PMMF is now over a quarter-century old. Times and audiences have changed. Josh Major, our long-term Artistic Director, has retired from the Festival, and Donald Schleicher has had to resign for personal reasons after only one season. We say goodbye with profound and sincere thanks to longstanding Board Members Candace Koski-Janners, Sig Janners, Mike Neuman, and David Geisler; and welcome Joanne Bollinger, Jack Kublin, Gloria Melton, and Joel Neves, who will chair our new Artistic Affairs Committee.

The Pine Mountain Music Festival welcomes Dr. Gloria Melton as it's newest member of the Board of Trustees. Dr. Melton is the retired Dean of Students at Michigan Technological University, a Historian with a Doctorate in American History, a life-long lover of music (particularly classical music) and a pianist. She has lived in Houghton/Hancock for 39 years and was a two-term President of the Portage Lake Library where she was instrumental in constructing the current library building.

The Pine Mountain Music Festival is pleased to announce Dr. Dan Arnold of Marquette as their new President of the Board. Candace Koski-Janners rotates off the Board after many years of service to the Festival. Her leadership and dedication to the arts in the Upper Peninsula will not be forgotten. Other new officers on the PMMF Board include: Diane Eshbach as Vice-President, Jim O’Brien as Treasurer, and Jon Pryor as Secretary.

Also rotating off the board are Dr. Sigurds Janners, David Geisler, and Dr. Michael Neuman. PMMF thanks each of these outgoing board members for their longstanding commitment to building a strong and vibrant arts organization.

PMMF Operational Support grant award from the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs (MCACA) Pine Mountain Music Festival (PMMF) is proud to announce that it has been awarded an Operational Support (OS) grant of $18,750 from the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs. According to PMMF Board President Daniel Arnold: “The grant was awarded through the MCACA peer review process and was one of 585 applications to compete for fiscal year 2016 funding. This process is extremely competitive; only one-third of applicants receive funding.” Executive Director Tony Sertich: “The MCACA peer review process requires each grant application to beconsidered by a panel of in-state and out-of-state arts professionals.