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Symphony Orchestra welcomes new board members

Posted: September 6, 2013 - 7:33pm

The Conway Symphony Orchestra Board has added four new members for the 2013-14 season: Rob O’Connor, Charles DeBoard Jr., Sharon Stone, and Judy and Robbie Harkrider (in a joint position), all of Conway. At its Annual Meeting, the Board also elected new officers: Mike Binko, president; Kelli Gordon, vice president; both of Conway, and Carrick Patterson, of Little Rock, treasurer. Carolyn Brown will serve on the executive committee as past president, along with Jeff Jarvis, UCA music department chair.

“I believe the addition of these individuals to our Board will enhance not only our Board, but our symphony for years to come,” said Mike Binko.

Rob O’Connor, a 1995 Hendrix College alumnus, is the Director of College Communications at Hendrix. Charles DeBoard Jr., owner of DeBoard Electronics, has a long history in Conway, as a native of the city and alumnus of Conway High School and the University of Central Arkansas. Dr. Sharon Stone is the owner of St. Francis Veterinary Clinic, which she opened in 1995, and an alumna of Louisiana State Univ. and UCA. Judy and Robbie Harkrider are both band directors, at Greenbrier and Vilonia schools, respectively. All the new Board members bring with them longtime support for the Conway Symphony and a passion for its educational and musical programs.

The Conway Symphony volunteer Guild also elected new officers at its Annual Meeting: Mary Mosley, president; Beverley Freiley, vice president; Linda Briggler, secretary; Patsy Desaulniers, treasurer; Kelly Bullington, fundraising; and Caroline Morgan, community liaison, all of Conway. The Guild will host its annual fundraising event, All That Jazz, on Oct. 17, 2013. They have also begun planning the 4th Conway Symphony Designer House for fall 2014 under the leadership of co-chair Lindsay Wygal.

Now in its 29th season, the Conway Symphony Orchestra brings professional concerts, exciting guest artists and high-quality music to the Central Arkansas community. For more information on concerts and other programs, visit ConwaySymphony.org or call 501-269-1066.

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