About the DMS
Connecting local communities with live music
- Bold integrity;
- Quality before quantity;
- Doing the scary thing, especially when it is opposite to what is popular;
- Momentary, undoctored, natural expression of emotions using music.
- Our members, and the people who amaze them.
- Contributing to something greater. Bigger. No, even bigger than that.
Why we do what we do
Live music is essential to the heart. It directly contributes to our mental, behavioral and emotional health and well-being. Our local communities connect with each other through live, in-person, unamplified music, and no matter how we earn a living or seek respite, performing, learning, and listening to live music improves our skills, communication, processing power, alertness, memory, physical coordination, and so much more. In short, the quality of cultural life is so much better.
We have an underlying belief that live music is the sharing of a momentary and intense natural expression of emotion, enhanced by the uniqueness of all involved, that enriches lives and brings people together.
How we aim to achieve our goals
It took a steering committee of performers, volunteers, and officials eighteen months of weekly decision-making meetings and online discussion to develop our Constitution and Bylaws, which determine how we go about achieving our mission.
In addition, we make decisions based on our values listed above, and consider it far more important HOW we go about accomplishing our goals that what those goals actually are.
Primarily through tax-deductible donations and special membership programs, the DMS is able to coordinate events of its own performing groups and teachers, and for groups that ask for help, in addition to providing affiliated groups with tax advantageous fiscal sponsorship. By sending amateur and professional musicians into local communities, those communities not only benefit from live music on their doorstep, but enjoy expanded opportunities to participate in larger music-related events.
And as music is such an integral part of everyday life and essential for the heart, how could we resist connecting local communities with live music?
The DMS makes it a priority to ensure that we offer events accessible to everyone, regardless of any social classifications such as (but not limited to) ability, sex, gender, race, color, origin, religion, faith, age, residency, resources, education, or partnership status. Our concerts, rehearsals, workshops and festivals take place in ADA-compliant venues such as the Dunedin Community Center, Pinellas Park Performing Arts Center, The Palladium at St. Petersburg College, and others. Wheelchair accessible vantage points are available in all venues.
Please note: Online and print materials can be made available in large print and/ or Spanish in approximately 7 days from request. Sign language is available if requested at least 7 days before events. Submit requests here.
Who does what
+ Maestro’s Circle
Our new Maestro’s Circle is a growing group of supporters who receive VIP privileges, including all Music Champion benefits and DMS cocktail parties. Each Circle option includes 2 people in the same household, or one person and a guest.
+ Business Music Makers
Music Makers gain access to our conscientious community of live music fans – performers, audience, teachers and community decision-makers – by making the music happen their sponsorship of events, workshops, programs and promotion. Individuals, businesses, organization and corporations may choose from six sponsorship packages. Choose your partnership level here.
- City of Dunedin Parks & Recreation
- Owen Technology Associates
- CenterState Bank
- Creative Keys School of Music
- Direct HR
- Photos In Motion
- Tampa Bay Magazine
Our programs are sponsored in part by the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Arts and Culture and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture and the National Endowment for the Arts (Section 286.25, Florida Statutes).
+ Music Champions
Become a Music Champion and part of the DMS family of exceptional performers. Your membership keeps live music local and offers many privileges you and your family will enjoy.
+ Music Builders
See current non-performer volunteer opportunities.
- Melissa Brown
- Dyann van Dusen
- Billy Landreth
- Julie Longen
- Connie Powell
If you would like to volunteer, please apply here.
At the head of The Dunedin Music Society, Inc. is an Artistic Director. The organization is governed by an oversight Board of Directors, and operated by an Executive Committee of functional and program managers led by an Executive Director.
- Beverly Becker (2021) – President & Chair
- Amber Berntsen (2023) – Vice-President & Vice-Chair
- John Carter (2023) – Treasurer
- Michele Tyrpak (2022) – Secretary
- William Helm (2021) – Committee Chair
- Stephen P Brown – General Director (Artistic & Executive combined)
- Bev Becker – Online Presence
- Melissa Brown – Newsletter
- Stephen P Brown – General Director
- Derek Currier – Program Manager
- Bill Helm – Committee Chair
- Greg Howard – Program Manager
- Lee Lafleur – Program Manager
- Julie Longen – Audience & Community Relations
- Jeff Michaels – Member Relations
- Anastasia Palls – Performer Relations
- Ginni Pressgrove – Library
- Kate Rahimzadeh – Grants Coordinator
+ The Maestro
Bringing live music to Tampa Bay audiences, British-American Conductor-Composer Stephen P. Brown has shared his zeal for live classical music for over 35 years on four continents, and was ranked #2 on the Reverbnation USA Classical Music Chart.
Maestro Brown, who moved to the Tampa Bay area in 2011, is a deeply adventurous and creative impresario. His personal challenge to keep musicians active, audiences engaged and volunteers busy during COVID-19 times has been met with creativity, innovation and imagination. As General Director of the Dunedin Music Society (the parent organization of more than eight music ensembles and programs) and Conductor of the Dunedin Concert Band, he has launched online programs, live-streamed events and hosted podcasts to grow audiences and enhance donor and volunteer involvement. When asked what drives him, he says “I help people accomplish a great deal more than they thought possible, usually using live music!”
His passion is contagious and inspires amateur and professional musicians of all ages to join the Dunedin Music Society’s Youth Summer Camp, Summer Sinfonia, Tampa Bay Music Workshops, and the popular Pinellas Festival of Community Bands. His Saturday morning Weekend Preludes connect people from all walks of life with a discussion topic surrounding the essential role of live music in the community. Maestro Brown has developed an enormous and loyal following, as word gets out to those wanting to get back into music-making after some time away, or as people with a formal musical background move to Tampa Bay and seek out musical opportunities. Audiences of locals, snowbirds and tourists love the live music offerings and many have settled in the area specifically for the ability to participate in them.
Maestro Brown never slows down. He has written original music since the age of 16. He also serves as the Conductor of the Richey Community Orchestra and Chorus. He has worked with numerous professional and amateur chamber, orchestral, choral, dance and stage musical groups throughout the UK and the USA, and held esteemed positions in a handful of prestigious colleges and conservatories on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean. He founded the Medway Chamber Orchestra, the SouthEast Symphony, numerous percussion ensembles, and the Concert University performer coaching program. He is known for transforming ensembles and captivating audiences: “It’s almost as if the music is a tangible medium he is sculpting,” said Kathleen Haft, a musician who attends Brown’s concerts at every opportunity. “He has grace, poise, charm and humor.”
Humbled and honored to have spent his life studying and sharing music in so many different cultures and leading diverse groups of people in their own explorations, Maestro Brown shares why music is important to him. “It gives us the opportunity to grow. It gives us the confidence that we need in life, and that we can help spread to others. It gives us the courage to do and to share things, to move a little bit closer to being the best people we can be, every single day. ”
An award-winning composer as well, Maestro Brown has completed over 120 compositions including 50 as part of a quest to set each of the Psalms to original music – some choral, but mostly instrumental. Two of his pieces have won Global Music Awards, including Tapestry Tampa Bay.
Be sure to visit Stephen’s website and sign up for his email newsletters: don’t want miss anything, do you? www.stephenpbrown.com/newsletter
+ Our Founders
The 68 DMS Founders are individuals and businesses who donated to our Founder’s Day 2017, the first event of the DMS and our first fund-raising activity.
- Anastasia’s Aesthetics & Nails
- Bon Appetit Restaurant
- Calligraphia by Melissa
- Candy Bar Sweets & Treats
- Carrabba’s Italian Grill
- Chester (Butch) Niford
- Christopher Palazzolo
- Country Boy Restaurant
- Creative Insights
- David Jamieson
- David W. Holt
- Deborah Langrock
- Delbert Walters
- Dennis Crow
- Derek Currier
- Diane & George Gray
- Diane Niford
- Dr. Jim Kowalski
- Drake Family
- Dunedin Concert Band
- Dunedin Fine Arts Center
- Eddie’s Bar & Grill
- Edge Resources
- Eugene & Elizabeth DiRusso
- Greg Howard
- Home Plate on the Trail
- James Reid
- Jeff Gow
- Jeff Ramirez
- Jim & Julie Longen
- Jim & Kathy Bevan
- Jimmy Richman
- Karen Mullins
- Lee Lafleur
- Linda Shaw
- Lora Mills
- Louis Mauro
- Lowe’s Home Improvement
- Matthew J. Moody
- Meagan Montmeny
- Mr. & Mrs. Ben Marolla
- Mr. & Mrs. Billy R. Landreth
- Mr. & Mrs. Stephen P. Brown
- Pat Goldschmidt
- Sam Ash Music
- Sara Green
- Sniff University
- Ted & Alicen Barrett
- The Florida Orchestra
- The SPB International Agency
- The Studio @ 620
- Thomas Doddridge
- Timeless Photography Tampa
- Tom & Sandy Tolrud
- Tom Krisa & Corinne Pearson
- Walter & Karol Freytag
- William Helm
What it is we do
“Passion and collaboration have proven time and time again to be far more effective and impacting than entitlement and individual gain.”
Maestro Stephen P Brown
Connecting local communities with live music through multiple ensembles and programs is what we do, including:
- Large festivals and local concerts with the award-winning Dunedin Concert Band, Pinellas Community Players, and the Rhythm Kings Jazz Orchestra,
- Educational opportunities for amateur and professional performers with the WIBRAP™ Sight-Reading Workshops, Summer Sinfonia, and Music Theory Certifications,
- and a multitude of workshops and spectacular events such as an annual Holiday Pageant, the Pinellas Festival of Community Bands, and soon a triennial conference.
DMS members both near and far get priority access to live music events, as well as opportunities to advocate to make the world a better place through live music.
The DMS takes pride in its inclusivity and diversity which contributes to our ability to host 105 in-person and online events in 2020, directly impacting more than 7,500 individuals in communities around Florida, the USA and the world. We celebrate our openness with anyone and everyone who wants to participate in group live music-making in a supportive, encouraging and collaborative environment as part of our ongoing everyday operations.
Organizational oversight of our Artistic and Executive Directors is provided by a governing Board of five Directors, while eleven members of the Executive Committee actually help get the work done to ensure performers, audiences, members, our finances, logistics, library, program and community relations teams have what they need to connect local communities with great quality live music. Active leaders, members, performers, volunteers and audiences from multiple races, ethnicities, religions, genders, abilities, ages, and other identities are who make the DMS one of the most rapidly expanding community-run organizations in our corner of the world.
Where do we do this?
We truly believe you cannot replace the in-person effects of live music shared by performers and their instruments (including voice).
However, we also appreciate there are times electronically-generated and amplified music can also be effective.
Plus, you might live or be traveling far away from our most prized concerts!
Therefore, although most of our in-person activities take place in Pinellas County and around the Tampa Bay region, occasionally we might host in-person events in other locations… especially tours to other countries.
Not all is lost, though! Since the beginning of isolation mandates due to the health concerns throughout 2020, we also maintain an active online presence, and often host virtual concerts, festivals, workshops and meeting, too.
No matter where you are in the world, the DMS can accommodate your needs and desires to participate in sharing, learning about, and enjoying live music.
Just check out the Concerts+ page for your next opportunity!
When this all came about
The Dunedin Music Society, Inc. was formed in December 2016, following the detailed recommendations of a two-year steering committee consisting of 20 volunteers from the Dunedin Concert Band (formed in 1981) and the local community.
On March 11, 2017, the DMS hosted its first event: a Founder’s Day to raise awareness and initial funds.