York, PA — Ensuring that the York Symphony Orchestra (YSO) will continue providing music to the people of York forever, it has announced three Chair Endowments have been created at the York County Community Foundation (YCCF). The endowments are created through gifts by the Appell Family and the Powder Mill Foundation in honor of Jody and Louis J. Appell, Jr. for the Music Director chair; the late Dr. James Mohatt for the Principal Trombone chair; and Barbara and Roy Rollman for the Chorusmaster chair.
“We are honored that YSO chose to partner with YCCF when considering how best to make sure the named chairs would be a part of the donors’ legacies,” stated Jane M. Conover, President and CEO of YCCF. “The symphony orchestra is a vital part of the cultural offerings in our community, and we’re happy to be playing a role in securing its future.”
The three chair endowments are the first gifts made in the York Symphony Orchestra’s Chair Naming Initiative, which offers caring and generous supporters of the York Symphony Orchestra the opportunity to name a chair in honor of a family member, friend or an admired person or organization.
According to YSO, the Chair Endowment from the Appell Family and Powder Mill Foundation will perpetually honor two great “Yorkers” and humanitarians by naming the music director of the orchestra, “The Jody and Louis Appell, Jr. Music Director”.
As children, Jody (Davidson) Appell and Louis J. Appell, Jr. attended the very first concert of the York Symphony Orchestra in 1933. That performance inspired a life-long love affair with the orchestra, setting the course for their loyal support throughout their lives, including attendance at the final concert of the 2015-2016 season.
Dr. James Mohatt, a 40-year trombonist with the York Symphony Orchestra, made a generous gift to the York Symphony Orchestra upon his death in 2014, and with this posthumous designation, the principal trombone chair will forever bear his name. Mohatt actively participated in the organizational work of the York Symphony Orchestra, in addition to his musicianship. He was a member of the music committee, music education committee, young artists competition, and the Sultner-Wells Scholarship Program. In addition, he was the librarian for the orchestra for decades, writing program notes to educate and inform concert-goers.
Barbara and Roy Rollman, members, and subscribers of the York Symphony Orchestra for more than 50 years, made a generous gift that will endow the chorusmaster position. Barbara and Roy sang with the York Symphony Chorus for nearly 35 years and were its official historians, having documented decades of activities with pictures, programs, letters and news articles. With this gift, they seek to assure professional leadership of the chorus forever. The position will be named “The Barbara and Roy Rollman Chorusmaster”.