July 05, 2012

The Annapolis Symphony Orchestra (ASO) is pleased to announce its Board of Trustees roster for the upcoming 2012-2013 season – its 51st season as a performing arts organization in Anne Arundel County.

ASO Officers for the upcoming season are:

  • Harley E. Flack, founder and CEO, Flack Ventures, Chairman
  • Karen Smith, former COO, National Commission on Teaching and America’s Future, Vice Chair for Personnel
  • Russell B. Stevenson, Jr., President & Chairman, Chesapeake Legal Alliance, Vice Chair for Finance
  • Laurie Berman, community volunteer, Secretary

Five new members have joined the ASO Board of Trustees. They are:

  • Douglas Byerly, Chair of the Performing Arts Department, AACC
  • Adrian Fremont, City Engineer
  • Gay Wood Henriksen, President, GH Interior Design
  • William Moulden, Educator
  • Jessica Jordon Paret, Retail Consultant

Returning to the ASO Board as Trustees are:

  • Barbara Bellack, community volunteer
  • Martha O. Blaxall, economic consultant and community volunteer
  • Faye Currie, Vice-President/Branch Manager, CFG Community Bank
  • Patricia Edwards, ASO Executive Director emeriti
  • Al From, Principal, The From Company and founder of the Democratic Leadership Council
  • John Goldthwait, Vice President, M&T Bank, Immediate past president, ASO
  • Julie Grudzinskas, former Associate Director, Center for Drug Development Science, UCSF
  • Kathryn O’Leary Higgins, President, The Higgins Company
  • David Huggins, International Minerals Consultant
  • Jonathan P. Kagan, Partner, Baldwin, Kagan & Gormley
  • Laird Lott, Former Project Director/Logistics, US Postal Operations, RCI, Inc.
  • Peter Martino, CEO, Capital Teas
  • Allison L. Patrick, Vice President, Business Development, SRA International, Inc.
  • Joyce E. Pratt, former Strategy Analyst, Lockheed Martin Corporation
  • Joseph Rubino, CFO, USNA
  • Barbara Santos, community volunteer
  • Connie Scott, community volunteer
  • Susan F. Thaxton, consultant
  • Jeff Voigt, Senior Vice-President, Investments, Wells Fargo

In addition to offering a season of first class performances, the ASO will continue to focus on its educational and community outreach programs. New ASO Chairman, Harley Flack notes “Community education and outreach is a priority for me. It is vital that our Symphony continue to grow and enhance these education programs to better serve our community.”

Flack, founder and CEO of Flack Ventures, has been a member of the ASO Board of Trustees since 2005. He served as Nominating Committee Member, Vice Chair for Finance/Treasurer, Vice Chair for Orchestra and now Chairman. An avid piano player and classical music enthusiast, Flack’s love of music came from his father, Dr. Harley E. Flack, who was an accomplished musician himself. Upon becoming President of Wright State University, Dr. Flack wrote his own inaugural concerto and today, several of his musical compositions are published pieces. The family has a famous connection in the music industry – Roberta Flack is cousin to Harley Flack.

Flack’s interest in the ASO Board started simply with his love of classical music. It has since grown into an appreciation of the operational management side - including labor negotiations, marketing, development and finance. Flack notes, “I enjoy working with the players, managing labor issues and learning the finer nuances of the Symphony – things like how the temperature of the performance hall can affect the quality of the music or how a harpist transports her instrument can impact the budget.” He goes on to say, “It is an anomaly to have such a successful arts organization when you have such shark-infested economic waters through which to navigate. I am proud of the fiscal strength of the ASO and that we have been able to create such a sustainable platform for the arts in our community through a solid operating budget and endowment fund.”

Flack also serves on the Board of the Community Foundation for Anne Arundel County and the Board of CFG Bank. He and his wife Kristina reside in Riviera Beach, Maryland. Kristina shares her husband’s appreciation for the ASO and plans to be actively involved in the organization as he takes on his leadership role as ASO Chairman. “Together, we look forward to what we know will be a very bright and brilliant 51st season,” remarks Flack.

The ASO’s 2012-2013 season begins with Lexus Pops in the Park a free Labor Day concert for the general public on Sunday, September 2 (rain date September 3) at 5:30 PM at Quiet Waters Park in Annapolis, Maryland.

The Annapolis Symphony Orchestra features 70 professional musicians who perform a variety of symphonic music for audiences of all ages. Additionally, the non-profit organization provides educational programs through its partnerships with local schools, as well as various other community outreach efforts. The ASO’s vision is to be the best regional orchestra in the country, recognized as a jewel in the Washington/Baltimore area.

For more information on the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra, visit www.annapolissymphony.org or call 410-269-1132.