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April 21, 2011

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April 21, 2011

My experience with Salem Youth Symphony has been extremely positive. The conductors are very experienced and take a group of kids who have never played music together before and in 8 weeks have them playing Mozart and Tchaikovsky! The leadership is very organized and professional as well as friendly and approachable. There is always someone welcoming me when I come in the door and giving information about upcoming events. I loved the annual fundraiser this year--very classy and fun to attend as well as bringing in good money for the organization. Thanks, SYSA, for providing such a great opportunity for my child!

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attending concerts and the annual fundraising event

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

encourage more parent involvement

March 9, 2011

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March 9, 2011

This organization has over 50 years behind them. They produce a good product. Sorry to say that they act like they are in the teen-age years of a business. They do not realize the importance of knowledgable leadership and have loaded their board with artsy minded members. They need a balance of practical real-world people on their board. Their current fund-raiser is a look-good event. Way too much money is being spent for what they will take in. Didn't learn in past years, still doing much the same this year. High turn-over in Treasurers because they do not want to hear the real picture. They do not stick to their own rules set down in their by-laws. Neither do they change the by-laws to the way they now function. Definately a feel-good group.

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My children participate in this organization. I was on the board but asked to leave. Very unprofessional in areas like making decisions without taking opposing views and without voting. I have been on several boards but never one like this.

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Bring in a President who knows business and music. Not a housewife with a husband with $$'s who has never led anything! Balance out the boardmembers by bringing in ethnic diversity and knowledgable backgrounds. Allow disagreement in board meetings. Give the manager yearly employee reviews. Follow the by-laws or change them.

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