Poway Symphony Orchestra Foundation
The Poway Symphony Orchestra Foundation has been formed as a California Non-profit Public Benefit Corporation.
The primary purposes of the Foundation are to focus attention on the Poway Symphony Orchestra, its programs and facilities and to provide financial support to them; to encourage donations, endowments and bequests; to provide special educational programs to further classical music in the community; and to conduct fund-raising activities in order to support the objectives of the Poway Symphony Orchestra.
A Board of Directors has been formed to conduct the operations of the Foundation. The Board includes the following members of the community: Bo Matthys, President; Jim Reid, Vice-President; Toby Westbrook, Treasurer; Cathy Gigstad, Secretary; Toni Kraft, Director; Sonya Googins, Director; John LoPiccolo, Director ex officio.
The Poway Symphony Orchestra Foundation is an IRS 501(c)(3) organization. All contributions are tax deductible.
History of the Orchestra At Its 10th Anniversary
In the summer of 2004 Ulli Reiner, Concertmaster, had the vision to form a symphony orchestra that would fill a need for classical music performances in the community and for musicians interested in playing in a full orchestra. Soon a handful of musicians signed up, a conductor was chosen and the first performance was presented on April 1, 2005. From these humble beginnings, the orchestra has grown into a full size symphonic orchestra. Its repertoire has expanded to over seventy five classical music masterpieces of the great composers. Appreciative audiences have increased over the years at the three annual concerts in the beautiul local venue that is the Poway Center for the Performing Arts. The orchestra is organized through the Poway Unified School District, Adult School.
Since 2005, three conductors have led the orchestra : Randall Brinton, Branden Muresan and Warren Torns. In August 2014 the orchestra welcomed John LoPiccolo as the new Music Director and Conductor and performed the first concert under his direction in November 2014.
The Poway Symphony Orchestra is the only organization to offer such live performances of classical masterpieces in a local venue, thereby enriching the quality of life in the area.
While celebrating its 10th anniversary, the PSO has arrived at a critical mass needed for an enhanced musical profile and increased community recognition. With the dedication and commitment of the musicians under the new leadership of Music Director John LoPiccolo, the Poway Symphopny Orhchestra will reach new heights in its quest to be a shining star in the cultural spectrum offered locally and of which the community can be proud.
To assure its future growth and success the Poway Symphony Orchestra would like to reach out to businesses, foundations and individuals to consider financially supporting this unique cultural asset. In doing so, your name can be associated with the Poway Symphony Orchestra in a number of ways, including acknowledgment in printed materials and on the website. Even a performance at your premises by a quartet of orchestra musicians is a possibility.
Rehearsals are held on Monday evenings from 7:15 p.m. to 9:15 p.m. at the Twin Peaks Middle School, 14640 Tierra Bonita Road, Poway. Details on rehearsals are provided on the Rehearsal page.
Concerts are generally performed in the Poway Center for the Performing Arts, 15498 Espola Road, Poway. Details as to time and place for concerts are provided on the Concerts page.
Randall Brinton, 2004-2006
Branden Muresan, 2006-2009
Warren Torns, 2009-2014
John LoPiccolo, 2014-