The McCall Music Society board is composed of dedicated and hard-working volunteers. Every board member is a subscriber and donor to the Society. Each has a specific area of responsibility and plays an active part in planning and implementing the functions of the organization. Since the Society has no paid staff, the work they do is key to the efficient operation of the society and the valuable service and quality musical programs provided to our community.
There is no requirement for board members to be musicians, only to have a love of music and a willingness to work toward the goals of the McCall Music Society. Board directors are elected at the general membership meeting that takes place in the spring — usually May or June. All MMS members are welcome to attend monthly board meetings.
We hope you will enjoy meeting the current board members as they introduce themselves.
President: Richard Surbeck
Richard Surbeck moved to McCall in 2004 from Sioux City, Iowa. While living in the Midwest, Surbeck was employed as Senior Vice President of Dain Bosworth, a New York Stock Exchange member firm, now known as RBC Wealth Management. He was also active in a number of community organizations including the board of the Sioux City Symphony Orchestra Association, the Board of the Siouxland Regional Cancer Center, the Sioux City Rotary Club and served a three year term as a Director of the Sioux City Community School District. He was also active as a Junior and Senior Warden of St. Thomas’ Episcopal Church in Sioux City. Shortly after retirement in 1998, he was asked to serve as Interim Executive Director of the Sioux City Symphony. He held that position for a year.
Surbeck is a member and Treasurer of St Andrew’s Episcopal Church in McCall and is a member of the McCall Rotary Club. He and his wife Margaret are parents of four children and have eight grandchildren.
Vice President: Bob Hallock
Bob Hallock hails from Ann Arbor, Michigan, and graduated from Indiana University. A business career situated him in San Diego for 33 years. Bob and his wife, Linda, have owned a home in McCall since 1999 and became permanent residents in 2010.
Bob attributes his great appreciation for music to the cultural influences of both growing up in Ann Arbor and attending Indiana University. That appreciation continues to be enhanced by McCall Music Society!
Treasurer: Pat Blanchard
Pat had been coming to McCall for snow skiing nearly every winter since she was a teenager (well into the last century). Finally, in 2017 she came yet again and decided to stay. To that point, Pat had been a life-long Oregonian, having lived in Portland for 30 years and in Union County for another 25 years. Pat has degrees in Business (Accounting), Economics and a Master in Taxation. Her career in both the public and private sectors had her working on accounting and management issues.
Pat is an avid outdoors person and enjoys skiing, hiking, camping and canoeing. She is also interested in natural fibers and is a weaver and knitter. She has played the piano for a lifetime and continues her study with Del Parkinson at Boise State University.
Secretary: Rey Vertrees
Rey Vertrees is an Idaho native who moved to McCall from the Chicago area in 2006 when he retired from Boise Cascade/Office Max, where he worked in Human Resources. He is a graduate of The College of Idaho and George Washington University.
Music was an integral part of Rey’s life in high school, college and for a few years afterwards, but the time constraints of working and raising a family created a 25 plus year interruption. After retirement he picked up his trumpet and started playing again. Today he is part of the McCall Orchestra, plays at church and attends a week long music retreat each summer in Walla Walla, WA.
Rey and his wife Cinda have owned a home in McCall since 1994. They have two married sons and three grandchildren. Rey and Cinda have been known to travel around the Northwest to attend concerts and music festivals. In addition to music, Rey spends his time snow skiing, biking, flat water kayaking and working around the yard.
Advertising: Chris Noga
Chris hails from Cleveland, Ohio and moved to McCall in 2008. Music has been an integral part of her life: singing since high school and participating in music ensembles at various Ohio and Kentucky churches for over 30 years.
A degree in Mass Communication from Cleveland State University eventually led to an 11-year position at Kleier Communications in Louisville, Kentucky, where she was an advertising account coordinator, then a project manager.
Since settling in McCall, Chris has sung with the McCall Chorale and become involved with the Blackhawk Ranch community. In addition to music, she enjoys skiing, hiking and traveling with her husband, Tim.
Web Site: Margo Denning
Margo’s first visit to McCall was in 1991 and she never wanted to leave. After moving to McCall full time in 2000, she became involved with the McCall Chorale. She has a real love of music of all kinds and has sung in various choirs and groups and played the piano since she was a child.
She graduated from Brigham Young University with a Bachelor degree in Special Education and Elementary Education. She is now involved with her husband in their movie theater business, The Reel Theatres, located in the Boise/Nampa/Ontario area and also volunteers in her church. But her first love is her family of four children, their spouses and 13 grandchildren. When not involved otherwise, she loves to snow ski, snowmobile, road bike, travel, and read.
Personnel: Dr. Larry K. Zgonc
Larry Zgonc is a retired teacher, conductor, and musician. He taught at Arizona State University, University of Arizona, was a co-founder at Mount hood Community College and has taught at all grade levels. He was the Conductor of the Phoenix Youth Symphony, the Arizona State University ballet, the Portland youth assistant conductor and the founder of the Mount Hood Community College orchestras . He was the teacher of the year for the American String Teachers nationally and the National School Orchestra Association, and Mount Hood Community College. Larry currently manages the McCall SummerFest orchestra.
Scholarship Program: Tom Henderson
I’ve always had a heart for music, beginning with tap dancing and singing performances at age 4 and starting piano lessons at ten. I sang in church choirs almost continually up to the present. My wife, Bev, and I have lived in McCall since 1997, full-time since 2010. The McCall Music Society has been one of our favorite charities.
My professional career was in the defense electronics field, designing, producing and fielding communications, radar and air defense systems for the US and NATO governments, working for Hughes Aircraft Company and its following entity, Raytheon. My last position prior to retirement was as Program Director for the development of the Norwegian Advanced Air Defense Missile System. Activities included making a survey of Norwegian industry to identify potential partners in a joint venture, and managing proposals valued in the 100s of millions of dollars.
SummerFest Musician Housing: Larry Jones
Larry was raised in Connecticut and graduated from Yale University with a combined degree in Industrial Engineering and Business Administration. Upon graduation, he joined the Navy and served as Gunnery Officer aboard a destroyer during the Vietnam conflict. After discharge he met and married his wife, Chris, in Southern California. They have a son, daughter and four grandchildren.
Larry enjoyed a thirty four year career in computers, most notably with IBM, Hewlett-Packard and Sun Microsystems. He began in sales and finished as a manager in consulting and support. Larry and Chris moved to Eagle Idaho in 2004 from northern California. They first came to McCall in 1996 and moved here permanently in 2012. Although Larry has no formal musical training he was drawn to the McCall Music Society for the value they add to the community.
At Large: Bruce Rankin
Bruce is an Idaho native who moved to McCall following retirement from the Boise Fire Department. He has played flute since age 5 and now enjoys playing with McCall’s Community Orchestra. To compliment his love of music performance and listening, Bruce bikes, skis, kayaks, fly fishes, hikes and travels with his wife Gail and whenever possible, any of their three adult children.
At Large: Michele Cretser
Second Sunday Sounds: Bob Hallock