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Lisa Loy Laughlin, Kim Noltemy, James Leffler.

The Dallas Symphony Orchestra League was extremely proud to close the 2018-2019 fiscal year with a monumental gift to the Dallas Symphony Orchestra in the amount of $1,022,165.13. 

DSOL President Lisa Loy Laughlin and the Board of Directors presented a check to DSO President and CEO Kim Noltemy and James Leffler, Vice-President of Development.

It was the result of each of the member and music sponsor’s participation and gifts of time, talent and treasure.  

Each of the 2018-2019 events produced a profit over budget allowing the gift to impact even more young lives through the gift of music. 

525,600 minutes, 525,600 moments a year. How do you measure ……a year in the life?

Activities ranged from Board retreats, to Meetings, to Fashion Notes to Teas and Young People’s Concerts; From Presentation Ball Debutante parties to Sponsorships and much underwriting…And Noteworthy Nights to TASO to Southern Savour Supper Club to AMSOV - Seasons of Love.

The DSOL experienced an exciting year of music from Bernstein to Beethoven under the talented leadership of Kim Noltemy, President/CEO and welcomed Fabio Luisi as the Music Director of the DSO.

MUCH was accomplished in 2018-2019 fiscal year.

Cecil and Ida Green Youth Concert Series:
• Over 14,000 students enjoyed Youth Concerts every year

Symphony YES!: Creates an intimate and informal environment for students in grades K-6 and their teachers in which musicians introduce instruments, perform a variety of repertoire, and interact with their audience on school campuses.

• 5,200 students were reached this season

Music Memory Competition: provides students with an exposure to, and a deep understanding and appreciations of, the world’s greatest music.

While Music Memory is a nationwide program, the event in Dallas represents the largest in the country, and the only one that combines live performance with a unique opportunity for mentoring.

• 579 students reached this season

Young Strings: discovers, develops and promotes the musical talents of string students in the city of Dallas who are underrepresented in the field of classical music.

• Young Strings graduates maintain a 100% high school graduation and college admission rate.

• Graduates have attended leading schools of music such as the Juilliard School, Oberlin Conservatory and University of North Texas, among others.

• The DSO is experiencing a need to expand the Young Strings Program to more children. In January 2019 the program had a record breaking number of students audition with 130 students seeking to enter the program. The typical range is approximately 100 auditions per season. The DSO historically has the capacity to accept only 15% of students that audition.

DSO Express: provides underserved high school and community college students with free access to a high quality and enjoyable symphonic concert experience. Includes a visit to the campus by a DSO Musician, and a Q&A with the same musician after the concert.

• Over 500 students reached this season

New Strategic Initiative:

Southern Dallas Residency
• Cost=$1,315 per student in the first year to launch the program and provide ongoing lessons and instruments to each child

About the DSOL
Founded in 1946, the mission of the DSOL is to support the Dallas Symphony Orchestra through service, education and fundraising activities. Since 1998 the League has contributed over $17 million in support of the Dallas Symphony Association’s Community Outreach and Education programs, which help bring the wonder of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra to thousands of youths and adults in the Dallas Metroplex.

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