XIX. 2015-2016 Season
By Bill Coons, Historian
2015-2016 Season: Last season’s officers continued, temporarily, as President Paula Kosiorek previously stated that she wished to step down at the end of this season. The Vice President’s office was still unfilled. The summer musical, “Shrek, The Musical Jr.” was jointly sponsored by GPAS and SNAP. GPAS was not financially involved. The season also began with an active search for a new Community Orchestra conductor. In October, it was announced that Jonathan Allentoff had been engaged as the Orchestra’s new conductor. GPAS has applied for an ESL Charitable Foundation grant. The annual Christmas concert included two performing groups from Monroe Community College. A meeting of Board members and conductors was held in January to review the current GPAS activities. Many suggestions were received. GPAS inherited the Red Wing game food concession dates from the Two Doors Resource Center. Several volunteers are needed for certain games during the baseball season. GPAS will receive 6% of the concession income and any tips received. The job description for GPAS President will be posted in several places. The Pops Concert, held late in April this year, was less well attended than in previous years, and netted less money. Also in April, the Concert Band performed jointly with the Irondequoit Concert Band. The Choral Society spring concert featured a performance of the Mozart Requiem, and included a performance by the Rochester Rhapsody chorus. Several Choral Society members traveled to New York City to join a performance of the Requiem in Carnegie Hall in June. Members self-funded the trip. The June Newsletter was emailed to 464 members and friends via Mail Chimp. The out-of-date (1977) By-laws were discussed at the June Annual meeting. A committee, chaired by W. Coons, met over the summer to make revision recommendations. Also in June, a Summer Pops Concert was held at Bethany Church by the Concert Band and a Summer Symphony, conducted by Jonathan Allentoff. Concluding the season was the 20th annual Garden Tour, netting $9,186. Other funding sources: Greece Chamber Foundation donation $250; Gift Wrap net, $7,631; Pop Concert, $1,175; Income from Red Wing Stadium concessions, $3,413. Funds at year end were $14,502, a decrease of $4,165 from the previous year.