June Speaker: – Pam May-Straka,  “From Concept to Concert and Beyond”

“Behind the scenes of the Oceanside Classical Concerts Society”

Pam May-Straka, President of the OCCS

The concept for a classical concert series in Parksville-Qualicum originated with David Douglas and his mentor George Zukerman. Championed by then-President of the Oceanside Community Arts Council, Joe Straka, and a small group of people, the concept morphed into a series of classical music concerts. The 2023-2024 season marks the ninth year of the Oceanside Classical Concerts Society (OCCS), which now operates as a charitable non-profit society presenting performances by world-renowned musicians.

Our June 2nd speaker, Pam May-Straka, is the President of the OCCS.  Pam will bring us a “behind the scenes” look at the concerts, the Society’s expanded programs and its broad community reach. She will describe  how a dedicated team has exceeded expectations and achieved a vision that continues to develop.

Pam is a retired exploration geologist who is passionate about music and believes strongly in giving back to the community. Teamwork was key to her professional success and motivation, and continues to be a cornerstone of her leadership of the board of the Oceanside Classical Concerts Society.

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