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HSO League

Hendersonville Symphony League
A new organization has been formed to augment the support provided to the Hendersonville Symphony Orchestra (HSO) and the Youth Symphony(s). The former Rendezvous group has changed their name and strengthened their mission to become the Hendersonville Symphony League. This will be a larger, more robust group that can provide the support needed for the orchestras. If you are interested in learning more about the new organization, please contact Lavinia Zimmerman at 828-693-6102 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Mission Statement
The purpose of the Hendersonville Symphony League shall be to support, strengthen, and enhance the effectiveness of the Hendersonville Symphony Orchestra through fundraising, educational and social activities, and to stimulate appreciation of fine music in the community.

Objectives:

  • To support the mission of the Hendersonville Symphony Orchestra
  • To develop and maintain a strong volunteer corps
  • To explore, develop, organize, promote and sustain fund-raising events
  • To develop interest and promote music appreciation throughout the community
  • To increase public awareness of the Orchestra, the Hendersonville Symphony League and the Hendersonville Symphony Youth Orchestras

The Hendersonville Symphony Orchestra
Hendersonville is proud to have its own symphony that offers our patrons and musicians a professional performance experience while maintaining the feel of a community orchestra. In addition to presenting a five-concert season, the orchestra has for 39 years, made significant contributions to the community in the form of performance opportunities, scholarships, musical enrichment, and education programs for the young people of the area. A typical concert will employ 60 - 70 musicians.

Enjoy League Benefits!

  • Educational opportunities
  • Working with committed advocates of HSO
  • Meeting new people
  • Attending dress rehearsals
  • Mingling with musicians and conductor at post-concert gatherings

Join the League
Become a part of a dedicated group of volunteers and supporters who give their time, energy, and talent to ensure that the Hendersonville Symphony Orchestra continues to thrive for the enjoyment of our community. Volunteer opportunities can vary depending on your interests and the amount of time you can share.

Your help is so important to us and to the Symphony
The success of the HS League is directly related to the enthusiasm of our members. We invite you to join us as we begin another exciting season with Dr. Thomas Joiner, HSO’s Music Director and Conductor. Beginning his 13th season with this group of talented and dedicated musicians, he looks forward to sharing the power, inspiration, energy, and joy of symphonic music with you. He is a well-known artist and is a strong believer in the power and magic of music to transcend all boundaries and differences in our lives. Join us as we come together for a season of special concerts and family programs. Working together allows the music to refresh and renew us. Through the efforts of the HS League members, we hope to provide vital financial and volunteer support to the Hendersonville Symphony Orchestra.

Reasons to Volunteer
Orchestra volunteers, by definition, are not compensated financially. They choose to volunteer for a variety of reasons and it is important to understand what motivates each volunteer. The competition for volunteers’ time and dollars is increasing and volunteers are choosing more carefully the organizations for which they will work, and the work they will do.

Preliminary figures from a Chicago Symphony Orchestra study showed that 1,425 volunteers contributed twice as much cumulatively over their lifetimes as 13,360 subscribers who were not volunteers. Even more impressively, the average amount donated over a lifetime by each volunteer was nearly 18 times larger than the amount donated by non-volunteers.

So there is a substantial benefit to the Hendersonville Symphony Orchestra from the volunteer support provided by the HS League. Not only by the fundraising, ticket sales, and financial contributions from its members, the HS League also provides many hours of vital support, at a current conservative value of $18.60 per hour.

Where do symphony orchestras find their volunteers? First and foremost, they find them among the ranks of concert goers. Volunteers are motivated by a variety of factors including sheer altruism, a need to socialize and be with other people, develop professional contacts, social panache, and get specific kinds of experience or training. Orchestra volunteers usually become involved because they are devoted to symphonic music and have strong emotional ties to the local orchestra. Most orchestra volunteers have had some formal musical training. Have you thought about the benefits you get from volunteering?

Top Reasons to Volunteer

  • To make new friends
  • To increase personal satisfaction
  • To develop people skills
  • To develop communication skills
  • To share your skills with others
  • To be challenged
  • To build personal and professional contacts
  • To gain a new experience
  • To do something different
  • To do something as a family
  • To make a difference

League Members:
George Alexsovich
Susan Bendel
Richard Bendel
Eleanor Fraser
Donna Hastie
William Hastie
Terri Meinhold
Jennifer Perez
Bennie Santistevan
Lynne Stafford
Peter Voisin
Lavinia Zimmerman

HS League Committees

Section 1: Standing Committee (events of a recurring nature)
Standing Committees shall include the following: Membership/Membership Services, Events Management, Nominating, and Public Relations.

Section 2: The Membership/Membership Services committee will be responsible for annual League membership drives, maintenance of membership rosters and materials, and for producing and maintaining accurate membership lists of League members. They will be responsible to coordinate volunteers and assignment to committees of the League.

The Events Management Committee shall be responsible for recurring activities which involve the financial support and fundraising for League activities. Underwriting will be a subcommittee of this committee.

Nominating Committee
Prior to the Annual Meeting, a Nominating Committee, consisting of no fewer than five League members including the past President, if willing and able to serve, shall be selected by the Executive Committee and then approved by the membership at the Annual Meeting. The Nominating Committee members’ term of office will be for the following fiscal year and they will select for that fiscal year’s election candidates to fill the League’s Executive Committee as described in Article VI.

The Public Relations committee will be responsible for regular communications to League/HSO mailing lists, League membership, and the media for functions specifically related to League activities. Such communications will be done in connection with established paths as determined by the HSO Board. Additionally, the Public Relations committee will be responsible for facilitating publication and communications concerning League events as they pertain to the mission of the League.

Section 3: Special Committees (events of a non-recurring nature)
Special Committees shall include the following: Program and Special Projects.

The Program Committee shall be responsible for the planning, execution and development of programs which support the mission of the League.

The Special Projects Committee shall be responsible for the planning, execution and development of special events and projects which support the mission of the League.

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Upcoming League Events:

League General Membership meetingNovember 20, 2013 at 7:00 PM at the home of Eleanor and Duncan Fraser.  Dr. Kevin Ayesh will provide the program and coffee and deserts will be provided. 

Breakfast at Applebee’s Fundraiser: Saturday, December 7, 7:00 AM – 10:00 AM - Cost $10 per person for a breakfast of scrambled eggs, sausages, pancakes, and drinks.  All profits will benefit Symphony Programs.

ACE Hardware fundraiser for the HSYO:  Saturday, December 14  - Youth will provide music from 12:00 – 2:00 PM.  All profits will benefit the HSYO.

Black & White Ball  Saturday, May 17, 2014  at Kenmure Country Club. This is the League's largest fundraiser to help the Symphony programs, including our youth programs.