When audiences hear the beautiful classical music of the Valley Symphony Association (VSA) Orchestra & Chorus, they likely aren’t thinking about how much work goes on behind the scenes to make the sounds come to life.
It’s a true labor of love for the 100-plus volunteer musicians who are also teachers, parents, neighbors and students. They have jobs. They have children. They have homes and schedules and commitments. They teach at local colleges, high schools, middle schools, and elementary schools. They work in business, the arts, government, agriculture, law enforcement, the nonprofit sector, and health care. Some are retired. Some are entrepreneurs. Some are military veterans. They represent communities from all over the Uncompahgre, Grand, and North Fork Valleys. And they are all VSA musicians.
The synergy of these people and all the training, practice and rehearsals they engage in is greater than the sum of its parts. Their magnificent concerts are the tangible result of all this effort, and now the VSA has been thrilling regional audiences for a half century. In 2022 and 2023 they showcase their 51st season. Pops in the Park, Young Composers, Christmas by Candlelight and Pop Stars & Superheroes are upcoming concerts, taking place in Montrose.
“As a nonprofit, the VSA is entirely reliant on donations, advertisers, volunteers, sponsors, and ticket holders, so a great deal of time is spent on fundraising and outreach. And then there’s the Herculean task of advertising our organization and offerings,” says Stacey Ryan, a volunteer musician who doubles as the marketing and public relations director for the organization.
In celebration of 50 years, the organization acquired a new, branded equipment trailer. “Alpine Bank has generously partnered with the VSA to transform our new wheels into an ingenious mobile billboard,” says Stacey. “Thank you, Alpine Bank, for helping us reach more people, grow our audiences, and bring classical music to life!”
Learn more at Valleysymphony.net.
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