Two trustees of The Florida Orchestra, Maria Cantonis and Barry Alpert, began to recruit members for orchestra support in 1991. The first meeting was held in September and members began the structure of the organization. A Planning Committee was formed and a mission statement was written, with activities centered on audience development, education and fundraising. The Florida Orchestra North Suncoast Associates was born.
A Steering Committee consisting of Mary Turner, Joyce Bennett, Rhoda Smotensky, Barry Alpert and Maria Cantonis was formed to carry on the work for two years. The first Tune Up Meeting was held on March 30, 1993.
In 1994 a Steering Committee wrote bylaws and adopted a regular organization structure. In May 1995, Susan Siewruk was installed as the first elected president of The Florida Orchestra/North Suncoast Associates.
Today, NSA continues to organize events to promote The Florida Orchestra. We will be celebrating our 29th Bravura Brunch on March 4, 2023.
Empowering Our Community Through Music TFONSA exists to enhance the cultural and educational environment of the Tampa Bay community through support for the educational and community engagement programs of The Florida Orchestra.
In addition to fundraising through the Bravura Brunch and other projects, members volunteer at Youth Concerts, instrument petting zoos at concerts, and the annual Justine Le Baron Young Artist Competition.
Our support was critical in enabling TFO to post YouTube and Zoom musician videos throughout Covid for the community and to continue the work of TFO musicians teaching the school children and supporting school music teachers online.
Together our contributions help TFO continue to: