Letters to the Editor

Board watching out for orchestra's future

Volunteer board members, like those of the Hilton Head Symphony Orchestra, give generously of their time, talents and treasure.

They serve without compensation as stewards to their organizations and for their communities. They take into account the long-term interests of the organizations for which they take fiscal responsibility. Good boards do not shirk from tough decisions about key staff and important strategic goals.

Working as I do for boards of cultural and educational institutions throughout North America, I understand the ramifications of change in the short term for opportunity in the long term. Balancing chairman Edward Parrish's statement and letters in support of the artistry of Mary Woodmansee Green, I have to place this difficult decision made by the board after a year of discussion in the context of change in favor of the longer term interests of the orchestra and the potential cultural enhancement of the region.

Orchestral music organizations must aggressively seek new audiences and new media outlets to survive and thrive. The opportunity in front of the Hilton Head orchestra as the primary supplier of orchestral music from Savannah to Charleston is considerable. To go to the next level, as it deserves, the orchestra can benefit greatly from a full-time resident conductor to take great music to people of all ages and backgrounds throughout the Lowcountry.

Michael SinkusHilton Head Island