Scholarship honors late director of Ocmulgee Symphony Orchestra

March 20, 2013 

Back in 2007, Middle Georgia was introduced to the Ocmulgee Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Chuck Quinn, who was a professor of music at Middle Georgia State College in Cochran. The orchestra served the region wherever the Ocmulgee River flowed, making it a cultural asset for not only Warner Robins, Perry, Fort Valley, Hawkinsville and Cochran, but even Abbeville, Cordele, Dublin, Eastman and Unadilla. Over the years, Quinn brought top-level performers each musical season from throughout the United States to perform in the Hawkinsville Opera House and later locations in Warner Robins, Cordele and Macon. “We know the need for good music exists here, and we want to concentrate on excellence,” Quinn said about his orchestra that grew in numbers and stature in its young career.

Sadly, Chuck Quinn passed away in 2011, but his legacy continues in the establishment of the Dr. Charles L. Quinn Scholarship at Middle Georgia State College’s Department of Media, Culture and the Arts. It was recently announced that more than $10,000 has already been received with the goal of reaching $25,000 to make the fund an endowment. Contributions can be made online at https://giving.maconstate.edu or mailed directly to Middle Georgia State College Foundation Inc., 100 College Station Drive, Macon, GA 31206-5145.

There will also be a fundraising concert for the Charles L. Quinn Scholarship on May 4 at 5:30 p.m. until sundown at Gully Branch, located on Butts Road in Cochran. Butts Road is off Ga. 26 about five miles east of Cochran toward Dublin. The concert is sponsored by the Cochran-Bleckley Arts Alliance and brings the Midtown Brass to the stage with Paul Poovey performing. Poovey was trumpeter with the Ocmulgee Symphony Orchestra.

Tickets for the concert are $20 in advance or $25 at the gate. Advance tickets are available at the ComSouth office at 119 N. Second Ave. in Cochran, the Comsouth office at 99 Broad St. in Hawkinsville, and Headquarters Salon at 101 Cherry St. in Cochran or by calling (478) 934-6725.

Mark your calendar now for Easter in the Park on Saturday from 9 a.m. until noon at Peavy Park in Warner Robins. Peavy Park is located at 610 Johnson Road, off of Bassford Road at Elberta Road. The event is free to the public and includes egg hunts, entertainment, games and public interest information given by local service providers. For more information about this and other programs of the Warner Robins Recreation Department, call (478) 293-1080.

Marsha Priest Buzzell is executive director of the Warner Robins Convention & Visitors Bureau. Contact her at 922-5100 or cvb@wrga.gov.

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