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.”
Guild members and friends at the Spring Meeting 2022
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?
Maudie Kuenning sees her birthday cake, presented by Patti Fredericks
Maudie, in the shade at front left, at her surprise party
In Memory of Nan Davies, 1937–2022
Nan 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.
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, flute,
and Kate Fisher, cello
LAS violin player Lana Hodzic (2nd from left)
Phyllis Harding, clarinet,
and Alan Copeland, cello
Linda Tinney, past Guild president,
and Carole Lince, event volunteer
Looking at the camera: Sonya Sheffield, event
chair, and Alan Frank, LAS Assn. president
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.
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.
Note: The application form is a pdf document; open it with Adobe Reader.
For more information, please email Guild President Beth Wilson at firstname.lastname@example.org 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
Mary Ann Johnston
Lou Anne Martin
Cherie Jo Patenaude
Donald and Judy Person
Mary Anne Rozsa
Dr. Arthur and Helene Barnes
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.