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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 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

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