Dear 2022-2023 Guild Members,
“Music Brings People Together”
On behalf of thousands of former Guild members from 1958 and 100-plus current Guild members, please join me in celebrating the return of this Guild Handbook following a two-year hiatus of Covid-related challenges. We welcome the opportunity to preserve and adapt the traditional values of this organization to an ever-changing world.
As we look to celebrate the 75-year history of the GSO, the Guild has always been the Number 1 Fan Club, serving as a unifying voice by defining the value of symphonic music within diverse populations of a thriving Upstate. The success of our fundraising efforts over our 65-year history ($3,000,000) has contributed to an unprecedented standard of excellence, fueled by highly skilled musicians, assembled by a phenomenal conductor, a superior repertoire of symphonic offerings, and world-class guest artists. Our members have been an integral part of this culturally rich environment we all enjoy.
We look forward to building bridges to old and new community organizations, in person and virtually, to identify new opportunities for audience development. Providing dinners to musicians between double rehearsals of the orchestra continues to be a much-appreciated focus of our efforts. We will continue to work in partnership with the GSO to inspire the next generation of symphony fans through the Lollipops concerts, related youth concerts and outreach programming.
As we re-group our operations to embrace old and new traditions, we will be looking for renewed leadership to implement more ways of supporting our unique symphonic heritage.
I look forward to working with all of you as “Music Brings Us Together Again!”
President, Guild of the Greenville Symphony