From the Volunteer Council of the League of American Orchestras
For Outstanding Volunteer Project- Past Presidents Fund Committee
The Volunteer Council of the League of American Orchestras is pleased to announce that the Huntsville Symphony Orchestra Guild has won a Roundtable Award in the annual Gold Book competition. The project was titled the Past Presidents Fund Committee. The Huntsville Symphony Orchestra Guild supports the Huntsville Symphony Orchestra. The award will be presented at the League’s 70thth National Conference this May in Cleveland, OH.
Fifty two women have served as President of the Huntsville Symphony Orchestra Guild. Many continue to work today with the Guild, as there is a deep love and respect for this organization. In 2001, past presidents gathered and expressed a desire to remain friends and stay active within the Guild. The idea of providing scholarships for deserving students in the string program of the Symphony School was born. Every year since, the past presidents have made contributions to the Past President’s Fund. When those funds reached endowment status, the past presidents began awarding scholarships to worthy young string students. Although there is a onetime Lifetime gift a past president may give, many continue with annual contributions. The past presidents of the Huntsville Symphony Orchestra Guild continue to further its mission of providing music education for young people.
On Tuesday, February 4 and Wednesday, February 5, the 2015 Huntsville Symphony Orchestra’s Young People’s Concerts were held at the Mark C. Smith Concert Hall of the Von Braun Center. These concerts are an annual educational event sponsored by Huntsville Symphony Orchestra Guild and other individuals and businesses in conjunction with the Huntsville Symphony Orchestra. This year, we were grateful to have Dana Town and SEA Wire and Cable as sponsors. We always look forward to this special event as our desire is to bring music to all area children with the ultimate goal of instilling in them a lifelong love of this art. With that in mind, we’re pleased to announce that this year’s concerts were attended by over 7,000 fourth-graders!
Gregory Vajda, HSO Music Director and Conductor, led the orchestra members in a beautiful performance of Listen! Watch! Play! along with a special piece performed by the winner of the Young Artist Auditions, Joey Li.
Congratulations to our members who have been honored this year!
Nancy Richeson Siniard was recently named the female distinguished alumni of the University of Alabama for 2015
Donna Rush (Huntsville Symphony Orchestra Guild past president) and Dorothy Davidson (Huntsville Symphony Orchestra sponsor) were recognized by the Women’s Economic Development Council Foundation as 2014 “Women Honoring Women” honorees.
Clare Grisham received a prestigious Girl Scouts Woman of Distinction Award
and Louise Heidish received the Christine Richard Lifetime Achievement Award. (This award honors the memory of a beloved community leader, and long-time HSOG member, whose contributions had far-reaching impact in the North Alabama area.)
We are so very proud of you!
Dr. and Mrs. James McMurray graciously opened their home for the 2014 Silver Tea.
Theresa Taylor, Deborah Brown, Jan McMurray, Beth Wise, Joe Lee.
We have GREAT news to share!
The Volunteer Council of the League of American Orchestras has notified us that our project, The Past Presidents’ Fund Committee, has been selected for a Gold Book Roundtable Award. This is one of nine outstanding projects selected from submissions from all over the country and Canada to be recognized at the League’s National Conference in May 2015.