By Karen Tozer and Jane Beseda
Photos by Denise Clement and Sally Varricchione
The 2014 Officers and Board of Directors were installed during a luncheon at the Palos Verdes Country Club on January 16, 2014. The irrepressible Joanne Austin introduced incoming President, Marian Duntley, and claimed bragging rights for “discovering” her in between bicep curls at Curves. Then Jane Beseda and Karen Tozer teamed up for an enlightening interview of Marian that ranged from her first piano lessons in Savannah, to favorite sports, to her acclaimed career in international trade. Marian answered the question “What does music mean to you?” by saying simply “Music is Life.”
Marian’s theme for 2014—PCLAP’s 62nd year—is Renewal:
“Together we will make a difference in our community by bringing the joy of music where it is needed most. We will renew the spirit of service this organization has always had. We will identify what is really important and what we do well and blend that with new ideas and ways of doing things. Let’s listen to the wisdom of all our members.”
Let’s give a rousing “Brava!” for outgoing President Dale Harbour-Day, who led us through a year of strong fundraising to support our contributions to the LA Phil and youth music education. In addition, we had a successful recruiting campaign, adding 11 new members, including the 6 Provisionals pictured below, and our inaugural class of 5 Professional members – Ginny Erxleben, Kristen Hetzer, Cindy Soler, Karen Tozer, and Anne Webb. The Professionals are already hard at work organizing our “Music in the Garden” event that will be held at the South Coast Botanic Garden on March 2.
A highlight of the Luncheon was welcoming our 2014 Provisional class. What an impressive group! We can’t wait to get to know them better and embrace their singular talents.
The Luncheon is always a warm way to start the year as we look forward to new adventures and renew our bonds with each other. Doesn’t it make you happy just looking at these friends?