What A Great Year We Have Planned!

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Welcome to another wonderful Greensboro Symphony Guild year! Our theme this year is "Always a symphony, never a solo." The dictionary defines a symphony as “something regarded, typically favorably, as a composition of different elements.” The terms “consonance” and “harmony” are also used to describe a symphony. It is especially fitting that the Guild is a symphony of diverse gifts and talents, of women and men of all ages, but all constant about a passion for music education and the Greensboro Symphony.

I believe strongly in the power of music and music education. As a young person going to public school in a small, rural NC county, I received a stellar education in the love and appreciation of symphonic and vocal music from my school music teacher, Mr. Sandy Beam. This led me to a love of all kinds of music that is still with me. As a parent, it was important to me that my daughter had an opportunity to develop this love. My daughter, who was a symphony Deb in 2014, was diagnosed with a rare condition at age 12. The gift and power of her music--violin, piano, clarinet, oboe and alto sax--was sometimes the only thing that kept her going in her recovery. Our family saw first hand what music teachers, music lessons, music education and playing in an orchestra and band meant to her. We were fortunate to be able to offer these experiences to her but every child should have this opportunity to find an outlet and refuge in music. 

Please join the over 300-member-strong Greensboro Symphony Guild this year as we have fun, work hard and develop community towards the goal of supporting music education. If you are a current member and you have not already renewed, please do so http://www.gsoguild.org/get-involved/become-member. If you are not a member of the Guild, please consider joining us—you will meet some of the best people in Greensboro. Click http://www.gsoguild.org/get-involved/become-member to join online.

We have a fabulous year planned—it takes a full symphony of time and talents to produce the wonderful events and programs that allow us to involve thousands of Triad area residents of all ages in the joy, beauty and continued learning through exposure to music.   

Our major fundraiser will feature a return to Lebauer Park for Feast and Follies with a new twist. Mark your calendars now for October 7 and an opportunity to join us for a wonderful evening of jazz, delicious food, dancing and of course, a chance to win our raffle and silent auction items! 

On April 21, 2018, we will have a reprise of our wonderful and fun Super Sale. Start saving all of your gently used items for a great event! 

Our Love and Music Tennis Tournament will return in May as well as several Simply Social events highlighting some of our generous sponsors, membership luncheons at the Greensboro Country Club and general membership meetings in the homes of members. So many opportunities for you to contribute to our Guild Symphony! Please check http://gsoguild.org/calendar for a continually updated calendar of events. (You can download the full calendar here.) 

And don’t forget the Annual Education Campaign. The Guild’s Executive Committee directs these funds to students with unmet needs for music instruction and learning. Last year, the campaign funded the OrKIDstra Program for Head Start students and support for the Greensboro Symphony Youth Orchestra including four scholarships for summer study/private lessons, the sectionals coaching program and tuition assistance. We received great participation from our Guild members.  Check out the January-February Guild Horn for more details.

On behalf of the 2017-2018 Executive Committee and talented Board, we look forward to working with you for another highly successful year!

Sincerely,

Linda Hiatt

Symphony Guild President