Board Meeting December 8, 2021

Wednesday, December 8, 2021

In attendance: Hanan Bell, Charlotte Hotchkiss, Teresa Metzger-Howe, Jackie Kirn, Koko Morgan, Kathleen O'Keeffe, Doug Potter, Bruce Sherman, Anne Warner, and Gennie Winkler

Approval of Minutes
The minutes from the October 13, 2021 Board Meeting were approved. The minutes from the November 10, 2021 General Meeting were approved as amended.

Election of Next Year's Officers
The following members were re-elected as officers of the Rain City Symphony Board:

Doug Potter, President
Gennie Winkler, Vice President
Bruce Sherman, Treasurer
Koko Morgan, Secretary

Grant Status and Fundraising
The Seattle Arts and Culture grant was completed and sent into the City of Seattle. Other grants might be needed for improving the acoustics in the rehearsal hall and purchasing cameras for better broadcasts of our concerts. Jackie will be doing some research on this.

Kathleen will be resigning as of December 31, 2021. Charlotte will be the Publicity Coordinator until someone else is found.

The webcast of the Fall 2021 concert has had over 300 hits. A consolidated list of people, who might be interested in listening to future webcasts, will be created. The retirement homes that have the capability to view the webcasts will be notified of the concerts so their occupants can watch.

Winter Quarter Plans
Covid Requirements
The following question was proposed: Do the wind and brass players have to wear split masks? Arguments for and against were presented. The majority of the Board felt that the wind and brass players need to wear masks while playing. The Symphony will be providing split masks. Bell covers will also be required.

The members will need to dress warm, because of the cold weather open windows.
The door needs to be monitored by two people. This will be done section by section. Each section will determine who will be the monitors for their weeks.

Orchestra Limits
Covid requirements limit the number of people that can be in the rehearsal hall to 50.
Teresa created the following outline for an ideal orchestra with a 50-person limit.

1st violin - 8
2nd violin - 8
viola - 7
cello - 7
double bass - 1
flute - 3
oboe - 2
clarinet - 3
bassoon - 2
horn - 3
trumpet - 2
trombone/tuba - 3
percussion - 1
Total 50

Some of the numbers are negotiable. It depends on what type of players register.

Future Concerts
The Winter quarter final concert is scheduled for Wednesday, March 16, 7:30 p.m. A physical location for this concert is still up in air. The Lake City Mennonite Church will need to be contacted to see if they are allowing gatherings. If not, we'll continue to look for a location. If a location is not found by the next Board meeting, February 16, 2022 then concert will only be streamed on the web.

The Spring Concert might be held at the Nordic Heritage Museum. Gennie and Jackie are working on partnering with them, which would allow the Symphony to rent the hall at half the normal rate.

Next Board Meeting
The next Board meeting is on Wednesday, February 16, 2022 at 6:30 p.m. at the Music Center of the Northwest.