WHAT’S NEW?

The last time you may have asked that question, someone may have said nothing much. Well, not at MCA. The Board of Directors have been very busy so far this year renovating, planning, and fundraising.

Renovating? Have you been to Brick City Center for the Arts in the last two weeks? Here’s a sneak peak…….. 
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Coming soon to this desk, a volunteer greeter. This could be you.

Members benefit from the renovation! Envision a couple of small tables, a few chairs, a bar for events, and a self-serve Member’s Honor Coffee Bar. Become a MCA member, visit downtown Ocala, pick up a to go lunch at your favorite restaurant  and bring it to the Brick for a relaxing meal, or just stop by and have a cup of coffee. The gallery is open and free to the public Tuesday through Saturday, the MCA Member Cafe seating is available to members only. Click here to become a member. 

Planning for our future includes:
Volunteers to help at the galleries, events, and more. For further information how you can volunteer with the arts click here. 
Saluting the Arts, this year Saluting the Arts – In Motion where we will be giving away Manely Motion by Linda Ballantine Brown and presenting the MCA Cultural Grant Awards.
Art In the Attic annual fundraiser.
Bag It At The Brick returns in the fall.
Stay tuned to this website and our cultural calendar for dates and details.

 

PASSING THE BATON

For 27 years the dedicated musicians of The Marion Civic Chorale have brought to Marion County a wide repertoire of classical and popular music. It is time now to welcome new conductor, Joshua Head, to lead the group in its musical endeavors.

former Conductor Matthew Bumbach passes the baton to new conductor Joshua Head. (Photography by Frank Bodor)

Former Conductor Matthew Bumbach passes the baton to new conductor Joshua Head. (Photography by Frank Bodor

Known for his joyful spirit, Joshua Head has swiftly become a dynamic young musician in Marion County. He moved to Ocala with his wife Sophia in 2012 and has endeavored to be a catalyst for beautiful music in Central Florida. Joshua is the Worship Coordinator at Grace Episcopal Church and music teacher at Ambleside School of Ocala since 2012. He is passionate about shairing great music with the next generation, teaching composer study courses at Ambleside School and instructiong a voice, trumpet, piano, and guitar studio o over 20 youth and teens. He studied vocal performance at Liberty University from 2008 – 2012, receiveing voice instruction from Dr. Wayne Kompelien and studying choral conductiong with Dr. John Hugo.

Joshua Head, Director (Photo by Bob Cubbage)

Joshua Head, Director
(Photo by Bob Cubbage)

Joshua sang with the Liberty University Chamber Singers for four years performing the masterworks of four centuries. He has performed with the Roanoke Symphony Chorus, Roanoke Opera, and the East Carolina University Symposium Choir. During the 2009-2011 seasons, he held major roles in operas such as The Pirates of Penzance, The Mikado, and Le Nozze di Figaro. Joshua has developed Ambleside School’s four choirs with year-round performances and conducts an annual Concert Series at Grace Church. Most recently, he was the bass soloist with the Marion Civic Chorale in Mozart’s Coronation Mass.

Joshua lives in Ocala, FLorida withhis wife Sophia and their joy-filled daughter, River.

Press release furnished by
Joy Sechy
MCC Publicity Chair

Volunteer Spotlight

DONNA HEALY-STRICKLAND

Donna for Vol Spot

Marion Cultural Alliance would like to recognize Donna Healy Strickland, SPHR, for all that she does for MCA. Donna, a Senior Professional in Human Resources serves as the Human Resource Director with Benefit Advisors full time, and as the Secretary of MCA’s Board of Directors part of her volunteer time. Being community oriented keeps Donna busy through her involvement in the Ocala Women’s Network, Chamber of Economic Partnership, her church and many more activities.

It is rare to find someone like Donna who gives so much on so many levels, from expert advice to getting her hands dirty as part of a cleanup crew. Whether it’s taking minutes, preparing food and drink, contributing her expertise in HR related matters, or serving as part of the “clean up crew” in the gallery, Donna is ready, willing, and able. Who could ask for more, and how can you thank her enough?  We hope our deep appreciation, and her knowledge that she advances the MCA mission will suffice.

Thank you Donna!

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