Sheldon Bair, Founder and Music Director

Board of Directors

The SSO Board of Directors is elected by the members to oversee and advise on the overall operation of the organization.  The Board’s function is to support the orchestra in several key areas including strategic planning, financial planning, community relations, and fundraising to sustain the orchestra.  Meetings are held every two months; approximately two weeks prior to a concert.  all orchestra members are invited to attend.

The SSO can have up to 19 board members who serve three year terms.  Board members do not have to be a playing member of the orchestra, and in fact, it may be easier if they are not. Board members work in committees and often assist on concert night with functions such as tickets, ushering, and refreshments at intermission or backstage if needed.

The Board of Directors is composed of the following volunteer positions.

Mark Grotke President Exercises general policy management and control of the affairs of the SSO.
Diane Sengstacke Vice President Assists the President, coordinates annual events, and  seeks out talented people to serve on the Board of Directors.
Shannon Raum Secretary & Historian Records minutes, distributes notices of meetings, and assists Orchestra Manager with written correspondence.
Jim Weed Treasurer Pays bills, maintains all financial records, files tax forms, and provides financial information for grant reporting.
Sheldon Bair Music Director * Provides the artistic leadership (in concert with the artistic committee) through establishment of standards for performance, choice and balance of repertoire, artists and choral ensembles, and selection of musicians for vacancies. Rehearses and conducts for the four subscription concerts.
Kathy Frawley Orchestra Manager * Contracts with venue and artists, insures all logistics associated with rehearsals and concerts are tended to (video and audio taping, lighting, ushers, and stage paraphernalia).  Supervises printing. Completes state and local grants.
Amy Wilkinson Personnel Manager Manages rehearsal attendance records, maintains musician roster contact information, and distributes email notifications to members. Seeks out new talent and provides SSO audition information to prospective volunteer musicians.
Anne Lehman Student Personnel Manager Manages the invitations for student musicians to join the SSO for Side-by-Side events, addresses student/family questions, and records attendance. Signs for community service reports.
Laura Ruth Librarian * Orders, receives, and returns music from/to vendors, marks parts for bowings and errata, distributes and collects music to/from musicians. Maintains music files and inventory.
Jen Retterer Publicity Manager * Responsible for promotion of the SSO and its events and performances. Develops and distributes or causes to be distributed, public relations and promotional information. Manages website content.
Colleen Grotke Donor Development Maintains donor records and manages capital campaign.
Jessica Conklin Board Member
D. Henry (Skip) Ruth, MD Board Member
Karmen Kater-Slezak Board Member

*  Position includes a small stipend

One Response

  1. Dr. Andre' E. Godsey, Sr.

    Mr. Bair, it was an honor to meet you at your most recent concert on October 12, 2013. My name is Dr. Andre’ E. Godsey, Sr. I wore a bowtie and we talked about getting your review on my first symphony, Symphony Number One: Themes for Soren Kierkegaard”. I would consider it a life time achievement to have it performed under your direction with your symphony. I am in need of getting your email address to send the manuscript to you electronically in Adobe PDF form. I really appreciate your fresh approach to the symphonic presentation of the classics and the freedom to allow new artists to premiere their work to the public. I hope to hear from you soon and thanks so much for a great concert.

    October 13, 2013 at 4:57 pm

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