The EMMA Concert Association
The EMMA Concert Association brings a variety of classical concerts and events to St. Augustine throughout the year. From the Gainesville Orchestra to the Estonian National Symphony Orchestra, we offer a variety of musical selections for every age range.
History of EMMA Concert Association
“EMMA has always been a nonprofit all-volunteer organization with a mission to produce quality music and dance performances at modest ticket prices.”
Although EMMA has been doing business for years as the EMMA Concert Association, the organization’s original name was Emil Maestre Music Association. Started by a small group of music lovers, among them Frieda Bringmann and Irene and Peter Allemano in April 1979, the organization was named after a famous Spanish cellist, Emil Maestre, who retired to St. Augustine. EMMA was incorporated in September of the same year. EMMA has always been a nonprofit all-volunteer organization with a mission to produce quality music and dance performances at modest ticket prices. Since then the organization has lived up to this commitment and never failed. The volunteers serving on the EMMA board of Directors change as times goes by, but they all embrace the work with the same enthusiasm and spirit of accomplishment that bonds the group together.
“In 1993 EMMA found a permanent place for its performances at the Lewis Auditorium at Flagler College”
Originally EMMA Concert Association held concerts in many different places in St. Augustine including the Lightner Museum, the Presbyterian Church, Kirk Auditorium (The Florida School for the Deaf and Blind), the Episcopal Church and the Riverview Club; it was not until 1993 that EMMA found a permanent place for its performances. After forming a partnership with Flagler College, the Lewis Auditorium at Flagler College has become EMMA’s home for all musical concerts and events.
For the 2019-20 concert season, EMMA will be offering six evening performances featuring a variety of local, national, and international orchestras. These performances also count as co-curricular events for students of Flagler College.
How EMMA Works
The EMMA Board is responsible for programming, finances, ticket sales, concert operations, publicity, advertising, publication of brochures and the EMMA playbill, “Footnotes”. Also among the Board’s duties are Sponsorship and the ‘Gift of Music’ Endowment Fund. Find out more about these programs and the work EMMA does under “Musical Education”.
EMMA Board of Directors
President – Joanne Everett
Vice President – Bob Ott
Secretary – John Nolton
Treasurers – Jay Grossman
Advertising – Ingrid Moynihan
Concert Operations – Tom Bartimus and Linda Bartimus
Endowment Funds – Susan Ott
Endowment Funds Treasurer – Bob Ott
House Manager – Kathryn Trillas
Historian – Mary Siess
Investments – Bob Ott
Marketing – Steve Bond
Publications – Ingrid Moynihan
Publicity – Victoria Woltner and Peggy Christian
Schools Outreach – Kathryn Trillas and Tommy Bledsoe
Scholarships – Joanne Everett
Season Program – Steve Bond and Frances Kaye
Sponsorship – John Nolton and Ray Hamel
Tickets and Subscriptions – Patron System (Managed by Guild members Judy and Mike Fegen)
Words and Music – Joanne Everett and Mary Siess
Websites and Facebook – Mary Siess
Accounting Counsel – Cowan & Pacetti, Inc
Financial Advisors – Thompson Baker
Insurance – Herbie Wiles, Inc
EMMA Guild Officers:
Co-Presidents – Linda Bond, Tina Van Ghent
Vice President – Helen Smith
Secretary – Connie Bandy
Treasurer – Marion Patrick