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Orchestra still plans to be nonprofit

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The Chamber Orchestra of the Ozarks continues its efforts to form a not-for-profit corporation to represent the interests of the Chamber Orchestra.

The group has not yet filed for not-for-profit status with the Internal Revenue Service, but Kelley Still, the group's treasurer, is now working on that form. The Chamber Orchestra of the Ozarks will have another concert at 3 p.m. April 5 in Clara Thompson Hall on Drury College's campus. This will be the group's last performance until November unless it schedules a summer outdoor performance, which has been discussed at its meetings, said group secretary Elizabeth March.

One of the goals of the group was to sell enough tickets and get enough in donations to pay the musicians for performing.

The musicians were paid $31.93

each for the first concert of the season, and $31.82 each for the second, Still said.

David Goza, orchestra conductor and board member, said it was his desire to pay the musicians $100 each per concert and to move to two concerts at a time, a matinee and evening performance, for example.

To raise money for the group, the members are considering offering a sponsorship option to donors, who could possibly opt to adopt a performance piece, March said.

For the April performance, the musicians are not being paid, and the proceeds from the concert are going to benefit Ozarks Food Harvest. Peter Collins will be the featured piano soloist.

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