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.
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.
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.
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.
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.