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Alana Joos

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Review for INLAND VALLEY SYMPHONY, Temecula, CA, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

The Inland Valley Symphony is an active community symphony based in Temecula, CA. The 55 plus member orchestra presents a set of four concert programs per year (two concerts each program) and also performs for various community events by special invitation. In 2008 the symphony established the Inland Valley Youth Symphony which currently has 50 plus young musicians playing in the group. The youth symphony performs two concerts per year. In addition to the symphony's concert schedule, members of the group participate in various school and community outreach programs. The service provided to schools includes coaching and participation in various school music programs. Community involvement includes donations of concert tickets to various senior communities, schools and youth programs to help raise awareness for the arts and classical music in the region. During the spring of each year the symphony hosts a Young Artist Competition and awards prizes to the top three participants. Winners are invited to perform their concertos with the symphony in two May concerts. Musicians participate in the symphony on a volunteer basis and the roster of talent includes members from Lake Arrowhead to San Diego, Palm Springs to Corona, San Bernardino to Temecula. The Inland Valley Symphony attracts patrons from a 100 mile radius and is one of the primary music organizations in the Temecula Valley. The symphony flourishes with the support of donations and sponsorships. Inland Valley Symphony requests your assistance so it can continue to maintain a successful organization. Mission statement: Inland Valley Symphony provides cultural enrichment through orchestral performance and education, fosters musical development and arts awareness for youth and its members and promotes the appreciation of music for the greater community.

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

the fact that it continues to grow. I have spent countless volunteer hours to assist this symphony with its marketing and community exposure. I could really used some advertising dollars to promote the group to the local community and schools.

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

wonderful individuals who dedicate countless hours to ensure that the symphony continues to grow and improve.

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

1. establish a Music in the Schools program to present concerts, assembly programs, coaching 2. pay the musicians a small fee 3. advertise effectively 4. hire services and staffing 5. establish an office in the community 6. play more regional concerts

Ways to make it better...

the symphony had more operating capital. There is a tremendous amount of volunteer man-power that goes into this group. Additional funding would allow the symphony to establish a series of school performances and workshops to educate young people.

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

lack of funding and staff. Without funds it's difficult to advertise and without paid staff it's challenging to always rely on volunteer labor.

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

The Inland Valley Symphony is servicing a large demographic. The Temecula area has grown rapidly in the past twenty years. Arts is still very new in the region. The symphony provides a major cultural attraction to the surrounding communities.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

Role:  Board Member & I focus my efforts on PR & marketing for the symphony, building community awareness and promoting the benefits of having a successful symphony orchestra in the region.