RAISING AWARENESS: The TCC Signature Symphony recently announced the formation of a new community advisory board to help increase awareness of the arts and educational programs. Pictured from left are Dr. Tom McKeon, president & CEO Tulsa Community College; Andrea Chancellor, chair, Signature Symphony Advisory Board; and Larry Mocha, TCC Foundation trustee and Signature Symphony advisory board member.
The Signature Symphony at Tulsa Community College has announced the formation of a community advisory board to raise awareness and support for artistic and educational programs. A luncheon held at the VanTrease Performing Arts Center for Education was the launch for the new board and included tours of the performing and educational facilities.
Those in attendance included new advisory board members Andrea Chancellor, board chair, PSO; Jesse Boudiette, Bank of Oklahoma; Judy Edmonson, community volunteer; Kevin Fite, SF&Co; Don Marlar of Pray Walker, Jackman, Williamson & Marlar; Larry Mocha, Air Power Systems; and Dr. Dean VanTrease, retired president,Tulsa Community College.
Others in attendance included TCC president and CEO Dr. Tom McKeon, Provost Carol Messer, and Artistic Director and Conductor Dr. Barry Epperley.
Dr. McKeon thanked the advisory board members for their service and encouraged members to be creative in developing a future for the Signature Symphony. He also noted how the joining of the Symphony and TCC 10 years ago has allowed the music, vocal and theatre programs to flourish in the partnership, and that the advisory board is vital to this continued success.
Addressing the board, Dr. Epperley noted that 73 members of the symphony are actively involved in teaching and touching the lives of approximately 3,600 children each week in the public education system. He also discussed planned growth of the Signature Chorale from 30 vocalists currently to 60 over the next year or two, and is obviously excited about what the future holds for the Signature Symphony and the community.
Advisory board chair Andrea Chancellor discussed the board’s role as a way to build public awareness, support and recognition. She announced the kick-off of the First Chair Society, a special donor group that will support the efforts of the Signature Symphony.
Signature Symphony at TCC presents a Pops and Classics concert series each season at the VanTrease PACE. The Pops season opens September 29 with violinist, composer and fiddler Mark O’Connor and the Classics season opens October 5 with Jon Pegis.
The mission of the Signature Symphony is two-fold: to perform classical, semi-classical and popular music for audiences in northeastern Oklahoma and to develop an arts education program.