After a successful fundraising effort, the Baytown Symphony Orchestra is gearing up for the upcoming 2019-2020 season. 

David Corder, BSO founder, said the new Board of Directors convened with good news after it was rejuvenated in funding by Kay and Jay Eshbach’s matching fund project, an estate gift through Schwab Trusts Funds of Susan McCormick, a multi-year estate gift from the Blanche Stastny Foundation through Ratliff & Jentho-CPAs and funding from 130 patrons at the 2019 Gala. 

“This funding, ranging from single monetary gifts of $30 to $10,000, will cover over 60% of the cost of our upcoming 2019-2020 season,” Corder said.  “We would like to thank board member Dr. Mary Hewitt for donating her self-made quilt as a silent auction item and BSO French hornist and elementary school teacher Megan Taylor for purchasing. In addition, Barbara Hampton of Abundant Solutions gifted a special type of GPS that was offered at the Gala as a raffle item.”

The symphony orchestra’s goal is to raise an additional $27,000 to fund the upcoming season and at least 50% of the $75,0000 needed to fund the 2021-2022 season.  

“We plan to have an early brunch in October to announce our first concert, a mid-winter event and a Spring Gala,” Corder said.  

Individual tickets can be purchased in advance or at the Lee College Box Office located at 805 West Texas Ave. Tickets can also be purchased by phone by calling 281-425-6255 or via email at eva@lee.edu

Tickets are $5 for students with an ID and $20 for all others. 

Season tickets will not be sold in advance this season. 

The Baytown Symphony Orchestra Board of Directors currently has 15 members, and needs 21 total for a full board. 

New members to the board include Jeff Hawkins, Susan Mix, Jeanne Morlan and David Troha. 

Board officers are President Hawkins, Vice-President Eric Holland, Treasurer David Benard, Recording Secretary Mary Hewitt, Corresponding Secretary Kay Hill, Orchestra Player’s Representative James Marioneaux and public relations by Corder. 

The historian is to be announced soon. 

Corder said Kenneth Booker from the Lee College Instrumental Music Department is the liaison to the board. 

“Other board members include the following: Dr. James Bernick, Dr. Danny Wong and David Levy,” Corder said. “Dr. Pierre-Alain Chevalier will be returning on the podium as conductor and music director.” 

The board will convene the second Tuesday of the month at 5:30 p.m. starting in September.  

New board members are welcome to join the board or auxiliary. Anyone interested can contact Corder at 281-202-8722 or email him at ddcord1@gmail.com.  

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