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Warren Civic Music Association is the oldest community arts organization in Trumbull County and one of the first in Ohio. It is located in Northeastern Ohio, midway between Cleveland and Pittsburgh, in an area rich in history, the arts, sports, and diverse ethnic and cultural activities. It was incorporated in 1937 as the Warren Concert Organization and reorganized in 1940 as the Warren Civic Music Association.
This all-volunteer, nonprofit 501(3)c organization has no paid staff and is committed and dedicated to the arts and strives to enrich the lives of the members of the community by presenting a variety of high caliber musical programs and remaining the best entertainment value around!
In the beginning, the concerts were held in the Konold Auditorium of Warren G. Harding High School.  The venue changed to the W.D. Packard Music Hall when it first opened in 1955 and has been the “home” of Warren Civic Music ever since. This 2,100 seat facility, situated on 42 acres of Packard Park, was made possible by William Doud Packard, a prominent local industrialist (the Packard Motor Car Co.), who penned provisions in his will and established a trust to ensure music would continue to command attention in the city. Today the music hall is Warren’s largest public venue and showcases a wide variety of entertainment programs and community events. 
For two decades (1958-78) the Packard Music Hall was also the home of the renown Kenley Players, billed as “America’s Most Exciting Summer Theatre.” Producer John Kenley gained national recognition for this area with the production of shows that headlined stars of stage and screen.  At their peak they played nightly to SRO audiences.
In earlier times, Warren Civic Music held receptions in private homes to honor the performers after the concerts, where tuxedos and formal dress were the norms. After the concerts were moved to the Packard Music Hall, these gatherings were held in the hospitality rooms of the venue. Receptions no longer take place, but artists continue to do meet-and-greets in the lobby after performances and autograph CDs and merchandise.
Warren Civic Music has presented many famed artists in a variety of programs. Opening the first season in 1943 was Ezio Pinza, Metropolitan Opera bass-baritone, who later was awarded the 1950 Tony for Best Actor in a Broadway Musical for “South Pacific.”
In the early years, concerts were more in the realm of classical entertainment, comprised of vocalists from the Metropolitan Opera, instrumentalists, ballets, Broadway, and symphony orchestras. Some notables included Isaac Stern, Jerome Hines, Roberta Peters, Roger Williams, Peter Nero, Robert Merrill, Anna Maria Alberghetti, Guy Lombardo, Woody Herman, Ferrante & Teicher, Fred Waring, Mitch Miller, Gene Krupa, Warren’s own Irene Oliver, and more.
Artist selection has since evolved to suit a changing audience, and recent performers have included The Texas Tenors, Debby Boone, The Gatlin Brothers, The Diamonds, Oak Ridge Boys, Linda Eder, The Lettermen, Marilyn McCoo & Billy Davis, Jr., The Lennon Sisters, Home Free, Gary Puckett, The DooWop Project, Andy Cooney, and numerous other talented entertainers. 
The complete performance history is available on this website. (Click link at the top of the page.)
The successful continuation of Warren Civic Music for 80 years is a collective effort, thanks to loyal season ticket subscribers, dedicated board members, and the generous support of benefactors and patrons.
WCMA Officers and Chairpersons Board Members
William H. Dennis, Jr.
Keith E. Bowser
Teresa M. Massucci
Teresa Massucci
 James A. Bragger
Ellie C.Monchak
James A. Bragger
 David G. Craciun
Richard A. Polko
Cynthia L. Koehler
William H. Dennis, Jr.
Jean A. Potashnik
Artist Selection
Ellie C. Monchak
Jeffrey E. Dreves
Marlene M. Strollo
Artist Selection, Asst.
Jean A. Potashnik
James E. Herriman
Martha Urchek
 Brian D. Verch
Roz Jackson
Mary Ellen Vencel
 Martha Urchek
Cynthia L. Koehler
Brian D. Verch
Subscriptions, Asst.
 Dick Lytle
Janet H. Vogt
Past Presidents
 Kathy J. Wiltrout
Jeffrey E. Dreves
Donald J. Senne
Robert W. Balson
K. Robert Metheny †
Robert I. Lowry †
Donald L. Guarnieri †
Otto A. Lovett †
Rev. M. C. Johns †
Dr. Paul C. Gauchat †
Lewis L. Guarnieri †
Rev. Robert W. Fay †
Judge Dewey B. McVicker †
 † Deceased

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