Board Meeting June 8, 2022

Wednesday, June 8, 2022

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

Approval of Minutes
The May 11, 2022 Board Meeting minutes were approved.

Acknowledgement of Email Actions
The first email concerned Teresa's contract for next year. She accepted it. The other email discussed Teresa's bonus amount. The Board voted in full agreement of the amount.

Spring Quarter Wrap-up
The Nordic Heritage Museum was a good venue. The concert was well attended - between 95 and 100 people were there. The museum is interested in having us return next year. The concert is now available on our YouTube channel. Bruce did a great job of recording the concert.

Summer Plans
There are a few chamber groups that will play throughout the summer. It would good to have a venue for them to play at. One type of gathering could be a Symphony Picnic in the park. Gennie will try to schedule a site Magnson Park. The possible date is Wednesday, August 24, 2022. It will be potluck event.

State of the Treasury and Next Year's Budget
There are still some outstanding expenses to be paid and grant money to be received. Overall, we are about $4,000 ahead of last year.

The Symphony budget for next year will need to include an increase for venue rentals, which were not incurred during the Covid restrictions.

Grant Status and Fundraising
The City of Seattle's grant money is now called Centering Art & Racial Equity (C.A.R.E.) Grant. They want to know how we supporting racial equity and social justice. Also, they are interested in how are we striving to be racial diverse, providing racial equity, and servicing different populations. More information is at

Questions that came up regarding grants were:
How do we want to grow?
How can we diversify our group more?
If we increase our income say through sponsorship, then what would we do with it?
Would we need a larger venue to play in?
These and other questions that will be addressed at the Summer Board Retreat.

Publicity and Web Site Updates
Publicity post cards and flyers to advertise the Spring concert were made, but not many were pick up by the Symphony members. Is it worth the time and cost to create them? Other ways to publicize the concerts are by using mail chimp and the monthly Music Center of the Northwest's (MCNW ) newsletter. It seems the best way get an audience is to have the members promote the concert.

Charlotte wrote the piece about the Symphony for the MCNW, however they did not publish it. She is not sure why.

Schedule and Venues for Next Season
For next season finding pre-concert venues remains a challenge. The challenges include the long travel times to the venue and spaces large enough to hold the number of symphony members. Jackie will check out the Skyline Tower on First Hill as a possible pre-concert site. The 2023 Spring pre-view concert will be at the Josephium in downtown Seattle assuming there are no Covid restrictions.

For the Fall and Winter concerts the St. Andrews Episcopal Church, 111 NE 80th St., Seattle, will be used. The Spring concert will be at the National Nordic Heritage Museum.

Next Season's Music
Fall Quarter
Johannes Brahms (1833–1897), Academic Festival Overture, Op. 80 (1880)

Alexander Borodin (1833-1887), In the Steppes of Central Asia (1880)

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (1840–1893), Symphony No. 3 in D major (Polish), Op. 29 (1875) 1st movement

Winter Quarter
Mikhail Glinka, Russlan and Ludmilla Overature

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (1840–1893), Symphony No. 3 in D major (Polish), Op. 29 (1875), 2nd and 3rd movements

Camille Saint-Saens, Suite Algerienne, Op. 60

Spring Quarter
Joseph Canteloube, Songs of the Auvergne (Bailero, Lou Boussu, La Delaissado, L'Antoueno)
Kimberly Giordano, soprano

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (1840–1893), Symphony No. 3 in D major (Polish), Op. 29 (1875)

Summer Board Retreat Schedule
The Summer Board Retreat will be on Saturday, August 20, 2022 at 3:00 pm at Doug's House. A potluck dinner will follow the meeting.