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The Guild

Fort Point, April 2016
Linda Tinney (at left)
with Music Director Lara Webber
while showing a bit of San Francisco to
cello soloist Austin Huntington on 4/6/16.
student performers Jan. 2016
Students (left to right:) Chloe Ma (piano),
Sean Lee (cello), and Rachel Liu (piano),
were soloists at the Guild meeting on 1/28/16.
making dreamcatchers for Pops
Guild members crafted dreamcatchers
to use for Pops decorations in October 2015.

Symphony Notes

Read the December 2018 edition of Symphony Notes (1.4MB pdf), the newsletter published by the Guild.

Purpose, Meetings, Activities, Bylaws

Food and conversation
after a meeting:
host Nan Davies with brownies April 2015
Host Nan Davies
Lara Webber at Guild meeting, April 2015
Music Director
Lara Webber

The Guild is the highly dedicated support group and fund-raising branch of the symphony; it has been a (large, active!) auxiliary of the Symphony Association since 1963. Its purpose is to stimulate interest in the Livermore-Amador Symphony and to provide financial support. Membership is open to all who share this goal.

The Guild meets four times a year (and its board meets about ten times a year); each meeting includes music and food in addition to a short business meeting. The first meeting each season is a prelude party in September, usually with a program by Valley Dance Theatre; other meetings are usually in January, April, and May.

The Guild’s activities are varied; for example, the Guild handles the annual season-ticket campaign of the Symphony, presents pops concerts, publishes a newsletter, organizes estate sales, and provides refreshments at the Association’s annual general meeting. On September 14, 2017, the Guild raised hundreds of dollars at a late afternoon / evening event at Page Mill Winery, “Sipping with the Symphony” — featuring music performed by chamber groups of LAS orchestra members; another Sipping event at Page Mill took place on May 24, 2018. The Guild also raised several hundred dollars through Patxi’s Pizza in Livermore, which donated 15% of the money spent at Patxi’s on food by LAS supporters on June 27, 2018.

The current LAS Guild bylaws (89K pdf) went into effect on July 1, 2016.

Guild presentation at LAS AGM

A check from the Guild
for the Symphony
Association is
presented annually.
Estate sales management
is a major source
of Guild funds.
Join the Guild to help!

Join the Guild!

Membership types: Active members ($20/year) participate in all Guild activities; Associate members ($35/year) participate in at least one activity; and Friends ($50/year; non-voting members) are informed about Guild activities but not required to help.

To join the Guild, send your contact info (name / address / phone(s) / e-mail) and a check payable to LAS Guild to the Membership Chair, LAS Guild, PO Box 1049, Livermore CA 94551. Note any areas you’d be especially interested in helping with. Or print and fill out an application form and mail it in with your check.

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For more information, please e-mail Guild President Nancy McKenzie at or phone her at 925.294.8657.

2018–2019 Guild Officers

Nancy McKenzie, President
Joan Green, Vice-President
Marcia Stimatz Elchesen, Recording Secretary
Joan Dickinson, Treasurer
Linda Tinney, Immediate Past President

2018–2019 Guild Members


Dona Blackmore
Vanna Born
Leona Brush
Peggy Burdick
Patricia Burnett
Ginger Bytnar
Bob and Patty Canning
Sandy Clark
Dorothy Clarkson
Adela Cook
Carol Counts
Nan Davies
Joan Dickinson
Judy Eckart
Marcia Elchesen
Wendy Ellison-Rosenkilde
Alan Frank
Patricia Fredericks
Nancy Fritsch
Janet Gabrielson

Irma Giannotti
Joan Green
Jon Hart and Carol Wahrer
Dick Hatfield
Muriel Haupt
Valarie Huff
Mary Jestice
Mary Ann Johnston
Jean King
Mary Kroesen
Denise Leddon
Leota Lee
Sandy Lenoski
Anne Lindl
Pat Mann
Eva Marion
Sally Marone
Lou Anne Martin
Virginia McFann
Nancy McKenzie

Judy McMurry
Linda Miller
Helen Moore
Barbara Morrison
Sharron Morrison
Joan Mumma
Carole Murray
Janice Paquette
Cherie Jo Patenaude
Cherry Patterson
Martha Peterson
Marguerite Platt
Sue Rabe
Marie Ross
Marie Ruzicka
Carlotta Schauer
Sonja Schlapfer
Tania Selden
Lynn Seppala
Sonya Sheffield

Joie Spooner
John Stein
Kathy Streeter
Sally Swanson
Naomi (Nickie) Thomas
Linda Tinney
Naomi Webster
Patricia Wheeler
Anne White
Ayn Wieskamp
Bob Williams
Pat Wintemute

Honorary Members
Dr. Arthur and Helene Barnes
Bev Eckley
Bev Hamlin
Maudie Kuenning

2018–2019 Guild Directory

The most recent Guild address / phone directory (489KB pdf) is password-protected.

Changed since print publication date of 10/25/18: e-mail address of Sandi Lenoski corrected 11/17/18.

Symphony Notes, Past Issues

In addition to the December 2018 edition (1.4MB pdf), these past issues of the Guild newsletter are also available: May 2018 (1.8MB pdf), April 2018 (1.7MB pdf), February 2018 (1.4MB pdf), December 2017 (3.3MB pdf), May 2017 (3.2MB pdf), April 2017 (831KB pdf), February 2017 (819KB pdf), December 2016 (853KB pdf), May 2016 (1.1MB pdf), April 2016 (887KB pdf), February 2016 (849KB pdf), December 2015 (860KB pdf), May 2015 (3.1MB pdf), April 2015 (459KB pdf), February 2015 (1.6MB pdf), December 2014 (630KB pdf), May 2014 (714KB pdf), April 2014 (359KB pdf), February 2014 (2.6MB pdf), and December 2013 (370KB pdf).

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photo credits: Joan Dickinson (10/2/15 and check presentation 4/19/16), Jianyue Liu (1/28/16)
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