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DPAA Holds First Annual Meeting; Reveals Growth in Revenue and Attendance, New Board Members

Chuck Duritsch
Communications and Media Manager
Dayton Performing Arts Alliance
Phone 937-224-3521 x1138

DAYTON OH (June 24, 2013) -- The Dayton Performing Arts Alliance held its much-anticipated first Annual Meeting on Thursday, June 20, 2013 at Dayton Racquet Club. The classical arts organization -- Dayton Ballet, Dayton Opera and Dayton Philharmonic -- will celebrate the first anniversary of the historic merger that is the first of its kind in the United States on July 1, 2013.

“We have taken important first steps to forge a new institutional culture,” said Paul Helfrich, President and CEO of the DPAA. “It’s still a journey but we’ve come a long way.  We are one organization with three art forms, each of equal importance in our mission. We had a good year in overall ticket sales, and more than 59,000 children benefited from various education programs of the DPAA.” 

Season ticket sales increased by 1.4% and single ticket sales by 13% overall when compared with the prior year, in which 2011–12 ticket amounts were tallied from each of the individual companies and compared with the combined numbers from the 2012–13 season. The Nutcracker and Cinderella attracted 15,000 new attendees to the Ballet, the DPO’s Rockin’ Orchestra Series sold out all four performances, and Dayton Opera finished the season strong.

 “We did better than we said we would,” said Craig Brown, DPAA Board Treasurer, of the Statement of Financial Position. “This year we had an overall 3% growth in ticket sales and 14% increase in contributed income. Our long-term investments have been a very bright spot for us and will continue to help us in the future. Consolidated results will show an overall small surplus due to non-cash items such as the investment performance.” 

“We are meeting our goals in contributed income and our new development team, under the leadership of Laura Fike, positions us well for future success,” added Helfrich.

Acting Chair of the DPAA Board Craig Jennings led the inaugural annual meeting that was attended by Board and Advisory Group members and staff.  Jennings replaced former board Chair Jeremy Trahan in April after Trahan’s relocation. Jennings introduced the Artistic Directors to give their report and highlight the season’s productions.

“The three artistic directors – Karen Russo Burke, Thomas Bankston and I – will be making our report together, thus creating yet another Signature Event,” said DPO Conductor Neal Gittleman in reference to next season’s Signature Events, three collaborative productions of the Ballet, Opera and Philharmonic.

The DPAA Governance and Nominating Committee proposed and the DPAA Board of Trustees passed the motion to elect the new slate of officers for the 2013–14 season: Craig Jennings, Chair; Rebecca Appenzeller, Vice Chair, Craig Brown, Treasurer; Carol Warner, Assistant Treasurer; Dick DeLon, Secretary; Annette Salsman, Assistant Secretary. New Board members are Libby Ballengee, Mark Conway, Bruce Duke, Carol Erwine, Betty Holton, Cynthia Levy and Jerry Reaper.

The 2013–14 Signature Season of the DPAA will begin with the Season Opening Spectacular on September 21 and 22 at the Schuster Center with the organization’s three signature art forms all on one program.  Seventy-seven series performances will be held at five venues: Schuster Center, Victoria Theatre, Dayton Art Institute, the Dayton Masonic Center, and Westminster Presbyterian. Additional community outreach and education programs are also scheduled. 


About the Dayton Performing Arts Alliance

The Dayton Performing Arts Alliance was formed in July 2012 as the result of a groundbreaking and innovative merger between the Dayton Ballet, the Dayton Opera and the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra. Together, they are the largest performing arts organization in the community, offering a tremendous variety of performance and education programs and setting a new standard for artistic excellence. Dayton Performing Arts Alliance performances are made possible in part by Montgomery County and Culture Works, the single largest source of community funds for the arts and culture in the Miami Valley. The Dayton Performing Arts Alliance also receives partial funding from the Ohio Arts Council, a state agency created to foster and encourage the development of the arts and to preserve Ohio's cultural heritage. Funding from the Ohio Arts Council is an investment of state tax dollars that promotes economic growth, educational excellence, and cultural enrichment for all Ohio residents. The Dayton Performing Arts Alliance is proud to be one of five performing arts organizations in the country selected to receive a three-year "Music Alive" grant from New Music USA and the League of American Orchestras.  

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