As President of the Women’s Symphony League of Austin, it is my privilege to celebrate our 65th year of supporting the Austin Symphony Orchestra and inspiring a love of music in the next generation. Our membership is diverse, comprised of women from different backgrounds united by a belief in the ASO as a valuable community asset and their educational programs as vital to the children of Central Texas. It is the power of that belief that has made the Women’s Symphony League a timeless, vibrant organization, integral to the vitality of music and education in our community.
We are excited to begin our year with the 63rd Jewel Ball, Night at the Pops, and its signature events: the Soirée Music Festival and the Rhythm Runway Show. This year’s events will seamlessly combine the longstanding traditions and beauty of the Jewel Ball with a modern, uniquely Austin ethos. From the rebooted Soirée and Fashion Show to the pageantry of the Royal Court presentation, the 2017 Jewel Ball embraces all ages and interests.
While we celebrate the Jewel Ball, preparations are already underway for another fabulous edition of our nationally-recognized, award-winning Red Haute Valentine’s Party and Children’s Style Show, slated for February 11, 2017. Also, this fall we will be launching another dynamic year for the Austin Symphony Orchestra Youth Leadership Council, providing Austin-area high school students with the training and inspiration to become the civic and philanthropic leaders of tomorrow. These signature events and programs have allowed the WSL to consistently stand as the largest contributor for the Austin Symphony Orchestra – the oldest continuously performing symphony orchestra in Texas, now in its 106th season.
In addition to these events, we will be providing crucial volunteer support for a variety of programs that assist the ASO, its musicians, and its educational mission. Such programs as Children’s Day Art Park, the Halloween Concerts, and the Young People’s Concert Series are facilitated by the WSL’s volunteer presence, and our financial support allows the ASO to continue its in-school educational programs for children of all ages. WSL members themselves are also active in the schools through Simon Símon, our award-winning, bilingual music education program for elementary-aged students. The Sarah and Ernest Butler Pops Concerts are a beloved Austin tradition, made festive and more memorable by the efforts of WSL volunteers. And nowhere is our personal support for the talented musicians of the ASO more celebrated than in our monthly dinners brought and served by members of the WSL.
To accomplish all that we do, over so many areas, takes the combined, coordinated efforts of a large and passionate team. And, like any successful team, we are continually seeking new members who share our enthusiasm for a common goal while bringing their own unique talents and ideas to our organization. From women who are interested in facilitating a child’s first interaction with a trumpet at our Instrument Petting Zoo to those with a vision for chairing a major fundraiser, the WSL values every member’s contributions. If you share our passion for music and arts education, then we invite you to join us on this journey.