Founder Bruce Woodbury steps down as Symphony President
Vice President Anson Wong becomes President; Marie Mitchell to be a Vice President
The Folsom Lake Symphony board of directors announces some major organizational changes beginning in 2018.
Bruce Woodbury, symphony co-founder and president of the board since its inception, will step down from his leadership role effective immediately. Woodbury has been the symphony’s only president, a position he held for 14 years. Beginning in 2018, he will serve under the honorary title of president and founder emeritus.
Woodbury said he is proud of his role in bringing beautiful music to the Folsom region but is now ready to pass the torch. A CPA and CPU financial adviser, his new responsibilities give him more time for his business, Woodbury Tax & Accounting. he said.
Anson Wong, a founding member who serves as vice president of business and orchestra management, handling much of the symphony’s day-to-day operations, will take over as president. Wong also has performed with the symphony as a violinist since its first concert. Over the past several years, Wong’s efforts have been instrumental in raising audience attendance to record levels and increasing the quality of symphony productions.
Wong retired in 1999 after a 20-year career in finance and marketing at Intel Corporation. Wong holds a bachelor’s degree from UC Berkeley and an MBA in finance from the University of Southern California. Since retirement, he has devoted himself to playing his violin and giving back to the community through volunteering. He also is a violinist with the Auburn Symphony.
“I would like to thank Bruce for all he has done for the symphony and the Folsom Lake community,” Wong said. “I look forward to continuing the symphony’s tradition of offering first-class programming and adding cultural value to all segments of our community.”
Board member Marie Mitchell has been elected to succeed Wong as vice president. Mitchell, the co-chairperson of the symphony’s annual “An Evening Under the Stars” gala, is a longtime symphony supporter. She is president of CII Tech Inc. based in San Francisco.
The rest of the board is little changed. Corrine Tharp, the symphony’s first volunteer, continues as a vice president, and Michael Nord remains as treasurer. Returning members rounding out the board are Charles Henderson of US Bank and Anthony Barcellos. Maestro Peter Jaffe will continue as the symphony’s music director and conductor.
The story of the symphony’s genesis is almost legendary. After moving to Folsom 15 years ago, Woodbury, a former concert French horn player, “loved living in Folsom,” he said, “but I felt we were missing one major asset: a classical orchestra. It came to me that Folsom needed a symphony.”
So he took his first step to form one by placing a tiny ad in the Folsom Telegraph asking volunteer musicians to dust off their instruments and help him create an orchestra. The response exceeded even Woodbury’s expectations – and so impressed locally esteemed Maestro Michael Neumann that he signed on as conductor.
The inaugural performance in March 2004 thrilled a sold-out audience at the Jill Solberg Theater, and, 14 seasons later, Folsom Lake Symphony has become the undisputed premier orchestra of the Folsom Lake region and the resident orchestra of the Harris Center for the Performing Arts. Neumann retired in 2014, with the title of music director emeritus.
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