The Well-Tempered Ear

Classical music: This coming Monday, May 6, is the renewal deadline for subscribers to the Madison Symphony Orchestra’s 2013-14 season. Plus, the MSO names new staff in marketing and development and the Festival Choir of Madison sings songs from the theater and movies on Saturday night.

May 3, 2013
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ALERT: On Saturday night, at 7:30 p.m. in the First Baptist Church, 518 North Franklin Avenue, the Festival Choir of Madison (below) will perform a program of “From the State and Screen.” The program features classic and contemporary music, including Verdi’s “Anvil Chorus,” musical show stoppers like “Rockin’ the Boat” and “Anything Goes”, or classic songs from the silver screen like “Singin’ in the Rain.” For more information, go to: and


By Jacob Stockinger

First a reminder: This coming Monday, May 6, is the deadline for subscribers to the Madison Symphony Orchestra (below in Overture Hall) to renew and keep their seats.

That date seems earlier to me than last year, perhaps because the MSO finished its season earlier. But I could well be mistaken.


And here is information about the 2013-14 season, which will be the 20th anniversary season of MSO music director John DeMain (below in a photo y James Gill):

John DeMain full face by Prasad

And here is a post I did when the new season was announced in March:

In any case, here is a link to more information about renewing:

But there is also symphony news to announce.

There has been a staff shake-up, including some new hires at the MSO.

Here is an official press release

“MADISON, WIS. — The Madison Symphony Orchestra (MSO) has announced that Teri Venker has been appointed Director of Marketing, Casey Oelkers has been named Director of Development, and Luba Konowalskyj has been selected as Manager of Individual Giving

“MSO Executive Director Rick Mackie said, “I am pleased to make the announcement of these outstanding new appointments within our Symphony team. Their combined skills and experience will fit seamlessly into our continual efforts to advance the cause of great music in Madison and south-central Wisconsin.”

“Venker (below) comes to the MSO with 28 years of experience at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, University of Wisconsin Colleges and University of Wisconsin-Extension, including 13 years as Director of Marketing for the Wisconsin Union, where she worked on marketing for the Wisconsin Union Theater. She holds a bachelor’s in English Education from the University of Missouri-Columbia and a master’s in Journalism and Mass Communication from UW-Madison. Her position at the MSO includes responsibility for marketing, public relations and patron services as well as online and social media.

Teri Venker

“Casey Oelkers’ responsibilities at the MSO have grown from administrative assistant to manager of the Annual Fund and now Director of Development. She began her career with the Wisconsin Youth Symphony Orchestras as operations coordinator and joined the MSO staff in 2008.  Oelkers received her bachelor’s degree in flute performance (see her photo below in which she is perform the music of J.S. Bach at Wisconsin Public Radio’s second Bach Around the Clock two years ago) from the University of Maryland and a master’s degree in arts administration from Florida State University.  In her new position at the MSO she oversees all annual giving, planned giving, and endowment fundraising efforts.

casey oelkers in batc 2

“Luba Konowalskyj joins the MSO development team following a successful seven years at Olbrich Botanical Gardens (below) where she increased the Gardens’ membership every year. A graduate of the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor and UW-Madison, her responsibilities at the MSO will include developing and implementing strategies to support individual donors as well as administering individual donor benefits.

Olbrich Botanical Gardens

The Madison Symphony Orchestra is a professional ensemble of 91 musicians led by Music Director John DeMain, who will celebrate his 20th anniversary season with the orchestra in 2013-2014. The MSO engages a wide range of audiences in classical music through a full season of concerts with established and emerging soloists of international renown, an organ concert series, and diverse educational and community outreach activities.

“More information is available on the Web at

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