The San Angelo Symphony Society organized in 1949 under the direction of Dr. Eric Sorantin, of San Antonio, Texas. Six years later, in 1955, a group of San Angelo women established the Symphony Guild as an all volunteer fundraising group for the San Angelo Symphony. Other ongoing efforts currently supported by our Guild members include hospitality for our orchestra members, and youth enrichment programs such as our Beaux and Belles, Ambassadors, and Art to Music programs.
As recently as 2019, the Symphony Guild broadened our mission to include supporting symphonic music in the Concho Valley. That year we first participated in San Angelo Gives to augment our fundraising so we could establish our Grants & Scholarships Program for area orchestra teachers and students. During these last three years, our Grants & Scholarship program has funded $56,000.00 in grants and scholarships to the San Angelo Symphony, the Concho Valley Youth Orchestra, several middle school and high school orchestra departments, and to more than a few orchestra students.
In 1968, the first Symphony Gala was hosted; this fundraising event has been our signature event for the last 38 years. As well as being a fundraising event, the Gala allows us the opportunity to honor our youth volunteers who participate in our Beaux and Belles program and our Ambassadors program.
Symphony Guild general membership meetings are open to anyone interested in joining the San Angelo Symphony Guild. You can join at any time, and we would welcome your participation! We feel certain you will find a volunteer opportunity suited to your interest, ability and schedule.