Thursday, June 22, 2017

National Conference for League of American Orchestras in Detroit

OSU was honored to be included in the Roundtable discussions at the national conference of orchestras. W. Tyler Melling shared our success with community recitals from our 20 years of fall recitals. Cellist Matthew Erhard also represented OSU at this event.

W. Tyler presented at Roundtables during the National Conference in Detroit

Detroit Rising
Transformation in American Orchestras
Key Takeaways to Apply to OSU:
Research & Coordination
  1. Board Liaison Program - While other communities are consolidating similar organizations, we do not need to go that route. However, we do need more coordination and collaboration with certain organizations in the community. We recommend a board liaison program where a board member from OSU is assigned as a liaison to another organization, and that organization will likewise have a board member assigned as a liaison to OSU. Liaisons are invited to all board and planning meetings. Organizations to consider would include SUU, Cedar City Chamber, Music Arts, and Shakespeare Festival.
  1. Researching Audiences through Surveys – Simple surveys included in the programs can be an effective way to understand who is attending concerts, which marketing materials are more effective than others, and what kinds of music and shows will appeal to our audiences (example below). These are all basic, yet essential questions that will allow us to strengthen our presence in the community. In the future, we can even work to employ small, cost-effective focus groups aimed at demographics that our surveys have indicated we do not reach, for example, 20-30 yr olds, in order to curate programs that will appeal to more members of the community.
Relationships & Interaction – Administration, Musicians & Volunteers
  1. Changing Orchestra Culture – There is a historical separation between management and musicians that is inherent to every orchestra and symphony. We need to work to bridge this gap. Musicians can and should be more involved in the planning and inner workings of the orchestra. Not only is there a huge amount of musical and administrational knowledge within the orchestra body that is currently untapped, more actual involvement will create an environment that makes the musicians want to be more involved and stakeholders in the success of our orchestra. Musicians should also know the board members & staff and vice versa. A working reciprocal relationship between management and musicians will help all levels of OSU match in perfection and creativity.
  1. Relationship-building among volunteers - While keeping board activities limited, plan for more activities that facilitate relationship-building among volunteers. This can be accomplished through revitalizing a guild or friends of the orchestra program, or through more non-performance or practice activities for orchestra members and the community. Perhaps as post-concert dinner or drinks with a guest artist, conductors or the musicians, hand-written thank you notes, or signed pictures of the orchestra.
  1. "Get on Board" Event - Event to encourage young professionals to volunteer through the board or other organization projects. Cedar City Chamber is willing to host and plan this, and each nonprofit could have 5-10 mins to present on what attributes are needed in volunteers and in what ways volunteers are needed.
  1. Recommended Reading for All Board Members - The New Breed: Understanding and Equipping the 21st Century Volunteer
  1. Gold Book Award, Volunteer Council –  Deadline: August 1       
Community Engagement
  1. Streaming for Access to Arts and Fundraising - Livestream concerts to YouTube or other platform. This would allow families with young children to tune in. Use a platform with a permanent link as well. Include a "suggested donation" link.
  1. Adventurousness & Curious Audiences – Develop concert series that brings the Orchestra to different locations including either indoor or outdoor with regional or atmospheric repertoire. An easy way to jump start this/test the effectiveness would be the outdoor rehearsal initiated last fall with the additions discussed at the November board meeting, i.e. food trucks and additional events in addition to the rehearsal.
  1. Planned Giving –  “If you are not asking for planned giving, you are missing out on charitable dollars.” - Dan Coleman, Associate Director of Planned Giving and Major Gifts Officer, Detroit Symphony Orchestra
Do we have a Planned Gift Program? Obviously we are a small group from a small town, however we can still reasonably look to increase general donations as well as planned charitable gifts, it is all about how we frame and position ourselves as part of the artistic culture of the community. Right now, this is at the very least something to think about and discuss as a board. We have additional information if there is interest.

Written and Compiled by Matthew Erhard & W. Tyler Melling
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National Conference includes live music
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Seeing Canada from Detroit

Justice Center
The Fist, public art
General Motors
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Max M. Fisher Music Center—Orchestra Hall
Detroit Concert Hall
Ceiling of Concert Hall

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Thanks to all involved in the 3rd Annual Silver and Gold Soirée

Special thanks to Ariel Wolter Rhoades and Suzanne Tegland for organizing the event and all the musicians, artists, and community members who helped make it a successful evening.  Photos thanks to Rollan Fell plus musicians and patrons.  Proceeds over $5000 which is huge for your orchestra. We so appreciate everyone's help.

Thanks to IG Winery for hosting us.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Third Annual Silver and Gold Soirée: Silent Auction and Raffle

Join OSU for an evening of live music, good food, and fun on Friday, May 12, from 5 to 7 pm at the IG Winery, 59 West Center. Remember to get tickets in advance from Emily Hepworth at 435-233-8213. 

LIve music from Wilhelm starts the evening.

Dvorak with Southern Utah String Quartet plus popular music.

Jazz Dekette provides a fitting finale.

Gregory A. Mauger is providing this wonderful photograph from Snow Canyon custom framed for the auction. You can see more of his work at
Title: "Perseverance"
Status: Limited Edition of 20 (This will be number 5)
Size: TBD - Most likely 11x17
Description: A lone tree in a slot canyon finding a way to grow and survive in the toughest of conditions.
Value: $1,200.00

Thanks to Carl Mazur for an exquisite acrylic print of Lower Antelope Canyon for the auction. (our photo does not do it justice, but gives you an idea). See more of his work at (minimum $250)

You are Invited to Join OSU for a Pleasant Evening
By Alex Szuhay

It has been another splendid season for the Orchestra of Southern Utah, which has embarked for the past six months on the melodic journeys of many composers, from Copland to Rossini and from Rachmaninov to Beethoven. It even had the great pleasure of introducing to Cedar City and the world an original composition by Mark Dal Porto. It would seem, then, that the time is soon upon us all for OSU’s third annual Silver and Gold Soiree to celebrate such an extraordinary season and a wonderfully supportive community. The soiree this year is under the direction of Suzanne Tegland and Ariel Rhoades.
On May 12 from 5 to 7 p.m., the orchestra will host the Silver and Gold Soiree at the new IG Winery location at 59 W. Center St. in Cedar City. Tickets will be $10 per person, which is well worth the price for an evening of hors d’oeuvres, live music, great company, and, of course, wine provided by our local winery. Delightful nonalcoholic sparkling juices will also be provided. Dress should be appropriate for a garden party, and silver or gold never hurts! Tickets can only be purchased in advance! Call Emily Hepworth at (435) 233-8213 and reserve yours today!
Music will be provided by some of the very same OSU musicians who have helped to make the magic possible this season. Live music performances this year will include the illustrious and talented Southern Utah String Quartet, the boisterous musicianship of the Jazz Dectet, and local gypsy/jazz band Wilhelm, lead by OSU’s concertmistress.
There will also be a silent auction that will feature donations ranging from fine art and furniture to gift certificates and food, all made possible by generous local artists, contributors, and businesses in the community. All proceeds from the acution will help the orchestra fund another season and will assist with expensive needs such as music purchases, rentals, and licensing fees for performance and recording.  One piece of music can cost as much as $2000 to rent!
Last year, the Soirée raised around $5,000, a sensational amount and one most appreciated by every member of OSU.  It is the greatest hope that this trend can be continued this year and that all in attendance have a wonderful time, support our orchestra, and leave with a little something nice.
Andy Levine. Title: "Warbird"

Color Country Clan by New York artist Lane Twitchell.

Cards by Ronald Wolter.
Piano watercolor:  Callie Flanagan (OSU member)

Ceramics by OSU Musician Debbie Jackson

Ukulele:  donated by Cedar Music Store

Handmade fused glass bowl:  Carrie Trenholm 

 Road Trippin' gift basket:  Brooke MacNaughtan (OSU member and Board member)

Handmade journal by Cindy Kroening

Utah landscape watercolor:  Tina Davis (local artist)

Asian flower prints:  (donated by OSU member Ariel Rhoades)
Red Canyon Spa

Poetry by Danielle Dubrasky, CD of Mark Dal Porto piece from Feb. concert.

Pastel by Arlene Braithwaite

Groovacious basket

Pastel by Steve Yates

Set of China
Conservatory at Balmoral Castle in Scotland by Des Penny

Four panorama photo set from Scotland available at OSU event.
Donations of art, music related items, and services welcome.

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