2017 Symphony Ball to Present 42 Debutantes

Huntsville Country Club provided a scenic setting for photographs of the 42 young women who will make their debut at the 2017 Symphony Ball October 28th. The young women enjoyed their first week of the season with three activities: the Debutante Tea at the home of Mrs. Ernest Wayne Bonner, a special Debutantes and Presenters event at Huntsville Country Club, and two service projects: one for the Huntsville Symphony Orchestra and the other for 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 the Huntsville’s own professional Symphony Orchestra. It entails many hours of work by the event sponsor, the Huntsville Symphony Orchestra Guild. Patti Thornton is chairwoman of the 2017 Ball, and this year will be the 54th Ball.

The 2017 debutantes, having completed their freshman year at college, look forward to an exciting season of social activities with their families and friends. The Symphony Ball season will culminate with their debuts at a gala event on October 28th in the Von Braun Center North Hall.

Following is a list of the 2017 debutantes, their parents, their high schools, and colleges:

Peyton Leigh Brown, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Christopher Todd Brown, Huntsville High School, University of Alabama

Callie McGinn Campbell, daughter of Ms. Jenifer Campbell and Dr. Allen Campbell, Huntsville High school, Auburn University

Catherine Mae Cape, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Christopher Lee Cape, Whitesburg Christian Academy, Mississippi College

Hannah Page Clayton, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Wesley Clayton, Randolph School, Furman University

Sydney Grace Cole, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Timothy John Cole, Huntsville High School, University of Alabama

Sarah Grace Copeland, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jeffrey Graham Copeland, Randolph School, University of Alabama

Molly Kathryn Cornelius, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Stephen Cornelius, Huntsville High School, Birmingham Southern College

Lillian Grace Couvillon, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Hanson Lawrence Couvillon, junior, Huntsville High School, University of Alabama

Hayley Cynthia Dent, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William Vaden Dent, junior, Covenant Christian Academy, University of Alabama, Huntsville

Melissa Meaghan Dillard, daughter of Mrs. David Wade Skidmore and Mr. William Hale Dillard, Randolph School, Samford University

Victoria Prescott Fennell, daughter of Dr. Angela Saint Fennell and Mr. Raymond Prescott Fennell, Randolph School, Southern Methodist University

Polly Elizabeth Gartrell, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Edward Conant Gartrell, junior, Huntsville High School, University of Alabama

Elizabeth Montague Gold, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Kevin Joseph Gold, Randolph School, Villanova University

Carol Frances Graffeo, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Anthony Graffeo, Huntsville High School, Samford University

Jordan Patricia Hanks, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William James Hanks, Huntsville High School, Auburn University

Mary Grace Hash, daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Robert Lee Hash II, Randolph School, Wake Forest University

Windham Elizabeth Hunter, daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Vernon Ross Hunter, junior, Randolph School, Vanderbilt University

Alexa Anne Janssen, daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Eric Wilfred Janssen, Randolph School, University of Alabama

Emory Brennis Johnson, daughter of Dr. and Mrs. John Dee Johnson, junior, Randolph School, Pepperdine University

Macey Ann Johnson, daughter of Ms. Mary Margaret Batson Johnson and Mr. Harold Gregory Johnson, Huntsville High School, University of Alabama

Caroline Olivia Jones, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. George Gresham Jones, Randolph School, University of Alabama

Megan Cecelia Kesting, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Lawrence Kesting, Huntsville High School, Auburn University

Bonnie Nichole Lioce, daughter of Dr. Lori Lioce and Mr. Nick Lioce, Randolph School, Birmingham Southern College

Anne Dillon Loflin, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Phifer Loflin, Huntsville High School, University of Alabama

Jordan Elizabeth Loftin, daughter of Ms. Roney Loftin and Mr. Gordon Bartley Loftin III, Randolph School, Birmingham Southern College

Claudia Grace Lynn, daughter of Dr. Susanne Lynn and Mr. Jeffrey Leonard Lynn, Randolph School, Auburn University

Lillian Grace Markwalter, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Richard Eugene Markwalter, junior, Huntsville High School, University of Alabama

Sarah Alexandra Miner, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Timothy James Miner, Independence High School, University of Alabama

Lauren Elle Noller, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Christ Noller, junior, Randolph School, Mississippi State University

Elizabeth Chason Norris, daughter of Mrs. Van Valkenburgh Norris and Mr. John Edward Norris, Huntsville High School, University of Alabama

Megan Danielle Pollard, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Anthony Kirk Pollard, Huntsville High School, Auburn University

Emily Anne Reiney, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Michael Keenan Reiney, senior, Randolph School, American University

Hannah Elizabeth Schrimsher, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jason Lee Schrimsher, Huntsville High School, University of Alabama

Alysa Trotter Sexton, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William Britt Sexton, Randolph School, University of Alabama

RileyAnne Harrington Sharpe, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jonathan Bruce Sharpe, Huntsville High School, Centre College

Sally Frances Smith, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Franklin Smith, Huntsville High School, University of Alabama

Evelyn Claire Sutton, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Stanley Sutton, Huntsville High School, University of North Alabama

Sally Louise Swing, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Scott Anthony Swing, Huntsville High School, Auburn University

Allison Frances Taylor, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Brent Leigh Taylor, Huntsville High School, Samford University

Emily Allison Tucker, daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Gregory Scott Tucker, Huntsville High School, Washington and Lee

Meredith Jane Walker, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Winston Clay Walker, Randolph School, Auburn University

Taylor Grace Willis, daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Albert Edward Willis II, Huntsville High school, Auburn University

Symphony Ball to present 42 debutantes

Forty-two young women will make their debut at the Huntsville Symphony
Orchestra Guild 54th Symphony Ball on October 28, 2017. The young women enjoyed their first week of the season with the Debutante Tea at the home of Mrs. Earnest Wayne Bonner, a “Debutantes and Presenters” event at the Huntsville Country Club, and two service projects. They continue the time-honored Huntsville tradition, which begins anew this summer.

 

Front (L to R):
Peyton Brown, Cacky Cape, Melissa Dillard, Sydney Cole, Sarah Grace
Copeland, Molly Kathryn Cornelius, Lily Grace Couvillon
Back (L to R):
Hayley Dent, Callie Campbell, Hannah Page Clayton, Victoria Fennell,
Polly Gartrell, Libby Gold, Carol Graffeo

Front (L to R):
Jordan Hanks, Mary Grace Hash, Windham Hunter, Alexa Janssen, Emory
Johnson, Macey Johnson, Caroline Jones
Back (L to R):
Megan Kesting, Bonnie Lioce, Anne Dillon Loflin, Jordan Loftin,
Claudia Lynn, Lillie Markwalter, Sarah Miner

Front (L to R):
Elle Noller, Lizzy Norris, Megan Pollard, Annie Reiney, Hannah
Schrimsher, Aly Sexton, RileyAnne Sharpe
Back (L to R):
Sally Frances Smith, Evie Sutton, Sally Swing, Allison Taylor,
Meredith Walker, Taylor Willis Not pictured: Emily Tucker

Huntsville Symphony Ball debutantes participate in two service projects

 

Each year, the Symphony Ball debutantes participate in a community service project and seminar as part of the beginning of the debutante season. Proceeds from the Symphony Ball benefit the Huntsville Symphony Orchestra. To highlight music and community service, this year the event joined efforts with two local organizations: the Huntsville Symphony Orchestra and the Huntsville Hospital Foundation. The Service Project and Seminar, which was held Friday, the 19th of May, 2017, started with the debutantes gathering at the Huntsville Symphony Orchestra office.

Sharon Hicks, Director of Education of the Huntsville Symphony Orchestra (HSO), led the debutantes in their first service project of the day, as they cleaned the violins for the Huntsville Symphony School’s third grade violin program. Ms. Hicks provided a history lesson to the group on the Huntsville Symphony Orchestra and the Symphony School and provided an impromptu violin lesson. While the debutantes were busy cleaning violins, they were entertained by the music of two young members of the Huntsville Youth Orchestra.

The young ladies then boarded the 1920s vintage-inspired downtown Huntsville trolley for a ride to the campus of UAB Health Clinic. The Debutantes assembled packets for their “Coloring Book Project.” The special coloring books depict exciting places from the City of Huntsville and highlight the orchestra and music. The coloring cooks were illustrated by the late Bill May, father of former Debutante Hughston May. The coloring book packets will be given to Huntsville Hospital patients visiting the Pediatric Emergency Room and those in both the Pediatric Unit and the Pediatric ICU.

While the debutantes enjoyed lunch, Candy Burnett, President of the Huntsville Hospital Foundation, kicked off the workshop with a “baker’s dozen tips for success” presentation. Huntsville Symphony Orchestra Guild member Lori Gregory also presented “Polish your Professionalism” reviewing business etiquette to aide in their career development. The event concluded with a Career Planning Workshop where the young Huntsville Hospital professionals conducted round robin sessions highlighting their careers. The ladies learned about the many different career paths within the Hospital from various departments including Business, Nursing, Radiology and more. Many of the speakers were former Debutantes.

Huntsville Hospital employee, Jordan McMullan, who coordinated the hospital visit, is also a former debutante. Debutante Service Project coordinators from the Huntsville Symphony Orchestra Guild were Lori Gregory, Bobsy Ingram, Joanna May and Dana Lusk. The young ladies will be formally introduced to the community during the 54th Symphony Ball on October 28, 2017.

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

For further information, call Jennifer Lapidus, 256-520-6175

 

2017 Symphony Ball Debutantes begin social season with afternoon tea

2017 Symphony Ball debutantes and their mothers enjoyed a lovely afternoon Tea, Wednesday, May 17th at the beautiful home of Guild member, Charlie Bonner. The previous year’s Ball Chairman hosts the annual event and this year, Linda Akenhead continued the tradition. The Debutante Tea marks the official start of the Debutante social season.

Attending the event were the 42 young women who will make their debut at the 54th Symphony Ball, October 28, together with their mothers, and the members of the 2017 Ball Committee, past Guild Presidents and officers, past Ball Chairmen, and the wives of the Ball advisors.

Guests were greeted by Charlie, along with 2017 Ball Chairman, Patti Thornton, and Symphony Guild President, Pam Gann. A silver wine cooler filled with beautiful spring flowers graced the entryway as guests arrived. The silver container was given in 1993 by past Ball Chairman, in memory of Robin Lanier Stewart, 1988 Ball Chairman. It has been used every year at the Debutante Tea since 1993.

The young women enjoyed catching up after their freshman year of college as they enjoyed the delicious tea menu selected by Linda. The Tea was catered by Carlton’s Catering and included a variety of delicacies including country ham and biscuits, chicken salad in pastry shells, cheese ring with fresh fruit, tomato and cucumber sandwiches, and variety of sweets that included strawberry and chocolate bites and iced lemon shortbread cookies. The centerpiece, as well as the flowers in the foyer, was towering arrangements by In Bloom Floral Design Studio, with beautiful spring flowers of white and pink roses, pink peonies, snapdragons, lilies and orchids. Punch and sparkling grape juice were served by past Ball Chairmen and past Presidents Marie Newberry, Suzanne O’Conner, Betty Tomlin, Rosalie Smith, Nancy Colin and Margaret Vann.

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

2016 Huntsville Symphony Orchestra Guild 53rd Debutante Ball

Front Row: (left to right) Bailey Elizabeth Gardner, Carolanne Sterling Spearman, Julianna Ellen Kendall, Kaitlyn Elizabeth Shoemake, Abby Elaine Knowling, Caroline Emily Wilson

Front Row: (left to right) Bailey Elizabeth Gardner, Carolanne Sterling Spearman, Julianna Ellen Kendall, Kaitlyn Elizabeth Shoemake, Abby Elaine Knowling, Caroline Emily Wilson | Second Row: (left to right) Sarah Margaret Averbuch, Millicent Leigh Steed, Olivia Brenda Costanza, Maria Catherine Caprio, Sarah Abbott Martinson, Caroline Pollard Curran, Madeline Beatty Kofskey | Third Row: (left to right) Mary McClure Hardin, Megan Ann Smith, Elizabeth Anne Jones, Mary Charles Stewart

Front Row: (left to right) Ann Christian Brown, Sarah Elizabeth Moshier, Elise Marie Greco, Susan Michelle Caudle, Bailey Alexandra Bentley, Emily Adair Evans Second Row: (left to right) Kathryn Diane Griffin, Susanne Hames McCrary, Kate Noble Wheeler Hall, Karen Tindall Morring, Lauren Alexandra Neighbors, Amanda Katherine Malone, Hannah Caroline Martz Third Row: (left to right) Patton Lee Park, Harriet Rhett Crosby, Lily Madeleine Hendrix, Peyton Ann Mickle, Hannah Leigh Splawn

Front Row: (left to right) Ann Christian Brown, Sarah Elizabeth Moshier, Elise Marie Greco, Susan Michelle Caudle, Bailey Alexandra Bentley, Emily Adair Evans | Second Row: (left to right) Kathryn Diane Griffin, Susanne Hames McCrary, Kate Noble Wheeler Hall, Karen Tindall Morring, Lauren Alexandra Neighbors, Amanda Katherine Malone, Hannah Caroline Martz | Third Row: (left to right) Patton Lee Park, Harriet Rhett Crosby, Lily Madeleine Hendrix, Peyton Ann Mickle, Hannah Leigh Splawn

 

The Huntsville Symphony Orchestra Guild had the honor of presenting 35 young women on Saturday, October 29, in the Von Braun Center North Hall at the 53rd Symphony Ball. Over 920 patrons, guests, friends and family attended the formal presentation and enjoyed “An Evening to Remember.” This year’s Ball was chaired by Linda Akenhead.

The Von Braun Center North Hall was transformed into a colorful vision of shades of lavenders, purples, and greens.  Guests entered the North Hall through curtains of white with purple fabric accents.  Two Greek urns flanked the entrance into the North Hall, and they were filled with large trees and hanging luminaries.  Silver roses surrounded the base of each tree.

Inside the North Hall, the walls were draped with white curtains with panels of slate accents.  Tables were covered with both tablecloths of lavender with white lattice and eggplant.  The containers on each table were either a silver love cup or crystal compote bowl.  Beautiful arrangements of pink lilies, purple stock, eggplant calla lilies, hydrangeas, and roses of Ocean Song Lavender, Nautical Lavender, Moody Blues and Cool Water Purple filled each container.

A canopy surrounded with aubergine velvet framed the stage.  Soft sheer curtains hung from the canopy.  Two large Grecian urns flanked the stage and were filled with large trees from which pink orchids hung from the branches.   The room was awash with a blush glow of light.  As they were presented, Debutantes carried bouquets of the debutante rose, Queen of the Night.  Floral designer was Carl Casiday of Lola’s, Sheffield Alabama.

An invocation was delivered by Richard Van Valkenburgh, Jr.; and Jerry Nutt, Emeritus Member of the Huntsville Symphony Orchestra Association Board of Trustees and current Director of Development for the Huntsville Symphony Orchestra, served as Announcer for the Ball.  The Symphony Orchestra strings and trumpets provided the perfect music during the cocktail hour, followed by the debutante presentation and a waltz with the debutantes and their fathers. The Craig Duncan Orchestra from Nashville never sounded better as everyone danced the night away.

Guests enjoyed a formal dinner of sliced pear salad with mixed greens, fig balsamic marinated grilled peaches, feta cheese, and fig dressing; chili rubbed filet of beef served with Chimichurri; chicken breast stuffed with asparagus, roasted red pepper, Gouda with Béchamel Sauce; Dauphinoise potatoes; roasted zucchini; yellow squash; broccoli; and red velvet cheesecake.

Following are the 2016 Symphony Ball Debutantes, their parents, presenters and escorts:

Sarah Margaret Averbuch, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Scott Owen Averbuch, presented by her father and escorted by Mr. Michael James Holmes.

Bailey Alexandra Bentley, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Bryan Thomson Bentley, presented by her father and escorted by Mr. Steven Ross Owens.

Ann Christian Brown, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Christian Damian Brown, presented by her father and escorted by Mr. Duane Scot Augustson II.

Maria Catherine Caprio, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Mark Caprio, presented by her father and escorted by Mr. Joshua Michael Crumbley.

Susan Michelle Caudle, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jim Dale Caudle, junior, presented by her father and escorted by Mr. Griffin Patterson Peek.

Olivia Brenda Costanza, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Vincent Russell Costanza, presented by her father and escorted by Mr. Andrew Thompson Dendy.

Harriet Rhett Crosby, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Edward Crosby, presented by her father and escorted by Mr. Fisher Vance Lucas.

Caroline Pollard Curran, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Timothy Francis Curran, presented by her father and escorted by Mr. Andrew Reames Sullivan.

Emily Adair Evans, daughter of Mrs. Robert Hess Campbell, junior, and Mr. John Sadler Evans, presented by her father and escorted by Mr. Hall Blake Bryant IV.

Bailey Elizabeth Gardner, daughter of The Doctors Gardner, presented by her father and escorted by Mr. Andrew Seth Ferrara.

Elise Marie Greco, daughter of The Doctors Greco, presented by her father and escorted by Mr. William Webster Brown.

Kathryn Diane Griffin, daughter of Dr. and Mrs. William Joseph Griffin, junior, presented by her father and escorted by Mr. James Lucian Batson IV.

Kate Noble Wheeler Hall, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Bradford Darius Hall, presented by her father and escorted by Mr. Grant Bernard Ginsburg.

Mary McClure Hardin, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Wesley Gray Hardin, presented by her father and escorted by Mr. Jackson Franklin Harbarger.

Lily Madeleine Hendrix, daughter of Ms. Ashley Reese Wells and Mr. Jerry Alan Hendrix, presented by her uncle, Mr. James Carter Wells, and escorted by Mr. James Michael Wall.

Elizabeth Anne Jones, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Dwight Jefferson Jones, presented by her father and escorted by Mr. Kyle Marshall Haulenbeek.

Julianna Ellen Kendall, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Wesley Kendall, presented by her father and escorted by Mr. Christopher Gregg Wright.

Abby Elaine Knowling, daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Robert John Knowling, presented by her father and escorted by Mr. John Martens Boerner.

Madeline Beatty Kofskey, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. James Michael Kofskey, presented by her father and escorted by Mr. Hunter Franklin Beck.

Amanda Katherine Malone, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Thomas Malone III, presented by her father and escorted by Mr. George Sage Lyons III.

Sarah Abbott Martinson, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Abbott McWhorter Martinson, presented by her father and escorted by Mr. William Austin Scoggins.

Hannah Caroline Martz, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. James Garrett Martz, presented by her father and escorted by Mr. Samuel Lee Andrew Marshall.

Susanne Hames McCrary, daughter of Ms. Myra Ponder McCrary and Mr. Roy Thorson McCrary, presented by her father and escorted by Mr. Jeffery Charles McKinney.

Peyton Ann Mickle, daughter of Ms. Kayla Bradford Mickle and Mr. Patrick Dodd Mickle, presented by her father and escorted by Mr. Colton Anthony Green.

Karen Tindall Morring, 19, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Raymon Huston Morring, junior, presented by her father and escorted by Mr. Andrew Neill Luther.

Sarah Elizabeth Moshier, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Mark Warren Moshier, presented by her father and escorted by Mr. Owen Louis Averbuch.

Lauren Alexandra Neighbors, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. James William Neighbors, presented by her father and escorted by Mr. Charles Joseph Flynn.

Patton Lee Park, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Bruce McEachin Park, presented by her father and escorted by Mr. John Reed McMullan.

Kaitlyn Elizabeth Shoemake, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jason Kyle Shoemake, presented by her father and escorted by Mr. Robert Wallace Murray.

Megan Ann Smith, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Bart Karter Smith, presented by her father and escorted by Mr. Ethan Frederick Abston.

Carolanne Sterling Spearman, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Bryson Spearman, presented by her father and escorted by Mr. Luke Carlton Beasley.

Hannah Leigh Splawn, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Mark Helton Splawn, presented by her father and escorted by Mr. Daniel Joseph Perez.

Millicent Leigh Steed, daughter of Ms. Cobb Steed and Mr. Jacob Chad Steed, presented by her father and escorted by Mr. Chase Justin Lovell.

Mary Charles Stewart, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Matthew Palmer Stewart, presented by her father and escorted by Mr. John Nichols Webb.

Caroline Emily Wilson, daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Peter Strautins Wilson, presented by her father and escorted by Mr. Bryan Parker Laue.

Serving as marshals were Dane William Block; Jacob Dukes Bourland; Shelby Bragg Christian; William Harris Christian; Chad Nathan Caudle; Seth Thomas Couch; Robert Carter Lockwood, junior; Eli Andrew Reynolds; John Ryan Scoggins; Ian Matthew Taylor; Justin Michael Teets; Ryan Franklin Trimble; and Robert Harland Walker,  junior.

The 2016 Ball Advisors were Dr. John Byron Cox, Daniel Glenn Halcomb, Warne Stahler Heath, Byrd Roy Latham, Dr. Douglas Leonard Patz, John Randolph Roper, Dr. Steven Patrick Decland Smith, John Bowman Switzer, Michael Kenan Timberlake, and Larry Allen Thomas.

Committee members included Nancy Colin, Advisor and 2015 Ball Chairman; Ivy Albert, Guild President; Sarah Gessler, Debutante Presentation; Amelia Summerville and Theresa Taylor, Coordinators (VBC); Marie Newberry, Ball Secretary; Josie Craig and Pam Gann, Debutante Dance Coordinators; Lori Gregory, Bobsy Ingram, Elaine Pollard, and Joanna May, Debutante Project; Cheryl Bence, Dana Town, and Joyce Griffin, Debutante Tables; Anne Compton Burke and Debbie Washburn, Decorations; Beth Wise, Finance; Donna Rush, Sarah Hereford, and Susan Fredrickson, Food and Beverage; Jane Hill and Alison Junen, Debutante Honor Fund; Susan Anderson, Margaret Vann, Linda Maccubbin, and Heather Baumbach, Invitations; Karen Morris and Jamie Saunders, Marshals and Escorts; Rosemary Latham, Ann Myers, and Ashley Walker, Photography; Brenda Milberger and Karen Kimbrough, Programs; Pennie Keene, Karen Higgins, and Lisa Cole, Properties and Take Down; Sharon Gartrell, Jennifer Lapidus, and Janet Skidmore, Publicity; Paige Prozan, Susan Todd, and Wendy Tucker, Reservations; Karen Ferguson, Scrapbook.

The Symphony Guild sponsors the debutante program annually as a fundraiser for the Huntsville Symphony Orchestra.

Young women invited to debut at the Symphony Ball are college sophomores with a history of community involvement.

Over 2.8 million dollars from all the past Balls have gone to the Symphony Orchestra.

For more information, email hsogcommunications@gmail.com

Symphony Ball Advisors: Row 1 (seated left to right) Dr. Steven Smith, Linda Akenhead (Ball Chair), Randy Roper, Dr. Doug Patz, | Row 2 (standing left to right) Warne Heath, Dr. John Cox, Dan Halcomb, John Switzer, Larry Thomas, Byrd Latham, Michael Timberlake

Symphony Ball Advisors: Row 1 (seated left to right) Dr. Steven Smith, Linda Akenhead (Ball Chair), Randy Roper, Dr. Doug Patz, | Row 2 (standing left to right) Warne Heath, Dr. John Cox, Dan Halcomb, John Switzer, Larry Thomas, Byrd Latham, Michael Timberlake

Symphony Guild Ball Committee: Row 1 (seated left to right) Sharon Gartrell, Nancy Colin, Patti Thornton, Amelia Summerville, Marie Newberry, Linda Akenhead (Ball Chair), Ivy Albert (Guild President), Pam Gann, Rosemary Latham, Debbie Washburn | Row 2 (standing left to right) Donna Rush, Jennifer Lapidus, Brenda Milberger, Ann Myers, Sarah Hereford, Susan Anderson, Karen Morris, Jamie Saunders, Theresa Taylor, Wendy Tucker, Anne Compton Burke, Karen Kimbrough

Symphony Guild Ball Committee: Row 1 (seated left to right) Sharon Gartrell, Nancy Colin, Patti Thornton, Amelia Summerville, Marie Newberry, Linda Akenhead (Ball Chair), Ivy Albert (Guild President), Pam Gann, Rosemary Latham, Debbie Washburn | Row 2 (standing left to right) Donna Rush, Jennifer Lapidus, Brenda Milberger, Ann Myers, Sarah Hereford, Susan Anderson, Karen Morris, Jamie Saunders, Theresa Taylor, Wendy Tucker, Anne Compton Burke, Karen Kimbrough

Front Row (left to right): Seth Couch, Ryan Trimble, Justin Teets, Dane Block, John Scoggins, Shelby Christian, William Christian | Back Row (left to right): Jacob Bourland, Eli Reynolds, Chad Caudle, Robert Walker, Carter Lockwood, Ian Taylor

Symphony Ball Marshals: Front Row (left to right) Seth Couch, Ryan Trimble, Justin Teets, Dane Block, John Scoggins, Shelby Christian, William Christian | Back Row (left to right) Jacob Bourland, Eli Reynolds, Chad Caudle, Robert Walker, Carter Lockwood, Ian Taylor

See more photos

Debutante honored at “Eve of the Ball” party

 

 

Sydna and Bill Johnson honored their granddaughter, Lily Madeleine Hendrix, with an “Eve of the Ball” cocktail buffet at their McClung Avenue home. Lily was selected by the Huntsville Symphony Orchestra Guild to be one of the 2016 debutantes. For this occasion, she wore a forest green dress with a delicate lace overlay.

Tamara Olive arranged the flowers with hydrangeas in a large silver vase, which adorned the entry table of the Johnson’s 1908 home. Roses, lilies, snapdragons, and hydrangeas in a silver wine cooler served as the dining room table centerpiece. Vases of delphiniums were placed in front of the stained glass windows in the dining room. In the more informal spaces, seasonal gourds, fall, and Halloween arrangements decorated the home.

Ashley Carlton catered the cocktail buffet and Justin Ennis tended bar for the guests. The buffet menu’s features consisted of beef tenderloin with homemade rolls and sauce, grilled chicken, shrimp and grits bites, bacon bleu cheese savory cheesecake with fruit and crackers, and mini twice-baked potatoes. In addition, vegetables and dip, assorted pick-up sweets, toasted pecans, and cheese straws were served.

Jimmy Wall and Joanne Wall, grandparents of Lily’s escort to the ball, Michael Wall, were special guests. Her great-aunts, Delia Scott and Gwen Belle-Isle, were special out-of-town guests. Family and friends of Lily’s spanning three generations joined the party to celebrate her presentation as a debutante.

2016 Symphony Ball Advisors’ Party

Left to Right: Dr. John Cox, Byrd Latham, Randy Roper, Linda Akenhead, Warne Heath, Michael Timberlake Row 2: Left to right: Jerry Nutt, Dan Halcomb, Dr. Doug Patz, John Switzer, Larry Thomas, Dr. Steven Smith

Left to Right:
Dr. John Cox, Byrd Latham, Randy Roper, Linda Akenhead, Warne Heath, Michael Timberlake
Row 2: Left to right:
Jerry Nutt, Dan Halcomb, Dr. Doug Patz, John Switzer, Larry Thomas, Dr. Steven Smith

The Huntsville Symphony Orchestra Guild’s long-standing tradition continues in 2016, as Symphony Ball Chairwoman, Linda Akenhead, named her Ball advisors for the year and hosted them at an end-of-summer social.

A select group of the community’s distinguished men in positions of civic leadership are chosen annually to provide business and financial advice to the Ball Chair and support the event.

The Symphony Ball will be held Oct. 29 in the Von Braun Center North Hall. It will be the 53nd Ball held to benefit to our community by supporting the Huntsville Symphony Orchestra.

The Huntsville Symphony Orchestra Guild established the Symphony Ball as a major fundraiser for the orchestra in 1964, and since the earliest balls, advisors have stepped up to the plate, figuratively and literally. To show appreciation for their service to the Guild, Linda and her Ball Committee hosted the men and their wives at an advisors’ cocktail party, at the home of Jean and Bill Salter.

Cocktail food, provided by Ina Rosa of Chef on Call, included an assortment of scrumptious hors d’oeuvres and desserts, such as Jarlsberg and salami puffs, crab dip with fresh bread rounds, ginger chicken over rice, beef teres major on crostini, watermelon cubes sprinkled with feta and drizzled with reduced balsamic, mini cream horns, pecan squares, and fudge and key lime tarts.

The 2016 Symphony Ball advisors are as follows:

Dr. John Byron Cox is an ophthalmologist. His spouse is Anne Daniel Cox. His civic interests include Young Business Leaders; sponsored community, patriotic, and religious weekend activities; and church activities. His professional associations include Past President of Alabama Academy of Ophthalmology; Past Councilor to the American Academy Ophthalmology; and current Treasurer of Christian Ophthalmology Society. His hobbies include his grandchildren and pheasant hunting.

Daniel Glenn Halcomb is President and CEO, Huntsville Symphony Orchestra. His civic interests include former Board Member of Arts Huntsville; former Board President of Therapy Partners; and Thrive Alabama (AIDS Action Coalition). His professional associations include Rotary and the League of American Orchestras. Dan’s hobby is travel.

Mr. Warne Stahler Heath is partner at Bradley Arant Boult Cummings, LLP. He is married to Mary Ena Johnson Heath. His civic interests and activities include past President of Rotary; Huntsville Botanical Garden Board of Directors; HudsonAlpha Ambassador, and First United Methodist Church. His hobbies include golf, reading and aviation.

Mr. Byrd Roy Latham is an attorney at Latham Moffatt, P.C. He is married to Rosemary Betts Latham. His civic interests and activities include the Huntsville Museum of Art Foundation and former President; Huntsville Symphony Orchestra; University of Alabama National Alumni Association and Past National President. His professional association includes the Alabama and American Bar Associations. He has received a variety of awards including the Sam W. Pipes Distinguished Alumni Award U of A School of Law in 2010 and the University of Alabama National Alumni Association-Distinguished Alumnus Award in 2011. His hobbies include photography and writing essays.

Dr. Douglas Leonard Patz is a retired Physicist with Computer Sciences Corporation. He is married to Martha Mettler Patz. His civic interests and activities include the Huntsville Symphony Orchestra Board of Trustees-Emeritus; Grace Lutheran Church Board; Huntsville Museum of Art; Huntsville Chamber Music; and the Botanical Gardens. His hobbies include tennis and church choir.

John Randolph Roper is the owner of Randy Roper Interiors. He is president of the Twickenham Historic Preservation District Association, past member of the Board of the Huntsville Symphony Orchestra, past member of the Foundation Board of the Huntsville Museum of Art, and a member of Downtown Huntsville, Inc. His honors include Senior Center Path of Honor, Honoree 1st American Diabetes Association Roast; and the Nell Oliver Award, Huntsville Museum of Art.

Dr. Steven Patrick Decland Smith is a retired Physicist for US Army Aviation and Missile Research Development and Engineering Center. His wife is Lana Bradley Smith. His civic interests and activities include Trustee, Elder, Deacon and Sunday school teacher at Faith Presbyterian Church; Rotary; and YMCA. Dr. Smith’s profession associations include the Association of the US Army (AUSA) National Defense Industrial Association; the American Physical Society, and the American Nuclear Society. His many honors include the Department of the Army Exceptional Civilian Service Award; Global War on Terror Award from Vice Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff, Department of Defense; and Department of the Army Research and Development Achievement Award. His hobbies include reading, swimming, travel, coaching girls’ soccer, basketball and softball.

John Bowman Switzer is a consulting engineer to Missile Defense Agency. He is married to Wenona Jones Switzer. His civic interests and activities include the Evening Optimist Club; the Historic Huntsville Foundation; Huntsville Auburn Club; Friends of the Library; and the Huntsville Hospital Foundation. His honors include having served as liaison with Russia on Missile-Ban Treaty; received commendation medal from Germany for Missile Assistance and the Robert E. Lee (Montgomery) Hall of Fame. His hobbies include traveling, watching Auburn Sports, and playing with grandchildren.

Michael Kenan Timberlake is an attorney with Siniard Timberlake and League, P.C. He is married to Melissa Ledlow Timberlake. His professional associations include Alabama State Bar, the Huntsville Bar Association, the Alabama Association for Justice and the America Association for Justice. Mr. Timberlake is a graduate of the American Trial Lawyers Association Trial College and has frequently served as a speaker for continuing legal education seminars in Alabama.

Larry Allen Thomas is a realtor with Legend Realty. He is married to Linda Brooks Thomas. His professional associations include Huntsville Board of Realtors and the National Association of Realtors. His hobbies include classic cars, outdoor activities, skiing, hiking, and cycling.

Jerry Wayne Nutt is announcer and master of ceremonies for the 2016 Symphony Ball. He is the Director of Development for the Huntsville Symphony Orchestra. His wife is Dorrie Adams Nutt. He is past chairman of the Huntsville Symphony Orchestra Board; Huntsville Community Chorus Board; is Chair for the Greater Huntsville Humane Society; and Ars Nova School of Arts. His professional associations included Association of Fundraising Professionals. His hobbies include music and woodworking.

For more information: Sharon Gartrell, 256-509-4405 or Jennifer Lapidus, 256-520-6175

Dr. Douglas Patz and Martha Patz, Lana and Steve Smith

Dr. Douglas Patz and Martha Patz, Lana and Steve Smith

Byrd and Rosemary Latham

Byrd and Rosemary Latham

Michael and Jennifer Lapidus, Dan Halcomb, President and CEO Huntsville Symphony Orchestra

Michael and Jennifer Lapidus; Dan Halcomb, President and CEO Huntsville Symphony Orchestra

John and Wenona Switzer

John and Wenona Switzer

Ken Rivenbark and Randy Roper

Ken Rivenbark and Randy Roper

Donna Rush; Anne Cox; Linda Akenhead, Chairman of the 2016 Symphony Ball; and Dr. John Cox

Donna Rush; Anne Cox; Linda Akenhead, Chairman of the 2016 Symphony Ball; and Dr. John Cox

Ann and Rod Myers

Ann and Rod Myers

Ashley and Cole Walker

Ashley and Cole Walker

Skipper and Nancy Colin

Skipper and Nancy Colin

Steve and Patti Thornton

Steve and Patti Thornton

Larry and Linda Thomas

Larry and Linda Thomas

Continue reading

Huntsville Symphony Ball debutantes participate in two service projects

Each year the Symphony Ball debutantes participate in a community service project as part of the beginning of the debutante season.  Proceeds from the Symphony Ball benefit the Huntsville Symphony Orchestra.  To highlight music and community service, this year the event joined efforts with two local organizations for their service projects:  Huntsville Symphony Orchestra and Huntsville Hospital Foundation.  The Service Project, which was held Friday, the 20th of May, 2016, started with the debutantes gathering at the Huntsville Symphony Orchestra office.

Julie Noles, immediate-past Education Director of the Huntsville Symphony Orchestra (HSO), led the debutantes in their first service project of the day, as they cleaned the violins for the Huntsville Symphony School’s third grade violin program.  Ms. Noles provided a history lesson to the group on the Huntsville Symphony Orchestra and the Symphony School and provided an impromptu violin lesson. While the debutantes were busy cleaning violins, they were entertained by the music of two young members of the Huntsville Youth Orchestra. Sharon Hicks, HSO Education Director coordinated the event for the Symphony Office.

The young ladies then boarded the 1920s vintage-inspired downtown Huntsville trolley for a ride to the campus of UAB Health Clinic.  They were first served lunch, catered by former debutante Lindsey Jennings, owner of Dallas Mill Deli.

The Debutantes then assembled packets for their “Coloring Book Project.”  The special coloring books depict exciting places from the City of Huntsville and highlight the orchestra and music.  The coloring books were illustrated by the late Bill May, father of former Debutante Hughston May.  Hughston updated the coloring book this year.  The books will be given to Huntsville Hospital patients visiting the Pediatric Emergency Room and those in both the Pediatric Unit and the Pediatric ICU.

Huntsville Hospital Foundation also prepared a Career Planning Workshop Seminar, where the young ladies learned about the many different career paths within the Hospital.  Speakers were young professionals from various departments including Business, Nursing, Radiology, and more.  Many of the speakers were former Debutantes.  Candy Burnett, President of Huntsville Hospital Foundation, kicked off the workshop with a career “baker’s dozen tips for success” presentation.  Dr Libby Shadinger participated in the roundtable discussion.

Huntsville Hospital Foundation employee Jordan McMullan, who coordinated the hospital visit, is also a former debutante.  Debutante Service Project coordinators from the Huntsville Symphony Orchestra Guild were Lori Gregory, Bobsy Ingram, Elaine Pollard, and Joanna May.  The young ladies will formally be introduced to the community during the 53rd Symphony Ball on October 29.

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

13315436_10154236894742558_6636205753090545286_n 13237690_10154236893542558_4553606996230376470_n 13240092_10154236892272558_8791162190627502519_n 13254357_10154236894067558_4602517692995144557_n 13254517_10154236893817558_5453777502222629691_n 13259999_10154236892262558_5496707913960451718_n 13263665_10154236894787558_8304182247022092598_n 13263737_10154236893567558_4804162629102113379_n Continue reading

2016 Symphony Ball Debutantes and Presenters Event

An exciting season is underway for the Debutantes of 2016.

On Thursday evening, May 19th at Huntsville Country Club, debutantes and their presenters attended a training seminar designed to enhance the beauty and pageantry of the formal presentation of the 2016 Symphony Ball, set for October 29, 2016.

Symphony Ball Chairman, Linda Akenhead, welcomed the debs and presenters.  Announcement photographs of the debutantes were taken by Ball photographer, Mark Jaeger.

Debutante/Presenter Event Chairmen Pam Gann and Josie Craig organized the evening’s events.

Long-time advisor to the Symphony Ball, Randy Roper, and Debutante Liaison, Sarah Gessler, provided instruction to the debutantes and their presenters on formal presentation and the curtsy.

 Dance instruction was provided to the debs and presenters for a choreographed waltz to be performed the night of the Symphony Ball.  They will dance to the Tales from the Vienna Woods, by Johann Strauss II.

On the evening of the Ball, October 29, immediately after the presentation of the debutantes and waltz with their presenters, former debutantes of the Huntsville Symphony Ball over the past fifty two years will be invited to join the 2016 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.

1936213_1221142834624172_886411100463589732_n 13198475_1221143164624139_1787464638031836004_o 13220545_1221144264624029_1823848411201339653_o 13221737_1221143477957441_5876321653058242698_n 13226769_1221143321290790_541119180357686423_n 13226821_1221143834624072_2636330629050870017_n 13226903_1221142891290833_765064688324066472_n 13226957_1221143591290763_4291307974685395549_n 13227094_1221143027957486_4421327152251049461_n Continue reading

2016 Symphony Ball Debutantes Begin Social Season with Afternoon Tea

2016 Symphony Ball debutantes and their mothers enjoyed a lovely afternoon Tea, Wednesday, May 18th at the beautiful home of Guild member, Christine Wicks.  The previous year’s Ball Chairman hosts the annual event; and this year, Nancy Colin continued the tradition.  The Debutante Tea marks the official start of the Debutante social season.

Attending the event were the 35 young women who will make their debut at the 53rd Symphony Ball, October 29, together with their mothers, and members of the 2016 Ball Committee, past Guild Presidents, past Ball Chairmen, and the wives of the Ball advisors.

Guests were greeted by Christine and Nancy, along with 2016 Ball Chairman, Linda Akenhead, and Symphony Guild President, Ivy Downs Albert.  A silver wine cooler filled with beautiful spring flowers graced the entryway as guests arrived.  The silver container was given in 1993 by past Ball Chairmen, in memory of Robin Lanier Stewart, 1988 Ball Chairman.  It has been used every year at the Debutante Tea since 1993.

The young women enjoyed catching up after their freshman year of college as they enjoyed the delicious tea menu selected by Nancy. The Tea was catered by Carlton’s Catering and included a variety of delicacies, including snow peas stuffed with Asian chicken salad; bruschetta topped with whipped herbed ricotta, slice of pear, toasted walnut and a drizzle of local honey; baked Brie with fresh fruit; iced lemon shortbread cookies, and other sweets.  The centerpiece, as well as the flowers in the foyer, were towering arrangements by In Bloom, with beautiful spring flowers of white, pink and red roses; blue hydrangeas; pink peonies; snapdragons; and gerbera daisies, with lilies and orchids.   Punch and sparkling grape juice were served by past Ball Chairmen Pam Gann, Marie Newberry, Amelia Summerville, Sheryl Livingston, Suzanne O’Connor, Carol Booher, and Carole Jones.

The young ladies shared plans for the summer season parties and looked forward to the community service projects and their own celebrations.

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

Copy of 13254139_1220002618071527_8263532997041725678_n 1936207_1220002311404891_5561686546620986818_n 11218220_1220002441404878_8850157056809300277_n 13217336_1220002521404870_745090957424136948_o 13221611_1220002611404861_1969816504654501829_n 13226666_1220002508071538_1409988987321872385_n Continue reading