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March 1, 2010

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March 1, 2010

The music and musicians are really wonderful. They have built a following from consistantly providing the highest quality of music. They build a strong audience-artist relationship by speaking with us. They may point out something historical or musical that enhances our listening experience. I enjoy speaking with the musicians at the post concert reception. The reception features delicious treats homemade by board members and friends.

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The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

warm and friendly. They make a point to get to know first time concert attendees to make them feel welcome.

Ways to make it better...

I could see the musicians.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

February 27, 2010

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February 27, 2010

have been listening to this great ensemble for years. I cannot understand why they do not have a greater following. Technically very skilled with a affable and amiable demeanor.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

listening to their great music

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Ways to make it better...

actually, no complaints now that they have moved to an acoustically better concert environment

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

need more listeners

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

February 25, 2010

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February 25, 2010

I have been attending Gabriel Chamber Ensemble concerts and events for a number of years. When I think back to those first few concerts, I remember marveling at the fact that I had experienced such a high caliper of performance here in small town USA. Some people think you can only have such a treat in a large metropolitan area. The members of this chamber orchestra are excellent, passionate, dedicated, musicians. They do more than bring sweet sounds to our ears. They care enough about the music to share their knowledge about composers and the structure of the music with their audiences making for a well rounded musical experience. These four musicians blend very well with each other and with guest musicians. I believe that guests probably jump at the chance to perform with them.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Listening to them makes me happy! Can anyone really ask for more than that?

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

February 24, 2010

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February 24, 2010

The Gabriel Chamber Ensemble has been enriching my life since the early 1990s. And this is from someone who travels to NYC for cultural enrichment (Metropolitan Opera, New York Philharmonic...). There are many elements that make the GCE experience so enjoyable. For one thing, they frequently introduce us to music we're not already familiar with. I love that. In addition, all four musicians are adept at speaking about the music they're going to perform. This can create a handy bridge to the music, and be educational and interesting as well. Essentially, it connects the audience to what we're about to hear, even if we have heard it before. I'll never forget learning from our cellist about the tragic illness in the short life of Franz Schubert that is credited with some of the passionate highs and lows in the beloved Death and the Maiden. Another source of enjoyment in the experience with this ensemble is the evident pleasure they take in performing together. And while there has not been a lot of room for improvement, they have only gotten better as the years go by. Ensemble members are also creative in their approach to performances. For example, earlier this season each of the four poems conveyed in Vivaldi's Four Seasons were read to the audience prior to each movement. I'm a big fan of combining more than one art form in a single showcase. It was enchanting. That we have a chamber music ensemble of this caliber here in Schuylkill County is truly remarkable. We are indeed blessed.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

...being transported by the music. The programs are selected with excellence, and my cares slip away with the first notes

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

February 23, 2010

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February 23, 2010

I was first attracted to the Gabriel Chamber Ensemble by its programming. They have played music from the 17th to the 21st century, from solos to octets including instruments from piano to guitar and double bass. Before and during each concert, a member of the ensemble speaks about some aspect of a composition that helps me as a listener. The musicians play exceptionally well with technique and emotion. Though I've been to many concerts in NYC and Philadelphia, the most memorable performances have been in Schuylkill Co. by the Gabriel Chamber Ensemble.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

being able to interact with the musicians and ask them questions and getting to know the chamber music literature.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

meeting professional and amateur musicians and music teachers.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

very approachable and friendly.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

educate more children through its school programs, go on tour, provide transportation to concerts and lower ticket prices.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

February 22, 2010

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February 22, 2010

The Gabriel Chamber Ensemble is a small group of very accomplished musicians committed to providing an exceptional level of music/culture/entertainment to the people of Schuylkill County and surrounding areas. The music is delightful. Concerts are presented in a close, comfortable surrounding that allows the audience to fully appreciate the quality of the music in each performance. It appears that their concerts are becoming increasingly popular with the public as word spreads about the group. It's an exciting and excellent opportunity for the people of our area to experience a style and quality of music not always available at venues outside the larger cities. The most recent performance (on Feb. 21, 2010) was the first opportunity my wife and I have had to attend a Gabriel Chamber Ensemble concert. We enjoyed the experience completely. The event was in every way above and beyond our expectations. I sincerely hope the concerts will continue for many years to come, exposing more people to a most pleasant and rewarding way to spend a Sunday afternoon.

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The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

extremely hard working, friendly, and committed to spreading the exposure and popularity of the Gabriel Chamber Ensemble concerts throughout our area.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

February 22, 2010

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February 22, 2010

I have enjoyed the warm simplicity of numerous performances over the years, i regret only that I have been unable to attend all. It is a struggle to maintain and preserve the presence of instrumental arts at this level

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

As a fan of instrumental classical music, the "live" complement to recorded music

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

their persistance in preserving the aspects of the Chamber ensemble

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Dedicated, friendly, involved

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Assure a place to effectively present the concerts

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

February 20, 2010

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February 20, 2010

For the past 20 years, the Gabriel Chamber Ensemble (GCE) has provided the highest quality and the most enjoyable musical experiences to rural Schuylkill County, PA. GCE also provides awards to County graduating high school seniors, scholarships to summer music camp, outreach programs to schools. The fund-raisers and special events are great fun!

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

enjoying wonderful concerts, seeing an increasing interest in chamber music, helping to support the GCE

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Making new friends, the wonder of hearing live music, sense of accomplishment in helping the GCE

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

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If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

have a substantial endowment fund, support music programs in schools, have more community outreach programs, endow lessons for stringed instrument players (no school in County has this)etc.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

February 18, 2010

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February 18, 2010

My introduction to the Ensemble in 1993 has led to an ever-deepening appreciation of the quality of the music of this extraordinarily talented group. It is unusual to find this level of musicality and passionate performance anywhere, let alone in rural northeastern Pennsylvania. The group's eclectic repertoire has sometimes challenged me to listen to music(not just theirs) in new ways and has, at other times, transported me completely with an interpretation of a piece I (thought I) already knew but whose depth I had never truly realized. The concerts (usually 4 or 5 per season) are very affordable and there is usually a post-concert reception when the audience can interact with the very approachable artists. A real gem!

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Chamber music concerts, community and fund-raising events.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Increase its board members' willingness to take some risks with the choice of music it tends to support in its season programs (challenge its audience's "ears" just a bit more)

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

The quality of the "product" - the music. The quality of the people associated with the organization (artists, board of directors, contributors, audience)

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

From diverse backgrounds, professions and interests. They were energetic, involved, connected to their community, interesting.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Fund an endowment which could help assure the survival and development of classical and chamber music as an art form in the NE PA region

Ways to make it better...

The audience for chamber music were larger and more developed in its willingness to hear different styles of the music.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

The low overall number of people who have been exposed to either classical or chamber music forms. The low exposure/recognition profile of the organization within its own county/region.

One thing I'd also say is that...

It is amazing that an organization with this type of mission (the development and perpetuation of professional chamber music in the Schuylkill County area of Pennsylvania) survives and is operating in the current economic climate.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

February 18, 2010

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February 18, 2010

I have been involved with this organization for about 10 years, first of all as a spectator and now as a board member. Each member of the organization (musicians and board members) are committed to providing the local community with exceptional chamber music. Everyone in the organization is very friendly and very easy to work with. I am very happy to be involved with this organization.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the friendship I have developed with the members

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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