MAGIC PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA

 

HISTORY:

 

The idea of creating an orchestra in the Mini-Cassia area was conceived by Bob and Jo Dayley.They and several others had played for various musical plays and events. While these were entertaining they did not totally satisfy the instrumentalistsí need to perform.

 

After a performance of the musical "Fiddler on the Roof" during the winter of 1981-82, Bob visited with Val Harrison, who was directing the musical, about creating an orchestra made up of people from the surrounding area.He liked the idea and volunteered to be the conductor.

 

In the fall of 1982 Bob called Steve Floyd (the Burley High School band director) and inquired about the availability of orchestra music.He said that the high school still had a good library of music stored away.Bob explained the idea of creating an area orchestra to Steve and Steve said that the music was available for our use.At that time they did not have a string program in the Cassia Schools.He also invited the future orchestra to meet and practice at the high school band room.

 

With the encouragement of his wife Jo, Bob called a meeting of some of the principal players of the stage orchestra for "Fiddler". A group of seven met at the high school and proceeded to sort through boxes of music and talk about organizing an orchestra.It wasn't long afterward that the group was meeting every Tuesday evening.The group grew quickly to about twenty members and named itself The Magic Philharmonic Orchestra.

 

Since several orchestras had been put together over the years and had gone by the way side for one reason or another the young group felt that a strong organization was needed to cement the orchestra together.Bob & Jo made a trip to Provo, Utah to visit with K. Newell Dayley, who was the head of the Brigham Young University Music Department.He recommended that we incorporate and set up a board of directors.

 

A young attorney, Dennis Byington, had recently joined the orchestra and with his help The Magic Philharmonic Society was incorporated under the laws of the State of Idaho.They soon had a board of directors andofficers to guide their course.The first board of directors consisted of Bob G. Dayley, Jo Dayley, Carol Badger, Tonya Buck, Kathryn Collier, Val Harrison, and Wayne Burke.

 

Recently the Magic Philharmonic celebrated itsí 20th year of existence.In the spring of 2003 the Magic Philharmonic invited its former permanent conductors to join the orchestra for its spring concert.Val Harrison, Jim Keezer and Eugene Soulsby each conducted their favorite selections.

 

 

Some interesting notes:

 

Wayne Burke designed the orchestra logo, violins outlined to form a butterfly.It is used primarily for program covers and posters.

 

The orchestra performed its first concert in the spring of 1983. Val Harrison conducted the Orchestra until Jim Keezer took the baton in 1985.Jim served until he left the area in 1996.Eugene Soulsby led the group until 2000.††† Guest conductors have been invited to direct the Orchestra since then.Some of those guest conductors were: Michael Chesley, Carson Wong, Roger Turner, Allen Hale, Ross Barson, Patrick Brookes and K. Newell Dayley.

 

Bob G. Dayley is currently serving as president. He also served as the first president of the Society until June 1990.Dennis Byington, LeeAnn Turner and Wayne Hurst have since served in that position.

 

The Society is a member of BMI, ASCAP, and the National Symphonic League.††

 

The Orchestra has an extensive library consisting of over seven hundred pieces ranging from classical to pops.Jo Dayley designed a computerized music library catalog, one of the most modern in the state.

 

 

ORGANIZATION:†

 

The Orchestra is an extension of the Magic Philharmonic Society a non-profit organization.A board of directors governs the Society.The board members are each elected for a three-year term by the Society members, at its annual meeting.The board in turn elects a slate of executive officers; including President, two vice presidents, secretary and treasure. The executive officers each serve one-year terms.The bylaws provide for standing committees.The committee chairman is appointed by the President and may serve up to three years.Some positions in the orchestra and the Society are appointed by the approving vote of the board.Those include: Concertmaster, librarian, historian, conductor, assistant conductor and attorney.

 

The bylaws of the Society allows for different types of membership.Members of the orchestra are members of the Society.Some members join through donations of fifty dollars or more a year. And some, because of their valuable service to the orchestra or society may be invited to be members by the Board of Directors.

 

The Society also enjoys the support of the Orchestra League, group of supporters and workers who sell season tickets, mail brochure, etc.

 

 

ORCHESTRA MEMBERSHIP:

 

NEW MEMBER POLICY - When a vacancy occurs within the orchestra the Board of Directors may declare that position open.When that happens the opening may be filled by either invitation or by open auditions. Invitations to play or fill vacated positions must first be approved by the majority of the Board at their regular meetings.Both playing ability and attitude are considered in the decision to admit the musician.The individual may after a period of probation be accepted as a member of the Orchestra and the Society by vote of the Board of Directors.

 

Youth who are still attending public schools may be invited to play with the orchestra. Their teachers should recommend them to the youth performance committee for consideration.†† They are subject to the same attendance rules as adult members.

 

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