Long time Santa Barbara Music Club member and supporter William Ramsay passed away on November 8, 2016. He will be greatly missed.
As your incoming president, I am excited to work with an organization so vital to and supportive of our Santa Barbara music community, be it delightful free concerts on alternate Saturdays, outreach performances in senior centers, or providing assistance to talented young musicians through our scholarship program. First off, I would like to express my appreciation to my predecessor, Bill Berry, for nominating me for this job. He led the organization with a combination of equanimity and determination that fostered a spirit of collaboration among your board of directors. He inspired us to work hard for the benefit of our members and our community. I will do my best to follow his example and I intend, with the efforts of our excellent board, to further the objectives that the board introduced last year. These include:
- Increasing our membership by reaching out to new areas of the community via our updated Web site and social media
- Streamlining our operational processes such as the production of this newsletter
- Significantly increasing the funds available for scholarships via increased fundraising, grants application, and efficiency of operation.
Through the generous donation of resources by Inlineos LLC, we are happy to present a bolder, cleaner Website that is easier to use. The new design features a bolder look, easier navigation, a concert calendar (in progress) that is easier to use and that makes our concert locations easier to find, online donations and newsletter sign-up, and best of all, complete support for mobile devices. Thanks to Eric Valinsky, our board Vice President and Chief Architect at Inlineos LLC, and to all the other board members who helped with their information and feedback.
The Music Club Board has elected me as your new President, a role I promise to fulfill to the best of my ability. This is our 45th season, and we are one of the longest-lived cultural organizations in our county, an achievement we can all be proud of. The October 11 opening concert features a world premiere by renowned local composer, Emma Lou Diemer, with Philip Ficsor, violinist. It will be a great event. At the beginning of our new season I wish to remind everyone that Board members are all unpaid volunteers. Each has an assigned set of tasks. The Club also relies heavily on the talents of members who make up volunteer committees to do much of the work of special events. In these ways we keep our member dues very affordable. So please volunteer to help ensure the Club continues to provide so much to so many. Your Board has worked hard to prepare another excit ing concert season, coordinated by our Concert Committee, Christopher Davis, Chair, and as always, free to the public. Per Elmfors carries on as organizer of our Community Concerts, bringing great music to retirement home residents and providing a preview by Club musicians of their Faulkner Concerts. By now you have received an invitation to the October 18th luncheon honoring Betty Oberacker, UCSB Professor Emeritus, and former Chair of both our Concert and Scholarship Committees. For more information, please call Mary Jo Hartle at 969-7634. The Club is designing an experimental program to bring fine music to the students of La Cumbre Junior High School. This will require new funding, and if the project is successful could be extended to other schools in underserved communities. Please consider a donation earmarked to help launch this initiative. We are extremely gratified that our membership continues to grow, but due to increasing costs we must increase revenue from all sources. Please consider increasing your support for our operating costs, and especially our Scholarship program. Our continued success depends heavily on a loyal and generous membership. Membership renewals can also be made through the Club website, which will soon be re-designed to provide closer and easier connections with members. Please also tell your friends about the Club. It’s a great community resource! — William (Bill) Berry, President
Greetings Members! The Music Club Board has elected me as your new President, a role I promise to fulfill to the best of my ability. This is our 45th season, and we are one of the longest-lived cultural organizations in our county, an achievement we can all be proud of! Here’s a listing of our current Board of Directors. You’ll find more about each of us under “About Us / Your Board Members” OFFICERS William (Bill) Berry – President Mary Jo Hartle – Vice President Christopher Davis – Vice President, Concerts Monica Donne – Treasurer Ann Dwelley – Recording Secretary Laurence Young – Corresponding Secretary MEMBERS AT-LARGE Robert Else Steven Hodson Hal Isbitz Betty Oberacker
We were very sad to learn of the recent late-September passing of Roger Herren, who faithfully and energetically supported the SBMC for years by preparing the Faulkner Gallery prior to each concert and restoring it afterwards. Besides rolling our 9-foot Steinway out of storage and placing it precisely, Roger set up and took down close to 200 chairs before and after each concert. He took pride in having everything ready in time for early-arriving performers to warm up. Those of us who interacted with him enjoyed the pleasure of his broad interests and knowledge, lively conversation, positive energy, and genuine caring for the Music Club and our endeavors. His chair rows were always perfectly aligned, and he kept watch over the crowd with a sharp eye for anything out of place. We will always remember Roger as a kind and intelligent man who always strived to do his best.