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An exciting season is underway for the Debutantes of 2014.  

On Thursday evening, May 22 at The Ledges, debutantes and their fathers attended a new training seminar designed to enhance the beauty and pageantry of the formal presentation of the 2014 Symphony Ball, set for November 1, 2014.

Symphony Ball Chairman, Pam Gann, welcomed the debs and dads with coffee, tea, and elegant desserts prepared by The Ledges’ culinary team.  Announcement photographs of the debutantes taken by Ball photographer, Mark Jaeger, were set against scenic views overlooking Huntsville.

The evening’s events were organized by chairmen Debbie Overcash and Brenda Milberger. 

Long-time advisor to the Symphony Ball, Randy Roper, provided instruction to the debutantes and their fathers on formal presentation and the curtsy.

Dance instructors Debra Jenkins of Merrimack Hall and Hayley Henderson of Element Huntsville, along with their talented assistants Peyton Davis, Corey Rives, and Emma Jenkins, provided instruction to the debs and dads for a choreographed waltz to be performed the night of the Symphony Ball.  They will dance to the Voices of Spring Waltz, by Johann Strauss II.

On the evening of the Ball, November 1, immediately after the presentation of the debutantes and waltz with their fathers, former debutantes of the Huntsville Symphony Ball over the past fifty years will be invited to join the 2014 debutantes in a special dance.

The Symphony Ball, sponsored by the Huntsville Symphony Orchestra Guild since 1964, is an annual fundraiser benefitting the Huntsville Symphony Orchestra.

Bow & Curtsy

Bow & Curtsy

Gary and Spencer Anglin

Gary and Spencer Anglin

Corey Rives, Debra Jenkins, Emma Jenkins

Corey Rives, Debra Jenkins, Emma Jenkins

Randy Roper (instructing), Emily and Neil Sutphin

Randy Roper (instructing), Emily and Neil Sutphin

2014 Symphony Ball debutantes start social season at afternoon tea

2014 Symphony Ball debutantes and their mothers enjoyed a lovely afternoon tea Wednesday, May 21 at The Ledges Country Club.  The annual event is hosted by the previous year’s Ball Chair.  This year Dr. Stacey Gardner hosted the event, continuing the tradition.  The May 21 tea marked the official start of the debutante social season.

The 39 young women who will make their social debut on November 1, their mothers, members of the Huntsville Symphony Orchestra Guild’s 2014 Ball Committee,past Guild Presidents, and past Ball Chairmen attended the event.  The Guild sponsors the debutante program each year as a fundraiser for Huntsville’s professional orchestra.  This will be the 51st Symphony Ball.

Guests were greeted by Stacey, by Symphony Guild President Beth Wise, and 2014 Ball Chairman Pam Gann.  A silver wine cooler, given to the Symphony Guild in 1993 by past Ball Chairmen, in memory of Robin Lanier Stewart, who served as Ball Chairman in 1988, was filled with red roses and graced the entryway as guests arrived.  It has been used every year at the Deb Tea since 1993. 

The young women enjoyed catching up after their freshman year of college as they enjoyed the delicious tea menu chosen by Stacey.   They sipped on punch served by past Ball Chairmen and past Presidents Ivy Albert, Mackie Bethay, Carole Booher, Carole Jones, Sheryl Livingston, Marie Newberry, Suzanne O’Connor, and Amelia Summerville.  A variety of delicacies were served, including chicken salad mini tartlets, dainty cucumber mint sandwiches and other tea sandwiches, along with an assortment of chocolates, strawberries, and other sweets.  The centerpiece was a tall arrangement of white and yellow roses.

The young ladies and their mothers looked over scrapbooks of previous debutante years, noting the variety of parties and invitations.  They shared plans for the summer season and looked forward to their own service projects and celebrations.

Amelia Summerville, Suzanne O’Connor

Amelia Summerville, Suzanne O’Connor

Katherine McCown, Darby Steinberger, Celia Masucci

Katherine McCown, Darby Steinberger, Celia Masucci

Donna Rush, Susan Fredrickson, Pam Gann, Beth Wise, Dr. Stacey Gardner

Donna Rush, Susan Fredrickson, Pam Gann, Beth Wise, Dr. Stacey Gardner

Grace Greco, Emily Knowling, Lauren Hammond, Sanders Clayton, Madison Sheible

Grace Greco, Emily Knowling, Lauren Hammond, Sanders Clayton, Madison Sheible

2014 Huntsville Symphony Orchestra Debutantes Announced

The Ledges Country Club provided scenic vistas for photographs of the 39 young women who will make their debut at the 2014 Symphony Ball on November 1.  The young women enjoyed their first week of the season with three activities: the Debutante Tea at The Ledges, a special Debutantes and Dads event, also at The Ledges, and the Service Project at Huntsville Hospital.  They continue the time-honored Huntsville tradition, which begins anew this summer.

The Symphony Ball, held since 1964, is an annual major fundraising event for Huntsville’s own professional orchestra.  It entails many hours of work by the event sponsor, the Huntsville Symphony Orchestra Guild.  Pam Gann is chairwoman of the 2014 Ball, and this year will be the 51st Ball.

The 2014 debutantes, having completed their freshman year at college, look forward to an exciting season of social activities with their families and friends, as well as participating in a very special service project.  The Symphony Ball season will culminate with their debuts at a gala event on November 1 in the Von Braun Center North Hall.

First Row:  Kalli Scherlis, Sanders Clayton, Anna Lee Lawson, Caroline McCrary   Second Row:  Beth Byers, Spencer Anglin, Alexandra Ferguson, Madison Sheible   Third Row:  Alli Murphree, Lauren Hammond, Lillie Brown, Elizabeth Earles   Not pictured:  Emily Cragon, Alice Stallworth

First Row: Kalli Scherlis, Sanders Clayton, Anna Lee Lawson, Caroline McCrary
Second Row: Beth Byers, Spencer Anglin, Alexandra Ferguson, Madison Sheible
Third Row: Alli Murphree, Lauren Hammond, Lillie Brown, Elizabeth Earles
Not pictured: Emily Cragon, Alice Stallworth

First Row:  Allison Vann, Darby Steinberger, Emily Sutphin, Rachel Givens   Second Row:  Cecilia Masucci, Caroline Easterling, Anna Katherine Kimbrough, Merrill Boles   Third Row:  Harper Stephens, Katherine McCown, Callie Cole, Bailey Geiger

First Row: Allison Vann, Darby Steinberger, Emily Sutphin, Rachel Givens
Second Row: Cecilia Masucci, Caroline Easterling, Anna Katherine Kimbrough, Merrill Boles
Third Row: Harper Stephens, Katherine McCown, Callie Cole, Bailey Geiger

Front Row:  McCarley Buchanan, Brooke Taylor, Emily Mantooth, Lindsay Birchfield   Second Row:  Eleanor Burke, Carol Ann Kelly, Cara Sharpe, Grace Greco, Emily Brown   Third Row:  Brinn Loftin, Emily Knowling, Allie Hergert, Alexandra Herring

Front Row: McCarley Buchanan, Brooke Taylor, Emily Mantooth, Lindsay Birchfield
Second Row: Eleanor Burke, Carol Ann Kelly, Cara Sharpe, Grace Greco, Emily Brown
Third Row: Brinn Loftin, Emily Knowling, Allie Hergert, Alexandra Herring

Following is a list of the 2014 debutantes, their parents, their high schools, and colleges:

Spencer Anne Anglin, 18, daughter of Mrs. Julie Jackson Anglin and Mr. Gary Spencer Anglin, Huntsville High School, University of Montevallo;

Lindsay Walker Birchfield, 19, daughter of Mrs. Douglas Edward Brown and Mr. Thomas Harold Birchfield II, Huntsville High School, Samford University;

Susan Merrill Boles, 18, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Duffy Boles, Jr., Huntsville High School, University of Alabama;

Emily Walker Brown, 19, daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Michael David Brown, Huntsville High School, University of South Carolina;

Lillian Atwood Brown, 19, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William Atwood Brown, Randolph School, Samford University;

Michelle McCarley Buchanan, 19, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Richard Vandiver Buchanan, Huntsville High School, Auburn University;

Eleanor Compton Burke, 19, daughter of Mrs.Compton Burke and Mr. John Anthony Burke, Randolph School, Wake Forest University;

Elizabeth Jane Byers, 19, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Marcus Elbert Byers, Huntsville High School, Auburn University;

Frances Lane Sanders Clayton, 19, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Wesley Clayton, Randolph School, Appalachian State University;

Callie Abigail Cole, 19, daughter of Mrs. Cynthia Smith Cole and Mr. Kenneth Bridges Cole, Jr., Huntsville High School, University of Alabama;

Emily Jane Cragon, 19, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Stephen Dibrell Cragon, Jr., Huntsville High School, Auburn University;

Elizabeth Reneau Earles, 19, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Donald Patrick Earles, Randolph School, Auburn University;

Caroline Leigh Easterling, 18, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Michael Keith Easterling, Huntsville High School, Auburn University;

Miriam Alexandra Ferguson, 19, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Byron Williams Ferguson III, Randolph School, University of Alabama;

Bailey Elizabeth Geiger, 19, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Wade Charles Geiger, Huntsville High School, University of Alabama;

Rachel Thomas Givens, 18, daughter of Mrs. Tammi Mischelle Thomas and Mr. Daniel Morris Givens, Grissom High School, Auburn University;

Grace Nicole Greco, 19, daughter of The Doctors Cara Grady and John Joseph Greco, Randolph School, American University;

Lauren Nicole Hammond, 19, daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Douglas Glen Hammond, Randolph School, Samford University;

Allie Culver Hergert, 19, daughter of Mrs. Leila Culver Hergert and Mr. Paul Donald Hergert, Huntsville High School, University of Alabama;

Alexandra Jean Herring, 19, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. James Wilson Drake and Mr. Jeffrey Gene Herring, Huntsville High School, University of Alabama;

Carol Ann Kelly, 18, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jeffrey Todd Kelly, Huntsville High School, University of Alabama;

Anna Katherine Kimbrough, 19, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Hal Reuben Kimbrough, Huntsville High School, Auburn University;

Emily Claire Knowling, 19, daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Robert John Knowling, Randolph School, Auburn University;

Anna Lee Lawson, 18, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Sims Lawson, Huntsville High School, Auburn University;

Talley Brinn Loftin, 19, daughter of Mrs. Roney Loftin and Mr. Gordon Bartley Loftin III, Randolph School, Samford University;

Emily Grace Mantooth, 19, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Mark Kevin Mantooth, Huntsville High School, Samford University;

Cecilia Alexandra Masucci, 18, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Joseph Masucci, Jr., Huntsville High School, Auburn University;

Katherine Jeanne McCown, 18, daughter of The Reverend and Mrs. William Russell McCown, Huntsville High School, Sewanee:  The University of the South;

Emma Caroline McCrary, 19, daughter of Mrs. Myra Ponder McCrary and Mr. Roy Thorson McCrary, Jr., Randolph School, Auburn University;

Allison Elizabeth Murphree, 19, daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Steven Willard Murphree, Randolph School, Auburn University;

Kalli Ilyssa Scherlis, 19, daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Morris Lee Scherlis, Randolph School, University of Alabama;

Cara Joyce Sharpe, 18, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jonathan Bruce Sharpe, Huntsville High School, University of Alabama;

Madison Laine Sheible, 19, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Marvin Broadway, Jr. and Mr. Daniel Gregory Sheible, Randolph School, Auburn University;

Alice Lawson Stallworth, 19, daughter of Dr. and Mrs. David Kern Stallworth, Monroe Academy, University of Alabama;

Darby Hunter Steinberger, 19, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Martin Eric Steinberger, Lake Highland Preparatory School, Auburn University;

Harper Louise Stephens, 19, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Holman Harold Stephens, Huntsville High School, Auburn University;

Emily Ann Sutphin, 19, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Neil Walker Sutphin, Huntsville High School, University of Mississippi;

Brooke McKenzie Taylor, 18, daughter of Mrs. Curran Taylor and Mr. Herbert Montgomery Taylor, Jr., Huntsville High School, University of Alabama;

Allison Anne Vann, 18, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. James Thompson Vann, George Walton High School, Auburn University;

Silver Tea

The Silver Tea, hosted annually by the Huntsville Symphony Orchestra Guild, has been a holiday tradition since 1963.  Following tradition, past Guild presidents man the silver bowl where donations are accepted. All proceeds benefit the Huntsville Youth Orchestra and music education.  Attendance at the Silver Tea is by invitation only.

Silver Tea 2013

The Timberlake’s home decorated beautifully for Silver Tea 2013

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Symphony Ball

The Huntsville Symphony Orchestra Guild established the Symphony Ball as a major fundraiser for the Huntsville Symphony Orchestra in 1964.  Young women invited to debut at the Symphony Ball are college sophomores with a history of community involvement. Since its inception, the Ball has raised more than $2M to support orchestral music for the community.

2013 HSOG Ball Committee

2013 HSOG Ball Committee

2013 Huntsville Symphony Orchestra Debutantes Group 3

2013 Huntsville Symphony Orchestra Debutantes
Group 3

2013 Huntsville Symphony Orchestra Debutantes Group 2

2013 Huntsville Symphony Orchestra Debutantes
Group 2

2013 Huntsville Symphony Orchestra Debutantes Group 1

2013 Huntsville Symphony Orchestra Debutantes
Group 1

Ruth Cole Weber Scholarship

The purpose of the Ruth Cole Weber Scholarship is to assist and to encourage young music students in further study of their instruments. Students in grades 6 through 11 may apply for the annual scholarships. Scholarships are funded through donations to the Ruth Cole Weber Endowment Fund. The Fund was established in 1980 and attained endowment status in 1993 through the generosity of Guild members and friends in the community who make personal donations in honor or in memory of individuals or groups.

Scholarships have been awarded to students who have attended summer camps such as the Tennessee Valley Music Festival; Brevard String Camp in Brevard, North Carolina; Sewanee Summer Music Festival in Sewanee, Tennessee; and music study in Estonia.

Please consider a donation to the Ruth Cole Weber Endowment Fund.  Contact Chair, Ivy Downs Albert (ldowns6 at gmail.com).