The Huntsville Symphony Orchestra Guild, a vital support organization to the HSO, was officially established in 1960. Its purpose is to foster, promote and increase the knowledge and appreciation of music to the residents of Madison County and the surrounding areas. The Guild’s financial and volunteer support assists in the organization of classes, lectures, music appreciation events and performances of symphonic music in cooperation with the Huntsville Symphony Orchestra.
In the process of celebrating its 50th Anniversary, the Guild has raised in excess of $6 million and has volunteered more than 726,000 hours of service. Its services to the orchestra include:
Education and Outreach
- Prepare area fourth graders for the annual Young People’s Concert
- Coordinate the Young Artists’ Auditions
- Present the Panoply Musical Instruments Tent
- Support summer music camps through Ruth C. Weber Scholarships
- Assist HSO Staff
- Maintain computer data for fund-raisers
- Assist with membership campaign
- Provide refreshments to Orchestra members during rehearsals
Fund Raising Events
- Symphony Ball since 1964
- Silver Tea, benefiting the Huntsville Youth Orchestra, since 1966
- Crescen-Dough Auction since 1973
HSO Guild News
In the Press: Huntsville Symphony Orchestra Guild succeeds in a high-tech town
Huntsville’s a city known for its high-tech accomplishments, but one of the most enduringly successful organizations is all about the arts. For 51 years, the Huntsville Symphony Orchestra Guild has supported the orchestra by raising money and providing educational outreach , succeeding through tough economy times and when orchestras around the country are struggling. Just recently, in fact, the guild presented the symphony with a check for more than $254,000, its contribution from the money members raised in 2012.
Painted Violin Unveiling Party
ServisFirst Bank hosted the Painted Violin Unveiling Party. The violin, created by native Huntsville artist now New Yorker, Patrick Culpepper, will be auctioned off at the Symphony Guild’s 40th Annual Crescen-Dough Auction on April 5th. The Painted Violin Society, along with the generous support of Jerry Damson Automotive, are proud sponsors of the Free Family Concert Series. This year, the Free Family Concert will be held Saturday, March 2nd at the Mark C. Smith Concert Hall. This concert will allow families from Huntsville and surrounding areas to hear our Symphony play beautiful music for all to enjoy.
From Left to Right: Ginney McDonald, PVS Chairman, Linda Akenhead, HSOG President, Frances Huffman, HSO Board Chairman, and Guild member Kay Eastin admire the Painted Violin by artist Patrick Culpepper at the Painted Violin Unveiling Party.
Young Artists Auditions
The Huntsville Symphony Orchestra Guild was pleased to be a part of the 42 Annual Young Artists Auditions this weekend. The talent that was on display by our young musicians was incredible!! 16 young musicians performed for judges on Saturday. Six finalists were announced and they performed on Sunday. Two finalists were selected. We will post their pictures as soon as they become available. Thank you to the Huntsville Symphony Orchestra, to Dr. Mia Irby who was a sponsor of the T-Shirts and a thank you to Twickenham Fest who sponsored the Winner’s Recital.
Heather Lyons, Co-Chairman for Young Artists Auditions and Jeanmarie Chappell-YAA Advisor and Active Guild member Sandy Knowling prepare a reception for the Young Artists and their families.
Guild member Pennie Keene and YAA Chairman, Alison Junen, prepare trays for the Young Artists Reception.
Music Teacher and guild member, Frances Schwemmer, shows off a t-shirt that was given to each young artist participant.
The Annual Silver Tea was held in December at the Mooresville Home of Margaret Anne Crumlish. Over 460 people visited this home and all proceeds from this event will benefit the Huntsville Youth Orchestra.
Margaret-Anne Crumlish, Home Hostess; HSOG President, Linda Akenhead; HYO Manager, Deborah Brown, and HYO Conductor, Joseph Lee.
Ginney McDonald, HSOG Youth Orchestra Liaison; Silver Tea Chairman, Susan Todd and HSOG President, Linda Akenhead