Statement from Board of Directors President Russ Sperling Regarding Orchestra Nova Educational Programs

December 14, 2012

San Diego County Educators and Education Supporters,

While we share the disappointment of San Diego music lovers that Orchestra Nova has ceased operations, the San Diego Winds ( Board of Directors welcomes the opportunity to take leadership of Nova's educational 

programs.  Music Memory and Take 5 for Music have greatly expanded their reach over the last few years in San Diego County schools, and these programs are well-aligned with the San Diego Winds educational mission.  Along with the Winds’ existing educational initiatives, we stand committed to the expansion of Music Memory and Take 5 for Music to continue this movement to provide music education for every child in San Diego County.

With the help of Beverly Lambert, the former CEO of Orchestra Nova, we are pursuing the necessary funds to move Music Memory and Take 5 for Music forward.  We have made progress, and we intend to bring Ross Moore onboard as the San Diego Winds Musical Ambassador to continue his work.  We are also optimistic that appropriate funding will be secured to hold the end of the year "Music Bee" concert and competition.  We hope to have information regarding the logistics of this concert by the end of January.

While we are committed to these programs, we appreciate your understanding and patience as we do the organizational work to bring Music Memory and Take 5 for Music into the San Diego Winds fold.


Russ Sperling, President
San Diego Winds