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Asheville Symphonettes start new season

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The Asheville Symphonettes, a service club of high school-age girls in western North Carolina who volunteer with and fundraise for the Asheville Symphony Orchestra, began its third season last month.

The Symphonettes met on Saturday, Sept. 21, at the U.S. Cellular Center with ASO Music Director Daniel Meyer, Executive Director David Whitehill and Gloria Pincu, the president of the Asheville Symphony Guild, to learn about the importance and impact of the symphony, the operations of the ASO and the guild, and have a tour of Thomas Wolfe Auditorium at the U.S. Cellular Center.

The mission of the Asheville Symphonettes is to stimulate interest and appreciation for classical music and to serve the Asheville Symphony Orchestra by assisting with concerts and managing fundraising events. Members volunteer at ASO concerts, handing out programs and assisting patrons with navigating the U.S. Cellular Center.

The club, which meets monthly, started the year with a mini-retreat at the Buck Spring Cabin in the Ramble at Biltmore Forest. Members are now in the planning stages for its two annual fundraisers. The Symphonettes Lock-In will be held Monday, Sept. 18, at a private home. The second fundraising event, a fashion show with a silent auction, will be held Saturday, March 8, 2014, at the Asheville Country Club. Last year’s fundraising efforts totaled more than $5,000 to support the Asheville Symphony’s programming and education efforts.

Symphonette membership is open to all Buncombe County girls in grades 9-12. This year there are 38 Symphonettes from Arden, Asheville, Biltmore Lake, Black Mountain, Fairview, Leicester, Mars Hill, Montreat, Swannanoa, and Waynesville, and represent high schools including Asheville Christian Academy, Asheville High School, Carolina Day School, Mountain Heritage High School, T.C. Roberson High School and Veritas Christian Academy.

Membership requirements include annual dues, attendance at six meetings per year, volunteer work at a minimum of two Asheville Symphony concerts per season, and support of the club’s fundraising events. Members should have a genuine interest in music and the arts, and the ability to contribute as an individual to the group.

To make a donation to the lock-in or fashion show fundraisers, or for more information about the Asheville Symphonettes, email symphonettes@ashevillesymphony.org.

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