NEWS RELEASE ISSUED SEPTEMBER 4, 2013 BY PRO MUSICA
The Board of Pro Musica is pleased to announce the addition of Brian Fronzaglia as Artistic Director of the organization. Brian is the Professor of Percussion and Director of Athletic Bands at Missouri State University. Brian holds a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education from Penn State, a Master’s degree in Percussion Performance from Michigan State University and has completed work towards a Doctorate of Musical Arts in Percussion Performance at the UMKC Conservatory of Music. He has preformed around the United States and Europe as a soloist and in chamber ensembles. Brian’s main responsibilities at Pro Musica will be engaging the ensembles who present Pro Musica’s concerts and handling technical requirements related to the concerts.
Brian joins Managing Director, Bonnie Yetter, to comprise the staff of Pro Musica. Bonnie has been with Pro Musica for 7 years, first as Executive Assistant to founder Cynthia Schwab and as Managing Director for over a year. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business from Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, New York. Bonnie worked as a paralegal for many years and as Church Manager of First Presbyterian Church in Joplin before joining Pro Musica. Bonnie’s main responsibilities include all aspects of running the office, writing grants, publicity and financial oversight.
Pro Musica, a not-for-profit corporation, was founded in 1981 by Cynthia Schwab and is now in its 33rd season. Pro Musica’s mission is “to foster interest in, appreciation for and enjoyment of classical music in Joplin and the four-state area”. Each year the organization presents 5 or 6 classical chamber music concerts which are open to the public at no charge and an open air PoPs concert in June. An international symphony orchestra concert is presented every other year.
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