Dear Friends of Music Niagara,
Like a glorious sonata by Beethoven, Music Niagara never stands still. Our primary theme of providing great, diverse music to our audiences is always central to our activities, and we carefully develop it, weaving in new material and harmonies to make the textures ever richer.
As the 20th anniversary of Music Niagara nears its close with special Remembrance Day and Christmas concerts, we are already planning our 2019 summer season. Atis Bankas, Artistic Director, between his rigorous scheduled performances at the Toronto Symphony Orchestra and his teaching a large violin studio at The Glenn Gould School at The Royal Conservatory in Toronto, is working hard to bring new and favorite artists back to Music Niagara next summer.
Atis is supported by wonderful staff and Board members and it is on that note, we have some important changes to share with you.
First, our Executive Director is on the move. Earlier in the year, Sarah Lynch kindly gave us substantial notice that she would leave her position on October 31, 2018 to pursue other interests. Sarah’s commitment over the last two years, and particularly throughout Music Niagara’s milestone, celebratory 20th anniversary season, was tremendously appreciated and we thank her sincerely. She contributed much during her tenure and has been instrumental in positioning us for continued success.
We are pleased to advise that Hannah Zachariah joined Music Niagara this month and is working alongside Sarah to ensure a smooth and harmonious turnover of the Executive Director responsibilities. New to the Niagara area since moving here from Alberta, Hannah brings strong organizational skills, the ability to evaluate success metrics and well-honed knowledge in social media and web development to Music Niagara. And as an added bonus, Hannah is a music enthusiast having just received her Associate of the Royal Conservatory of Toronto (ARCT) in Piano Performance – one of the highest academic awards of The Royal Conservatory.
Second, we have changes taking place at the Board level. Sally Basmajian is retiring as Chair of Marketing to pursue her love for writing. We will miss her enthusiasm and creative style but luckily we’re told to standby for upcoming articles in the public domain! We are very fortunate to have Nancy Smith joining the Board as Sally’s replacement. Nancy’s skills as a business leader, entrepreneur and media executive will be invaluable.
Randy LeGallais has joined the Board with the intent of replacing Bob Lavery who retires as Treasurer in April 2019. Randy, having been a tax partner at KPMG, brings extensive financial acumen to the Board and appreciable community board and volunteer experience.
On behalf of the Board of Directors, please join us in thanking Sarah and Sally and wishing them the best in their future endeavors. And in welcoming Hannah, Nancy and Randy to the Music Niagara team!
Chair, Music Niagara Board of Directors