Outstanding Volunteers

Mary Fran Schickedantz Receives 2019 Golden Note Award

Congratulations to Mary Fran Schickedantz who was presented the Golden Note Award at the May 15th Guild Cocktail Party. This award is presented to a Guild member who has made an outstanding service contribution to the Guild and to the community. This year’s recipient has certainly done that over her years in the Guild.

Mary Fran joined the Guild immediately after moving to Greensboro in 1968. She has been a GSO ticket holder since then, spanning the years from Morgenstern to Sitkovetsky. Mary Fran has been passionate about symphonic music since she took her first music ap- preciation course at Ohio Wesleyan University. She wanted to impart the same passion and love for classical music onto her four children. She and her late husband, Paul, regu- larly attended concerts with them and helped prepare them by checking out recordings of the program music from the Public Library prior to the concerts.

When Mary Fran joined the Guild in 1968, Guild members were responsible for pro- moting the orchestra by selling tickets. Mary Fran was active in this volunteer effort. She also worked on the committee who regularly prepared rehearsal meals for the orchestra. In addition, she served on the Guild’s Hospitality Committee for numerous years. Beginning in 1971, she served as an officer on at least 12 Guild Boards.

In addition to her work as a Guild officer, Mary Fran put her impressive organizational and technical skills to good use in many other committee jobs. She was instrumental in writing, publishing and mailing the Guild’s first newsletter and did this job for many years. She also served as Guild Treasurer for several years and was the first to use a digital form of
accounting to significantly improve the efficiency and accuracy of the process. She published the Deb Handbook for the Presentation Ball Committee and remained an active volunteer with the Homes Tour, Gala, and Golf Classic Committees.

One of her favorite activities was singing second soprano in the Guild’s Women’s Chorus founded by Barbara Bair. For many years, the Women’s Chorus served as an effective marketing tool for the Guild, performing in various churches, community centers and retirement homes.

She played a major role in developing and managing the first Elementary School Concerts. When the concerts were first organized in 1978, it was she who volunteered to work with the schools to manage the complicated transportation schedule. Mary Fran was integral to executing the seating plan and making sure the buses moved along in a timely fashion. Prior to the concerts, she was actively involved with the traveling puppet shows designed by Guild members to teach the school children concert manners and etiquette.

Most recently, when the Guild and GSO celebrated the 40th anniversary of our elementary school concerts with a special luncheon in March of 2018, Mary Fran again put her considerable management skills to task, assisting Chairs Peggy Johnson and Judy Jolly in developing the invitation list, managing the rsvp’s, working out the seating arrangements, and handling the details of the luncheon.

She remains active with the American Association of University Women and she has been active in Leadership Greensboro Sen- iors since its inception.

Mary Fran has contributed her time and talent to the Guild for more than 40 years. Her leadership, management, and technical skills have had an enormous impact and have served as a blueprint for the modern Guild we enjoy today. Congratulations and thank you Mary Fran for your years of service.

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2019 Barbara Cone Award Presented to Daniel Crupi

The Barbara Cone Award is presented for distinguished service in the advancement of music in the community and promotion of the Greensboro Symphony Orchestra.  The recipient does not have to be a Guild member. This year’s recipient is not a Guild member but his love for music, his community, and his ability to work tirelessly with various groups to share the transformative gift of music is why our committee has chosen Mr. Daniel Crupi for this honor.

Daniel came to Greensboro in 2011 to pursue a Master of Music degree after completing a Bachelor of Arts in Music at the University of Notre Dame.  Beginning in June 2013 he served as the GSO’s Director of Development and Public Relations and in 2016 he assumed the role of Chief Operating Officer of the GSO under President and CEO Lisa Crawford.  Since coming to the GSO he has worked tirelessly on fundraising- helping to grow individual philanthropy and corporate sponsorships; winning competitive national grants from the League of American Orchestras and National Endowment for the Arts;  co-founded the Vivace Young Professionals; pioneered unique concepts such as film/live concert performances; and managed media relationships, including TV, radio, digital and print media generating press coverage for the GSO in local and national outlets.  

Daniel has not only showed his dedication and willingness to work hard in his professional capacity, but also in his volunteer activities where he has shared his talents and abilities with the community at large.  He participates in the Rotary Club of Greensboro, Downtown Greenway, Notre Dame Club of Central North Carolina, and as Music Minister at Saint Paul the Apostle Catholic Church.

We are delighted to award this well-deserved honor from the Greensboro Symphony Guild to Daniel.  Unfortunately, we are losing him as he moves on to another chapter in his life as the Executive Director of the Santa Fe Symphony and Chorus.   We are sad to lose Daniel but he and Caroline have our very best wishes for the future ahead. Congratulations, Daniel!

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2018 Bravo Award Presented to Kim Riley

Established in 2004, the Bravo Award recognizes a member in good standing who has been a member of the Greensboro Symphony Guild for five years or less and who has given extensive volunteer service. Our 2018 recipient has truly shown that she is such a member.

Kim Riley joined the Greensboro Symphony Guild in 2015 and immediately offered her time and talents. She quickly assumed a leadership role by co-chairing the very successful silent auction for Feast and Follies at LeBauer Park in the Fall of 2016 and doing so while she was almost 9 months pregnant with her son, Quinn. Kim was also co-chair of the 2017 and 2018 Let’s Get Shamrocked fundraiser.

In 2017, Kim took over the management of the Guild website and has proven to be exceptional in problem solving and in keeping the site functional for all members. She is extremely responsive to all member requests for information and functionality to be added to the website and she anticipates website needs before members realize what they need. Over the summer while many of us were on vacation, Kim has spent countless hours updating the website with the latest information for the coming year and re-organizing photography to be more reflective of the work the Guild does in support of music education.

Kim volunteers for the middle school and elementary school
concerts and she is a member of Vivace. She is an active member of the
 Junior League of Greensboro and also volunteers with the Childhood Enrichment Center. In addition, she is a member of the American Heart Association and SOCRA.

Kim is a native of Greensboro. She is married to GSO Board Member, John Riley, and they have a 2-year old son, Quinn. Kim has a BS in Biology from UNC Chapel Hill and a PhD in Cell and Developmental Biology from the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. She is a Clinical Research Associate with PPD, a leading global contract research organization providing comprehensive, integrated drug development, laboratory and lifecycle management services. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, volunteering and spending time with family and friends.

We are so proud and fortunate to recognize Kim Riley as our 2018 Bravo Award recipient. We look forward to her friendship and her contributions for many years to come.

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