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, 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|
|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