The Guild’s annual winter meeting features performances by several contestants from the LAS Competition for Young Musicians. Performing on the afternoon of January 21, 2024, were Maggie Cai, who is in 7th grade at the Dorris-Eaton School in San Ramon; Jayden Chen, in 11th grade at the King’s Academy in Sunnyvale; and Ariel Pawlik-Zwiebel, in 11th grade at Campolindo High School in Moraga.
(left to right:) LAS Music Director Lara Webber; soloists Ariel Pawlik-Zwiebel, Maggie Cai, and Jayden Chen; and LAS Guild President PJ Wells at January Gems 2024
Jayden Chen performing at January Gems 2024
Guild Board holiday lunch 12/20/23
LAS Concert 12/2/23 Ticket Sales Team … Santa’s Elves?
Volunteering with the Guild and Having Fun
Guild President PJ Wells invited the board to join her for a holiday lunch at Casa Orozco in Livermore in late December 2023. The idea was to have some fun and food and get to know each other better. As she put it, “While this is pay-your-own way, is the Symphony/Guild camaraderie not priceless?” Guild members may hear about a similar event in 2024!
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) 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 Livermore-Amador Symphony Guild or L.A.S.G. to the Treasurer, LAS Guild, 583 Bell Ave, Livermore CA 94550. 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.
Note: The application form is a pdf document; open it with Adobe Reader.
For more information, please email Guild President PJ Wells at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone her at 925.245.0625.
Sipping for the Symphony Photos
This fundraiser has been at Page Mill Winery, 1960 South Livermore Ave., in Livermore for three years. It is organized by the Guild and supported by the winery. Guests enjoy musical entertainment, fine wines, delicious nibbles, and unique auction items. Two-thirds of the wine-tasting fees plus ten percent of all sales have gone to the LAS Guild.(The photos are from 9/23/21, 9/22/22, and 9/28/23.) Note: our next Sipping will be at Cuda Ridge Wines from 4 to 7 p.m. on Friday March 15, 2024. Join us and support the Symphony!
Past Guild treasurer Joan Dickinson (left)
and current treasurer Judy McMurry. 2023
LAS Conductor Lara Webber (left)
with Phil King and Linda Tinney. 2023
Musicians Brad Herbert (left) and Tim Barry,
LAS Assn. president. 2023
Wine to sip and good food to eat, too.
LAS violin player Lana Hodzic (2nd from left)
and friends. 2021
A relaxing table scene during
Sipping with the Symphony. 2022
Linda Tinney, past Guild president,
and Carole Lince, event volunteer. 2021
Musicians Tim Barry (guitar/mandolin/voice)
and Brad Herbert (electric bass). 2022
Beth Wilson (flute) and Kate Fisher (cello),
one of two musical duos in 2021.
Check for $10,000 presented by
Guild President Beth Wilson to
LAS Association President Tim Barry
at the concert on 5/20/23
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. The Guild organizes “Sipping with the Symphony,” annual late afternoon / evening events at Page Mill Winery featuring music performed by LAS-related chamber groups; the next Sipping is on 9/28/23. The Guild even raised several hundred dollars through Patxi’s Pizza in Livermore in 2018.
PJ Wells, President
Linda Miller, Vice-President
Sally Swanson, Recording Secretary
Judy McMurry, Treasurer
Beth Wilson, Immediate Past President
2023–2024 Guild Members
Mary Ann Johnston
Lou Anne Martin
Cherie Jo Patenaude
Mary Anne Rozsa
Kathlene V. Tabet
Dr. Arthur Barnes
2023–2024 Guild Directory
The most recent Guild directory (calendar, committees, addresses, etc.) is password-protected.
Changed as of 2/17/24 (since print publication date of 10/23/23): Art Barnes died on February 6, 2024; Carol Beck is a member; Helen Moore died on January 26, 2024.
Guild board meetings January through May will be in the Livermore Library board room (Jan/Feb/April/May) or community room (March) at 3 , January Gems will be on 1/21/24 at the Bothwell Arts Center, the Sipping for the Symphony in March will be on 3/15/24 from 4 to 7 p.m. at Cuda Ridge Wines, the 4/18/24 School outreach concerts will be at Amador and Green Elementary Schools in Dublin, the LASA AGM is on 4/23/24, new event with the Livermore-Amador Garden Club will be on 5/4/24 from noon to 3 p.m.