Williamsburg Symphony Orchestra League

About the League

2018-2019 Williamsburg Symphony Orchestra League Officers. From left to right: Marie Mamikonian, Corresponding Secretary; Ken Mitchell, President; Paul Try, Vice President; Celia Adolphi, Recording Secretary; Cathy Reed, Treasurer.

The Williamsburg Symphony Orchestra League (League) began in 1987 as "Symphony 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. From funding the Symphony’s first annual pops concert in 1996 to contributing nearly 4,000 volunteer hours annually, the League has worked side-by-side with the orchestra to make it the outstanding ensemble it is today. Since 2000, the League has contributed almost $700,000 to the Williamsburg Symphony Orchestra, a record amount for a support organization of its size.

Join the League

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.

Benefits of Membership

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 which can be filled out online and printed, can be found here. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact our Membership Chair, Marie Mamikonian, at cell (630) 390-6170

Encore Affairs

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 will have 10 days advance notice in which to make their selections before registration is open to non members. Click on the buttons to the right for the booklet or registration form. You may fill out the registration form online, print, and mail back to us, or you may print, fill out by hand, and mail back to us. Remember, we will take registrations from League members only from July 15 through July 24.

Own Your Own Orchestra

Now you can own your own orchestra, or part of it anyway. Click here for information and 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

35th Anniversary Gala Results

For full results of recent Gala click here. For information about our generous sponsors click here. Save March 21, 2020 for next year!

League News & Highlights

A Private Performance

May 19, 2019

A Private Performance was the League’s final Encore Affairs event of the season and was stellar. The warm and welcoming home of Jon and Jan Krapfl provided the perfect setting for fine food, good company and delightful entertainment.

Guests greeted old and new friends while enjoying savory hors d’oevres during the opening reception.

Entertainment was provided by violinist Tessa Lark, with her friend, Michael Thurber on bass. Tessa is the guest artist for the Williamsburg Symphony’s last masterworks concert of the season. Both performers proved why they are so widely regarded in the musical world. The intimate setting provided for a very personal performance and featured selections written for Tessa by Michael which showcased this Kentucky girl’s musical roots in bluegrass music. Seventeenth century violin meets Kentucky bluegrass fiddling! Tessa’s performance was sponsored by Paul Try.

The chef’s culinary skills for this fully catered sit-down dinner were fully appreciated by every palate. Dinner was enhanced by elegant table settings and beautiful floral arrangements. Our hosts attention to detail made for a most enjoyable experience. A fine wine selection for the reception and dinner was sponsored by Joe and Cindy Southworth.

Truly an evening to remember, this latest example of the Encore Affairs Committee’s work is a precursor of even more excitement next year.

High Tea at High Tide

May 17, 2019

Yet another exclusive event supporting the Williamsburg Symphony Orchestra League, this time hosted by John and Ann Milliman at their lovely residence inKing’s Point, occurred early evening of May 17. Almost 30 attendees enjoyed a glass of bubbly, nibbled on scrumptious tea sandwiches and delicate deserts and, of course, sipped tea – all while enjoying the expansive and beautiful views of College Creek. In the tea party tradition, guests donned their finest attire -- some even showing off their beautiful fascinators! This event was truly an evening to remember with the sun setting over the water, birds circling and great conversation.

A Chef’s Kitchen II – A Crowd Pleaser!

January 13, 2019

The Williamsburg Symphony Orchestra League held its third Encore Affair of the season at A Chef’s Kitchen on January 17, 2019. Chef John Gonzales served his always fantastic fare with historical context and humor. The donated annual event illustrates his strong support of the Williamsburg Symphony Orchestra.Twenty-six eager patrons had gathered expecting good food, good company, and good humor. They were not disappointed! Chef John Gonzales and his assistant prepared a delicious meal blending their expert culinary instruction with historical and regional context, and with delightful humor. The League greatly appreciates the support of all who participated in this and other Encore Affairs events.

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