Dallas Symphony Orchestra League Receives National Award

The Dallas Symphony Orchestra League received the Innovator Award from the Association of Major Symphony Orchestra Volunteers (AMSOV)  for their Junior Symphony Ball (JSB).

The JSB was executed by more than 750 committee members with more than 2,800 students from 35 schools attending the celebratory evening with dinner, dancing, and music, raising a record-setting $446,000. 

A delegation of Dallas symphony patrons attended AMSOV’s 43rd North American Biennial Conference in Washington, D.C. June 2-5, 2022.

The Dallas delegation was led by Marena Gault, the president of AMSOV, whose term ended at the conference turnover session on the final day. Marena has served on the AMSOV board for seven years and will remain for two more years as past president. 

Marena Gault and Venise Stuart. PHOTO: Deborah Brown

Other Dallas delegates included Venise Stuart, immediate past president of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra League, DSO Director of Volunteer Services Allison Brodnax, Karen Cox, Rose Gault, and Deborah Brown.

“Speaking from my experiences as a donor, board member, and volunteer, I am certain I would not be a part of our symphony family had I not volunteered all those years ago,” Gault said. “There are so many scenarios that occur across North America in our orchestras that demonstrate the power of volunteerism.” 

Orchestras and their volunteer groups are slowly returning to full performance schedules after shutdowns early in the COVID-19 pandemic.

Conferences provide a time and a place for the sharing of ideas, learning about ways to engage volunteers, discovering and developing new methods of fundraising, and building leadership skills.

The mission of AMSOV is to ensure the continued existence of major symphony orchestras in North America through volunteerism. Its membership consists of 23 orchestra volunteer groups throughout the nation that meet every two years.

The next biennial conference will be held in Kansas City April 18-21, 2024.

For more information, visit the Dallas Symphony Orchestra League’s website.

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