Reinstating of Brian Stone as SMC Orchestra Conductor
Dr. Brian Stone is a highly accomplished and respected professional conductor who received his first music education from outstanding influential teachers in the Santa Monica school district. This experience has been beneficial throughout his career, and made him the ideal person to lead the SMC Symphony Orchestra, one of the most visible orchestras in this community, one for which he cares so much. Brian has not only shown expertise in increasing the quantity of the players, but also the quality of the musicianship. This has enabled the orchestra to perform varied and excellent repertoire. The orchestra has had large appreciative audiences at the Broad Stage concerts. The SMC Orchestra has become a vital, successful and popular arts organization in Santa Monica under Brian’s leadership. We the undersigned strongly advocate for the renewal of Brian’s contract as conductor for 2019-20 academic year, restoring him to full authority and capacity as the sole director, and keeping the SMC Orchestra intact as it continues to fulfill its role of community building through promoting a vision of inclusivity, accessibility, musical excellence and exemplifying the principle of "giving back" to our SMC community and beyond.