|MOSS Member Newsletter / 2017 / Volume 2
Dear Music Lovers,
The Missouri Symphony Society welcomed two new board members at our annual meeting on January 22 — Ann Merrifield, director of Alumni Relations at Columbia College, and Michael Kateman, director of Internal Communications at the University of Missouri.
Julie Middleton, who recently retired from the University of Missouri, and Gwen Jones, of Harry S. Truman VA Medical Center, were recognized as board members who joined in mid-year. Many thanks to retiring board member Pat Hostetler for the countless hours she gave to MOSS over many years of service
The new executive committee was also introduced at the meeting with Gwen Jones as president, Tina Workman as president-elect, Garry Weiss as treasurer, Janice Harder as secretary and Nancy Griggs as past president. Special thanks to Georgia Morehouse for her remembrances of the MOSS friends whom we have lost. You can read the annual report here.
Emily Edgington Andrews, the director of our new choir partnership with the Choral Arts Alliance of Missouri, and Maestro Kirk Trevor both spoke of the accomplishments for 2016. You can read their reports here.The Emerald String Quartet (below) and Cloud Nine Quartet entertained members and staff in attendance.
Speaking of our choir, the Columbia Conservatory Chorus sang at Close to You: The Music of the Carpenters at the Missouri Theatre on January 20. Don’t miss their performance with the Columbia Youth Choirs’ 2017: A Space Odyssey on May 7.
Thanks to a generous bequest from Lina Berrier’s estate, we are establishing an endowment for the Missouri Symphony Orchestra. We hope to grow the endowment to assist in meeting the needs of the orchestra. To inquire about the endowment, please call the office at 573.875.0600.
We are thrilled to introduce our new website, designed by Lift Division. It’s a work in progress, but you can see it will be colorful, informative, and interactive. Check it out here.
|MOSS News and Notes
Michelle (above) and Jane attended the annual Missouri Citizens for the Arts Lobby Day on February 8 at the State Capitol. About 20 people from central Missouri met with legislators, providing information about the importance of arts funding and the economic impact of the vibrant arts community in our area. Governor Greitens did leave funding in the budget to support arts through grants. Please contact your legislators and ask them to support that funding. These grants, through Missouri Arts Council and Columbia Office of Cultural Affairs, provide seed money for many of our programs, including Hot Summer Nights and the Missouri Symphony Conservatory.
The Junior Sinfonia, several soloists, and the Emerald String Quartet performed at Lenoir Woods on February 8. A full house enjoyed a great concert, and joined the orchestra in singing “Happy Birthday” to Maestro Trevor. Listen to the Junior Sinfonia play Ludwig's Tango here.
For the first time, our musicians are performing at True/False Film Fest. A Conservatory Ensemble will play with Mirah at the Musicians’ Showcase on Saturday evening, March 4 at the Missouri United Methodist Church Sanctuary. And you can catch the Chamber Players at the festival.
Take a Sneak Peek on March 19 at the Missouri Theatre. Members can preview the Hot Summer Nights schedule and get first pick for tickets. Renew your membership here to be eligible for early bird tickets, and to obtain first refusal for your season ticket seating.
Join us on March 12 for Serenade, our annual Conservatory fundraiser. This benefit concert features a silent auction, a live auction, and a performance by Barrage 8, an exciting string ensemble, which includes Conservatory alumnus Kyle Pudenz. Festivities kick off at 4 pm at the Missouri Theatre.
Preview silent auction items and purchase Serenade tickets here.
Tickets for the concert only are available here or at the Missouri Theatre box office.
Your Serenade donation supports enrichment and scholarships for our students.
Barrage 8 performs "Classical Gas" by Mason Williams.
|Musician Spotlight: Briana Frieda
Briana Frieda, assistant director of the Conservatory orchestras, plays viola with the Missouri Symphony Orchestra, and is in her second year with MOSS. She is a graduate of the University of Missouri, and holds an MA in Musicology from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill.
Ms. Frieda is married to Dustin Frieda “who keeps her sane through the concert season, and is the best partner she could ask for.” They have a one-year-old daughter, Delaney—who, with two violists at home, is receiving an early music education
Briana teaches in Columbia Public Schools, directing music at Oakland Middle School and Battle High School, and also maintains a private studio of violin and viola students. Briana is a strong advocate for the arts and music in our schools and community, and acts as adviser of the Battle chapter of the National Music Honor Society. Working with high schoolers is one of Briana’s favorite parts of her job. She says “the camaraderie and personality development that happens in these years is so fun to watch.”
Briana loves to read—her favorite books are biographies and young adult fantasy/fiction—and to see movies. To the “despair” of her husband, Ms. Frieda also loves to shop and has a problematic shoe addiction! One of her favorite and guiltiest pleasures is watching The Bachelor(ette) every week with a glass of red wine and cheesy pizza!
This year, MOSS Serenade falls on Briana’s birthday, and she is so excited to ring in year 27 with Barrage 8 and the amazing students in the Conservatory.
MOSS President Gwen Jones
Before joining the MOSS board in 2016, Gwen Jones served as the 2015 Hot Summer Nights committee chair. Despite that hectic and time consuming experience, she agreed to serve as MOSS board president for 2017. Gwen has worked at Harry S. Truman VA Medical Center since 1993, and looks forward to retirement later this spring.
Gwen and her late husband Curtis lived in many different communities in seven different states, but returned to Columbia when Curtis, a former Tiger football player and coach, rejoined the football coaching staff at Mizzou. That tradition continued with their son, Corby, who was a standout quarterback for the Tigers. Corby and his sister Kirra are both attorneys in Kansas City.
Gwen spends her downtime reading, and has “difficulty putting a good book down,” leading to frequent late nights. “Music stirs me to awesome wonder! It is Christian music that invites me to worship. Classical music moves me to a place of reverence. Its wonderful blending of instruments and voices communicates pathos, joy, and a story."
Gwen speaks her mind (which has landed her in trouble a few times), and loves to travel—Giverny is a favorite destination, as she favors the Impressionists. She eats healthy, except when “rebelling,” which drives her to chips and other junk food.
Gwen has been a very active member of the Columbia volunteer community, and we are fortunate to have her as a leader in the MOSS family.
Mark Your Calendar
|Mar 2 - 5
True/False Film Fest
Catch our Conservatory Chamber Players at the festival! A Conservatory Ensemble performs with Mirah at 7 pm that evening in the Musicians’ Showcase, held at the Missouri United Methodist Church Sanctuary.
Mar 12, 4:00 pm
Join us for the 6th Annual Serenade fundraiser at the Missouri Theatre. Ticket and auction proceeds will benefit the Missouri Symphony Conservatory programs. Show your interest on our Facebook event page to receive updates on this event.
Mar 12, 7:00 pm
Barrage 8 Benefit Concert
Barrage 8, an exciting and dynamic string ensemble, performs at the Missouri Theatre. Proceeds benefit the Missouri Symphony Conservatory programs. Show your interest on our Facebook event page to receive updates on the event.
Mar 19, 2:00 pm
Members are invited to the Missouri Theatre to preview the 2017 Hot Summer Nights Music Festival Season, and to purchase tickets before they go on sale to the general public.
Apr 10, 7:00 pm
Our Conservatory Chamber Players perform at the Boone County Historical Society.
May 7, 4:00 pm
2017: A Space Odyssey
Columbia Youth Choirs, featuring the Columbia Conservatory Chorus, will perform at Battle High School.
May 12, 7:00 pm
Conservatory Season Finale Concert
The Missouri Symphony Conservatory ensembles perform works from classical to contemporary at the Missouri Theatre in their final concert of the 2016/17 season.
May 18, 7:00 pm
Members of the Missouri Symphony Chamber Players perform at the Missouri United Methodist Church.
June 6 - 11, 2017
Hot Summer Nights Music Academy
Young musicians attend a week-long camp where they receive lessons from Maestro Kirk Trevor and MSO musicians.
June 8 - July 15, 2017
Hot Summer Nights Music Festival
The largest classical music festival in the Midwest features classical and pops concerts, as well as our traditional silent film.
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Support Junior Artists Making Music by donating to the JAMM fund. Watch the funds grow to support Conservatory concerts, outreach programs, and Conservatory tuition fees.
Help a young musician pay for their Conservatory tuition.
Sponsor an orchestra member or conservatory student for the season.
Buy a piece of music for the Hot Summer Nights Music Festival or Symphony of Toys Concert.
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