Grand Rapids Symphony Society Holds Annual Meeting

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GRAND RAPIDS, MI, May 19, 2017 – The Grand Rapids Symphony Society held its annual meeting on May 18 to appoint its leadership for the upcoming 2017-18 season.

The Society elected five new members to its Board of Directors and re-elected 15 current directors to its Board in advance of the orchestra’s 88th season, beginning Sept. 1.

Following the annual meeting of the Society, the Board of Directors held its annual meeting and elected officers for the coming year.

New members elected to the Grand Rapids Symphony’s Board of Directors include: Luis Avila, Attorney with Varnum LLP; David Dams, Region President for Old National Bank; Rhonda Huismann, Office Managing Partner for Crowe Horwath; Harold J. Voorhees, Sr., Owner/Manager of Cookies Unique, LLC, and Kent County Commissioner representing the City of Wyoming; and Kaitlyn Disselkoen, Vice President of Sales and Marketing with GR Outdoor.

Current board members re-elected to the Board of Directors include: Sara Armbruster, Karl Betz, Mike Ellis, Robert Fairman, Chuck Frayer, Karen Henry Stokes, Don Hunt, John Irwin, Amy Keane, Andola Mathis, Tim O’Donovan, Kate Pew Wolters, Ric Roane, Larry Robson and Carol Sarosik.

Current board members retiring or stepping off the Society’s Board of Directors include Herbert Lantinga, David Whitescarver and Clifton Rhodes.

The Board of Directors elected the following officers for the 2017-18 season: Charles Frayer, Chairperson; Mary Tuuk, Chairperson Elect; Kate Pew Wolters, Immediate Past Chairperson; Anette W. Estrada, Treasurer; Karen Henry Stokes, Secretary; and Michael Ellis, Tim Liang, Tim O’Donovan and Larry J. Robson, M.D., as vice chairpersons.

About the Grand Rapids Symphony

Organized in 1930, the Grand Rapids Symphony is nationally recognized for the quality of its concerts and educational programs. Led by Music Director Marcelo Lehninger, Principal Pops Conductor Bob Bernhardt and Associate Conductor John Varineau, nine concert series are presented, featuring a wide range of music and performance styles. More than 400 performances are given each year, touching the lives of some 200,000, nearly half of whom are students, senior citizens and people with disabilities all reached through extensive education and community service programs. Affiliated organizations include the Grand Rapids Symphony Chorus; Grand Rapids Youth Symphony and Classical Orchestra; and Grand Rapids Symphony Youth Choruses. GRS provides the orchestra for performances by Opera Grand Rapids and the Grand Rapids Ballet and sponsors the biennial Grand Rapids Bach Festival, which was held in March 2017 and returns in 2019.

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This activity is supported in part by an award from the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs and the National Endowment for the Arts.