Pacific Symphony League: Ambassadors for Music Education

With Pacific Symphony’s 2022-23 season now underway, it’s important to look behind the scenes and offer appreciation to all the individuals who volunteer their time and resources to ensure the success of the Symphony. Devoted to the organization’s mission, goals, and values, the Pacific Symphony League has been serving as the Symphony’s premier volunteer and support group since 1990. With their long-time passion and commitment to the Symphony, the League contributes most importantly as “friend-raising” ambassadors to help further music education in the local community. 

League members at the Symphony Shop with Director of Volunteer Services Abby Edmunds

The League supports many Pacific Symphony education and community engagement programs such as Santa Ana Strings, Heartstrings, arts-X-press, and Class Act. These programs actively make a difference in the local community, helping to inspire and foster a love for music for all ages. The League’s time, effort, and contributions are essential in making that happen. Support from the League finds itself in many different ways, including donations, fundraising, volunteering, and solely operating the Symphony Shop, and Pacific Symphony Store online. 

– Music Director Carl St.Clair and President & CEO John Forsyte

This year, the League welcomes and congratulates six new board members who just began working with the League last year. These new board members are sure to offer a new and dynamic direction for the League as they are in the process of choosing a music education program to highlight for the season. Last year’s season was Class Act, a program that connects the Symphony to elementary school music programs by offering musical expertise and education. Symphony musicians are able to connect with students as Class Act teaching artists through a variety of music-oriented activities. This program has helped to enhance the goals of the Symphony by exposing young students to symphonic music, and to their educators and families. 

One of the ways that the League is able to support these amazing programs financially is through their operation of the Symphony Shop. The shop curates unique items that interest all music lovers. Their products range from clothing, books, and jewelry to toys and music-oriented gifts. Sales from the shop directly benefit all Symphony education and community engagement programs, so your purchases help to positively impact the local community. The shop is open before and after most live performances and anytime at the Pacific Symphony Online Store.

The League will host its Autumn Luncheon on Monday, Oct. 3, 2022, at Andrei’s Restaurant. It will feature the Symphony’s Principal Trombonist, Michael Hoffman, who will speak and perform at the event. This event is for League members and potential newcomers interested in joining. There will be time for socializing, Q&A, and of course, delicious food. For more information on attending the luncheon, please contact Abby Edmunds: aedmunds@pacificsymphony.org.

This blog was written by Public Relations/Marketing Intern Samantha Horrocks. She is currently a senior at California State University, Fullerton studying Communications with a concentration in Entertainment and Tourism. 

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