Thanks for a Season of Firsts

Dear PRCOrchestra Family,

The 2016-17 concert season, closely preceded by the loss of our inspiring founders, Edgar & Nancy Muenzer, was a challenge -- but I know from the feedback you’ve given us that today they would be proud. We maintained their high standards and provided a wealth of enthralling musical memories. With the unfailing, sweat-the- details leadership of Nancy’s close friend Pam Benitez, our board president; the creative energy of our music director Victor Muenzer; and the patient expertise of personnel manager Karen Nelson and stage manager Len Johnson, among others; the tradition goes on.

Last summer, I began my near-total immersion in all things PRCOrchestra. What an adventure! Past and current board members, veteran and new volunteers stepped up, along with our reliable friends at D64 and Emerson and a host of ladies from Pam’s and former executive director Deborah Oberschelp’s churches. As soon as I finish this list I know I’ll think of three more people to thank, but for the moment, Phyllis Doyle, Jared Skiba, Laurie Pegler Malin, Deanna Jordan, Kathy Hanson, Stefan Bryson, Garrett, Pluhar-Schaeffer, Joanne Johnson, Rex Parker, Kathy Ballentine and the incomparably dedicated, talented Runal Patel come to mind.

At the iconic Pickwick in Park Ridge, bad weather rained on our Halloween concert parade, but the thrilling show went on. Our Holiday Concert on Pearl Harbor Day combined patriotic Christmas favorites and our once-in- a-lifetime Founders’ Valentine Concert celebrated the creative power of love. At the North Shore Center for the Performing Arts in Skokie, we were honored in March when David Taylor, CSO assistant concertmaster, joined PRCOrchestra for his stellar, first-ever solo performance of Brahm’s demanding Violin Concerto in D Major. And our season finale really was grand, with Bill McGlaughlin, popular host of WFMT’s nationally syndicated Exploring Music, conducting us in his first Chicago-area performance in 38 years.

Along with concerts, we managed a gala fundraiser, conducted auditions for student scholarships, taught music programs to young adults with special needs, held recitals at the Library, provided tickets to local charity raffles and appeared at local events. A professional orchestra is a big endeavor and we deeply value your patronage, sponsorships, donations, and volunteer help. With your generous support, we’ll keep on bringing you the world’s best music, close to home.


Mary Wynn Ryan
Executive Director