Message from the President

Dear Members and Prospective Members,

The 2017-2018 season is the 70th season for the Greenville Symphony Orchestra! The Guild will end its 59th year in 2017 and begin its 60th year in 2018.  Thus the Guild and the GSO will both be celebrating milestone anniversaries together.  We are delighted to be able to continue the proud tradition of raising funds for our wonderful symphony orchestra.  Over our 59 years we have donated over $3 million dollars to the GSO and we have great plans for the future.

This will be a busy year for the Guild with all three major fundraising events during the year – the Tour of Homes, the Black & White Ball, and the Downtown Condo Rondo.

The annual Tour of Homes will be held on September 29, 30, & October 1 in the historic Crescent Avenue area of Greenville. This neighborhood shows the progression from plantation to urban living in a variety of gracious homes. 

On Saturday, March 10, the Black & White Ball annual gala will be held at the Thornblade Country Club. This will be our Diamond Jubilee Celebration for the beginning of the 60th year for the Guild.  The evening will feature dinner, live and silent auctions and dancing to a live band.

In May the Guild will hold the Downtown Condo Rondo with tours of downtown residences.   The variety of downtown living options provides many unique styles to see.

We enjoy the privilege of supporting the GSO educational outreach by assisting with the Lollipops concerts, Once Upon an Orchestra, the Michelin Children’s Concert, and the Middle School Concert. The Guild provides ushering and traffic control for these events, as well as lunch for the orchestra between the two Michelin Children’s Concerts. These concerts bring live music to 4,000 students every year.

We look forward to providing dinners for the orchestra between the back-to-back rehearsals for the Masterworks and Chamber concerts.  The orchestra musicians receive a delicious meal and the Guild volunteers get to visit with the musicians – an opportunity for fellowship for everyone.

The Guild provides a wonderful opportunity for all who love fine music to volunteer, to raise funds, to learn and participate in the cultural wealth that the GSO brings to the entire community. We welcome new members at any time of year.

Thank you for allowing me to serve as your President for 2017-2018.  It is an honor and a privilege to lead the Guild into its 60th year.


Betsy Cates