About Us

The Pro-Mozart Society was founded in July, 1964 by twelve of Atlanta’s leading musical supporters under the leadership of Nellie Bunzl, wife of Austrian Consul General Robert M. Bunzl. The first concert was given at what is now the Rich Auditorium in the Woodruff Arts Center on July 12, 1964. Three years later, Salzburg and Atlanta were proclaimed "Sister Cities" through the influence of Mrs. Bunzl. In 1974 she was awarded the Silver Mozart Medal of the International Foundation of Mozarteum in recognition of her services. She died in Vienna on December 10, 1980.

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Mission

Today, the mission of the Society is to foster classical music education and interest in the musical works of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and other composers through the presentation of concerts and other musical events and to nurture and develop the talents of young musicians.The Society is proud of the fact that it has sponsored 47 students at the Mozarteum throughout its 51-year history.

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Primary Activities

The Society holds at least five concerts annually. Concerts are typically held on Sunday afternoons in local churches and university halls, with a “meet-the-artist” reception following. The atmosphere is informal and friendly.

The Society also provides a scholarship for a deserving vocalist or instrumentalist to attend the Summer Academy of the Mozarteum Institute in Salzburg, Austria. Applicants compete for the scholarship, and the competition finals are open to the public. The winner is presented in concert the following spring.

The primary fund raiser to support the scholarship is a Holiday Gala held in December each year, with refreshments, a buffet dinner, musical entertainment, and a silent auction. Other events include a current and prospective members party in the fall and the annual meeting with a pot luck picnic dinner.

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40th Anniversary

During the summer of 2004, the Society was honored by the State of Georgia and the City of Atlanta for its many contributions during its forty-year history, and May 26, 2004 was designated “Pro-Mozart Day” in the State of Georgia.

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2016-2017 Executive Committee

Executive Board:

President: Trevin Dye

Executive VP: Herbert Buffington

VP Programs: Kevin Pritchett

VP Membership: Judy Chandler

Co-VP Scholarship: Joy & Rex Simms

VP Finance: Josh Cochran

Co-VP Publicity and Promotion:
Grace Sanders & Jo Ann Bowdoin-Aynsley

Recording Secretary: Roger Marmol

Corresponding Secretary: Jenny Ham

Historian: Grace Sanders

Parliamentarian: Brittany Marmol

 

Committee Chairs:

Amadeus Newsletter: Herbert Buffington

Hospitality: Joe and Anne Sullivan

Patrons' Circle Party: Mary Ann Hill

Telephone: Betty Arden

Legal Counsel: Jonathan E. Jarrell, JD

Website Administrator: Gene Sanders

Members at Large(Past Presidents):
Kay Alvelda
Herbert Buffington
Marilyn Dietrichs
Mary Ann Hill
Alice Oglesby
Kevin Pritchett
Fay Selvage

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