In 1965, affiliation with the American Symphony Orchestra League (ASOL) showed the young Columbia Festival Orchestra the importance of women’s groups to help promote and support the Orchestra’s activities. On March 17, 1965, at a meeting of the Board of the Orchestra’s Association, Dr. Robert Ochs moved that then President Frank Sloan appoint a committee to make plans to organize a women’s group to focus on providing support to the orchestra. The women who were members of the Orchestra Board at that time were appointed. They were Mrs. Alva Lumpkin, Mrs. Norman Arnold, Mrs. Cyril Busbee, Mrs. Marjorie Stands, and Mrs. R. E. L. Freeman.
1965 - 1966
Mrs. Alva Lumpkin was appointed chair and is due much appreciation for her organizational work. Early in the summer of 1965, a group of 28 Columbia women were invited to serve as a steering committee. After numerous meetings and a visit from Mrs. Fitzgerald Parker, National President of the Women’s Council of ASOL, Mrs. Marjorie Stands was chosen as temporary chair. On September 17, 1965, a meeting was held to choose other temporary officers, committee chairs, and to plan a membership drive. On October 1, 1965, Mrs. Robert E. McNair and the Women’s Symphony Association invited a large number of Columbia women to a morning coffee at the Governor’s Mansion. Of 135 women attending the coffee party, 92 joined. During the 1965 – 1966 year, the membership grew to 166 charter members. By May of 1966, bylaws had been adopted, committees planned, and much work had been done. Mrs. Marjorie Stands was elected president of the Women’s Symphony Association. The Columbia Festival Orchestra with Music Director, Dr. Arthur Fraser, held performances in various venues, including the Township and Dreher Auditoriums, as well as Fort Jackson Playhouse.
1967 - 1968
The first yearbook was produced. The first Benefit and Educational projects were planned and implemented. The Junior Committee, Music Club, Speaker’s Bureau, and a large Youth Concerts Committee were formed.
1968 - 1969
The first reference to the Symphony Belles Committee (no Junior Committee) was made in the yearbook. It replaced the Junior Committee. There were six Board of Directors’ meetings, four coffees for the entire membership, in addition to an Annual Meeting held in May. There were also four music appreciation luncheons, four youth concerts and four subscription concerts. The newsletter, Crescendo, was produced.
1971 - 1972
The auditions committee appears for the first time. Benefit projects included the WSA Notes, Polo Matches, Guy Lombardo and an Antique Show. Education (or music appreciation) Luncheons were continued. The Symphony Belles, Season Tickets, and Youth Concerts were also continued. Four Crescendo issues were produced. Dr. John A. Bauer served as Acting Musical Director of the Columbia Festival Orchestra with Skitch Henderson and Michael Lee as guest conductors and featuring William Warfield, Lee Luvisi, and Dorothy Kirsten as guest artists.
1973 - 1974
Bylaws and a mission statement were included in the yearbook with the purpose: “To foster, promote, and increase musical knowledge and appreciation of the performing arts; to cooperate with and support the Columbia Philharmonic Orchestra for the benefit of the community, acting in cooperation with and subject to the authority granted by the Columbia Philharmonic Orchestra Association.” Membership classifications were established for Active, Associate (without a specific dues amount), and Life at $100. Honorary membership was made available based on a vote of the Board of Directors. Membership was limited to 400 with candidates for membership proposed by a member and endorsed by at least one Board member. WSA congratulated the Columbia Philharmonic Orchestra on its 10th anniversary along with Dr. Arpad Darazs, Conductor. The Endowment Fund was created in January 1974, as a means of assisting the Columbia Philharmonic Orchestra in bringing the pleasure of goodmusic to everyone in our area. The Endowment Fund was authorized to accept gifts, bequests, and memorials from both individuals and corporate donors. All categories of gifts to the Endowment Fund were (and still are) tax deductible. At that time, 25% of all fundraising project funds was given to the Endowment along with 100% of the life membership dues.
1974 - 1975
The name of the organization was changed to The Women’s Symphony Association of the Columbia Philharmonic Orchestra. There were five life members, one honorary life member, and one honorary member. Benefit projects were “A Night in Old Vienna” and the “Symphony Dinner Dance.” Of the Orchestra’s three classical performances, two were held in Dreher Auditorium and one at the Fort Jackson Playhouse.
1975 - 1976
The Women’s Symphony Association of the Columbia Philharmonic Orchestra celebrated its 10th anniversary.
1976 - 1977
The Symphony Belles adopted a mission statement/purpose: “To promote an interest in music and acting in cooperation with the Women’s Symphony Association, to support the Columbia Philharmonic Orchestra.” Each year the Belles donated two scholarships to the WSA scholarship competition for young musicians. Belles’ membership was limited to 30, and daughters and granddaughters of WSA members were given priority. Endowment Fund gift categories were expanded to include: “in memory of” at any amount; “in honor of” at any amount; “life member” (WSA) at $100; “contributor” in an amount up to $49; “patron” in an amount ranging from $50 to $199; “benefactor” at $200 and up; and “bequests”, which included cash, real estate, insurance policies, or securities. Life members expanded to 18. Special events included the Symphony Cooking Class, Symphony Belles Fashion Show and Symphony Dinner Dance.
1978 - 1979
The Columbia Philharmonic Orchestra moved to the Township Auditorium for the 1978-79 season. Life members increased to 28, and many associate members were added. Benefit projects included a Symphony Belles Fashion Show and an Encore Shop
1979 - 1980
Puppetry was added to the Education programs. The second Designer Show House at the corner of Glenwood and Trenholm Roads was held.
1980 - 1981
The first yearbook dedication was to the past presidents in honor of the WSA’s 15th year. Audrey Baird of the ASOL visited Columbia to speak at the Season Ticket Sales Kick-Off tea. Life memberships increased to 46
1981 - 1982
Although it was not changed in the bylaws, the purpose was restated on the cover page of the yearbook: “The sole purpose of the Women’s Symphony Association is to provide the additional income for the Columbia Philharmonic Orchestra through our yearly projects. Each year, the WSA strives to expand and improve the cultural and educational benefits the community derives from its symphony orchestra. Only through the dedication and hard work of our membership can we achieve our goals.” The Columbia Philharmonic Orchestra and the South Carolina Chamber Orchestra joined forces to create the Palmetto State Orchestra Association with Dr. Einar Anderson as the first full time conductor.
1982 - 1983
Two years of annual reports from key chairs were included in the yearbook. The ASID Designer Show House was chaired by Mrs. Ralston Vanzant. The Boylston House at 829 Richland Street originally was scheduled for spring of 1982, but was delayed until the fall of 1982. The Show House was sponsored in partnership with the Governor’s Mansion Foundation.
1983 - 1984
The history of the founding of the WSA was included in the yearbook. The Show House was scheduled for spring, 1984. The 5th Annual Margaret Roberts Memorial Concert was held in Keenan Auditorium. The first series of First Chair Gourmet events occurred. The fourth ASID Designer Show House (April 1984) was the home of Pat Nelson on the Saluda River. Committee reports were included in the yearbook for Community Special Services, Auditions, Symphony Belles, Education, Projects, and Season Tickets.
1985 - 1986
The 1st Vice President was shown as the President-Elect; the 2nd Vice President was responsible for programs; and the 3rd Vice President was in charge of Special Projects. Projects included the Symphony Suppers after the South Carolina Philharmonic Orchestra performances. In return for patronage, participating restaurants donated a portion of their profits to the Orchestra. First Chair Gourmet, sales of South Carolina note cards, and the first Silent Film Festival were major fundraising events. Old silent films were shown with orchestra musicians playing the original sound track.
1986 - 1987
Projects included the fifth ASID Designer Show House with Mrs. Ernest P. McCutcheon serving as chairperson. The First Chair Gourmet entered its fourth year with parties held from January through March. The Symphony Suppers, a new assortment of WSA note cards, cookie sales and drinks at Mayfest were major fundraising activities. Special events included the WSA Designer Show House, a preview party and Annual Gala at the Coliseum held on February 6, 1987. Membership Dues were $15 for active members, $25 for associates, $100 for life members plus a $5.00 annual charge. The Young Artist competition was held for the 22nd straight year. An amount of $5,448 was added to the Endowment and $15,000 to the Orchestra.
1987 - 1988
The yearbook included the president’s annual report for the previous year. Activities included the Young Artists’ Competition; youth concerts sponsored by the Education Committee and scheduled informative programs for mature audiences. Other events held were Special Services, the Symphony Belles, and the 6th Annual Designer Show House, with Mrs. Marjorie Stands as chairperson, scheduled for April 22 – May 14, 1988. First Chair Gourmet events were held beginning December 15, 1987 and ending February 15, 1988. WSA note cards were sold, and the Annual Gala was held February 19, 1988 at the Carolina Coliseum.
1988 - 1989
Projects included the 6th annual First Chair Gourmet events and the selling of WSA note cards. Special events included a new member coffee and the Annual Gala held on Friday, February 17, 1989. Community functions included the Young Artists Competition, Education, Special Services, Symphony Belles, and Volunteer Helpers. The name of the organization was changed to the Symphony League of the South Carolina Orchestra Association. A new logo was designed by Jerry Cole of Columbia.
1989 - 1990
The new logo appeared on the yearbook cover. Six general membership meetings were held, plus an annual meeting in May. Projects included the First Chair Gourmet events, the seventh Designer Show House at the Sims-Stackhouse Home, 511 Laurel Street, note card sales, and planning for a Summer Music Camp for children. Special events included a new member coffee, a Youth Concert, and the Annual Gala held on Friday, February 16, 1990 at the Carolina Coliseum. Community functions focused on Auditions, Education, Special Services and Volunteer Helpers. The life membership dues increased from $100 to $150. All concerts were held in The Koger Center.
1990 - 1991
The Designer Show House was chaired by Ann (Mrs. Robert R.) Henry. Her committee planned for the 1991 - 1992 Show House event. An organizational chart was included in the yearbook. Projects included the First Chair Gourmet events and note card sales. Special events included the new member coffee, the Youth Concert, and Annual Gala held at the Carolina Coliseum on Friday, January 15, 1991. The Past Presidents’ Luncheon was held in March 1991.
1991 - 1992
The yearbook included a tribute to Maestro Einar W. Anderson. The 8th Annual Designer Show House chairperson was Rebecca (Mrs. George C.) Faulk. The Education Committee sponsored three concerts for 6,000 fourth grade students from Richland and Lexington Counties. The Junior Artist winner of the Young Artists Competition, Claire Bryant, cellist, was the featured soloist. Events included the Past Presidents’ fashion show and luncheon to benefit the Youth Orchestra, the Symphony Ball held on February 28, 1992 at the Carolina Coliseum. Projects included the Designer Show House held in May 1992, First Chair Gourmet events, note card sales, and a Holiday Tour of Homes held on December 8, 1991 from 1:00 to 6:00 p.m. Highlights included a tour of University of South Carolina President John Palms’ home, and Festival of Lessons and Carols at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church.
1992 - 1993
Robert Kemsley, Resident Conductor, and Catherine Cornet, Artistic Advisor for the South Carolina Orchestra Association, and five guest conductors were introduced to the orchestra during the year. Community functions included three youth concerts, the Young Artist and Junior Artist Competition, the Past Presidents’ luncheon and fashion show, and the Symphony Ball. Projects included the First Chair Gourmet events, note card sales, the Holiday Tour of Homes, and the Designer Show House.
1993 - 1994
A vertical yearbook was produced. Five general meetings, plus the May annual meeting were held. Activities were the First Chair Gourmet events, the 9th Annual Designer Show House (which was the DeBruhl-Marshall House at 1401 Laurel Street), the Holiday Tour of Homes (which was held Sunday, December 12, 1993 from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. at Gregg Park), the Past Presidents’ Fashion Show and Luncheon held on March 25, 1994 at The Palmetto Club, and the Symphony Ball, held on October 29, 1993 with the theme of “Under the Canopy.” Susan Benesh and Claude Scarborough served as event co-chairs. Bylaws included life membership at a cost of $150. An advisory committee of past presidents was established to assist the President. Nicholas Smith was welcomed as the new Music Director of the newly named South Carolina Philharmonic Orchestra (previously South Carolina Orchestra Association).
1994 - 1995
Five general membership meetings, plus the annual meeting in May were held. Projects included the Symphony Ball held on October 28, 1994 with the South Carolina Philharmonic Board. A Tour of Homes was held in the Wildewood area on December 11, 1994. First Chair Gourmet events were held, as well as Music Education for the Community, Young People’s Concerts on February 7 and 8, 1995, the Junior and Young Artist Competition, and four Youth Orchestra Concerts. Events included the Past Presidents’ Fashion Show and Luncheon. A bylaws change was made to the life member dues structure with $100 of the $150 in dues earmarked for the Endowment Fund and $50 to the general operating account.
1995 - 1996
The League celebrated its 30th anniversary and edition of the yearbook. Four general membership meetings plus the May annual meeting were held. Projects included Sunday Sweet Sunday with a Mother-Daughter Tea and Special Fashion Show, described as an event to celebrate the “Bonds of Love.” It was held on Sunday, October 22, 1995 at 4:00 p.m. at The Summit Club. The 10th Annual Designer Show House, “A Jewel in Our Midst,” was held at the Law Firm of James Anders at Blanding and Sumter Streets. The Past Presidents’ Annual Fashion Show and Luncheon was held as well as the Young Artist Competition, Music Education for the Youth on February 6 and 7, 1996 with the Junior Artist winner later performing with the Orchestra. October 13, 1995 featured “An African American Heritage” and a January 19, 1996 show called the “Laser Educational Program.” Four Youth Orchestra concerts were held. The Orchestra Board sponsored the Symphony Ball on March 1, 1996 at the Carolina Coliseum.
1996 - 1997
Four general membership meetings, plus the May annual meeting were conducted. Dues were increased to $25 for active members, $35 for associate members, and $250 for life members. The bylaws were changed to reflect the dues apportionment for life members ($100 to the Endowment and $150 to the general operating account). The bylaws were further changed to read: “The purpose of this League shall be to foster, promote, and increase musical knowledge and appreciation of the performing arts in the community, and to cooperate with and support the South Carolina Philharmonic.” Projects were the Holiday Tour of Homes, First Chair Gourmet events held from February to April, 1997, the Past Presidents’ Fashion Show and Luncheon held in the spring of 1997, the Junior and Youth Artist Competition, and Music Education for the Youth held on February 4, 1997.
1997 - 1998
The League held four general meetings plus the May annual meeting. Projects were the 11th Annual Designer Show House, which was the Edens-Smith House on Heyward Street. A “Used Treasures Sale” was held on October 17 and 18, 1997. The Designers’ Delights and Past Presidents’ Fashion Show and Luncheon were big events. Education focused on the Junior and Young Artist Competition and the Young People’s Concerts held on February 3 and 4, 1998. Grades K-5 were invited. There were four Youth Orchestra Concerts.
1998 - 1999
Three general meetings plus the May annual meeting were held. Projects were the “Used Treasures Sale”, the Designer Show House planning for 2000, First Chair Gourmet events, and the Past Presidents’ Luncheon. Education included the Arthur Fraser Young Artist Competition for pianists held on May 15, 2000, Music Education for the Youth held February 9 -10, 1999 for Grades K-5, and three Youth Orchestra Concerts.
1999 - 2000
Three general membership meetings, plus the May annual meeting were held. Projects included the 12th Annual Designer Show House held in the spring of 2000 at the Hampton Preston Mansion. There was a Preview Party and special night for sponsors and advertisers. First Chair Gourmet events, the Past Presidents’ Luncheon, and the Arthur Fraser Young Artist Competition were also held. Music Education for the Youth events were held February 8 – 9, 2000 with students K-5 invited. There were three Youth Orchestra Concerts.
2000 - 2001
The Symphony Ball in conjunction with Philharmonic Board was held. The Past Presidents’ Luncheon was held on March 29, 2001. Education programs included the Arthur Fraser Competition with the winner performing with the Philharmonic. Music Education for the Youth was held on February 25 - 27, 2001 with K - 5 students invited. Three Youth Orchestra concerts were held.
2001 - 2002
The League hosted four general meetings, plus the May annual meeting. A suitable show house was not found. Focus was on First Chair Gourmet Parties and the Past Presidents’ Luncheon. Education included the Arthur Fraser Competition, Music Education for the Youth on February 26 and 27, 2002, and three Youth Orchestra Concerts.
2002 - 2003
There were three general meetings plus the May annual meeting. Projects focused on First Chair Gourmet with events spread throughout the year from September to April rather than a limited two-month period as in previous years. The 13th Annual Designer Show House was the Pelham-Simmons House at 333 Old Woodlands Road. Pamela Adkins served as Show House chairperson. The Past Presidents’ Luncheon was held on February 27, 2003. The Arthur Fraser Competition had five winners who performed at the “Mozart at the Museum” series for an Audience Choice Award. “Shakespeare in Music” premiered October 22 – 23, 2002 with the South Carolina Philharmonic and the South Carolina Shakespeare Company collaborating and Symphony League members assisting. The Young People’s Concerts were held February 25 and 26, 2003. Three Youth Orchestra Concerts were held. The bylaws were changed to have the current year Nominating Committee chairperson serve as a member of the upcoming committee. Under the change, the board will elect a chairperson and two members with the general membership electing the fifth member at the May general membership meeting. Events included a new member coffee. The League supported the South Carolina Philharmonic Orchestra with its “Rhapsody in Bloom” fundraising event. The League presented $13,500 from the Endowment to the South Carolina Philharmonic Orchestra to sponsor fully a Master Concert and to support “Shakespeare in Music.”
2003 - 2004
The League sponsored four general membership meetings, plus the May annual meeting. Projects were: “In Perfect Time – Roses and Wine”, a wine tasting party held in April 2004. The League did not host First Chair Gourmet events, but rather focused fundraising efforts on the “Win a Lexus - Sponsor a Concert” project. The Arthur Fraser Competition was held on February 7, 2004 with three winners selected. These winners performed with the South Carolina Philharmonic Orchestra at the April 24, 2004 Master Concert, with an audience choice recipient named at the conclusion of the concert. Arrangements were made to collaborate with the University of South Carolina Southeastern Piano Festival. It was agreed that beginning in 2005, the Arthur Fraser Competition would be held at the end of the Festival in June. Music Education for the Youth, the 2nd “Shakespeare in Music,” and Young People’s Concerts were held on February 4 and 5, 2004. Three Youth and Cadet Orchestra Concerts were held with the third being a “side by side” with the South Carolina Philharmonic Orchestra at Master Series Number Seven. Other activities included the new member coffee, support for the second year of the South Carolina Philharmonic Orchestra’s “Rhapsody in Bloom”, and the Past Presidents’ Luncheon held in November of 2003. A check in the amount of $13,500 from Endowment plus $10,000 from Special Projects was presented to the South Carolina Philharmonic Orchestra for operating expenses. In addition, $1,400 from the Past Presidents’ Luncheon went to support the Youth Orchestra.
2004 - 2005
Three general meetings plus the May annual meeting were held. The 14th Annual Designer Show House was held at the Heyward-Sims House at 1329 Blanding Street. Chairperson Pamela Adkins included several firsts: an October “Bare Bones Party”, which was a casual event with blue-grass music, chili, a local artists’ exhibit and sale, and the addition of a Show House Patrons category that allowed individual donations of $125 with recognition in the program and admission to all events. Special Events such as lectures, tea, and demonstrations were also held in conjunction with the Show House. Twelve First Chair Gourmet events were held along with the Past Presidents’ Luncheon on March 10, 2005. The Arthur Fraser Piano Concerto was held at the conclusion of University of South Carolina’s School of Music’s Southeastern Piano Festival in June 2005. The winner performed with the Philharmonic. The League assisted with the Young People’s Concerts and the third “Shakespeare in Music” mentoring program. New members were encouraged to participate more fully in League activities. A new web site was launched (www.scsymphonyleague.com). E-mail was used to transmit board information, as well as information to the general membership as appropriate. Consistent use of our logo was adopted to include fonts and color (p.m.s. #319). The League presented the Philharmonic with $14,500 from Endowment, $20,000 from Special Projects, budgeted $1,500 for Young Peoples Concerts, and $450 from the Past Presidents’ Luncheon earmarked for the Youth Orchestra.
2005 - 2006
The League celebrated 40 years of “Making Music Happen” at a fall luncheon. Specially designed scarves, car decals, and gold seals for all mailings were produced and used throughout the year. Three general membership meetings plus the May Annual Meeting was held. The Mozart Festival Ball and ten First Chair Gourmet events were held. The Arthur Fraser Piano Concerto Competition was held in June 2005 with the University of South Carolina’s School of Music’s Southeastern Piano Concerto Festival. The winner performed with the Philharmonic at a Master Series Concert. A $4,000 contribution was made to support the competition. The League assisted with and supported with funding in the amount of $1,500 for the Young People’s Concerts and $1,400 for the Youth Orchestras. The League hosted two after-concert receptions, participated as a sponsor of the Midlands Mozart Festival and the Mozart Birthday Bash Concert. The website, E-mail and four Crescendos were used for general membership and board communication. The League presented the Philharmonic with $16,000 from the Endowment and $18,500 from Special Project.
2006 - 2007
Four General Membership Meetings with guest artists plus the May Annual Business Meeting were coordinated. A committee revised the board job descriptions. Ten highly successful First Chair Gourmet Events were held throughout the year. The very successful Valentine Ball was held February 14, 2007 at The Radisson. The Ball included a large silent auction, a queen, entertainment, and a sit down dinner. The Valentine Ball was adopted as a yearly event to replace the Show House. The Arthur Fraser Piano Concerto Competition was held in June 2007. Winners performed with the Philharmonic at the September 2007 Master Series Concert. A $4,000 contribution by the League was given to the winners. The League assisted with and supported funding of the Young People’s Concerts with a $1,500 contribution and the Youth Orchestras in the amount of $1,289, which was the profit from the Past Presidents’ Luncheon. Two after-concert receptions were sponsored. The League was a participant and sponsor of the Midlands “Now This Is Columbia” Arts Festival. The website (www.scsymphonyleague.com), E-mail and four Crescendos were used for general membership and board communications. A donation in the amount of $17,500 from Endowment was presented to the Philharmonic, and $27,000 from Special Projects was also donated.
2007 - 2008
The search for a new Music Director for the Philharmonic culminated with the selection of Maestro Morihiko Nakahara. The League was active in the selection process. All members had an opportunity to meet the seven music director finalists at the general membership meetings, two coffees hosted by the League, and the Past Presidents’ Luncheon. Four General Membership Meetings plus Annual Business Meeting were held. The Valentine Ball was held in February 2008, and thirteen First Chair Gourmet events were held throughout the year yielding profits of $36,385. The Arthur Fraser Piano Concerto Competition became an international competition. It was held in June 2008. Winners performed with the Philharmonic at a Master Series Concert on October 25, 2008 and $4,000 was contributed by the League to help with the cost of the event. League members assisted with the Young People’s Concerts in February 2008 and a $1,500 contribution was made by the League to support the concerts. The League supported the Youth Orchestras with a $1,226 contribution raised at Past Presidents’ Luncheon in April 2008. The League sponsored two post-concert receptions following the September 2007 and March 2008 Master Series concerts. Communication was increased with five Crescendo mailings, an updated website (www.scsymphonyleague.com) and frequent E-mails. Contributions to the Philharmonic included $19,000 from the Endowment Fund and $26,000 from Special Projects in addition to contributions for the Young People’s Concerts and Youth Orchestras. Contributions totaled $47,726.
2008 - 2009
This was the inaugural season for Music Director Morihiko Nakahara and the 45th anniversary of the South Carolina Philharmonic. Four general memberships meetings featuring Maestro Nakahara and various guest artists plus the Annual Business Meeting was held. Projects such as the Valentine Ball held in February and fourteen First Chair Gourmet events were held throughout the year yielding profits of over $25,000. The Arthur Fraser International Piano Concerto Competition was held in conjunction with University of South Carolina’s School of Music’s Southeastern Piano Festival in June 2009. Winners performed with the Philharmonic. The first place winner performed at the Masterworks Concert, January 2010. A $4,000 contribution was given by the League who also assisted with the Young People’s Concerts in February 2009. A $1,500 contribution was made also. The League supported the Youth Orchestras with a $1,000 contribution raised at the Past Presidents’ Luncheon in April 2009. The League sponsored two post concert receptions following the October 2008 and March 2009 Master Series Concerts. Five Crescendo mailings, an updated website and frequent E-mails kept League members and Philharmonic board members informed.
2009 – 2010
The League improved operating standards by adopting a policies and procedures manual. Four general membership meetings were held. An afternoon annual meeting was held in May. Our total project income was $22,246.39. Pursuant to our operating procedures, we donated ¼ of that revenue to the Symphony League Endowment. That amount was $5,561.59, which resulted in the remaining balance of $16,684.80 being given as a direct contribution to the South Carolina Philharmonic. The Endowment also donated $17,000 to the SCP. The Arthur Fraser International Piano Concerto Competition was held in conjunction with University of South Carolina’s School of Music’s International Piano Festival in June 2010. Winners performed with the Philharmonic. The League sponsored two post-concert receptions following Master Series Concerts. Five Crescendo mailings, an updated website and frequent E-mails kept League members and Philharmonic board members informed. The website was revamped and updated with photographs and additional news.
2010 – 2011
The Philharmonic office staff and Board Chairman communicated regularly with the League via email, provided representatives at our general meetings to bring us up to date on the orchestra business generally, and presented an orientation of the orchestra to our Board of Directors. Yearbooks were redesigned in notebook form. Members will retain their notebooks to update in years to come. This will be more efficient and cost effective. The Symphony League Board unanimously approved the Nominating Committee’s motion to allow flexibility to revise job descriptions, combine positions and eliminate some positions for 2011-2012 in order to better balance responsibilities and improve effectiveness. Our volunteers provided breakfast and lunch to the Philharmonic Orchestra musicians at Young People’s Concerts in February. The League funded $1,500 to support the concerts. The League supported the Youth Orchestra with a $1,100 contribution raised at the Past President’s Luncheon in May, 2010. Fruit baskets were presented to Master Series guest artists and two after-concert receptions were sponsored by the Symphony League with members donating most of the food. The Arthur Fraser Piano Concerto Competition was held in conjunction with USC’s Southeastern Piano Festival in June, 2011. Second and third place winners will play in a Master’s Series Concert of November 5, 2011. The first place winner will play in a Master Series Concert during the 2012-2013 season. The League supports this educational experience and opportunity with a $4,000 contribution. Our projects this year consisted of three major efforts. The Valentine Ball was held in February 2011, and two first Chair parties, one in November and another in April, yielding profits of $25,465. From the 2010-2011 fund raising projects, the Symphony League gave $13,600 to the Philharmonic and $6,367 to the Symphony League Endowment Fund. An Additional $1,000 was provided to the Philharmonic from a private donor. Symphony League members provided direct contributions to the Philharmonic through the Beyond Measure Campaign. The total amount raised (pledges and paid) is $137,375. The Marjorie Wallace/Cornelia Freeman Fund raised $1,575. From the Symphony League Endowment Fund income, we provided $16,000 to the South Carolina Philharmonic. The League has an individual membership of approximately 275 individuals. Four General Membership Meetings were held as well as an Annual Meeting and Installation of Officers. The League published four issues of the Crescendo, provided frequent email announcements to the Board and membership, and updated and expanded our website, www.scsymphonyleague.com, to include facebook.com/symphonyleague and twitter.com/symphonyleague.
The League continues as a Benefactor of the South Carolina Philharmonic (SCP). This year we contributed $29,299.42 from our projects and endowment income to support the orchestra. Additionally, we contributed $4,000 to the University of South Carolina School of Music for the Arthur Frazer International Piano Concerto Competition and $4,176.23 to our endowment. Total contributions for 2011-2012 were $36,475.65. The League sponsored two Masterworks post-concert receptions. A third reception followed the “10th Anniversary Piano Extravaganza” Sunday, June 10, 2012. The extravaganza featured Morihiko Nakahara and the SCP, Marina Lomazov, Joseph Rackers, Charles Fugo, Phillip Bush, and 12 Arthur Fraser International Piano Competition winners performing on all five grand pianos in multiple concertos and ensembles on the stage of the Koger Center for the Arts. The Symphony League’s Education Committee assisted the SCP in arranging for 5,500 students in the Columbia Metropolitan area to participate in this year’s Young People’s Concerts, “The Orchestra Rocks”, held February 27 &28, 2012. Recorders were purchased and fees paid by the League for several at-risk schools. Additionally, the League contributed $1,500 to support the concerts, and provided breakfast and lunch for the musicians on both days. Symphony League efforts also assisted in making Adopt-a-Musician possible for two schools. The League sponsored the Arthur Fraser International Concerto Competition in conjunction with the University Of South Carolina School Of Music’s Southeastern Piano Festival held in June. In addition to the League’s $4,000 contribution, many League volunteers assisted with the festival. Gift boxes were presented to the 20 contestants as well as the visiting artists. $1,270.74 was contributed to the SCP for the Youth Orchestras. These funds were raised at the Past President’s Luncheon held on March 20, 2012 at Trinity Cathedral. Miss South Carolina, Bree Boyce, was our special guest. Our projects this year consisted of three major efforts. The Valentine Ball was held February 12, 2012, and two First Chair Parties, one in November and another in May, yielding profits of $17,141.14. A new fundraiser, The Symphony League Café, was approved by the Board to create an additional stream of income to support music education programs. Individual’s purchase Boresha’s 100% AA Arabica infrared roasted coffee and low-glycemic health and wellness products, and the League earns money. We contributed $17,500 from the Symphony league Endowment Fund to the SCP. 1/4th of the profits from our special projects go to the Endowment Fund yearly, and an honorarium is contributed to the Endowment for each General Membership Meeting guest artist or speaker. Members and friends contribute to the endowment throughout the year because of special celebrations and memorials. The Symphony League Board added the position of New Member Chair to the Board of Directors and we added at least 25 new members this year. Four General Membership meetings were held as well as an Annual Meeting and Installation of Officers. The League published four issues of the Crescendo, provided frequent email announcements to the Board and membership, and updated our website, www.scsymphonyleague.com as well as facebook.com/symphonyleague and twitter.com/ symphonyleague.
The Symphony League continues as a Benefactor of the South Carolina Philharmonic. Again this year we contributed over $25,000 to support the South Carolina Philharmonic. Additionally we contributed $4000 to the University of South Carolina School of Music for the Arthur Fraser International Piano Concerto Competition. Members volunteered time, talent, and donations to the event. This competition was originally begun by the Symphony League and later became an international event. $18,000 was contributed from our Symphony League Endowment. The League contributed $15,00 to the Young People’s concerts also known as Link-up. This year’s program provided around 7,000 students from the Columbia Metropolitan area over two days. Volunteers from the Symphony League education committee assisted in in-service for teachers, donated money toward admittance fees, and assisted with transportation for at-risk schools. Throughout the year Symphony League volunteers planned for all Educational programs. Adopt-a-Musician, Carnival of the Animals, and Youth Concerts were assisted or paid for by the Symphony League members. The Symphony League Past President’s Reception gave over $1000 to the Youth orchestra in addition to individual members giving donations. A new project was chaired by Shirley Henderson to benefit the SCP. A wine and cheese reception was held at her home featuring Steven Ford, a Columbia designer. $1,820 was netted from this innovative event and given for matching funds from a private donor. Another new project for the Symphony League was our Table Top Christmas trees. Faye Jeffcoat made beautiful works of art that were sold at several events. Over $4000 was raised from this new project. Margaret Williams chaired our Symphony League Café. Close to $600 was given to Educational programs from this fundraiser. Five general meetings were held this year with guest artists at each event. The League published four issues of the Crescendo. Frequent e-mails, website, facebook, and twitter keep members current.
The Symphony League added our first Junior Member, Faith Rowan, and her family as new members. Faith plays in the Youth Orchestra, has played for us, and is an ambassador for the SC Phil. The League updated our Policy, Policies and Procedures Manual, and Bylaws this year, including job descriptions for Executive Committee, Board Members and Standing Committee Chairs. Four General Membership Meetings were held as well as the Annual Business Meeting. Our total profit from special projects was $12,018.19. We donated ¼ of these proceeds to our Symphony League Endowment as directed by operating procedure. That amount was $3,004.54. Our total donation to the SC Philharmonic was $30,730.00. Additionally, we supported the Arthur Fraser International Piano Competition with both volunteers and a donation of $4,000.00. Symphony League sponsored two donor receptions following Masterworks Concerts and two brunches for SC Phil musicians between performances on Link-Up days. Our Past President’s Reception earned $4,604.05 for Youth Orchestras. Five Crescendo issues, numerous emails, a website and regular mailings kept our members informed of Symphony League events.
The Symphony League held four General Membership Meetings and the Annual Business Meeting in 2014—15. We tried a new approach to our General Meetings by having one meeting during the lunch hour. By meeting in the downtown area and serving a light lunch we hope to attract more professional members. Our total profit from our Special Projects was $15,773.47. We donated 25 percent of this ($3,943.37) to the Symphony League Endowment Fund, as directed by our operating procedures. Our total donation to the SC Philharmonic was $30,024.05, including a $2,519.05 donation from the Rowan family to support the Youth Orchestras. Additionally, we supported the Arthur Fraser International Piano Competition with volunteers and a donation of $4,000.00. Symphony League sponsored one After-Concert Donor Reception after Masterworks One. We also served brunch to the SC Philharmonic musicians on the two days in February of their Link-Up Concerts for area youth. We sponsored our Blue Jean Ball, a Valentine Dinner Dance, and a Kentucky Derby Party as major fund raisers. We also created the Cornelia Freeman Young Musician Award and the Marjorie Stands Music Educator Award to honor the memory of these Symphony League founding members. An additional award was created to honor the winner of the Arthur Fraser Competition. Five Crescendo issues were produced, numerous emails were sent, and regular mailings kept our members up-to-date on Symphony League events and operations.
The Symphony League celebrated its 50th anniversary this year with a luncheon held at the Forest Lake Country Club. In honor of this Golden anniversary, we held a 50 for 50 Membership drive with the goal of obtaining 50 new members. We were able to attract 35 new members to our ranks, which is a significant increase from years past. A new two page ad was designed for the Masterworks concert program; and we were able to have a drawing for prizes at a concert in order to attract potential new members to our table in the lobby. We created an Information and Application for Membership Form to use in membership recruitment. We held 4 General Membership meetings throughout the year. The time for these meetings was changed to noon in order to be more attractive to working members. The General Membership meeting scheduled for October was canceled due to unprecedented flooding which occurred in the Columbia area as was our After Concert Donor Reception which had to be rescheduled to the last concert of the Masterworks season. Thanks to the reception organizers, Symphony League members’ donations, and donations from area businesses, this reception was a success. Fruit baskets provided by the Symphony League welcomed guest artists throughout the concertseason. It is our custom to provide brunch for musicians and performers between Link-Up Concerts in February. These concerts provide third graders with a concert experience, for some the first in their lifetime and are held on two consecutive dates in February. These brunches were hosted by the League and were quite successful. We held 2 separate fundraising efforts this year. A total of six First Chair Parties were held throughout the year which yielded a profit of $12,214.74. Our Major Event was a Kentucky Derby Party held in May which resulted in a profit of $5652.94. One fourth of our profits from Special Projects was donated to our endowment totaling $4466.97. A total of $5000 was donated to the Arthur Fraser competition. $10,200 from Special Projects profits was donated to the South Carolina Philharmonic. With the additional $19,800 which was donated from our endowment to the South Carolina Philharmonic, our donations to the Philharmonic totaled $30,000 for the year. The League’s endowment also received numerous contributions this year. It has been mentioned that $4466.97 was contributed to the endowment from our fundraisers. Another $700 was contributed to the endowment by Symphony League members in honor of the League’s 50th anniversary. An additional $1335 was contributed as honorariums or memorials. A portion of lifetime members’ fees went into the endowment this year for a total of $800. The total amount going into the endowment for the year was $7301.97. For the second year in its history, we gave out two prestigious awards: the Cornelia Freeman Young Musician’s Award and the Marjorie Stands Music Educator Award. Five Crescendo issues were produced and many emails were sent to keep members informed. Our website was redesigned to a newer more user-friendly system. And finally, our Bylaws and Policies and Procedures were revised in order to reflect the changing needs of our organization.
2016—17 marks our 51st year as an organization. Our goals are to support the SCPO and to foster and promote musical knowledge and appreciation. We held four General Membership Meetings and the May Business Meeting with entertainment as follows: Wendy Cohen, flute; David Prosser, banjo; Elisabeth Tsai and Derek Chung, piano; William Douglas, organ, and Ron Davis, tuba. Thank you, Beth Helman, Hospitality Chair for arranging meeting venues and guest artists. Our Parties with a Purpose included Silver Bells II, a holiday event at the home of Betsy Mashburn, The Cabaret! at M Grille in the Vista, An Evening with Marina & Joseph at the Albrechts and the Kentucky Derby Party at the Big Red Barn Retreat in Blythewood. These parties netted approximately $11,000 to support our causes. We supported the SCPO Link-Up Concerts by serving brunch to the musicians and by encouraging students from area schools to attend. We also supported the SCPO Youth Orchestras by attending their concerts and by awarding the Cornelia Freeman Young Musician of the Year to recognize musical excellence. Additionally we awarded the Marjorie Stands Music Educator of the Year to bring positive publicity to musical programming and to recognize excellence. Our contribution of $25,500.00 to the SCPO maintained our Benefactor level of giving. Additionally, we contributed $5,000.00 to the Southeastern Piano Festival at the USC School of Music to fund our Arthur Fraser Piano Competition. Symphony League members volunteered on the day of the competition by serving as monitors, helping with the snacks in the contestant lounge, and working at the admissions table. We presented an engraved plaque to the competition winner at the Winners’ Recital on Saturday. Symphony League members contributed to our SL Endowment Fund as memorials and honoraria. Our newsletter, The Crescendo, our website, and numerous emails keep our membership informed about League events. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter for the latest information. The SCPO also includes our events on their website.
This year was the Symphony League’s 52nd year and we were donors for †he SC Philharmonic at the Benefactor level. Our mission statement is to foster, promote, and increase musical knowledge and appreciation for the performing arts in the community and to cooperate with and support the SC Philharmonic. We held four General Membership meetings, plus our traditional May business meeting, which included the installation of the 2018-2019 Board of Directors. The guest artists for our meetings were Angelina Ning, a 13 year old student of Marina Lomazov, formerly a USC professor of piano, and presently on the piano faculty of the Eastman School of Music, and Morihiko Nakahara, Musical Director and Conductor of the SC Philharmonic, who spoke about the repertoire for the upcoming concert, “Ravishing Rachmaninoff”. The full program for this concert included “Polonaise from Eugene Onegin” by Tchaikovsky, “Violin Concerto No. 1” by Shostakovich with violinist, Sayaka Shoji, “ Tahiti Trot” (Tea for Two) by Shostakovich, and ‘Symphonic Dances”by Rachmaninoff. For our March General Membership meeting our guest artist was David Hou,, the 2016 winner of the Arthur Fraser International Piano Competition. For the May meeting Rabbi Eric Mollo played traditional Jewish songs on his guitar and encouraged us to sing along as he played. Thank you, Beth Helman,for planning such wonderful General Membership meetings. Our first fundraiser was “A New Orleans Mardi Gras” held on February 16, 2018 at the Palmetto Club. The location was elegant, the food was scrumptious, the music by the talented Ross Holms band was fun to dance to, and the company was superb. The LinkUp concerts were held this year on February 6 and 7, 2018. These concerts are the culmination of a music education program open to the Midlands’ Schools, whose students have been learning about music through a program developed by the Weill Institute of Carnegie Hall. A grant was given to the Symphony League by The Woman’s Club of Columbia so that we could offer financial aid to help any students to be able to attend the concerts. This past year the Symphony League has reached a challenging time. Our Board feels that we need to reevaluate the kinds of fundraisers we have had in the past and devise different kinds of events appealing to people of different ages and more commensurate with the times. Our Endowment increased in value by $60,000 this year, therefore we were able to donate $ 20,000 to the Philharmonic. Our organization also increased our donation to the Southeastern Piano Festival to $5,000. This year it was held on June 17-23 at the USC School of Music. In our March meeting we honored two of our outstanding members, Abbot Carnes and Jackie McNeil, who were instrumental in starting the Arthur Fraser Piano Competition. In addition to financial support many of our members volunteered countless hours to assist in various ways behind the scenes. Bravo! Bravo! Bravo!
The Symphony League members in our 53rd year were so pleased to present a gift to the S.C. Philharmonic at the Benefactor Level in the amount of $20,000 from our Endowment. Four General Membership meetings were held, and our guest artists were Edward Arrons, featured cellist for the S.C. Philharmonic’s first Masterworks concert, “ Twentieth Century Classics "; Claudio Olivera, pianist; and Catherine Huang, pianist, Winner of the 2017 Arthur Fraser Piano Competition. At our May business meeting, the Symphony League’s 2019-2020 Board was installed. On Oct. 18, 2018 the Symphony League held its first “Supper with the Phil” at the lovely home of Mary Kay Nolan. This event was an intimate dinner with guests, who were treated to a performance by Winifred Goodwin, piano, and Dick Goodwin, trumpet, and Ashley and Damir Horvat, violins. A second “Supper with the Phil” was held later in the year at the beautiful home of Alma and Wally Schultz. Both of these parties were successful as fundraisers and served as a means to introduce the talents of the S.C. Philharmonic’s musicians to people, who are new to the Philharmonic .The LinkUp Concerts were scheduled for Feb. 12th and 13th, 2019, and the program was entitled " The Orchestra Rocks “. This was a wonderful experience for the Midlands school children, who attended the concert and took part in the music education program called LinkUp developed by the Weill Institute at Carnegie Hall. Once again the Southeastern Piano Festival was held from June16th-22nd and our organization was a sponsor giving a donation of $5,000. The day of the competition many of our members volunteered to participate in a variety of support activities. For many years Frances Webb has given of her time, talent and treasure in volunteering as chairman of the Arthur Fraser committee. Much appreciation goes to Frances for her love of music and the Symphony League. Our members were happy to have three new memberships and one new life membership from the parents of the Philharmonic’s Youth Orchestra program this year. To all of the members and friends of our organization—————Bravo! Bravo! Bravo!
The Symphony League members in our 55th year were so pleased to present a gift to the S.C. Philharmonic at the Benefactor Level in the amount of $20,500 from our Endowment. Three General Membership meetings were held. Yerin Yang, pianist, Winner of the 2018 Arthur Fraser Piano Competition, played at the March 2020 General Meeting held at St. Martin’s in the Fields. On Oct. 24, 2019, the Symphony League held its first “English Tea” at Still Hopes. Sonya White gave a wonderful Power Point presentation explaining the history of tea and its place in social change. Jo Malone provided her lovely assortment of teapots and teacups and saucers. Many of the teapots and cups were antiques. The ladies enjoyed wearing hats and especially enjoyed being photographed beside the life-sized cardboard figure of Queen Elizabeth. Refreshments included cucumber sandwiches, scones, tomato sandwiches and teacakes. A second fundraiser was held on Friday, November 8, 2019, at the Palmetto Club. The theme was “An Evening in Venice with Dinner and Wine.” Emile Pandolfi, Steinway Artist, played classical as well as contemporary selections. Both events were successful fundraisers and served to introduce the League to new people. The LinkUp Concerts were held Feb. 25th and 26th, 2020. This was a wonderful experience for the Midlands school children who attended the concert and took part in the music education program. Due to required social distancing, the Southeastern Piano Festival was not held. Instead, contestants submitted a video recording of their musical performance and the top six performers were chosen by a panel of five judges. Plans are to hold a mini festival in the Fall. Our organization was a sponsor giving a donation of $5,000. Our members were happy to have one new life membership from the parents of the Philharmonic’s Youth Orchestra program this year. The League was unable to hold any fundraisers in the spring due to the necessity for socialdistancing. The League managed to adjust and carry on in spite of the challenges. To all the members and friends of our organization—————Bravo! Bravo! Bravo!