The Guild

Symphony Notes
Read the Dec. 2021 edition of Symphony Notes (2.2MB pdf), the newsletter published by the Guild.

Pops ConcertLara Webber and Alan Frank at Pops
The Guild presented a new spin on the annual Pops concert this year on October 23. 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).

Winter Meeting, 1/19/20
Guild meeting winter 2020
student performers, January 2020

Guild president Kathy Streeter opened a brief business meeting which included an update on Guild Estate Sales—three sales are in the works! Competition chair Jutta Massoud introduced the music program, which began with pianist Andrew Navruzyan, a sophomore at Campolindo High in Moraga, who performed Gershwin’s “Rhapsody in Blue.” Next, vocalist Hannah Kang, a junior at Dublin High, performed “Pie Jesu” from Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Requiem, followed by Mozart’s “Bester Jüngling.” The program concluded with pianist Celicia Thendean, a sixth grader at Harvest Park Middle School in Pleasanton, who performed Chopin’s Ballade No. 1 in G minor and the first movement of Mendelssohn’s Piano Concerto No. 1 in G minor.

Sipping with the Symphony at Page Mill Winery, 9/26/19
collage of photos from Sipping with the Symphony 9/26/19

Photos thanks to LAS Artistic Director and Conductor Lara Webber, who wrote, “Being part of this crowd is really fun, and the pictures reveal that fully (I hope). Thanks to all! Thank you for so warmly welcoming my mom, Carol, too.”

Lachner Octet
The Lachner Octet (Barbara Brown, flute;
Eva Langfeldt, oboe; Christy Diggins and
Cyndy Salmon, clarinet; Michael Garvey
and Katie Brunner, bassoon; and
Bob Satterford and Dave Lyons, horn)
played at the luncheon meeting on 5/15/19.
host Nan Davies with brownies April 2015
Nan Davies as host.

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.


Fort Point, April 2016
Linda Tinney, then Guild President (at left),
with Music Director Lara Webber
while showing a bit of San Francisco to
cello soloist Austin Huntington on 4/6/16.
making dreamcatchers for Pops
Guild members crafted dreamcatchers
to use for Pops decorations in October 2015.

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
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: Peggy Burdick died on October 21, 2021.

Symphony Notes, Past Issues

In addition to the Dec. 2021 edition of Symphony Notes (2.2MB pdf), these past issues of the Guild newsletter are also available: 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: Joan Dickinson (10/2/15), Marcia Elchesen (5/15/19), Lara Webber (9/26/19, 1/19/20, 9/23/21, 10/23/21), Beth Wilson (9/23/21)
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