PRESS RELEASE – San Rafael, CA, August 26, 2022 

Renee Rymer, Board Member of Marin Symphony, receives 2022 MVP Volunteer Award from the Association of California Symphony Orchestras (ACSO) 

The Marin Symphony is pleased to announce that Renee Rymer, long-tenured Board Member of the Marin Symphony, is a recipient of the 2022 Most Valuable Player (MVP) Volunteer Award from the Association of California Symphony Orchestras (ACSO). 

ACSO launched the MVP Volunteer Award in 1996 to recognize exemplary volunteers, volunteer projects, and volunteer organizations and to thank a few of the hundreds of dedicated, hardworking, and committed volunteers that orchestras and classical music organizations depend on every day. 

“Renee is the Symphony’s most active community advocate,” said Marin Symphony Executive Director Tod Brody. “Renee’s contributions to fundraising at the Marin Symphony is perhaps her defining legacy. She had the foresight to champion legacy giving long before the practice was institutionalized at the Marin Symphony. Her work has laid the foundation for a modern revenue model which relieves pressure on traditional revenue sources (ticket sales and contributions) by developing a robust endowment… Simply put, Renee is an inspiration to us all – whether in the boardroom, on stage as part of our Chorus, in our audience, or out in the community sharing her passion for the Symphony with those around her.” 

ACSO Executive Director Sarah Weber said, “During good times and bad, orchestras depend on volunteers to help with almost every aspect of their operations. They are working behind the scenes and out in front as ambassadors to make sure that their orchestra is strong and active in the performance hall and in the community. Renee is an outstanding example of how critical volunteers are to keeping our orchestras vital and resilient.” 

Fairfax resident Renee Rymer has served the Marin Symphony for many years as a Board member (since 1993), patron, chorister, and donor. She chairs the Development Committee, and has previously headed the Finance and Governance committees, championing fiscal responsibility and the growth and diversity of classical music supporters. She is the Symphony’s most active community advocate, leveraging her professional and community service relationships to champion the Marin Symphony’s mission to enrich, educate, and transform lives through classical music. 

Throughout her long and distinguished career as a banking executive in Marin County, including Bank of Marin, Renee connected corporations, clients, and colleagues to the Marin Symphony’s mission and activities. Thanks to Renee, Marin Symphony has enjoyed lasting relationships with several local companies and Rotary clubs in the County, which have supported the Symphony’s growing education and outreach initiatives. 

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Marin Symphony’s vision is to present the highest caliber symphonic concerts—connecting and engaging with our existing community of musicians and audiences at a deeper level—and expanding our reach to include a broader spectrum of people who share a love of classical music. They seek to involve more community members to support the value and benefits of a vital and thriving classical music scene to the culture and the quality of life in Marin. 

The Association of California Symphony Orchestras (ACSO), founded in 1969, is a member service organization representing 120 classical music organizations and their 2,000 board and staff in its network. ACSO’s members are comprised of professional, academic, youth and community-based orchestras, choruses, and festivals in California and the western region.