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Warren Civic Music Association is the oldest community arts organization in Trumbull County and one of the oldest 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. After three years of “hard times,” it was reorganized in 1940 as the Warren Civic Music Association.
The organization is a nonprofit 501(3)c with no paid staff and is guided by an all-volunteer board of directors. Warren Civic Music 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-quality musical programs with the goal of excellent entertainment at reasonable prices. 
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, programming was in the classical realm of 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.
Programming has since evolved to suit a changing audience, and recent performers have included The Texas Tenors, Debby Boone, The Diamonds, Oak Ridge Boys, Linda Eder, The Lettermen, Marilyn McCoo & Billy Davis, Jr., The Lennon Sisters, Home Free, Gary Puckett, and numerous other talented entertainers. 
A complete performance history is available on this website.  (Click link at the top of the page.)
The successful continuation of Warren Civic Music for over three-quarters of a century is a collective effort, thanks to loyal season ticket subscribers, dedicated board members, volunteers, and the generous support of benefactors and patrons.
WCMA Officers and Chairpersons Board Members
President
William H. Dennis, Jr.
Patricia A. Benetis
Teresa M. Massucci
Vice-President
Teresa Massucci
Keith E. Bowser
Ellie C.Monchak
Secretary
James A. Bragger
James A. Bragger
Richard A. Polko
Treasurer
Cynthia L. Koehler
David G. Craciun
Jean A. Potashnik
Artist Selection
Ellie C. Monchak
William H. Dennis, Jr.
Marlene M. Strollo
Asst. Artist Selection
Jean A. Potashnik
Jeffrey E. Dreves
Martha Urchek
Publicity and Programs
 Brian D. Verch
James E. Herriman
Mary Ellen Vencel
Subscriptions
 Patricia A. Benetis
Roz Jackson
Brian D. Verch
 Asst. Subscriptions
 Martha Urchek
Cynthia L. Koehler
Janet H. Vogt
Past Presidents
 Dick Lytle
 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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