Pagosans accept key posts on Music in the Mountains board

Two prominent Pagosans, Janis Moomaw and Mary Hart, have been elected to key positions on the board of directors of Music in the Mountains, headquartered in Durango.

Moomaw, who has served on the board since April of 2007, has been elected vice president of the board.

Hart has been elected to the board, succeeding Carol Brown, who has resigned because she and her family have moved to Arizona.

“These appointments reaffirm the importance of the Pagosa Springs program to our overall classical music festival,” said Jim Foster, past president of the board and also an adviser to the Pagosa Springs steering committee. “The success and growth of Music in the Mountains in Pagosa is nothing short of phenomenal.”

Since its launch in Durango 22 years ago, Music in the Mountains has built a rich history of classical music first in Durango and now also in Pagosa Springs. The festival celebrated its seventh season here this summer.

From its local debut in 2002 with two concerts at BootJack Ranch, the Pagosa schedule has grown to seven concerts for 2008 — two with the full festival orchestra — featuring internationally famous performers who have played for audiences all over the world. They include a free family event in Town Park plus a special benefit concert to raise money in support of classical concerts, children’s musical events and music scholarships in Pagosa Springs. Musical scholarships for local talent and in-school events are major components of Music in the Mountains efforts in our community.

In addition to serving on the festival board, Moomaw and Hart are members of the all-volunteer steering and benefit committees that plan and oversee all local concerts and special events in Pagosa Springs.