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RPO Appoints Three New Board Members

Rochester, NY– The Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra has appointed three new members to its Board of Directors: Edward L. Fiandach, Esq., partner in the law firm of Fiandach & Fiandach; Elizabeth F. Rice, Vice President of Finance for Xerox’s Business Groups Operations; and Dr. Friederike Seligman, Assistant Professor of Russian at the University of Rochester. All three members are filling between one- and two- year vacancies.

A Rochester area native, Mr. Fiandach graduated from St. John Fisher College and Albany Law School. He is a practicing lawyer, author and speaker with a national reputation in the area of DUI Defense. Mr. Fiandach is a music enthusiast and has been a long-time subscriber and supporter of the RPO. He brings to the board a particular interest in fundraising.

Ms. Rice is a graduate of Coe College with a bachelor’s degree in Mathematics and Economics, and received her MBA in Finance from Northwestern University. Within the Xerox Business Group Operations, Ms. Rice is responsible for financial management and internal controls. An RPO subscriber and arts supporter, she also is involved with Geva Theatre Center, George Eastman House, and the Rochester Museum and Science Center.

Dr. Seligman graduated with a bachelor’s degree from Oberlin College with a major in Russian and a minor in Art History. She received her master’s and doctoral degrees in Slavic Languages and Literatures from the University of Michigan. A member of the Board of the Memorial Art Gallery, her special interests include music, the arts and world cultures. Dr. Seligman recently moved to Rochester when her husband, Joel Seligman, assumed his position as President of the University of Rochester.

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.