The League is working hard to ensure everyone has an opportunity to attend the 73rd Annual Conference in Chicago (June 13-15). Groups of three or more volunteers and/or board members from member orchestras will receive a discounted registration rate of $495 per person. For example, one volunteer from Minnesota, one volunteer from California, and a board member from Maine can register together to receive the discount. If you wish to register as part of a group of three or more, please contact the League’s Member Services department at firstname.lastname@example.org or 646 822 4010.
The League is also offering a first-time attendee rate of $495. The full early-bird registration fee is $650 for individuals who have attended Conference and do not group. Please make sure you do not miss the May 4 early-bird registration deadline, or the price will increase to $785 for all attendees. Remember that volunteers whose orchestra is a member of the League are considered members. Please contact Member Services if you need to find out if your orchestra is a League member.
A summary of Conference information for volunteers can be found on the registration website in the Volunteer Track Conference Overview.
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Also, be sure not to miss this exciting video from our Conference host, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.
Southside Friends of the Chicago Sinfonietta, IL
A Magical Holiday Breakfast: Held at The Crystal Gardens of Navy Pier, this annual event hosts over 500 guests. A changing theme surprises and entices return attendance. Including a highly active silent auction and presentation of diverse musical talent, this popular affair serves as an introduction to classical music and raises critical funds for the orchestra’s education programs.
League of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra Association, IL
Educational Seminar Series: Numerous diverse speakers in this popular seminar series educate volunteers, their guests, and other members of the public about classical music. Encompassing not only the music, but also its creators and performers and how it intersects with other arts and sciences, this series addresses what all these reveal about us as human beings.
Fall in Love with Music: This annual signature fundraising event features a champagne reception followed by lunch or brunch at an elegant location. A special big-name guest artist and a musical performance entertain guests in an intimate setting. The guest artist addresses the group or is interviewed by a prominent personality and may also perform.
Senior and Veteran Engagement Program: Inspired by Maestro Riccardo Muti, this program brings classical music to the underserved senior and veteran populations of greater Chicago. There are 40-50 groups at each open rehearsal, and docents are available to visit groups prior to the rehearsal. This has been hugely successful; 1400 attended the June 2017 rehearsal.
Houston Symphony League, TX
Reach Out and Touch Someone: This project’s goal was to better connect newer members to the League and the symphony through a mentoring program. Warm and welcoming mentors who understood the League’s many activities and projects each reached out to two or three new members, considering each member’s talents and interests. Activities included the first-ever League Road Trip.
Wine Dinner Collectors’ Auction: The auction is a collaboration among the symphony staff, board, young associates, and the League, benefiting education and community programming. Around 100 lots of donated wine, spirits, and wine-related experiences are auctioned, along with a raffle of 110-point wines. The auction is held in conjunction with the annual Wine Dinner.
Kansas City Symphony Alliance, MO
48th Symphony Designers’ Showhouse: “Downtown Abby” (Mrs. Homeowner’s name is Abby) is a 1908 House in the Hyde Park area of Kansas City. Since the interesting basement could not be shown, a video of “Behind the Scenes” was made which included the Kansas City Symphony’s music in the background. The public toured the “upstairs” and the video showed them “downstairs.”
Kansas City Symphony League, MO
Symphony Ball 2016 – Evening Overtures: This elegant, fabulous “evening to remember” included a cocktail hour, silent auction and raffle, 30-minute symphony performance, catered multi-course dinner, and dancing to a high-profile band. A Benefactor Party three evenings prior to the Ball and a League shopping night two months later added to the Ball’s proceeds.
Madison Symphony Orchestra, WI
Concert on the Green: For the 23rd year, this project brought friends and music lovers together for a golf tournament and evening cocktail reception, concert, and gourmet picnic dinner on the lawn of a local country club. This summer tradition is tweaked each year; as examples, a photo booth has been added and complimentary margaritas are passed during the cocktail hour.
Oklahoma City Orchestra League
More Than Just a Pretty Face – Rebranding, Website, and Social Media: When the OKC Philharmonic unveiled a vibrant logo, website, and social media design, the Oklahoma City Orchestra League undertook a rebranding process, successfully replacing an outdated logo/brand and website and expanding social media reach and engagement, reflecting their strong partnership with the OKC Phil.
Friends of the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra
Friends Music Academy: Sounds of Music Series: This music appreciation series provides adult students with basic music fundamentals in many different musical areas. Four unique, educational, entertaining, and basic classes are offered yearly. Snacks and drinks are provided during a social time to allow students to interact among themselves and with presenters.
Friends of Music Guild, Orchestra of Southern Utah
Seventy-Six Consecutive Years of Handel’s Messiah: This annual tradition brings the community together – giving OSU musicians, the Southern Utah Chorale, and talented soloists the opportunity to shine – and has introduced many patrons to the OSU. Through corporate sponsorships, these concerts are free to the public. A food drive in conjunction with the event focuses on those in need during the holiday season.
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