Weldon Leaving FVSOA for Opportunity in Madison

May 8, 2011

Author:  
Kara Patterson

Source:  
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Marta Weldon, executive director of the Fox Valley Symphony Orchestra Association, Inc. (FVSOA) is leaving after seven years at the helm. She will become director of development for the Wisconsin Foundation for School Music in Waunakee, Wis., at the end of May.

Phil Snyder, President of the Board of Directors said, “As a result of Marta’s leadership, the Fox Valley Symphony Orchestra Association is a stronger organization and well-positioned to continue to achieve our strategic goals. I’ll miss her passion for the Fox Valley Symphony Orchestra and youth programs, and appreciate her substantial talents. We wish her well in her new role.”

“It has been a wonderful opportunity to serve the Fox Cities as the executive director of such a fine organization. The people here are tremendous and with their support for the Fox Valley Symphony Orchestra, the Fox Valley Symphony Youth Orchestras and our other programs have continued to grow,” said Weldon.

Weldon continued, “It has been a difficult decision to leave the FVSOA and community. I’ve had the privilege of working with a wonderful board of directors, staff members, musicians of the Fox Valley Symphony Orchestra, students and families of the FVS Youth Orchestras program, colleagues of other arts organizations and so many others. I treasured all of our concerts and enjoyed a terrific collaborative process with such a wonderful colleague, FVSO Music Director, Brian Groner. Our audiences have been willing to engage in new endeavors such as the multi-media productions of “Ellis Island: The Dream of America” and the world premiere of “Quiet Heroes: A Symphony Salute to the Flag raisers at Iwo Jima.” Each season the FVSO has attained new heights in the difficulty of the repertoire it’s performed such as Berlioz’s Symphonie fantastique and Zemlinsky’s The Mermaid. I’ve always enjoyed the tremendous support our community has shown local and national guest artists such as pianist, Michael Kim and violinist, Philippe Quint. Of course, I’ll never forget Garrison Keillor’s performance with the FVSO in 2007 and the sold-out performance of the opera “Carmen”! The upcoming 45th anniversary season will again challenge the FVSO with outstanding masterworks and pops concerts, new venues and a large community celebratory concert.”

The FVSOA is well-positioned to continue its leadership as a community asset with more than the 1,600 individuals directly involved in its programs and services. Strong financial support has been provided by these individuals, Thrivent Financial for Lutherans, The Boldt Co. and many other corporations. The FVSOA has been the recipient of strong local foundation support, has two endowment funds at the Community Foundation for the Fox Valley Region, Inc. and a reserve investments funded by the late William and Bettyjo Heckrodt.

The board of directors has initiated a national search for Weldon’s replacement and expects to name a new executive director by mid-summer 2011.

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