Como Park Zoo and Conservatory - Music Under Glass Series

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2013 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Como Park Zoo and Conservatory
Start Date
July 2012
End Date
April 2013
Project Overview

In January 2012, the first of Music Under Glass launched featuring a 6 week series that ended in March featuring local musicians in the Marjorie McNeely Conservatory. The next 6 week summer series named Groovin’ in the Garden began August 1 running every Wednesday through September 5 and a new series began in January 2013 and ran 6 times through March 2013.

2013 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)

- Providing community venue to provide local musicians and lectures opportunity- Increase use of facility during non-open hours- Use of space to create a memorable experiece for guest and talent- Create a baseline of information, follow up survey after programs- Increasing knowledge, awareness, and interest in topic

Measurable Outcome(s)

Outcome #1 – Provide a community venue to provide local musicians and lectures an opportunity. Como Park Zoo and Conservatory has been able to provide 12 local bands a venue to perform during the first series. When completed a total of 18 bookingswill have performed. A total of six lectures will also have a venue to convey their message and work.Outcome #2 – Increase use of facility during non-public hours. The Music Under Glass was held after public hours, for a total of 12 dates that the Marjorie McNeely Conservatory normally is closed. A total of 4,265 guestsenjoyed the series. If not for the grant, the public would not be allowed to use the space.Outcome #3 – Use space to create a memorable experience for the guest and talent. Each week staff asked attendees about the experience and many felt being allowed in the Conservatory at night was very special and that the music added that much more to it. The bands enjoyed the venue and inquired about future opportunities.Outcome #4 – Determine a baseline of information, follow-up with after event survey. For the first two series, Como Park Zoo  found it difficult to capture user information. Guests did not want to offer personal information or fill out surveys. A different technique is being determined for the next series.

Recipient Board Members
Diana Allen

Realtor, Minnesota Home Ventures
Jo Bailey

Community Volunteer
Sheila Brown

Assistant Treasurer and Vice President, Travelers
Arta Cheney

Community Volunteer
Jennifer Denys

Investment Counsel, Advantus Capital Management, a subsidiary of Securian Financial Group
Scott Dongoske

President, Winthrop & Weinstine PA
Peter Everett

Marketing Director of Adult Cereals, General Mills
Anne Hazelroth Field

Chair – Community Volunteer
David Gabel

Finance, Ecolab
Tom Hodnefield

Treasurer – CPA, Tautges Redpath, Ltd.
Robert Hoke

District Manager of Saint Paul and Vice President, Wells Fargo Bank, N.A.
Jennifer Huelsmann

Executive, Accenture
Bill Kaphing

Vice President, Xcel Energy
Joe Nayquonabe

Corporate Director of Marketing, Grand Casino Mille Lacs/Hinckley
Nancy Nelson

Vice Chair – Consultant, The Nelson Group
Marla Ordway

Pratt Ordway Properties
Lynette Palmgren

Community Volunteer
Bill Parker

Executive Vice President, Chief Credit Officer, US Bancorp
Ed Pendergast

Community Volunteer
Susan Roeder

Vice President, Andersen Corporate Foundation
Wendy Rubin

CEO, Wendy Rubin Ltd.
Kathleen Schubert

Organizational Consultant
Peter Thrane

Attorney, Leonard Street & Deinard
Keith Wietecki

Former President & CEO, Seren Innovations & Xcel Energy
Leonard Wilkening

Emeritus Director
Ex Officio
Mike Hahm

Director, Saint Paul Parks and Recreation
Michelle Furrer

Campus Manager, Como Park Zoo and Conservatory
Jackie Sticha

President, Como Friends
Project Manager
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Como Park Zoo and Conservatory
Street Address
1225 Estabrook Drive
Saint Paul
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50 Sherburne Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55155