Dear Friends:

February has been a busy month for the Guild. Thanks to Beth and Paul Nyhus and their 40 volunteers, the Robinson Music Hall was sold out to hear the 2020 Children's Concert. We also sponsored the Bridge Bash at Pleasant Valley Country Club, aptly led by Gail Davis. The Stella Boyle Smith Competition was held at UALR, and we were thrilled to hear such fabulous talent from students from across the state. Many thanks to Chairs Bob and Jeanne Fitzgerald for their hard work in making this event a success.

Excitement is building for the 25th Symphony Designer House, April 10-May 10. At the March General Membership meeting we will hear from the party chairs of Crescendo and Girls Night Out. Come hear what fabulous ideas they have for making these parties the best ever!

By attending the Crescendo Party, April 9, you will be the first to see the beautifully decorated house by over 30 designers. You will also be the first to see the impressive and comprehensive coffee table book described below.

I hope you are all looking at your calendars and signing up to volunteer at the Designer House. We all have a part to play in making this the most successful Symphony Designer House ever!!

Betty Herron,

To view the most recently updated version of the Directory as updated by Chair Debbie Bass, click here.

March 1-3:00 p.m.-Masterworks Concert, Robinson Center
March 3-7:00 p.m.-River Rhapsodies Concert, Clinton Center
March 12-11:30 a.m.-Membership Meeting (see below)
March 14-7:30 p.m.-Pops Concert-Robinson Center
March 15-3:00 p.m.-Pops Concert-Robinson Center
April 9-Designer House Crescendo Party (see below)
April 10-May 10-Designer House Open

Date: Thursday, March 12
Time: 11:30 a.m.
Location: The home of Karen Shires, 37 Woodstream Cove
Directions: From Bowman Rd., turn onto Brodie Creek Trail at the entrance to the Brodie Creek subdivision. At the roundabout, take the 1st exit onto Woodsgate Dr. In 0.3 miles take a right on Buckhorn Trail. Turn right on Woodstream Cove, and #37 will be on the right near the end of the cul-de-sac.
Lunch Reservations: Lunch will consist of assorted sandwiches and cookies, salad, chips and drinks. The price will be $12 and may be paid at the door with cash or by check made out to ASOG. Reservations for lunch are required and may be made by leaving a phone message with Jane Liem at 501-227-0947 or by sending an email to Jane Prather at or by sending her a text at 501-804-5229. Reservations for lunch must be received no later than 4 p.m. on Sunday, March 8. (A member with dietary concerns who prefers to bring his/her own lunch may do so, but he/she is asked to notify Jane Liem by March 8 so appropriate plans can be made for all who want to stay after the meeting and eat together.)

Drew Irvine, ASO Violinist

FEBRUARY 7, 2020
Enjoyment for all the school kids, teachers and volunteers: We were greeted by animals on stilts, listened to the Safari-themed music taking us through mountains, rivers and seas, and kids sang while waiting for their bus.

children's concert 2020
Children's concert 2020
Advance tickets for tours and special events may be purchased online at Advance single-day tour tickets are $20 per person; $25 at the door. Advance run-of-show tickets are $35 per person; $40 at the door. Advance tickets are also available at these locations: Phoenix Interiors (12315 Chenal Parkway #D), Tanarah Luxe Floral (2326 Cantrell Road) and Ken Rash's Arkansas (11220 Rodney Parham).

The Guild is thrilled to announce that our special 25th anniversary commemorative book, "A Celebration of Symphony Designer House," is NOW available for pre-order! This hard-cover, all-color book celebrates 25 Symphony Designer House events, beginning in 1975. The amazing transformation of each home is detailed, plus features on the designers and volunteers who've made this community event possible. Order your copy today at:


Volunteers are critical to the smooth operation of month long public tours and special events at Designer House. Volunteers are needed as daytime docents, gift shop and tea room staff, golf cart drivers and docents for 5-7 p.m. happy hour parties. Volunteers are provided a discounted run-of-show ticket for $12 (a $45 value) in appreciation for their service. For more information, contact Paige James at 501-350-6169 or .

Staffing Volunteers
If you prefer using the internet to schedule your staffing volunteer hours, click here.

Gift Shop Volunteers
You will have lots of fun working with two other volunteers, visiting with those who are touring the house, and shopping! Approximately thirty artists will be displaying their creations in the gift shop. There will be jewelry, ceramics, fabrics, and more. Click here to sign up or email Tandy Cobb at and she'll take care of signing you up.

As the month of public tours of Designer House nears, there is so much happening! Let us fill you in!
Designer House XXV, or Belle Maison, located at 21509 Denny Road, LR, is set on a secluded 40-acre property with two homes, a lake, gardens and beautiful vistas. More than 30 of the state's top designers are current at work creating inspiring and beautiful spaces for visitors to enjoy. Designer House will be open for tours April 10--May 10. Hours: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday and 1-4 p.m. Sunday (closed on Mondays and Easter Sunday, April 12). Designer House is the Guild's largest fund-raiser, held every two years.

The April 9 Crescendo Gala and Preview Party will kick off Designer House XXV. This special event begins at 6 p.m. and will include a ribbon-cutting signaling the opening of Designer House, introduction and premiere of the 25th anniversary commemorative book, a scrumptious buffet by Ocean's, entertainment by Pat Becker Wallis & Rex Fell, Akeem Kemp Band and DJ Xavier Riley, and the first tours of the two homes on the property. The event will feature valet parking and on-site transportation. Tickets are $125 per person. For details, visit

Jordan Musgrave joined the ASO in September 2019. As a violinist, he is a member of the Corpus Christi Symphony Orchestra and has also played with the Memphis Symphony, Huntsville Symphony Orchestra, and Waco Symphony, among others. He is a dedicated private teacher, has taught at musical camps such as Interlochen, and pursues teacher training every summer. He has played in masterclasses for notable violinists such as Janet Sung, Elena Urioste, and Midori. His collegiate education includes an undergraduate degree from Baylor University, and an Artist Diploma from the University of Memphis. He lives in Memphis with his wife, Priscilla, also a violinist, and three puppies. He loves playing chamber music, which he is always trying to organize in his spare time. He also loves coffee and experiencing different places and cultures through travel.
All information for the April Guild Notes must be submitted to Ouida Keck no later than March 25.