|Jeff Amstutz, FVSO Board President|
Thursday, September 10, 2015
A Letter of Welcome from Our President
Welcome to our 49th Season! We are thrilled you are joining us for an exciting year of beautiful symphonic music.
I joined the Board of Directors for the Fox Valley Symphony Orchestra [FVSO] several years ago. Music and the arts have always been an important part of my life. I took piano lessons for a decade as a child but the lessons gradually slipped from a priority in my life as I entered college and launched my career. Thanks to my engagement with the Symphony (including trying to play the violin in our first Sinfonia fundraiser), I’ve started playing the piano again. I’m not very good but it brings me great joy and serenity.
As President of the Board, I’m excited to be working with our talented musicians, staff, sponsors and donors to further strengthen this community gem. The FVSO is experiencing tremendous momentum as we head into our 50th Anniversary in 2016. I’m very passionate about helping make the Symphony as accessible to the community as possible. We took a big step toward that goal this year by launching our Beer, Brats and Beethoven event in collaboration with the Timber Rattlers at Fox Cities Stadium. Thousands of people from our community heard the Symphony for free thanks to the tremendous support of area businesses and donors including the Neuroscience Group and Kimberly-Clark Corporation.
This season marks the 10th Anniversary of our partnership with Thrivent Financial as our Symphony Series underwriter. Thrivent’s commitment to the FVSO is a testament to their ongoing passion for the arts in our community. Not only has Thrivent committed significant funding to the Symphony, but they’ve also shared their time and talent with us as well. Please join me in thanking Thrivent Financial for their leadership. We couldn’t do this without them!
We are fortunate to have growing support from area businesses. We deeply appreciate the long-standing and continued support of The Boldt Company as our Lead Season Sponsor along with Community First Credit Union as our Community Partner Sponsor. This year’s sponsors include JewelersMutual Insurance Company, NeuroscienceGroup, Secura Insurance, Plexus, Menasha Corporation Foundation, Associated Bank, Godfrey& Kahn, S.C., East Wisconsin Savings Bank, Alta Resources and Schenck SC. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts.
We are close to having all of our musicians supported through our Chair Sponsorship program. Please help us ensure that ALL chairs are sponsored now and for future seasons! There are many other ways you can support us, including making the FVSO a part of your planned giving.
Last but definitely not least, a heartfelt thank you to our musicians. Without their awe-inspiring talent, we wouldn't be here today. As I’ve started to get to know our family of musicians, I quickly learned that many of them have been with us for over 20 years! The level of commitment and passion is palpable with every rehearsal and performance. It is because of you future generations are inspired to carry on this great tradition.
Thank you for joining us for an experience that only an orchestra like ours can provide. It’s truly a phenomenon everyone in our community should be able to experience. I look forward to working with you to help make the music live on for all to hear.
President, Board of Directors
Fox Valley Symphony Orchestra