For more than six decades, the Women’s Symphony League of Austin has supported the Austin Symphony Orchestra and its educational programs that inspire the love of music in the next generation of Central Texas children.
Our membership consists of over 600 women in Austin from varied zip codes, professions, and ages. We fund symphony programs such as High School concerts, Halloween Concerts for children aged 2-10, informal classroom appearances in the Building Blocks of the Orchestra Program introducing music to pre-K through 3rd grade students, Young Peoples Concerts for 4th, 5th and 6th graders, bilingual music education for elementary students, and the summertime Children’s Day at the Park program which is open to the public at the Austin Library. In all, the Women’s Symphony League supports music education that reaches well-over 70,000 central Texas children a year that might not otherwise be exposed to the arts.
In this 2019-2020 volunteer year, we will commemorate our 65th Anniversary Jewel Ball, The Sound of Music. For decades, this signature fundraiser has raised millions for the Austin Symphony’s education efforts as the Women’s Symphony League continues to be the symphony’s most generous annual donor. The Jewel Ball September events offer something for everyone! Soirée is a dance open to all Austin ninth and tenth graders over Labor Day weekend. The Fashion Luncheon is a fantastic afternoon the Friday of the ball, this year featuring modeling icon Brooke Shields, moderator Jamie Chandlee from Rank & Style, and gorgeous fall fashions by Julian Gold. The pinnacle of the month is The Jewel Ball, where devoted arts supporters from Austin and across Texas and their families celebrate our love of music and the desire to pass it on at this popular philanthropic event.
In addition to the Jewel Ball, the Women’s Symphony League raises funds via its nationally-recognized and award-winning Red Haute Valentine’s Party and Children’s Style Show in February, featuring children middle-school age and younger. The Women’s Symphony League also offers training to local high schoolers throughout the school year about becoming civic and philanthropic leaders in its Youth Leadership Council program. These two events engage families and encourage them to support our efforts and join our mission.
The Women’s Symphony League does more than just financially support the symphony, we also provide crucial volunteer support for a variety of the Austin Symphony Orchestra’s programming like the Children’s Day at the Park, the Young People’s Concert Series, and the Sarah and Ernest Butler Pops Concerts. Popular among the membership is the volunteer placement to provide food for the wonderful musicians at all the Masterworks Series dress rehearsals throughout the calendar year.
The Women’s Symphony League provides funding and volunteer support to the symphony. Our efforts have meant that Austin is home to the longest continually running symphonic orchestra in the State of Texas. We continue to be amazed by our membership and the leadership of this organization wants to express its gratitude to each of our members for your individual contributions to this organization and to our mission.