Board of Directors

We are privileged to have a wonderful board of directors who work hard to manage and guide the RSO behind the scenes.

Jennifer Bagby Assistant Admissions Director, PreK-5, Darlington School
Michael Bailey Associate Professor of Government, Berry College
Barbara Beninato Community Volunteer
Larry Caywood  Retired Methodist Minister; Community volunteer
Leanne H. Cook  Director of Marketing, Harbin Clinic
Gayland Cooper  Retired Superintendent, Rome City Schools
Susan Davis Music Teacher, West End Elementary School and RSO musician
Barbara Elliott  Retired Choir Director, Westminster Presbyterian Church
Blanca Gonzalez  Retired Associate Professor at Georgia Highlands College
Dan Greeson  Retired Banker; Entrepreneur
Beckie Gurley Parent of Floyd County School Senior and Junior Band members
Scotty Hancock  Redmond Regional Hospital, Floyd County Board of Commissioners
Len Holt  Consultant, Teacher,  retired Financial Executive
Cheryl Huffman  Rome City School Board of Education
Cathy Kerce  Vice President Marketing, JEM Manufacturing
Alison Lampkin Director of Alumni Development, Georgia Highlands College
Holly Lynch  Owner, The Season Events
Dr. Jacqueline McDowell Dean of Charter School of Education, Berry College
Alden Maier Founder, Rome Symphony Debutante Ball
Mary McGuffey  President, Music Lovers Club, Rome, GA
Sam Moss, III  Darlington School, Dean of College Guidance
Winfield Myers  Director of Academic Affairs, Middle East Forum, (Philadelphia PA)
David Newby  Plant Manager, Profile Extrusion Company
Andy Owens  Attorney, J. Andrew Owens Law
Randy Quick  General Manager, Rome Radio Partners LLC
Martin Rhiner  Brugg Lifting LLC
Devon Smyth  United Methodist Pastor; William S. Davies Home, Executive Director
 Liz Tierney  Community Volunteer
Joel Todino  Physician, retired
Kim Tunnell  Darlington School, Director Fine Arts Dept.

A Message from the Rome Symphony Orchestra Board of Directors:

“Vision with action can change the world.” J.A. Barker

It is hard to imagine Edith Lester Harbin and Paul Nixon predicting that their collaborative vision in 1921 would change the face of culture in North Georgia and lead to the formation of the oldest Symphony in the South. Now with its 100th anniversary just around the corner, The Rome Symphony Orchestra is poised to entertain and lift the spirits of music lovers for another century! Our new “Education Outreach” committee is hard at work carrying on the Harbin/Nixon legacy of educating young people in our community about the importance of music. Their actions can be seen later this season in our 7-Hills Performing Arts Festival and Free Family concert series.

There is something magical that occurs when members of a community gather in one location to experience a live event. Particularly, the sense of communal bonding that music can evoke in people’s hearts and minds. The ancient Greek philosopher, Aristotle, believed that when ancient communities gathered to attend dramatic festivals and concerts, a sense of individual and group purification resulted – a catharsis – from viewing and experiencing the performance – a collective relief and release of daily tensions and concerns. Even in this modern age of technology, live performances are still transcendent and offer us the rare opportunity to sit together and share in a work of art, someone’s creative vision, as a community.

Part of the RSO’s ongoing action is to participate in another form of community bonding, that of collaborative art and business partnerships. Synovus Bank, Harbin Clinic, Berry College, Oak Hill Museum, Talbots, Hampton Suites, OTR, ROMEGA Digital, Sara Hightower Regional Library, and many more have pledged their support to the RSO, some through our five-year commitment program, others through in-kind services. Local restauranteurs such as; Off Broad, Harvest Moon, La Scala, and The Foundry are collaborating in hosting our new “Concerts & Cocktails” lecture series. And we are thrilled to be sharing the stage and working in partnership with our fellow local non-profit arts groups including; RACA, Rome Little Theatre, and Rome Shakespeare Festival. We would be remiss if we didn’t extend our deepest appreciation to ongoing partnership we have with the City of Rome and its amazing staff. Since 1922, the City Auditorium has been our home! We are proud to be sharing in the vision with all of these super organizations and businesses!

We sincerely hope you enjoy this 96th Season of the Rome Symphony Orchestra. A season of Music and Magic!

Contact the RSO:
P.O. Box 533
Rome, GA 30162