Williamsburg Symphony Orchestra League

About the League

League Board of Directors: L-R: Marie Mamikonian, Secretary/Membership; Ken Mitchell, President; Paul Try, Vice-President; Cecie Adolphi, Recording Secretary; and Cathy Reed, Treasurer)

The Williamsburg Symphony Orchestra League (WSOL) is a group of dedicated music enthusiasts whose experience, interests and generous volunteer hours have been supporting the orchestra for more than 30 years. The Williamsburg Symphony Orchestra was founded in 1984 with the goal of bringing classical music to children. Today it is an internationally-recognized professional orchestra in the heart of historic Williamsburg.

The WSOL has supported this 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 over $640,000 to the WSO, 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 such as discounts on League events, advance notice about upcoming events to obtain best available seats, a members-only newsletter and social events with Symphony musicians. If you're interested in joining the League, download the Membership Form 2018-2019. New members are always warmly welcomed at a reception hosted by the League's Board of Directors.

Benefits of Membership

The Williamsburg Symphony Orchestra 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:

  • Priority notification and price discounts to special League events
  • A members-only monthly newsletter
  • Opportunities to meet and interact with renowned guest artists and Symphony members
  • Member recognition in concert programs
  • Social events with the Music Director, Concertmaster, and orchestra musicians

Please consider becoming a valued member of The Williamsburg Symphony Orchestra League. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact our Membership Chair, Marie Mamikonian, at cell (630) 390-6170

League News & Highlights

2018 Williamsburg Symphony Orchestra (WSO) League Gala is a Big Hit and Raises Over $27K

April 28, 2018

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The Williamsburg Symphony Orchestra (WSO) League Raises $64,000 for the WSO

September 27, 2017

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Final Encore Affair for 2016-2017: Mark Twain & the Magnificent Mystery House!

May 11, 2017

Pattee Schlatter, League Member

A unique and imaginative Kingsmill home was the surprise venue provided by Liz Moore & Associates for a delightful Encore Affair fundraiser on May 11, 2017. - "Mark Twain & the Magnificent Mystery House."

Actor Ryan Clemens, a Twain descendant attired as the 70-year-old humorist, entertained the 60 guests with droll stories and witty comments as well as fielded impromptu questions about his remarkable life. At the beginning of the evening, guests were treated to a delicious wine and buffet dinner along with tours of the remarkable home which embodied soaring ceilings, fieldstone and stunning redwood interiors, described by Tim Parker, listing realtor with Liz Moore & Associates. Then "Mr. Twain" was introduced by Paul Try, League President, who had arranged the event, supported by several League members.

Encore Affairs is the League's most popular fundraiser providing a diverse series of parties and special events that benefit the Williamsburg Symphony Orchestra.

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"A Broadway Bash" - Dinner Concert Smash!

April 1, 2017

Paul Try, League President

The Williamsburg Symphony Orchestra League spring fundraising dinner concert ‘A Broadway Bash’, with Tiffany Haas of Wicked fame had a very successful evening at the Two Rivers Country Club on April 1, 2017. A grand total of $35,000 was raised to benefit the Williamsburg Symphony Orchestra (WSO) in the coming year.

Tiffany gave a terrific performance which included a broad range of songs highlighted with narrative about her career. The WSO League Fundraising Committee was headed by Doug Wood with Cecie Adolphi, Marie Knuettel, Margene Hartsough, Marie Mamikonian, and Paul Try, League President, playing key roles in planning the event.

Rick Overy of Compass Wealth Strategies, the auctioneer for the live auction and paddle raise, encouraged a generous response from the attendees which will benefit the WSO concerts and educational outreach programs, many of which reach over 7,000 children each year. Nearly 170 attendees were treated to a beautiful sunset on the James as they dined on a spectacular dinner prepared by Chef Rizzo. Tiffany was treated to a standing ovation at the conclusion of her concert as an appreciation of her great talent and outstanding performance!

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