The Guild

Symphony Notes
Read the June 2022 edition of Symphony Notes (1.7MB pdf), the newsletter published by the Guild.

Spring Meeting 4/21/22

Guild President Beth Wilson hosted the Spring Meeting at her home. Guild officers for the 2022–2023 season were elected during the business meeting. Three young soloists from the annual LAS competition provided the musical program: Sora Corro, piano; Wilson Liu, piano; and Haoran Lee, cello. Beth described these students as “phenomenal.”

audience at the Guild Spring Meeting 2022
Guild members and friends at the Spring Meeting 2022
Student Performers
Solo Performers:
Sora Corro, Wilson Liu, and Haoran Lee.

Celebrating Maudie Kuenning
The Guild celebrated longtime member Maudie Kuenning with a party on her 97th birthday (yes, 97th!) hosted by Nancy McKenzie. Maudie’s daughter, Robin, visiting from Boston, brought the guest of honor to Nancy’s home for the lunchtime surprise on April 8, 2022. Guests were asked not to loudly and suddenly shout “Happy Birthday” or “Surprise!” to avoid an excessively shocking greeting! Can you tell from the photos that Maudie’s favorite color is purple?

birthday cake for Maudie Kuenning in 2022
Maudie Kuenning sees her birthday cake, presented by Patti Fredericks
guests at the party for Maudie Kuenning in 2022
Maudie, in the shade at front left, at her surprise party

In Memory of Nan Davies, 1937–2022
Nan Davies offering brownies after a 2015 Guild meetingNan Wood Davies joined the Symphony in 1964 and continued to play the flute with us for over 50 years. She and her husband, Walter Davies, were active members of the Tri-Valley arts community. Nan gave private flute lessons to many students in the Livermore area and played with Bay Flute Club, the Ohlone Wind Symphony, and her flute quartet, Silverwinds, as well as LAS.

Nan was a scientist and moved to the Bay Area to work at Lawrence Livermore Lab. She met Walter there, and they married on Dec. 28, 1963. After bearing and raising their two children, she re-entered the workforce, eventually working for Wind River Systems of Alameda and retiring in 2012.

Nan had a lifelong passion for cooking and baking, sewing, reading, and travel. She was an extremely active member of the Symphony Guild. She hosted meetings and events at her home, and there were always delicious treats at any function Nan was involved in. Gracious, warm, welcoming, and cheerful, Nan was a vital part of our community and will be sorely missed.

Pops ConcertLara Webber and Alan Frank at Pops
The Guild presented a new spin on the annual Pops concert this season on October 23, 2021. Conductor Lara Webber and a cat (looking a lot like LAS Assn. President Alan Frank) are in the photo. See the Pops page for more!

Sipping with the Symphony at Page Mill Winery 2021
Lara Webber, LAS music director, and Beth Wilson, LAS Guild president, sent along these photos from the most recent “Sipping” event for LAS at Page Mill Winery in Livermore. The Guild organized this 9/23/21 fundraiser, including the entertainment provided by LAS musicians.

Beth Wilson and Kate Fisher at Sipping
Beth Wilson, flute,
and Kate Fisher, cello
Lana Hodzic and friends at Sipping
LAS violin player Lana Hodzic (2nd from left)
and friends
Phyllis Harding and Alan Copeland at Sipping
Phyllis Harding, clarinet,
and Alan Copeland, cello
Linda Tinney and Carole Lince at Sipping
Linda Tinney, past Guild president,
and Carole Lince, event volunteer
Sonya Sheffield and Alan Frank at Sipping
Looking at the camera: Sonya Sheffield, event
chair, and Alan Frank, LAS Assn. president
Lara Webber and Erie Mills at Sipping
Lara Webber of LAS
and Erie Mills of Livermore Valley Opera

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.

Winter Meeting, 1/17/21
Because of the pandemic, Guild President Beth Wilson presided over this Sunday-afternoon meeting via Zoom. After a short business meeting, Music Director Lara Webber explained how the pandemic had affected procedures for the 2020–2021 LAS Competition for Young Musicians. Then Competition Chair Jutta Massoud introduced videos of selected entrants Alexander Canicosa-Miles (cello), Ethan Shin (cello), and Dustin Breshears (violin).

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 most recent Sipping was on 9/23/21. The Guild even raised several hundred dollars through Patxi’s Pizza in Livermore in 2018.

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

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, 3550 Pacific Ave, Apt. 1407, 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.

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For more information, please email Guild President Beth Wilson at or phone her at 925.447.7270.

2021–2022 Guild Officers

Beth Wilson, President
Joan Green, Vice-President
Sally Swanson, Recording Secretary
Joan Dickinson, Treasurer
Kathy Streeter, Immediate Past President

2021–2022 Guild Members

Lynda Alvarez
Anne Anaya
Claudia Barry
Tim Barry
Dona Blackmore
Joyce Brown
Sally Brown
Peggy Burdick
Lisa Burkhart
Evangeline Cadrecha
Bob Canning
Patty Canning
Sandy Clark
Dorothy Clarkson
Adela Cook
Nan Davies
Joan Dickinson
Judy Eckart
Janie Eddleman
Marcia Elchesen
Wendy Ellison-Rosenkilde
Sheila Fagliano
Alan Frank
Patricia Fredericks
Nancy Fritsch
Janet Gabrielson
Joan Green
Carol Guarnaccia
Dick Hatfield
Sandra Hodzic
Valarie Huff
Darlene Jeffries
Mary Jestice
Mary Ann Johnston
Marion Jones
Jean King
Mary Kroesen
William Leach
Denise Leddon
Alex Lee
Leota Lee
Mary Lindquist
Anne Loyola
Sally Marone
Lou Anne Martin
Nancy McKenzie
Judy McMurry
Linda Miller
Helen Moore
Barbara Morrison
Sharron Morrison
Joan Mumma
Sharon Murray
Janice Paquette
Cherie Jo Patenaude
Cherry Patterson
Donald and Judy Person
Martha Peterson
Marguerite Platt
Marie Ross
Mary Anne Rozsa
Carlotta Schauer
Tania Selden
Lynn Seppala
Sonya Sheffield
Jan Soderstrom
Joie Spooner
Kathy Streeter
Sally Swanson
Linda Tinney
PJ Wells
Sarah Wharton
Patricia Wheeler
Anne White
Ayn Wieskamp
Beth Wilson
Pat Wintemute

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

2021–2022 Guild Directory
The most recent Guild directory (calendar, committees, addresses, etc.) is password-protected.

Changed since print publication date of 10/16/21:
Helene Barnes died on February 1, 2022; Peggy Burdick died on October 21, 2021; Nan Davies died on April 3, 2022;
corrected (switched) the phone numbers of Claudia and Tim Barry; added Alex Lee;
LASA Board list: added Tim Barry, removed Jutta Massoud, added Brandon Tran.

Symphony Notes, Past Issues

In addition to the June 2022 edition of Symphony Notes (1.7MB pdf), these past issues of the Guild newsletter are also available: April 2022 (1.3MB pdf), February 2022 (1.1MB pdf), Dec. 2021 (2.2MB pdf), June 2021 (5.2MB pdf) April 2021 (3.5MB pdf), February 2021 (3.8MB pdf), December 2020 (2.8MB pdf), June 2020 (1.4MB pdf), April 2020 (2.8MB pdf), February 2020 (2.9MKB pdf), May 2019 (669KB pdf), April 2019 (635KB pdf), February 2019 (2.3MB pdf), December 2018 (1.4MB pdf), 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: Lara Webber and Beth Wilson (9/23/21), Lara Webber (10/23/21), Beth Wilson (4/8/22), Linda Tinney and Beth Wilson (4/21/22)
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