The Williamsburg Symphony Orchestra League (League) began in 1987 as "Symphonia Obbligato", an auxiliary group organized to provide financial and volunteer support for the orchestra's performances and other activities. In 1991, It became a separate tax-exempt organization with its own by-laws, board of directors and officers. In 1994 and 2016, name changes were made to reflect the orchestra's name change and to clarify the League's mission. The League is a group of dedicated music enthusiasts whose experience, interests and generous volunteer hours have been supporting the orchestra for many years with volunteer services, outreach, and innovative fundraising.
As a League volunteer you can provide needed assistance: working behind the scenes at rehearsals, transporting and hosting guest artists, providing office support and ushering at concerts or other events. Volunteers gain insight into the Symphony's operations, while enjoying membership benefits.
The League provides opportunities for musical enrichment, meeting new friends, interacting with old friends, and participating in a variety of engaging activities. Whether you enjoy working together on a project or volunteering for a specific task, your participation can suit your schedule.
As a League member, you will enjoy such benefits as advance notice of Encore Affairs events, price discounts for concert tickets, bi-monthly newsletter, opportunities to meet and interact with renowned guest artists and Symphony members, member recognition in concert programs, and social events with the Music Director, Concertmaster, and orchestra musicians.
Please consider becoming a valued member of the League. The Membership Form in the box to the right can be filled in online or downloaded to your computer so you can complete, print, and mail to us with your payment.
Encore Affairs is a program of seasonal events that provide for social interaction and fundraising opportunities. The registration forms can be printed from your computer, filled in, and mailed back to us. The Encore Affairs committee is hard at work planning more exciting events for 2021-2022.
Now you can own your own orchestra, or part of it anyway. Click on the button to the right for information on how you can support a particular instrument, section, or other item of the orchestra for 2021-2022. Contributors listed on the button to the right have donated more than $12,000 so far this year! Thank you!! Contributors will also be acknowledged in the Symphony Annual Report and Concert Programs.
We are excited to invite you to the 2021 Williamsburg Symphony Orchestra League (WSOL) annual gala on Sunday, November 7, 2021 at the Kingsmill Resort. Our 2021 “Puttin’ on the Glitz” begins with a cocktail reception, followed by fine dining, live auction, paddle raise and great entertainment with the Truetone Honeys and the 504 Supreme. Enjoy cocktails with your friends, have your photo taken, bid on unique live auction items, raise a paddle, purchase a raffle ticket, and enjoy a delicious multi-course gourmet dinner with wine. This is sure to be an elegant AND fun evening to remember.
The Williamsburg Symphony Orchestra (WSO) has set new records in educational support this 2020-21 season reaching over 5000 children with special videos and remote coaching. YouTube symphony performances completed this most unusual season. Funds from this year’s Gala sponsorships, live auction, raffle, and paddle raise will provide funding to continue these educational efforts and support the WSO 2021-22 live public performances -- 5 Masterworks concerts, 4 Holiday Pops concerts, a Cabaret & Cocktails event, and a side-by-side concert with youth musicians. Fund a sponsorship, reserve a table, or purchase tickets ($135.00 each) today and join us to celebrate the “Puttin' on the Glitz” at the 2021 Williamsburg Symphony Orchestra League gala!
Click the invitation & registration link to the right to complete, print, and mail your reservation with payment. For questions or more information, please contact Paul Try, Gala Chair at 757-254-1149 (firstname.lastname@example.org). NOTE: In addition to taking new reservations and sponsorships all 2020 paid gala reservations will be honored for the new date. The Gala registration form can be downloaded to your computer so you can complete, print, and mail to us with your payment.
The Williamsburg Symphony Orchestra and WSO League sponsored a live Coffee and Quartet concert featuring Akemi and Friends on July 1, 2021 at Williamsburg Regional Library. The one-hour concert was happily received by an audience so ready for live music and visiting with friends over coffee and sweets.
Again this year, the League Annual Meeting was held via zoom.
In his President’s Report, Ken Mitchell, League President, recapped activities for the 2020-2021year. Although COVID-19 continued to negatively affect volunteer and fundraising activities, the League maintained its commitment to the orchestra. Members continued to provide volunteer hours. Sue Klepac worked in the Symphony Office and helped Carolyn Keurajian, the orchestra’s executive director, with hotel and food arrangements for the musicians for the virtual recording sessions, as well as she and Dave maintain the Instruments for Kids inventory for the WSO. One incredibly important task that Sue has graciously undertaken is re-assigning seats for the season ticket holders due to the new Chapel seating configuration. Cindy Southworth is assisting with this complicated process. Another big job is making the logistical arrangements for return to in-person musical performances for2021-2022, including the opportunity to see the last three finalists for the position of Music Director.
The League hosted two EA events this year. The wildly popular Stay Away “non-event”, and Lavender Farms tou rand picnic lunch, netting $4,300. Plans are underway for the upcoming year with the Miss Hampton boat cruise and dinner confirmed for September 19, 2021.
Own Your Own Orchestra has netted more than $10,000 to date, a record for this activity.
The Annual Gala Dinner, twice postponed due to COVID-19, has been rescheduled for Sunday, November 7,at Kingsmill Resort. Current registrations will be honored, and new registrations are available on the League Website. There will be a renewed campaign in August.
The financial report showed the League netted almost $22,000 and contributed $23,000 to the orchestra.
Ken pointed out many administrative and website improvements, including the ability to accept online credit card payments for some activities with more to follow. An audit of the League’s financial records found no problems.
Changes in the League's bylaws were approved by the membership. New Directors elected were for first 3-year term Sam Eure, Bonnie Predd, Stephen Seals; second 3-year term Georgianna Avioli, Joan Brokenbrough, Sue Klepac, and Ken Mitchell; and third3-year term Doug Wood.
Directors retiring and recognized for many years of service were Cecelia Adolphi, Cathy Reed, and Lynda Sharrett. Recognized for $1,000 contributions to Own Your Own Orchestra were Jim Mullins (2020) and Nancy & Dennis Pillsbury (2021). These generous donors will have a chance to meet the conductor and receive a special baton during the upcoming season.
May 19 was a gorgeous day for the first Encore Affair of the year. 55 people visited Sweethaven Lavender Farm on Jolly Pond Road. We were met by the owner, Kerry Messer, who educated us on "all things lavender". We were invited to wander into the fragrant fields to pick our own lavender bouquet to take home, then enjoyed a wonderful picnic lunch, complete with a lavender beverage and a lavender brownie - delicious. Of course, there was time to visit the shop to take home some lavender treasures!