White Mountain Symphony Orchestra, Inc.

aka WMSO   |   Show Low, AZ   |  http://wmso.org/

Mission

The White Mountain Symphony Orchestra exists to: 

Present high-quality musical programs for the entire region that entertain, educate and nurture orchestral music;
Provide an excellent opportunity for our orchestral members to enjoy performing and improving as musicians;
Offer the families of northern Arizona wholesome and enriching entertainment.

Ruling year info

2002

Principal Officer

Maestro Theresa A. Bailey

Co Principal Officer

Mr. Nick Worth

Main address

PO Box 2042

Show Low, AZ 85902

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Formerly known as

Silver Creek Symphony Orchestra

EIN

86-1015749

NTEE code info

Symphony Orchestras (A69)

Arts, Cultural Organizations - Multipurpose (A20)

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Music Is...

MUSIC IS...

The White Mountains Symphony Orchestra is dedicated to promoting music through our performances in the White Mountains.  As part of our mission, we are also dedicated to educating the youth of our community as well as the average concert attendee.  To help us in this mission, we have established a few programs to further the understanding of classical music.

Through our youth education program,  “Music Is…”, we treat about 2,200 4th and 5th grade students to a free concert every March.  These concerts are fun and interactive and give students a chance to see a live orchestra, learn concert etiquette, and meet the musicians that work to give them music.  Musicians take their instruments into the audience seating area and allow the children to touch and sometimes play the instruments. 
 
 Pre-concert talks are given 20 minutes prior to every concert.  This gives Maestro Bailey the opportunity to share her thoughts on the music and help the audience to better understand the nuances of the music.  It is also an opportunity for the audience to ask any questions they may have pertaining to the concert or the symphony. 

Our community education page(http://whitemountainsymphony.org/orchestra/information.php?info_id=12) (on our website) offers general information about the orchestra, musical terms and upcoming composers and pieces.

About Music Is...

“Music Is…” was developed by Kevin O’Connell in the fall of 2002.  He brought his proposal to a meeting of the Musical Arts Club held in the home of Pam and Randy Fox, both members of the symphony and the White Mountain Musical Arts Club. 

The name “Music Is…” was selected by a vote of members at the next Musical Arts Club meeting, held in the home of Diana Born.  Leburta Crockett and Cynthia Jellison met with Carolyn Morrow shortly after that, to create some guidelines for teaching fourth grade students some basic music education, and in addition, to encouarge their interest in orchestral music.

“Music Is…” has the ellipsis at the end to allow each student the opportunity to finish the statement and develop in his or her own mind what music Is…(dreamy, exciting, soothing, fun, et cetera).  The first program was for fourth grade students only, and was developed to include any student in Apache County and Navajo County, Arizona.  Concert manners were especially spelled out, since most of these children had never been to a live symphony concert. 

The first program was held in March of 2003, and it explored what music means to each individual.  Each person may hear things differently, and it is all right to have different likes and dislikes.  Various instruments were featured, and members of the orchestra were in the foyer and aisles at the first concert to allow students to see up close, and touch musical instruments. 

In 2009 the program theme was music from the movies and very positively received by the students.

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Awards

Thank you letters 2009

Children's Appreciation Letters

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White Mountain Symphony Orchestra, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 02/12/2013
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Mr Dave Larson

AZ Sign & Graphs

Term: 2006 - 2009


Board co-chair

Ms. Allanna Jackson

no affiliation

Term: 2007 - 2010

Gordon Kearl

Rim Consulting

Frank Edens

no affiliation

Julie Holtan

Northland Pioneer College

Tad Spader

Northland Pioneer College

Doris Kroupa

Simply Twila's

Cece Jackson

no affiliation

Dave Larson

AZ Sign & Graphics

Rebecca Owens

Owens Trucking

Nick Worth

no affiliation

Theresa Bailey

Jefferson Academy