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Past Presidents and Past Conference Chairs were Honored at the conference. Patsy Donosky, daughter of TASO Founder Juanita Miller, is seated on the left.

Symphony volunteers from throughout the state of Texas convened in Dallas for the celebration of the 50th Anniversary All Host Conference for Texas Association for Symphony Orchestras (TASO) held April 6-8 at the Marriott City Center. Delegates of 18 member organizations attended the two day conference. 

TASO volunteers promote and support their communities and orchestras through education programs and fundraising. The Dallas Conference brought the members together to celebrate TASO's Golden Jubilee, fifty years of excellence in Symphony Volunteerism, and to prepare to continue that legacy. 

Each year approximately 75 delegates attend the annual conference to gather information and network with their colleagues. These delegates include presidents, presidents-elect, and volunteer leaders from each organization member group, as well as symphony orchestra managers and staff. 

Dallas was chosen as the site of the 50th annual conference because of its close ties to the local community. The late Juanita Miller of Dallas was a founder and elected as the first President of the organization, presiding over the first annual conference held in 1968. In honor of its founder, TASO initiated an annual statewide concerto competition in 1997 to choose an outstanding high school musician and named it The Juanita Miller Concerto Competition. 

To celebrate the 50th Anniversary, a luncheon was hosted to Honor the Past Presidents and Past Conference Chairs. Patsy Donosky, the daughter of the late Juanita Miller, was in attendance and greeted many who had traveled from across the state to attend.

 

Other highlights of the conference included the Gala evening which recognized winners of the Awards of Excellence, a performance by the winners of the Juanita Miller Concerto Competition and project presentations by member organizations.  

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Cynthia and Brice Beaird.

Cynthia and Brice Beaird have been named Honorary Chairs for the Greater Dallas Youth Orchestra Sapphire Gala and Season Finale which will be held on May 21, 2017 at the Meyerson Symphony Center. This glittering SAPPHIRE evening is the only fundraising event for the youth orchestra. It will include a buffet dinner and silent auction before the concert with post-concert desserts.  The Sapphire Gala begins at 5:30 p.m. and the Season Finale Concert is at 7:30 p.m. 

Venise Stuart is the Gala Chair and Cathy Hernandez is the Executive Director of GDYO. 

The Beairds are longtime supporters of the Dallas Community.  Cynthia is a founding Partner/Executive VP with Allie Beth Allman and Associates. She is active with Crystal Charity Ball, Junior League of Dallas Sustaining Advisor, Dallas Summer Musical Board, and Park Cities Historic and Preservation Society. 

Brice is the owner of the Beaird Agency, Inc. and also a singer/songwriter. He began writing songs when he was ten years old and gained a true appreciation for classical music, songwriting and performing. He has been active with many organizations including the Salesmanship Club, Dallas Zoo Board, and Perkins School of Theology Executive Board.  

“We are honored to serve as the Honorary Chairs for the Sapphire Gala,” said Cynthia. “We are grateful to all the many volunteers who make this all possible.” 

The proceeds from the evening will benefit the GDYO Scholarship Fund and the GDYO Tour Fund, allowing deserving students a chance to not only experience the GDYO Program, but to be further enriched by experiencing new cultures while traveling and preforming with their peers. Each year, young musicians in GDYO receive $20,000 in scholarships, and that number doubles in a tour year. 

Sapphire Gala tickets begin at $125 and include a concert ticket. Single concert tickets are $10-$40. Table Host is $1,000. Sponsorships are $10,000, $6,000, $3000, $1750. GDYO Family Single Tickets are $50. Sponsors and Table Host benefits include preferred seating, special program visibility and more. 

Tickets are available on the GDYO website www.gdyo.org or by calling (214) 528-7747. Tickets can be purchased the night of the performance at the Meyerson Box Office.  

For more information contact Amber Oosterwaal by email amber@gdyo.org or (214) 528-7747.                                  

Sapphire Gala
Through the ages, SAPPHIRES have been treasured for their sparkle, romance and beauty.  GDYO promises the same shimmering brilliance at the SAPPHIRE Anniversary’s Season Finale and Spring Gala celebrating 45 years in the community. The SAPPHIRE Gala celebrates GDYO families and patrons and raises critical funding to grow and support music education and performance opportunities for extremely talented and dedicated area youth. 

Season Finale Concert
The top ensemble, the GDYO, brings together 110 of the DFW area’s best high school musicians with a concert that will feature guest violinist Chee-Yun. Violinist Chee-Yun's flawless technique, dazzling tone and compelling artistry have enraptured audiences on five continents. Charming, charismatic and deeply passionate about her art, Chee-Yun continues to carve a unique place for herself in the ever-evolving world of classical music. Repertoire includes Wagner’s Prelude to Act III from Lohengrin, Ives’ The Unanswered Question, Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 5, and Piazzolla’s Four Seasons of Buenos Aires with soloist Chee Yun. 

About GDYO
Founded in 1972, the Greater Dallas Youth Orchestra by parents, educators, and members of the Dallas music community to providing music education and performance opportunities for youth with demonstrated musical ability. The program includes over 450 talented musicians, ages 8 to 18, performing in two full orchestras, three string orchestras, a wind ensemble, a flute choir, and eight jazz combos, and socializing with a diverse group of highly talented peers from more than 50 communities. 

The GDYO is funded in part by the City of Dallas Office of Cultural Affairs, TACA, and the Texas Commission on the Arts, with funding from the State of Texas and the National Endowments for the Arts. 

In addition to performing at the Meyerson the GDYO tours internationally including China in the summer of 2007, a tour of Germany and the Czech Republic in 2012, and a tour to China in 2015. The Greater Dallas Youth Orchestra program offers training to 480 talented youth musicians, ages 8 to 18. 

Scott Cantrell of the Dallas Morning News has said that “Dallas should be proud to have such ambassadors” and “...lucky are these kids to be initiated into symphonic music in so professional an environment. Even the ones who don’t go on to performing careers will be passionate and knowledgeable and demanding audiences of tomorrow.

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Event Chair Michelle Anderson with Honorary Chair Barbara Bigham.

The Dallas Symphony Orchestra League was excited to bring back the very popular Savor the Symphony which began in 2000. The black-tie event was held on April 22 at the newly renovated Adolphus Hotel, bringing together Symphony Patrons and business leaders for an evening with a lavish five-course wine paired dinner, auction and dancing.  

The event was chaired by Michelle Creel Anderson and the Honorary Chairs were Barbara and Robert Bigham. Sandy Secor is the League President.

The elegant night began with a cocktail reception featuring a music trio from the Dallas Symphony Young Strings, one of the programs that will benefit from the proceeds of the evening. The guests had the opportunity to bid on individual bottles of wine and other items in the silent auction, preview the live auction packages and to purchase wine through the Wine Pull.

After being seated for dinner, announcements were made before the five delicious wine paired food courses were served. Honorary Chair Barbara Bigham had been asked to provide a few comments and endeared herself to the audience. She talked about one of the first galas she chaired for the symphony and the many hours required for the planning. After the big event, she and husband Bob were driving and he pointed to a Tom Thumb grocery store. “Do you remember what that is?” he jokingly asked. Apparently months of work and preparation allowed little time for home cooked meals.

One couple in attendance that could certainly empathize was Jolie Humphrey and Bart Humphrey. Jolie had recently chaired the DSOL Presentation Ball which took more than a year of planning for the season of events. 

As attendees dined, the Dallas String Quartet entertained with a fusion of classical and contemporary music played on electric strings. 

The live auction included wine tastings, Dallas Symphony packages, and a beautiful Michele Deco Diamond Watch.

The event was made possible in part by sponsors including The Adolphus Hotel, Heritage Auctions and Jimmy’s Food Store. Underwriters included Sherwood Wagner, Diane Brierley, and Barbara and Bob Bigham among others.

In addition to the Young Strings program, the proceeds from the evening will benefit the Dallas Symphony Association and its education and community outreach programs. Some of the quality outreach programs the League supports are: DSO on the Go, Community Concerts and Performances, Cecil and Ida Green Youth Concerts, SymphonyYes!, and DSO Kids. A Sponsorship of the Red Violin Program provides a financial gift to the Dallas Symphony Orchestra Young Strings through the Innovators of the DSOL. Children are provided with the sponsored instrument and receive lessons and performance Opportunities. 

Red Violin Sponsor benefits include a listing in the DSO program, naming rights of the instrument, a report including a biography of the student, a history of the instrument and invitations to select concerts and receptions where the instrument is being played. 

The Dallas Symphony Orchestra League is an organization of volunteers who support the Dallas Symphony Association through service, education and fundraising activities. 

This also marks the 70th anniversary of the DSO League. Since 1946, the DSO League has worked to support the Dallas Symphony Orchestra through service, education and fundraising efforts.  Since 1998, the League has contributed more than $12 million in support of the Dallas Symphony Association’s Community Outreach and Education programs, which help bring the wonder of music to thousands of youths and adults in the Dallas Metroplex. 

 Photos by James French

 

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Savor Chair Michelle Anderson with Honorary Chairs Bob and Barbara Bigham.

Barbara and Bob Bigham are Honorary Chairs for the Dallas Symphony Orchestra League Savor the Symphony and were introduced at the Patron Party held on April 11 in the home of Warren and Carol Lichliter. 

The League is excited to bring back the very popular Savor the Symphony which began in 2000. It will be held at The Adolphus Hotel at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 22. Savor is a black-tie event that brings together Symphony Patrons and business leaders for an evening with a lavish five-course wine paired dinner, auction and dancing. The event will be held in the newly renovated Adolphus Hotel at 1321 Commerce Street. 

The event is chaired by Michelle Creel Anderson and the Honorary Chairs are Barbara and Robert Bigham. Sandy Secor is the League President. 

Individual tickets are $250, $500, $1,000. Sponsorships are $15,000, $10,000, $5,000, and $2,500. Table Hosts, Sponsors and Underwriters benefits include preferred seating, special program visibility and more.                              

Preview of the wonderful live auction items 

CLICK TO READ FULL DESCRIPTION OF ITEMS 

 

Trip to Napa Valley
Gold Stradivarius Membership
Jaap van Zweden signed music score & DSO tickets
Inwood Estates Winery Master Class
DSO Gala Tickets
Michele Diamond Watch
Maserati for a Weekend
"Cactus In Bloom" Pastel on Paper

 

 Purchase a ticket online by selecting a level below:

$250 Ticket
$500 Ticket
$1,000 Ticket

Michelle Anderson, Savor the Symphony Chair

214.794.0978 or nmichelle@txanderson.com 

 

The proceeds from the evening will benefit the Dallas Symphony Association and its education and community outreach programs. Some of the quality outreach programs the League supports are: DSO on the Go, Community Concerts and Performances, Cecil and Ida Green Youth Concerts, Symphony Yes!, DSO Kids and Young Strings. A Sponsorship of the Red Violin Program provides a financial gift to the Dallas Symphony Orchestra Young Strings through the Innovators of the DSOL. Children are provided with the sponsored instrument and receive lessons and performance Opportunities.

 

Red Violin Sponsor benefits include a listing in the DSO program, naming rights of the instrument, a report including a biography of the student, a history of the instrument and invitations to select concerts and receptions where the instrument is being played. 

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Minnie Jean and Bill Caruth at the opening reception.

Holland recently came to life for the third grade students of St. John’s Episcopal School through the stories and photography of W.W. (Bill) Caruth III. This is the tenth year the school has asked Caruth to speak to the students about his travels. This year’s exhibit featured photos of windmills and tulips in Holland along with a presentation to students about the journey. 

The school hosted an opening reception on March 28 in the Visual Art Gallery at the Judd Center. Caruth's prior exhibits have featured photos from his travels to China, India, Japan, Texas, Venice, Alaska, the South Pacific and Scotland and England.

Many elements influence Caruth’s selection of a travel destination. Some locations are selected because "God has created a beautiful place," he says. Others are chosen for historical significance or cultural differences.

For Caruth, traveling is all about learning. A true historian and perpetual student, he "wants the foreign" when he visits a country. He thrives on learning about the different ways people experience life and often seeks local experts to guide his visits and help him experience the country behind the tourist attractions.

"When people see my work, I’d like for them to enjoy the pictures and learn something," he says.

Caruth is a born storyteller and when he visits St. John’s, he's known to captivate students with his travel stories and photographs. He hopes his art and lectures will help children gain insight into other cultures and learn to appreciate their own.

"I can’t tell you my favorite place because I haven’t been to them all yet," says Caruth.

 

Photo by Deborah Brown



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Dallas Symphony Orchestra League presents Savor the Symphony at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 22. The League is excited to bring back the very popular Savor the Symphony which began in 2000. Savor is a black-tie event that brings together Symphony Patrons and business leaders for an evening with a lavish five-course wine paired dinner, auction and dancing. The event will be held in the newly renovated Adolphus Hotel at 1321 Commerce Street.

The event is chaired by Michelle Creel Anderson and the Honorary Chairs are Barbara and Robert Bigham. Sandy Secor is the League President.

Individual tickets are $250, $500, $1,000. Sponsorships are $15,000, $10,000, $5,000, and $2,500. Table Hosts, Sponsors and Underwriters benefits include preferred seating, special program visibility and more.                              

Preview of the wonderful live auction items 

 CLICK TO READ FULL DESCRIPTION OF ITEMS 

 

Trip to Napa Valley
Gold Stradivarius Membership
Jaap van Zweden signed music score & DSO tickets
Inwood Estates Winery Master Class
DSO Gala Tickets
Michele Diamond Watch
Maserati for a Weekend

  Purchase tickets online by selecting a level below:

$250 Ticket
$500 Ticket
$1,000 Ticket

Michelle Anderson, Savor the Symphony Chair

214.794.0978 or nmichelle@txanderson.com 

The proceeds from the evening will benefit the Dallas Symphony Association and its education and community outreach programs. Some of the quality outreach programs the League supports are: DSO on the Go, Community Concerts and Performances, Cecil and Ida Green Youth Concerts, Symphony Yes!, DSO Kids and Young Strings. A Sponsorship of the Red Violin Program provides a financial gift to the Dallas Symphony Orchestra Young Strings through the Innovators of the DSOL. Children are provided with the sponsored instrument and receive lessons and performance Opportunities. 

Red Violin Sponsor benefits include a listing in the DSO program, naming rights of the instrument, a report including a biography of the student, a history of the instrument and invitations to select concerts and receptions where the instrument is being played. 

The Dallas Symphony Orchestra League is an organization of volunteers who support the Dallas Symphony Association through service, education and fundraising activities. 

This also marks the 70th anniversary of the DSO League. Since 1946, the DSO League has worked to support the Dallas Symphony Orchestra through service, education and fundraising efforts.  Since 1998, the League has contributed more than $12 million in support of the Dallas Symphony Association’s Community Outreach and Education programs, which help bring the wonder of music to thousands of youths and adults in the Dallas Metroplex. 

                                

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Hosts Ray and Faith Stazzoni with foundation board member AB Aston and girls school founder Clyde Jackson.

Friends and supporters gathered in the Park Cities home of Faith and Ray Stazzoni for a reception and presentation on the Imbirikani Girls High School (IGS) in Kenya given by the Neema-Huruma Foundation in Dallas. In Swahili, Neema-Huruma means grace and mercy.

The foundation raises funds for the school which was founded by Clyde and Betsy Jackson in 2006 to provide education to Maasai children living in the Imbirikani Group Ranch area of southwest Kenya. 98% of girls in the area do not have educational opportunities after primary school so they enter into early marriages at ages 14-15 and are subjected to a life of child bearing and hard physical labor carrying wood and water. Continuing education for these girls provides a promising future. The school which is owned and operated by the Presbyterian Church of East Africa (PCEA) opened with 40 students and now has capacity for 300. 

 “Our goal is to elevate the girls’ lives,” said Jackson. “The Imbirikani Girls High School provides the education that is desperately needed by the young women of the Maasai tribe and other tribes. Parents from as far away as Kisumu, Nairobi, and Mombasa are sending their daughters now to IGS for its reputation for excellent academics and Godly character building.”

Foundation board member Stan Gardner shared some of his personal experiences from a mission trip to the school in the summer of 2015. He saw how poor the Imbirikani area was and the eagerness of the girls wanting to learn, but prevented by lack of funds.  

 “While donations for any amount are appreciated, there are immediate areas where help is needed,” said Gardner. “25 sponsors are urgently needed to pay $750 which would cover a one year scholarship for a girl’s tuition, room and board and a uniform. $5,000 is needed for new textbooks and $20,000 would construct new classrooms.”

The Foundation provided photos and biographies of individual girls that could be “adopted” and several guests made donations to cover the one year cost.  

Judy Blasing proudly displayed the photo of the young girl she “adopted”.

“I am so glad to make the difference in one girl’s education to improve her future,” said Blasing. “I look forward to meeting her when I go on the annual mission trip this summer.”

The public is also encouraged to support the Imbirikani Girls High School. Donations can be made by mail or online.

By Mail: Make checks payable to: Highland Park Presbyterian Church-Kenya School and mail to: Clyde Jackson – 600 N. Pearl, Suite 650, L.B. 149 – Dallas TX 75201.

Donate online via secure server: www.NHKenya.org. Click on the “Donate Now” button.

Neema-Huruma Foundation is a registered 501(c)3 organization. Donations will be processed through HPPC or directly through the Dallas offices at Neema-Huruma Foundation. Tax-deductible receipts will be sent.   

Further information about the Imbirikani Girls High School and the Neema-Huruma Foundation is available at www.nhkenya.org.

Photos by Deborah Brown

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Madeline Hendrick is a second generation Debutante. Her mom Lucy Meyers-Lambert made her debut at the inaugural ball in 1987.

Gowns and courtseys were all the rage as 35 Symphony Debutantes took their bows at the 31st Annual Dallas Symphony Orchestra League Presentation Ball on February 18 at the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center. The spotlight was on the debs, their families and dapper members of the Honor Guard. 

Jolie Humphrey served as Ball Chair and Sandy Secor is President of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra League. The Honorary Chairs were Harriett and Chuck Gibbs. 

The Debutante season started with an announcement party in May and ended with the Ball on Feb 18. It is a whirlwind season of numerous parties and events and rehearsals for the famous Texas Dip. 

Guests at the Ball included Tincy Miller who founded and chaired the first ball. She was happy that the tradition has continued and future supporters of the Symphony are nurtured through the event. This year’s ball featured a second generation debutante when Madeline Hendrick was presented. Her mom Lucy Meyers-Lambert made her debut at the inaugural ball in 1987. 

The 2017 debutantes are: Layne Anderson, Lauren Axmann, Grace Beal, Eva Blanton, Lilli Boren, Olivia Burnett, Haley Bush, McKenna Cook, Gabrielle Crank, Alicia Crenshaw, Caroline Downing, Marina Frattaroli, Perrin Griffin, Heather Hall, Madeline Hendrick, Caroline Jones, Ellie King, Catherine Kumpf, Abby Loncar, Caroline Magee, Cameron Malakoff, Ashlyn Matthews, Juliana McIlveene, Natalie Monger, Aspen Moraif, Elle Moritz, Molly Nelson, Caroline Pratt, Allison Rogers, Betsy Smith, Mary Leila Stillman, Bailey Turfitt, Georgia Ryan Tyler, Emily Vaughan, Isabel Yoder. The Presentation Ball is the largest fundraiser for the DSOL. 

The Presentation Ball is expected to raise over $400,000. More than $10 million has been raised in support of the Dallas Symphony Association and its education and community outreach programs. Some of the quality outreach programs the League supports are: Youth Concert Series, Artists Educate, Young Strings and Music Memory along with community concerts and performances. 

Photos by James French Photography 

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Presentation Ball Chair Jolie Humphrey with DSOL President Sandy Secor.

The debutantes for the Dallas Symphony Orchestra League’s 31th Annual Presentation Ball attended an elegant Mother/Daughter Luncheon at the Adolphus Hotel on February 17. It was part of the final weekend of events leading up to the ball which included bow rehearsals, Just for Gents Party, an Assembly and Honor Guard mixer and the farewell breakfast. Chaired by Elsa Norwood, the Luncheon was In Memory of Michelle Godo and sponsored by the Godo Family/Avon Cleaners. 

Photos by James French Photography

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Congressman Pete Sessions with Fred Welsh and Andrea Sanders, Chamber Chairman.

          

Fred Welsh was honored with the Greater East Dallas Chamber of Commerce 2017  “Chairman’s Award” at a luncheon on January 17 at the Lakewood Country Club. 

The award is given annually to an individual for their significant contributions to the Chamber through their professional experience, community engagement, and leadership. It was presented by Congressman Pete Sessions, who also presented Fred with a Congressional Plate. 

Fred is hardworking, loyal, a quiet leader, positive, energetic and exemplifies what every Chamber Board member should strive for. Fred works tirelessly behind the scenes. He has been on the board for many years and has headed up the Ambassadors, is at every Ambassador event and ribbon cutting, every luncheon and every event. 

“He is everywhere,” said Chamber Chairman Andrea Sanders. “It has been said, if you do not see Fred show up at an event, start calling the hospitals.” 

Fred’s love for East Dallas is contagious and he is involved with other local community organizations including White Rock Partners and the shoreline clean up with Friends of White Rock Lake.