Letter From the President

For the past 35 years, the Chicago Cello Society has been a cherished organization, providing a forum for cellists and music lovers to come together and share ideas, music, and passion for all things cello. Under the leadership of our latest president, Karen Schulz-Harmon, we have seen the society grow into the next century, presenting innovative programming, a strong online presence, and most importantly, the continued preservation of a beloved community.

In no small way has CCS benefited from Karen’s warm spirit, great talent, and open-minded, dedicated leadership. We are honored by her contributions, and it is with warm regards that we wish her well on her next endeavors as she steps down from her post to move with her husband to Oregon. Karen, you will be deeply missed by us all, and thank you for the marvelous work you have done for the Society.

As we transition into a new chapter for CCS, I hope you will join in the excitement that the board and I feel for the season to come, and the future of the society in general. The cello community of Chicago right now is so vibrant, diverse, and actively involved in many different ways, and I am looking forward to providing opportunities for members to share their activities, showcase their talents, and inspire one another.

We are in the planning stages of what is shaping up to be a truly memorable season of events for 2015-16; check in here as we announce the season officially in August, and make sure your membership is up to date so as not to miss out on all the great perks! Not only will members receive discounts from local instrument shops and music retailers, but there are priceless networking opportunities to be had, including a CCS Network page on the site that’s currently under construction, which will feature member bios, website/mp3 links, and more!

And as always, thank you for your interest and participation in the cello society; the love we feel for the music we make is the foundation of all that we do, and we are proud to share that with you.

-Jean Hatmaker

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