The Guild

Symphony Notes
Read the Feb. 2024 edition of Symphony Notes (1.1MB pdf), the newsletter published by the Guild.

January Gems
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.

Lara Webber, PJ Wells, and soloists at January Gems 2024
(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
Jayden Chen performing at January Gems 2024
holiday lunch 2023
Guild Board holiday lunch 12/20/23

season tickets sellers at the Guild table in the Bankhead at the December 2023 LAS concert
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.

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For more information, please email Guild President PJ Wells at 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!

two women relaxing at Sipping 2023
Past Guild treasurer Joan Dickinson (left)
and current treasurer Judy McMurry. 2023
three friends at Sipping 2023
LAS Conductor Lara Webber (left)
with Phil King and Linda Tinney. 2023
musicians T Barry and B Herbert at Sipping 2023
Musicians Brad Herbert (left) and Tim Barry,
LAS Assn. president. 2023
studying some of the food at Sipping 2022
Wine to sip and good food to eat, too.
Lana Hodzic and friends at Sipping
LAS violin player Lana Hodzic (2nd from left)
and friends. 2021
table scene at Sipping 2022
A relaxing table scene during
Sipping with the Symphony. 2022
Linda Tinney and Carole Lince at Sipping 2021
Linda Tinney, past Guild president,
and Carole Lince, event volunteer. 2021
Tim Barry and Brad Herbert at Sipping 2022
Musicians Tim Barry (guitar/mandolin/voice)
and Brad Herbert (electric bass). 2022
Beth Wilson and Kate Fisher making music at Sipping
Beth Wilson (flute) and Kate Fisher (cello),
one of two musical duos in 2021.
May 2023 concert presentation of check from Guild to LAS Assn.
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.

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

2023–2024 Guild Officers

PJ Wells, President
Linda Miller, Vice-President
Sally Swanson, Recording Secretary
Judy McMurry, Treasurer
Beth Wilson, Immediate Past President

2023–2024 Guild Members

Anne Anaya
Claudia Barry
Tim Barry
Carol Beck
Joyce Brown
Lisa Burkhart
Bob Canning
Patty Canning
Adela Cook
Joan Dickinson
Judy Eckart
Marcia Elchesen
Wendy Ellison-Rosenkilde
Sheila Fagliano
Alan Frank
Patricia Fredericks
Nancy Fritsch
Janet Gabrielson
Carol Guarnaccia
Dick Hatfield
Sandra Hodzic
Darlene Jeffries
Mary Jestice
Mary Ann Johnston
Penny Jones
Jean King
Shirley Koenig
Mary Kroesen
William Leach
Denise Leddon
Alex Lee
Leota Lee
Carole Lince
Lou Anne Martin
Nancy McKenzie
Judy McMurry
Linda Miller
Helen Moore
Barbara Morrison
Joan Mumma
Sharon Murray
Janice Paquette
Cherie Jo Patenaude
Cherry Patterson
Martha Peterson
Marguerite Platt
Maria Pomares
Marie Ross
Mary Anne Rozsa
Carlotta Schauer
Lynn Seppala
Kathy Streeter
Sally Swanson
Kathlene V. Tabet
Linda Tinney
PJ Wells
Sarah Wharton
Patricia Wheeler
Anne White
Ayn Wieskamp
Beth Wilson
Pat Wintemute

Honorary Members
Dr. Arthur Barnes
Bev Hamlin
Maudie Kuenning

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.

Symphony Notes, Past Issues

In addition to the Feb. 2024 edition of Symphony Notes (1.1MB pdf), these past issues of the Guild newsletter are also available: Dec. 2023 (1.6MB pdf), May 2023 (2.2MB pdf), April 2023 (1.3MB pdf), February 2023 (1.8MB pdf), December 2022 (1.6MB pdf), June 2022 (1.7MB pdf), 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: Casa Orozco wait-staff woman 12/20/23, Claudia Barry (9/22/22, 5/20/23),
Lara Webber (9/23/21, 9/22/22), PJ Wells (12/2/23), Beth Wilson (9/23/21, 9/28/23)
© Livermore-Amador Symphony Association