from the President
Canterbury has many new, exciting plans ahead as we prepare for our 2016-2017 season, and I am humbled and honored to be the new Board President of an organization that has provided choral music to Oklahoma for 48 years. Although a non-singer, I had attended Canterbury concerts many times since moving to Oklahoma City in 1996. While I appreciated the music and professionalism of the singers, I wasn’t truly aware of the special nature of Canterbury until more recently. Our firm was honored to host Canterbury’s 45th anniversary celebration in 2013 following their opening concert of Carmina Burana. The planning and execution of this celebration provided me with a first-hand opportunity to witness the passion, dedication, and musicality each performer brings to such an undertaking. I was intrigued by the idea that these performers were volunteers—giving of their time and talents for the pure joy of singing and performing.
Coming from almost every corner of Oklahoma to join voice and heart, the Canterbury singers embody—to me—the essence of why the arts are so very necessary: community. The Canterbury community is a place of joy, music, laughter, and very hard work. After witnessing these qualities, I had to be a part of such an organization and was honored, and a bit humbled, to be asked to lead Canterbury over the next two years. To me, Canterbury embodies the very best of the spirit of Oklahoma—hard work, selflessness, perseverance, and a drive to create something a little bit unique and thereby make things a little brighter. Canterbury weaves each volunteer’s voice with their neighbor’s achieving a certain moment of grace through music. These are the reasons why I became a part of Canterbury and support it with my time, my financial resources, and the resources of my firm and our employees.
The volunteer singers of Canterbury are what make our organization truly unique. While other organizations pay their artists, our singers do what they love to do, not for the money, but for their passion of choral music. Many of them have been singing with Canterbury from the very beginning, have traveled near and far each week to attend rehearsals, and have reached beyond Oklahoma with trips to China and France to share their love of choral music. They are the single most important factor for the reason Canterbury has thrived for nearly half a century.
In addition, our youth choruses continue to supplement the lives of students by providing a solid music education and curriculum. As we continue to branch out with our satellite programs, we hope to reach more youth who are eager to learn the art of singing in a group, building friendships, and improving their overall academic experiences.
At the end of every concert this season, I hope you come away with a greater appreciation of choral music. And if choral music is just outside of your comfort zone, get ready to be inspired and leave with a spirit of joy and wonder.
More aggressive recruiting efforts for
Canterbury Youth Voices over the past 2 years have resulted in growth at our
central location at Oklahoma City University, but have not accomplished the
numbers desired. Numbers are important, but it is what the numbers
represent that is of primary importance to us and is our goal:
opportunity for more youth to engage in the curriculum-based approach aligned
with education standards that has made CYV so unique. Many youth have no
opportunity to be a part of any such musical program; and those that are
engaged in their local schools always seem to want more.
Pam Mowry is excited to become the new Executive Director of Canterbury Voices. She has more than eighteen years of nonprofit management experience, primarily in the areas of fundraising, board development and event management. Mowry’s career began at the Oklahoma Arts Institute at Quartz Mountain in 1998. In 2005, she joined the staff of Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma just as their capital campaign was getting underway to renovate and endow three properties on NW 16th Street in Oklahoma City, known as the Plaza District. Lyric was successful in reaching its goal to double their artistic programming and expand their community outreach when the historic Plaza Theatre opened in December 2007. Mowry left Lyric in 2012 to become the Executive Director of Oklahoma AIDS Care Fund, and coordinated three Red Tie Night events before joining the Boys & Girls Clubs of Oklahoma County staff.
During her career, Mowry has served as Chairman of the 2012 Oklahoma Arts Conference in Oklahoma City and served on the Oklahoma State University College of Arts & Sciences Alumni Board. Mowry has served as a guest speaker and panelist on various fundraising topics, including capital campaigns, corporate sponsorships, and creative fundraising ideas.
Pam Mowry earned a Bachelor of Music with Elected Studies in Business degree from Oklahoma State University. During her time at OSU, she had the honor and privilege of studying choral music with Dr. Jerry McCoy. Performing in Concert Chorale, the group toured Europe and performed at numerous American Choral Director’s Association Leadership Conferences across the United States. “It was one of the best times in my life,” said Mowry, “performing choral music is a spiritually uplifting experience, and I enjoy it immensely.” Mowry has also sung with Stillwater Chamber Singers and Windsong ensembles.
Pam and her husband Mike have two daughters who attend Oklahoma State University and Edmond Memorial High School. In her spare time, Pam serves as Vice President of Edmond’s Bulldog Band Boosters.
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