Richard McKay Works With Plano Symphony Orchestra
From 2011 through 2016, Richard McKay has worked regularly with the Plano Symphony Orchestra. He has served as a member of their education committee, producer of their PSO’s Educational Outreach video, adjudicator of their Collin Country Young Artist Competition, and also as a regular cover conductor.
Established as the Plano Chamber Orchestra in 1983, the Plano Symphony Orchestra Association is a non-profit, tax-exempt 501(c)(3) Texas corporation with responsibility for governance vested in a Board of Directors elected by the corporation membership. In 1984, the Board of Directors established a volunteer committee, the Plano Symphony Guild, to assist in attaining its goals and purposes. The Guild also provides leadership for a teen concert services group, APPLAUSE. In addition, many other volunteers and interns share time and skills to assist the orchestra in carrying out its programs. In 1993, an Advisory Council of symphony and civic leaders was established to provide input on issues affecting the future of the Plano Symphony. In 2003-04 the Guild established a Symphony Debutante Program of activities for young women and their parents centered around symphony concerts and volunteer activities. Participation in this program brings in financial resources for the symphony in addition to building new audiences.
Plano Symphony has a history of gradual expansion in its offerings, building from three concerts in 1983-84, to over 25 concerts and over 100 solo, ensemble, and educational appearances yearly. By expanding gradually, the orchestra has been able to build artistic excellence as well as maintain fiscal responsibility.
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Edited/produced by Richard McKay. Videography by Mike Itashiki.