Neumann's News

November 2019


As the SYS approaches our next set of concerts for the 2019-20 season, I continue to be most grateful to all of our staff/Board/volunteers and our young people who work so diligently to make our organization continue to thrive.

Changes are in the air---Susan Lamb Cook recently retired from her role as Director of our Summer Chamber Music Workshop, a program she started and made flourish for 30 years.  She stepped down at the end of this season’s summer workshop. Mega thanks to you, Susan, for your inspiration, commitment and dedication.

Thank you also to Vicki Schaevitz, our Office Manager, who retired after 15 years of dedicated service to our organization.

At the completion of this season (in June 2020) I, too, will be stepping down from my position in the Sacramento Youth Symphony.  I will then have completed 40 years leading the artistic aspects of the SYS. My tenure will conclude in June 2020 with my final Premier Orchestra tour—to Italy.  I am very grateful to the many, many people, both within the SYS and from the community at large, for the decades of support and love that I have received.  This support has allowed me to pursue my dreams and goal of building and growing our vibrant SYS program. The SYS of today has little resemblance to what it did back in 1979, when I took over.

This is also a time of reflection for me, thinking about what we all have accomplished as well as the bigger picture of life.  Recently I read something that I think is apropos to share.  It resonated with me and could be ‘food for thought’ for all of us.  I do not know who wrote it, but here it is.

“Sometimes you are unsatisfied with your life….while many people in this world are dreaming of living YOUR life.

A child on a farm sees a plane fly overhead, and dreams of flying.

But a pilot on the plane sees the farmhouse below, and dreams of returning home.

That’s life!

Enjoy yours.

If wealth is the secret of happiness, then the rich should be dancing on the streets.

But only poor kids do that.

If power ensures security, then officials should walk unguarded, but those who live simply, sleep soundly.

If beauty and fame bring ideal relationships, then celebrities should have the best marriages.

Live simply…walk humbly and love genuinely…all good will come back to you.”

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