For Immediate Release - Norwalk Symphony Board Welcomes Four New Members

For the past 78 years, the Norwalk Symphony Orchestra and its Board of Directors have been an integral part of the local community. For the 2017-2018 Season, the Board is pleased to welcome four new members to its ranks. “We now have 21 members, all of whom play an active role” said Chris Bell, Board President. “We are thrilled to have these four new members join us, and we look to expand our ranks even further in the coming years.”

Chris McCormack is no stranger to the Norwalk Symphony, having played in the viola section since 1981. He is also President of the Housatonic Community College Foundation. His regular “day job” is in environmental law and litigation with Pullman and Comley. Chris holds a BA in Music from Yale, an MA in Musicology from the Eastman School of Music, and a JD degree from Fordham School of Law.

Georgia von Schmidt is actually a returning member of the Board, having previously served from 2005 to 2008. Georgia grew up in Norwalk and played with the Norwalk Youth Symphony before attending Wayne State University. Her JD degree is from New York Law School and her Darien-based practice specializes in wills and estates, as well as in family, small business, and real estate law. Georgia served on the Darien Zoning Board of Appeals for 20 years.

Eva Toft is also a returning NSO Board member, having chaired the Special Events Committee in years past. She is a licensed real estate broker, an interior design consultant and an Adjunct Lecturer in the home design business at Fairfield University. Eva majored in International Business and French at the University of Uppsala in Sweden and has studied at the New York School of Interior Design, Fairfield University, and at Norwalk Community College.

Robert Bourguignon moved to Norwalk from New York in 2008 with his husband, Brandon. They immediately began attending Norwalk Symphony concerts and having long supported the New York Philharmonic, were delighted to find a symphony orchestra here in town. Robert practices law in New York with Troutman Sanders LLP., and Brandon volunteers with the Family Re-Entry/Champions Mentoring Program in Bridgeport. Robert’s love of classical music began when he was ten and acquired the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra's "Hooked on Classics."

Welcome to all!