Jun 12, 2013 7:20 AM by Kathrene Herndon, KSBY News

Future of Santa Maria Philharmonic Society is main topic at annual meeting

The future of the Santa Maria Philharmonic Society was the main topic at its annual members' meeting on Monday.

Last month, the society announced its plans to shut down after the Board of Directors said it had been unable to secure enough funding for another season.

At Monday's meeting, a member of a committee, which has been meeting for several weeks to help restructure and find funding for the society, presented an updated plan.

After the presentation, members voted unanimously in favor of finding a way to keep the society alive.

While officials say the concert series for the upcoming season will not take place, they plan to maintain the Youth Outreach Program for 2013-2014 through donations, fundraising and grant receipts.

The plan to keep the Youth Outreach Program alive includes the Philharmonic's performances of "Peter and the Wolf" to area 4th graders, and the music van, which introduces orchestral instruments to 3rd graders in the Santa Ynez Valley and nearby areas.

The Rendezvous Series is also planned to continue.

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