“Bloom Where You Are Planted.” This sentence always brings beautiful images to mind – those of cultivated earth, germinating seeds, bountiful gardens or even a solitary flower. While personally it has guided me to embrace any given situation as an opportunity for growth, this phrase is an apropos description for the Muncie Symphony Orchestra.
The MSO will celebrate its 70th anniversary in another year. It is humbling to think that 70 years ago the families and musicians who made their home in Muncie decided that a professional symphony orchestra would enrich this community. These MSO founding families and musicians truly had vision, planting seeds that would someday blossom. Through the decades, you have enthusiastically and graciously embraced this vision by cultivating, supporting, and advocating for the Muncie Symphony. Your efforts have indeed encouraged the MSO to “bloom.”
When the 2017 I 2018 season opens on September 23rd, our new concertmaster, Noelle Tretick Gosling, will be featured as one of two guest artists. As many of you know, Noelle grew up in Muncie as part of an extremely talented musical family. Noelle and her siblings have performed with the MSO and are all professional musicians. Noelle’s mother, Patricia Tretick, served both as MSO’s principal second violin and personnel manager for many years. Noelle’s father, Sidney Tretick, was MSO Concertmaster during the formative years of the orchestra. Noelle and her family are an integral part of the fabric of the Muncie Symphony. It is amazing how life comes full circle.
Also featured as a guest artist on the opening concert, Dr. Lisa Kozenko is our new Principal Oboe and Ball State University School of Music faculty. Lisa will undoubtedly be a vibrant part of the MSO’s future growth, sharing her talents with MSO audiences through performances, but also offering her wealth of experience with education outreach and chamber music.
The 2017 I 2018 season is brimming with energy that emanates from a place of longevity and growth. Thank you for continuing to invest in the Muncie Symphony Orchestra’s present and future by bringing family and friends to subscription concerts, free community concerts, and engaging in MSO education outreach. Your vision will allow the MSO to “bloom” for many years to come.