At Home in Arkansas will once again partner with the ASO Guild for 1 year subscriptions for $7. For every subscription purchased, At Home in Arkansas will donate $5 back to the Guild. Cash or check only with checks made payable to At Home in Arkansas should be mailed to 2207 Cottondale Lane #3, Little Rock, AR 72202. This offer will extend through Symphony Designer House 2020.
(President Betty Herron, Pictured on the left with Corresponding Secretary, Alice Pfeiffer)


Tis the season of joy! I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving and you are looking forward to celebrating the holiday with family and friends. Donna Cone has graciously agreed to host our Guild Holiday Party, December 12, 2019, at 5:30 p.m. in her beautiful home at 5500 Country Club Blvd. The Guild Board members are providing appetizers and sweets,although if you would like to bring a favorite holiday dish, feel free to do so. I hope you will make plans to attend and enjoy the opportunity to be together.

As the year draws to a close, it is a wonderul opportunity to look back and reflect on our accomplishments. We completed celebrating the 50th year of the ASO Guild, highlighted by the announcemnt of the total acomunt given to the ASO-over $2.1 million. Guild members, ASO musicians and staff and friends came together at a party in the Rotunda of the Little Rock City Hall.

We filled the Robinson Music Hall with children from central Arkansas to hear the ASO perform for the Children's Concert. Guild volunteers continued to provide an introduction to the various instruments of the orchestra through our very successful Orchestra and You program. The Stella Boyle Smith Competition allowed students ages 12-18 to highlight their talents in brass, woodwinds, strngs and piano.

We signed a contract for the 25th Symphony Designer House to be open April 10-May 10, 2020. This 40-acre estate is the home of C.D. and Leslie Williams and promises to be the most successful event yet! We wiill need all hands on board, so be looking for ways you can be involved.

May this holiday season bring you the joy of today, the warmth of yesterday and the hope of tomorrow.

Betty Herron

December 12-ASOG Holiday Party, 5:30, 5500 Country Club Blvd.
December 19-ASO Holiday Pops Concert, Robinson Center
January 16-Membership Meeting, 11:30, 8 Sunset Drive
January 16-Designer House Bare Bones Party-6:00 p.m.
January 25, 7:30 p.m. and 26, 3:00 p.m.-Masterworks Concert, Robinson Center
January 28, 7:00 River Rhapsodies, Clinton Center
April 10-May 10, 2010-Designer House XXV
Join Us for: Interesting Meetings
such as the November one pictured on the left at the home of Jackye and Curtis Finch featuring a performance by the Rockefeller String Quartet.

Join Us for: the Holiday Party!!
at the home of Donna Cone, 5500 Country Club Blvd., 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, December 12. The ASOG Board will be bringing food, but if you wish to contribute your appetizers or sweets, feel free to bring them to share.
Need the perfect stocking stuffer this holiday season? Tickets to the 25th Arkansas Symphony Designer House are an amazing gift for friends and family. Not only are you checking things off of your shopping list, your purchase benefits music education right here in Arkansas and our Arkansas Symphony Orchestra. Grab your tickets at
Designer House XXV-hosted by the Guild and featuring two beautiful homes on a 40 -acre property-will be transformed by the state's top designers into a must-visit show house. Designer House will be open to the public for tours April 10-May 10 (closed on Mondays and Easter Sunday, April 12). Single-day tour tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at the door. A gift shop and tea room will be part of the event, along with special musical guest performers. Don't miss it!
Timothy MacDuff
Tim MacDuff picked up the viola guided by the teachers in his public school music program where he grew up in upstate New York. After being exposed to the string quartets of Brahms and Dvorak at New England Music Camp in Maine, he decided to become a professional musician.
Early chamber music experiences included attending the Green Mountain Chamber Music Festival in Burlington, Vermont and performing with Loon Lake Live: an intimate chamber music series in upstate New York. At the University of Maryland, he and other graduate students formed the Anacostia String Quartet. In octet form, he has collaborated with the Omer Quartet and performed on the Washington Performing Arts Series with the Left Bank Quartet. Through the National Orchestral Institute, he worked with the Adelphi Quartet on community engagement projects in schools and retirement communities in Maryland.
Orchestral experiences include playing in summer festival orchestras. In 2019, Tim was a finalist and substitute musician with the New Symphony Orchestra in Virginia. As the winner of two concerto competitions, Tim is also comfortable as a soloist, and as a teacher, he enjoys working with students of all ages and abilities. While living in Maryland, he maintained a studio of 30 violin and viola students. Tim received his Bachelor of Music degree from the State University of New York at Potsdam and his Master's degree from Rice University. He completed his Doctoral studies at the University of Maryland. In 2019, Tim joined the ASO and became a member of the Quapaw Quartet.
Earlier Submission Deadline
Due to the Holiday Season all articles and information for the January issue of Guild Notes must be submitted to Ouida Keck,, no later than December 22.