It is with heavy hearts the Board of Directors of the Santa Maria Philharmonic Society announces its decision to wind up and dissolve the Society. The 501(c)3 tax exempt organization, started in March of 2000, has offered the Santa Maria Valley successful children’s programs such as the Music Van, which provides exposure to music education to elementary schools, as well as performances of “Peter and the Wolf” for all area fourth grade classes. For classical music lovers, the Society’s orchestral and chamber music concerts, and annual Pops In the Vineyard have exposed the Santa Maria Valley to world-class musicians and the thrill of live music. The Society has thrived programmatically to the credit of its dedicated members and volunteers, its Music Director, John Farrer, and its Executive Director, George Majoue. Unfortunately, despite these well-received programs, the Society has been unable to secure by way of donations, grants and bequests the income stream needed to enable the Society to move forward into another season in a fiscally responsible manner.
“This is a decision we as a Board have been struggling with for many months. Orchestral concerts and programs are expensive to produce, and the Society simply cannot afford to lose $20,000 to $25,000 per concert, and not make up the funding elsewhere with donations, grants, and the like,” offered President Kristine Mollenkopf. “It would not be fiscally responsible to move forward with scheduling concerts and events into the 2013-2014 season, without knowing how we were going to pay for them.”
The members of the Society are required to approve the decision of the Board at the upcoming annual membership meeting scheduled June 10, 2013.
“We remain hopeful there’s an angel out there who is unwilling to let our community lose this valuable asset,” commented Mollenkopf. “This will be a terrible loss.”