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.
The League has supported the orchestra's transformation through service, 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 price discounts for concert tickets, 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 can be filled out online, then printed and mailed if you are using browsers Internet Explorer, Chrome, or Edge. If you are using Firefox, you must first download the form to your computer, then it can be filled in by typing. You may also download the file and fill in by hand from any browser.
Encore Affairs are a series of seasonal events that provide for social interaction and fundraising opportunities for patrons. League membership is not a requirement, however League members receive 10 days advance notice. The membership form can be filled out online, then printed and mailed if you are using browsers Internet Explorer, Chrome, or Edge. If you are using Firefox, you must first download the form to your computer, then it can be filled in by typing. You may also download the file and fill in by hand from any browser.
IMPORTANT UPDATE: The Festive Holiday Party scheduled for Friday, December 13, 2019 HAS BEEN CANCELLED.
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 a season. This is one of the League's several fundraising activities. As of August 8, 2019 you have contributed $7,684.00 for the 2019-2020 season.
For full results of last year's Gala click on the buttons to the right.
SAVE THE DATE: On Saturday March 21, 2020, the Williamsburg Symphony Orchestra League's Annual Gala (dinner/fundraiser), "Puttin" on the Glitz", will highlight the entertainment of the Truetone Honeys & 504 Supreme at the Kingsmill Resort.
This was a wonderful visit, tour and lunch at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (VMFA) on a lovely day in late October. Beginning with a comfortable bus ride to the museum, the group had a terrific guided tour of the museum highlights, a visit to the featured artist Edward Hopper exhibit, and then an exquisite private lunch in the famous Marble Hall in the museum. This great event was sponsored by Doug and Janis Wood, Paul Try and Linda Kligman-Try, and was superbly organized by Doug Wood. The tour covered some unique pieces exhibited by VMFA, such as, one of just two full-length statues of Roman Emperor Caligula, five of the only 52 imperial Fabergé Eggs, and a complete Roman mosaic floor from Antioch in Syria. This was an “Affair to Remember”.
Williamsburg Symphony Orchestra League President, Ken Mitchell, presents a check for $53,000 to Carolyn Keurajian, Executive Director of the Williamsburg Symphony Orchestra. The League conducts fund raising social events each year and provides ongoing volunteer services to the Orchestra.
The lovely home of Clyde and Gulay Berryman provided an intimate setting for Encore Affairs event #2. Tastefully displayed throughout the first floor was the artwork of Gulay, an artist of international renown. Clyde held forth in the basement proudly exhibiting his extensive collection of Formula One racing car models, ship models from many nations, and beautiful dioramas. A variety of Mediterranean inspired foods was loving prepared and served by Gulay. From the sound of laughter and animated conversation it was apparent that the evening provided for strengthening friendships old and new.
Clyde and Gulay continue to be loyal and generous supporters of the Symphony and League and are appreciated for making this second Encore Affair event of the season successful and truly memorable.