Lancaster Symphony adds 4 board members, plans upcoming season

The Lancaster Symphony Orchestra appointed four new members to its board of directors and announced plans for its upcoming season.

“We are excited to welcome our four newest members to our board of directors,” said Guy McIntosh, general manager of the LSO. “There is no denying that the last few months have been filled with change and uncertainty, but we are continuing to rise to the challenge and strengthen the organization.”

The new members bring knowledge and experience from the arenas of nonprofit administration, the arts and education. Appointees include: Brent Edmondson, principal bass of the LSO, is also a composer, arranger, editor, engraver and publisher; Sara Male, acting principal cello, is a founding member of the Newstead Trio and Duo Chiaroscuro; Michael J. Slechta is coordinator of Music, Art, Humanities & 21st Century Skills in the School District of Lancaster; and Bob Thomas, Ph.D., served as an administrator for 33 years, including 10 years as vice president for student affairs at Millersville University, and is retired from Tabor Community Services.

Growing its board is one of many steps the LSO has taken in recent months to ensure a stable future. The orchestra is responding to current challenges with a newly designed 2020-2021 season. The orchestra’s 74th season will include chamber music favorites and be held in new environments as the nonprofit seeks to connect patrons to the music and performers.

LSO anticipates beginning its season in the fall with minimal seating capacity and numerous safety precautions designed to comply with or exceed social distancing guidelines outlined by government officials and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Reduced subscription pricing is also available.