Welcome to the Women’s Symphony League of Austin’s 69th year! We are a group of over 600 women dedicated to keeping the music playing by fulfilling our dual mission: to provide service and financial support to the Austin Symphony Orchestra and its programs, and to offer educational opportunities for children in the community to further develop their appreciation for music.
The WSL is the largest annual contributor to the Austin Symphony Orchestra. The ASO is Austin’s oldest performing arts organization and for their 111th season they are excited to welcome their audience back to live music after their largely virtual 2020-21 season. In our efforts to provide financial support, we are excited to begin our year with the 66th Annual Jewel Ball Crescent City Celebration and its signature events: the Soireé Dansante Beads & Boots Bash and the Fashion Luncheon Crescent City Couture. Soireé Dansante takes place traditionally on the Sunday evening before Labor Day and is attended by Greater Austin 9th and 10th graders. A couple of weeks later, the Fashion Luncheon attendees will enjoy guest speaker Carson Kressley, renowned American fashion expert and award-winning television personality. The culminating event is the Jewel Ball, where arts supporters and their families celebrate their love of music and the ASO through this formal celebration and fundraising event.
The WSL’s opportunities for financial support to the ASO extend beyond the Jewel Ball events. The Youth Leadership Council is an exciting student organization open to all Greater Austin high school students. YLC is a speaker program which promotes leadership skills through interactive presentations with successful Austin leaders from a variety of backgrounds, all while raising funds for the ASO. In addition, preparations are underway for our nationally recognized and award-winning Red Haute Valentine’s Party and Children’s Style Show, featuring a one-of-a-kind children’s fashion show introducing the latest style trends for toddlers through teens.
In addition to our fundraising efforts, the WSL provides service to the ASO through volunteerism for a variety of programs. We provide volunteers to pass out programs at the Hartman Foundation Concerts in the Park during the summer. We decorate for the ASO’s Halloween Children’s Concert and the Sarah and Ernest Butler Pops Series. We help escort school children from the buses into the Long Center to attend the Young People’s Concerts. We will also provide volunteers for their Children’s Day Art Park next summer. One of our most popular volunteer placements is providing the ASO musicians with dinner at the Masterworks Series rehearsals. This year, we are excited to begin some new service placements by providing volunteers to serve as a Welcome Committee for the ASO concerts, and a Done-In-A-Day Committee to help with other small service needs to the ASO throughout the year.
We couldn’t accomplish any of this without the support of our wonderful members! I would like to thank each and every one of you for sharing your dedication, time, effort and talents. I would especially like to thank our Fundraising Event Chairs, Board of Directors and Executive Committee. I am looking forward to a fun year, to gathering together again in-person, to making new friends, and to contributing to the success of the WSL and ASO.
WSL President, 2021-22