016–17

“Stare has the orchestra sounding with one voice, and playing with an ease and level of articulation you might regularly hear from more famous orchestras.”

ADMINISTRATION Ralph P. Craviso, President & CEO Ronald L. Steinmiller, Chief Operating Officer/Chief Financial Officer Ellen Beck, Executive Assistant


ARTISTIC OPERATIONS & EDUCATION Richard Decker, Vice President of Artistic Administration Barbara Brown, Director of Education Rebecca Sealander, Concert Production Manager DEVELOPMENT Domenic Argentieri, Vice President of Development Mark Zeger, Manager of Institutional Giving Robert Dermody, Manager of Major Gifts Kimberly Cenzi, Manager of Annual Giving Kathy Miller, Manager of Volunteer Services Katherine A. Kennedy, Coordinator of Development Services Amanda Glann, Manager of Special Events FINANCE AND ADMINISTRATION Mark Pignagrande, Finance Manager Nancy Atwood-Stone, Director of Information Systems Irene Shaffer, Manager of Human Resources Laura Viau, Office Administrator and Finance Assistant MARKETING & COMMUNICATIONS Robert Sweibel, Interim VP of Marketing and Communications ^ Michelle Shippers, Communications Manager Mary Rice, Marketing & Digital Assistant Simona R. Benenati, Marketing & Communications Assistant Sally Cohen PR, Publicist ^ PATRON SERVICES CENTER Edward W. Solorzano, Director Emily Gisleson, Assistant Manager Jenni Kohler, Direct Sales Manager Kari Swenson, Ticketing Database Manager Ortensia de Loren, Patron Services Assistant Troy Tette, Patron Services Assistant David T. Meyer +, House Manager Danika Felty + Abby Chapman-Duprey + Patrick Corvington +





+ Part Time ^ Consultant This list is current as of August 31, 2017



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The Louise and Henry Epstein Family Chair




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