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.
UPDATE: Events are filling up fast. Already full are Trellis and Chef's Kitchen II. Some events have limited availability, so hurry and register for your favorite!
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) will highlight the entertainment of the Truetone Honeys & 504 Supreme at the Kingsmill Resort.
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.
A “jolly” and “nostalgic” time was had by all who attended the first Encore Affair of the 2019-2020 season. Beginning with drinks and appetizers, then a delicious dinner with sweet potato pie as dessert and ending with the delightful music of the Three Jolly Coachmen, the evening was a wonderful success. There was much toe-tapping as the Coachmen took us on the“MTA”! Happy faces can be seen in the images of those attending.
Please plan to join us for more delicious and fun events as we provide a novel way to support our wonderful Williamsburg Symphony Orchestra.
The Williamsburg Symphony Orchestra League’s annual meeting June 9, 2019 at Two Rivers Country Club began with a reception and lovely brunch, followed by the business meeting.
This season’s accomplishments in support of the Williamsburg Symphony Orchestra’s educational and performance programs were highlighted. Activities included were fundraising, volunteerism, website development, and member benefits.
Fundraising provided more than $40,000 from the League's spring 35th Gala, almost $13,000 from Encore Affairs, and almost $6,000 from Own Your Own Orchestra. After expenses, the League’s contribution to the orchestra was $53,000.
Dedicated League volunteers annually provide more than 3,000 hours of service in support of the orchestra’s activities. Many of the volunteer activities were listed and a special award was presented to Sue Klepac as Volunteer of the Year.
The League’s website has been expanded and enhanced with the posting of information and documents relating to membership, Encore Affairs, Own Your Own Orchestra, volunteers, and more, saving many thousands of dollars in printing and mailing costs.
Other major accomplishments were completion of a three-year strategic plan and beefed up League member benefits.
During the business meeting, the minutes, Treasurer’s report and membership report were submitted, and Board members were elected.