Rochester, NY; June 27, 2006– The Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra has appointed two new members to its Board of Directors: Dr. Steven Feldon, Professor and Chair, Department of Ophthalmology at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry; and Marie Kenton, President, Ketmar Development Corporation. Board members are typically elected in January; Dr. Feldon and Mrs. Kenton are filling vacancies, and will be elected to regular three-year terms in January 2007.
Dr. Feldon has been a faculty member at the University of Rochester since 2001; prior to that time, he served for 22 years as Professor of Ophthalmology at the University of Southern California. He is a Founding Director of the University of Rochester Eye Institute, and serves on the Board of Directors for the Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired (ABVI). An amateur trumpeter, Dr. Feldon has been an RPO supporter since his arrival in Rochester. “Coming from a city like Los Angeles,” said Feldon, “I am delighted to be in Rochester where I can have a positive impact in the community as well as in my profession. The RPO is, in my mind, the cultural asset that sets Rochester apart from other cities of similar size.”
Marie Kenton founded Ketmar in 1988. She is a past president of Rochester Home Builders’ Association and currently serves on the Board of Directors. She also serves on the Board of REALTORS’ Charitable Foundation of the Greater Rochester Association of Area REALTORS, and is a member of the National Association of Home Builders “The Nails” Builder 20 Club. Ketmar is the exclusive builder of homes in Malvern Hills, the site of the 2000 and 2002 RPO Symphony Showhouses. Reflecting back on the Showhouse experiences, Mrs. Kenton said, “While building the Symphony Showhouse in 2000, I was exposed to the RPO’s exceptional talent, dedication, and outreach activities in our community. Ever since then, I have wanted to be more active with the RPO.”
Celebrating its 83rd season in 2005-06, the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra’s mission is to perform and present a broad range of quality music; attract, entertain and educate audiences with superior musical performances; maintain and build the Orchestra’s national reputation; and enhance the reputation of the Rochester community as a place in which to live, work, play, visit and learn.