Pasadena, CA -- When you think of the qualities for the president of a world class organization, what comes to mind is exceptional leadership, passion, excellent communication and organizational skills, a witty sense of humor, dedication and an abundance of experience. Pasadena Showcase for the Arts (PSHA) is pleased and proud to announce Donna Gotch, a woman who possesses all these qualities, as its 65th President for 2013-14.
Gotch's experience with PSHA began as an annual visitor to the Pasadena Showcase House of Design. In 1998 she became a member of PSHA, then known as the Pasadena Junior Philharmonic Committee. She was impressed with the dedication and commitment of PSHA members, and never imagined that she would be leading the organization someday. "I am humbled by my role as PSHA President and look forward to working with all our members during the year ahead. Our membership is close to 300 members strong and ranges from those who joined in 1955 to our 14 provisional members. I realize that the strength of our organization is in our members."
During Gotch's presidency, PSHA will celebrate its 65th year of volunteerism and charitable giving, and the 50th anniversary of the Pasadena Showcase House of Design, its annual benefit that raises funds for music education programs. As Gotch enthuses, "The year ahead is indeed one of celebration! On October 30 we will host our 60th Annual Youth Concert where over 4,200 fourth graders will attend two concerts at Walt Disney Concert Hall. On November 16, our 28th Annual Instrumental Competition, held at The Colburn School, will provide an opportunity for talented young musicians ages 16-24, to compete in categories of woodwinds, strings and brass for a total of $30,000 in prizes. This year also marks over 40 years of our annual Music Mobile™ program, of which seven years have been partnering with the Pasadena Conservatory of Music (PCM), to introduce third graders to instruments of the orchestra."
When asked if there is anything special that visitors of the Pasadena Showcase House of Design can look forward to, Gotch happily replies "As we celebrate the 50th Anniversary of our annual benefit, the Pasadena Showcase House of Design, we are pleased to observe this milestone event with the production of a commemorative coffee table book that will feature all 50 Showcase Houses and will be available for purchase in the Shops at Showcase next spring."
Gotch, who has 15 years of experience with PSHA, is looking forward to taking on this prestigious position for 2013-14. She has served in nine leadership positions on the Benefit Committee including Promotions Co-Chair, Program Chair, Interior Co-Chair, Premiere Night Co-Chair, Staffing Chair, Tickets Co-Chair and Benefit Chair and seven positions on the Board of Directors including Secretary, Public Relations Chair, Publications, Provisional, Membership Chair, Second Vice President and First Vice President. These combined experiences have made her well prepared to meet the challenges and rewards of the position of PSHA President.
Gotch lives in Pasadena with her husband John Kochian, and their two cats, Simon and Samantha. She enjoys traveling, especially to New York City, attending UCLA football games, watching professional baseball, and spending time with friends. She is also a member of The Linda Vistans, a neighborhood group that promotes friendship among women, a life member of the Western States Communication Association, and member of the National Communication Association. In addition, Gotch has been a member of the faculty at California State University, San Bernardino for 23 years, where she teaches Public Speaking, Argumentation, Critical Thinking, Communication Ethics, and Intercultural Communication.
The 2014 Pasadena Showcase House of Design will be open to the public Sunday, April 13 May 11. For more information about PSHA or the Pasadena Showcase House of Design, please visit www.PasadenaShowcase.org.
[ABOUT PASADENA SHOWCASE HOUSE FOR THE ARTS: This is a milestone year for PSHA as it celebrates 65 years of volunteerism, the 50th Anniversary of the Pasadena Showcase Houses of Design and, since 1948, the generous awarding of over $19 million dollars in gifts and grants in support of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Walt Disney Concert Hall, numerous non-profit organizations and local symphonic, cultural and educational musically-oriented programs for youth and young adults.
An all-volunteer organization, Pasadena Showcase House for the Arts (PSHA) is a non-profit California Corporation whose members donate their time and talents to produce the annual Pasadena Showcase House of Design. Founded in 1948, and formerly known as The Pasadena Junior Philharmonic Committee, PSHA adopted the Pasadena Showcase House of Design as its annual benefit in 1965. It is one of the oldest, largest and most successful house and garden tours in the nation.
PSHA volunteers are united by their belief in the power and beauty of music. Their collective desire is to fund programs that nurture the study and appreciation of music, utilize music as a vehicle towards health and healing, and ensure that music is available to a broad range of audiences.]