DOWNEY - Bernice Stumps and Sharon Lavery received commendations recently from the Downey Symphony Guild and the Symphonic Society for their contributions to the continuing success of the orchestra, now in its 51st season.Stumps, a Symphony Guild member, was recognized with appreciation for her skill behind the camera and enthusiastic coverage in photographing the Guild's many fundraising events and providing publicity pictures of the orchestra's concerts and Music in the Schools programs. In December 2007, following a rigorous selection process, Lavery was designated as the Downey Symphony's music director/conductor, and she has continued to win high praise from her orchestra members, her concert audiences, and the third- and fifth-grade children who hear special performances under her baton. The Symphony Board values her warmth and good ideas, her hard work in generating funds, her availability, and willingness to serve in all areas of the Symphony's endeavors. These citations were presented at the Coordinating Council's 55th annual Community Services Awards Banquet on May 14, which recognized many community volunteers throughout Downey.
********** Published: June 26, 2009 - Volume 8 - Issue 10