MSO Couple Volunteers Together to Achieve
Volunteering is truly a team effort for Madison couple Nick and Elaine Mischler.
Nick is the president of the Madison Symphony Orchestra Board of Directors and Elaine is the president of the Madison Symphony Orchestra League.
Elaine working together with Nick is a positive experience because it allows them to see the “big picture.”
“We know how to work together,” she says. “We can disagree. We can each have our own opinions.”
Elaine plays pipe organ, clarinet and piano and has been playing music since she was six years old. “Though my life music has really been important,” she says. “It certainly is a reason why I want to introduce as many people, and especially children, to music because music is very, very important to me.”
A series of MSO’s programs aim to give back to children in the community. MSO hosts performances in local middle and high schools. Members also raise funds to buy children a spot for $20 at concerts at Overture Center.
“You go watch those concerts and you see those kids being so excited to be in Overture Hall and to hear the orchestra for the first time—it’s just magical,” Elaine says.
And MSO visits to schools strengthen and grow the programs of schools, Nick says.
“It’s just a riot where it’s just music and the string quartet who’s been out in the school and these children get exposure to music,” he says. “And it’s a live place because they’re jumping all around, as you can imagine.”
Another asset MSO offers the community is the HeartSrings Program, which coordinates quartet visits to senior centers and to play for people who have disabilities.
Nick says Concerts on the Green makes the educational programs of the symphony possible. “This is a critical fundraiser for us,” he says. “It’s also another program to introduce people to the symphony.”
“The Concerts on Green event is just lovely,” adds Elaine. “The setting is gorgeous, and to be under the tent listening to the light classical music with many of our friends … is just spectacular.”
Elaine has been a symphony subscriber since 1998 and she believes that over time the performances have improved.
“The orchestra makes Madison even more happening, more creative, more exciting,” she says.
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