President’s Annual Reports


Our first Executive Director, Chris Heacox, resigned in July 2012. He had successfully guided us through a transitional period of growth. After a search for a replacement, we were fortunate to be able to persuade Mandie McKenzie to take over the position. Having served with Chris, her familiarity with the organization helped make for a smooth transition.  Leaving a vacancy in the Facility Rentals Manager position, new Executive Director, Mandie McKenzie, and the Search Committee executed a search for a new Facility Rentals Manager and hired Ashleigh Sweeney.

In September 2012, due to family obligations, President Henson Markham resigned from his position.  President-elect Pam Franklin agreed to fulfill the remainder of the term.   In November, Treasurer Bob Courage resigned due to a job opportunity out of state.

Marjorie Oakes agreed to fulfill the remainder of the term and spent countless volunteer hours, which were much appreciated.  A part-time Accounting Intern from UNF was also brought in to assist with the financial files.  In April 2013, the Facility Rentals Manager position was transitioned into a full time position with new employee, Jeff Tawney.  The Board of Directors attended their first Board Retreat on January 26, 2013.

Over the summer of 2012, the Steinway Concert Grand by bequest of Helen R. Keehan in 2000, underwent extensive regulation and voicing.  In an effort to refresh the Auditorium for concerts, recitals and facility rentals, the board had the interior of the Auditorium repainted in December 2012.

To market the Auditorium and L’Engle Hall to the Greater Jacksonville community as event and recital venues, Friday Musicale had its first banner stand designed, along with coordinating rack cards and participated in the Ultimate Bridal Fantasy show at Sawgrass Marriott Resort in January 2013.

Held December 1, 2012, the Outstanding Young Pianists Competition recognized the young talent of Greater Jacksonville’s piano students.  In the Winter of 2013, Mr. Paul A. Mahla made an additional gift to the Susan C. Mahla Instrumental Piano Scholarship fund increasing the award to $2,500 per year for four years.  April 20, 2013, the Friday Musicale Scholarship Competition awarded the Marian A. Waterman Poitevent Instrumental Scholarship to Mitchell Kuhn, oboe, who is attending The Juilliard School in the Fall 2013 and the Susan  C. Mahla Instrumental Piano Scholarship to Andrew Callahan, who is attending the University of Michigan in the Fall 2013.

For the first time, Friday Musicale presented a jazz trio for its opening night, the Lynne Arriale Trio, on October 12, 2012.  Performing at Friday Musicale on January 4, 2013, Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra harpists, Kayo Ishimaru and Dickie Fleisher, brought quite a crowd.  Friday Musicale’s Development Committee organized the first two paid-admission concerts as fundraisers in 2013 with The Clarinet & Its Music on February 8 featuring Peter Wright, III and on March 8 featuring Sean Lee, violin and Peter Dugan, piano.  Back-to-back presentations of Trio Cleonice, piano trio in residence at New England Conservatory, and the Dover Quartet, 2010 Fischoff Competition Grand Prize Winner, were very successful and well-attended.  The season ended on a high note with another well-attended first time presentation of a blue grass trio, Grandpa’s Cough Medicine, from Neptune Beach.  Seven Sunday concerts were presented as a trial of Sunday afternoon and evening concerts.  Due to the Sunday concerts’ success, the Programming Committee will include Sunday afternoon concerts in the 2013-2014 Concert Series.  Including the two fundraising concerts and seven Sunday concerts with the Concert Series, Friday Musicale presented 38 concerts in the 2012-2013 season serving over 3,600 recorded attendees.

Pam Franklin



The 122nd Season of Friday Musicale turned out to be important in more ways than one!  Through a grant from Blue Cross Blue Shield of Florida, Friday Musicale presented a Summer Music Festival in July and August 2011, providing a venue for local young emerging artists.   The festival presented four student recitals and two summer concerts.
At the November 18, 2011 Membership meeting, membership dues changes were approved increasing individual dues from $50 to $75 and couple/family dues from $70 to $125.  Student dues at $10 were not changed.

The Outstanding Young Pianists Competition in December 2011 and Scholarship Competition in April 2012 were both held recognizing the young talent of Greater Jacksonville students.  Samuel Casseday, double bass, was the 2012 Philanthropic Scholarship Award Recipient and he will be attending the Curtis Institute of Music in the Fall 2012.

At the Annual General Membership meeting in May 2012, Henson Markham was elected to a second term as President for June 1, 2012—May 31, 2014.

The slate of officers recommended by the Nominating Committee, was approved following the procedure of the new Bylaws,  which had been approved at an earlier date. The structure of the Board was also revised at this time, enabling the organization of Friday Musicale to move more effectively in the changing world of the 21st century.

In the Spring of 2012, Mr. Paul A. Mahla began the Susan C. Mahla Instrumental Piano Scholarship with a generous gift creating a $2,000 per year scholarship for four years.

Friday Musicale continues to grow and to sponsor additional events which reach out to an ever growing audience. Starting with a Seasonal Gala Opening, and continuing with the presentation of two Friday morning concerts each month. In most cases these concerts were repeated in the evening, developing a new and mostly younger audience.

Friday Musicale continues to expand its Educational Outreach, awarding major scholarships to graduating High School Seniors, in addition to providing endowments and outreach into the community.

Henson Markham
Immediate Past-President