In 2008, Donna Stevens contacted a group of music enthusiasts to discuss the formation of a music organization that would bring talents to Bosque County for music enrichment as well as to provide music education and stage performances, with the vision of encouraging young people to pursue their dreams in music careers.
After months of planning, a proposal was presented to the Board of Directors at the Bosque Conservatory [now known as the Bosque Arts Center]. With their approval, the organizing members elected a mission statement, established a plan of operation, adopted a logo and set the first official membership meeting for January 8, 2009.
Seventy-five people attended this first meeting of the Civic Music Association to learn more about the organization and how to become members. Vocals, clarinet and harp provided the music program. A constitution and by laws were adopted with membership levels set at $15 for adults and $5 for students – with joining the Bosque Conservatory/Bosque Arts Center being a prerequisite.
Since the CMA’s inception, outstanding professional vocalists and instrumentalists have performed on stage and for intimate organizations throughout Bosque County; a forty-person chorale provides two or more public concerts each year; two pianos have been donated; and music day camps for 1st-6th grades are sponsored each Summer.
Contributed by Donna Stevens, Past President and current Vice Chair of the Civic Music Association
“Without music, life is a journey through a desert.”
– Pat Conroy