OCTOBER GUILD NOTES
Meet Your New ASOG Board
Betty Herron, President
Tandy Cobb, 2nd V.P.
Shirley Vanderslice, 4th V.P.
Pat Luzzi, Recording Sec.
Teresa Osam, 1st V. P.
Susan Marsh, 3rd V.P.
Gail Davis, Treasurer
Mary Frances Cotham, Assistant Treasurer
Larry West, Fundraising Chair
Debbie Bass, Member at Large
Dale Ronnel, Member at Large
Nikki Lawson, Immediate Past-President
Larry West, Designer House Chair
SYMPHONY GUILD'S DESIGNER HOUSE READY TO CELEBRATE 25TH MILESTONE
The Arkansas Symphony Designer House XXV promises to be an unforgettable milestone event hosted by the ASO Guild. Chairperson Larry West Jr. shared preliminary details of the 2020 showcase home at the Guild Sept. 19 fall brunch.
Located at 21509 Denny Road in west Little Rock, Designer House XXV will be held on a secluded 40-acre property with two homes, a lake, gardens and beautiful vistas. Top designers from across the state will create inspiring and beautiful spaces to view and enjoy at both homes. All will be open to the public for tours April 10-May 10 (closed on Mondays and Easter Sunday, April 12).
Special events will include:
*Bare Bones party with artist showcase, Jan. 16
*Crescendo opening night preview party, April 9
Girls Night Out Party and fashion show, April 23
Designer House XXV may be rented for corporate or private evening events. Guild members will have multiple opportunities to help with Designer House, as volunteers, sponsors and in other ways. Details will be forthcoming.
USHERS NEEDED!!!!
The season is upon us and we are in short supply of ushers. If you would like to enjoy the ASO at no cost, consider ushering. For more information contact Lori Llewellyn 501-920-6903 or Mary Rock 501-951-4501.
MEMBERSHIP MEETING
Where: At the home of Pat Luzzi,
105 Germay Drive

When: Thursday, October 17 at 4:30
(Board meeting at 3:30, same location)

A MESSAGE FROM STELLA BOYLE SMITH COMPETITION CO-CHAIRS, BOB & JEANNE FITZGERALD
This year's Stella Boyle Smith Competition will be held on February 29, 2020 at UALR. Application forms have been completed and will be emailed to state schools and private teachers within the next few days. Co-Chairs, Jeanne and Bob Fitzgerald are asking anyone interested in donating money for the cash prizes (or if you can suggest anyone they might contact for a donation) to get in touch with them at bjfitz1995@gmail.com. At this time, they have $750 of the needed total of $2250 pledged. Thank you to these donors!!

ORCHESTRA & YOU (O & U) ORIENTATION SESSION
September 24, 2019
The Orchestra & You year is off to an excellent start. Dale Ronnel, O & U School Liaison, mailed the registration materials to the schools early in September. The first program is scheduled for October 17th at the L.R. Adventist Academy. New volunteers or inquiring Guild members are welcome to attend.
A training session for both veteran and new O & U volunteers is scheduled for

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 24, 1:00-2:30 P.M.
BYRNE HALL, 2417 TYLER STREET LITTLE ROCK

Focus of the session will be ideas for engaging students and clarifying volunteer roles. Those with questions about either event may contact Dale Ronnel, dronnel@sbcglobal.net, 501-225-7337 or Volunteer Coordinator, June Lloyd jacyll47@gmail.com, 214-298-4999.
WATCH YOUR MAILBOX!
Your ASO Guild Yearbook will be mailed over the next few weeks. You should receive it before the October 17 meeting.
SEPTEMBER 19-FALL BRUNCH
LR COUNTRY CLUB
Quapaw Quartet
June Lloyd, Dale Ronnel, Mary Frances Cotham, Lee Lee Doyle, Gail Davis
Phyllis Barrier, Ethan Frazier, Peyton Bishop
Betty Herron, Lee Davis, Teresa Osam
Lorraine Hannah, Michael Upson, Nikki Lawson
MEET YOUR NEW ORCHESTRA MEMBERS
Every month we will be featuring one of our new ASO players

LINNAEA BROPHY, Violinist
Upcoming Events
OCTOBER
Oct. 1-River Rhapsodies-7:00 p.m.
Oct. 5-Special Event Concert, Robinson
Oct. 17-ASOG Board meeting, 3:30 and Membership meeting 4:30, 105 Germay Drive
NOVEMBER
Nov. 2-OPUS Ball
Nov. 9 & 10-ASO Masterworks
Nov. 12-River Rhapsodies
Nov. 21-ASOG Board meeting 10:30 and membership meeting 11:30, 4716 Hawthorne Road.
Nov. 22-Fall Youth Orchestra Concert more info >
Christina Littlejohn, Susan Marsh
Susan Scott, Alice Pfeiffer


NOTE FROM GUILD PRESIDENT
The 51st Year of the Arkansas Symphony Guild is off and running! We had a great brunch at the Little Rock Country Club and heard all about the 25th Symphony Designer House from Larry West, Chair of 2020 Symphony Designer House. More news to come, so stay tuned.
The ASO Guild would not exist were it not for you-the volunteers. We would like to ask that each Guild member keep track of their hours either volunteering for our educational programs, ushering at concerts or raising money for the ASO through our fundraising events such as Symphony Designer House. According to the federal government, each hour a volunteer works has a monetary value of $24.69. We want to acknowledge the invaluable service you provide to the Guild by totaling up your hours at the end of the year and affixing a monetary amount. We also plan to honor the volunteer with the most volunteer hours at our Annual Meeting , May 21st, at the Governor's Mansion.
Each month when you provide your vice president with your monthly report, we are asking you to include the total number of hours your volunteered that month. We are planning to apply for grants to supplement our education programs and including our documented volunteer support will demonstrate our commitment to the project.
Thank you for all you do to promote good music in Arkansas. See you at the October 17th meeting at 4:30 at the home of Pat Luzzi.
Betty Herron
Linnaea Kathleen Brophy, a 27 year old violinist from Memphis, TN, is a versatile musician who is a skilled soloist, orchestral player and chamber musician. She is a rising doctoral candidate at Stony Brook University and a recipient of SBU's Staller Scholar Award. Linnaea holds B.A. and M.M. degrees from the New England Conservatory where she was awarded a Merit Scholarship and academic honors.While studying at the New England Conservatory, she frequently served as concertmaster of both the New England Conservatory Philharmonia and the New England Conservatory Symphony. Competition prizes she has won include 1st prize at the Music Teachers National Association Competition, 1st prize at the Stony Brook University Concerto Competition, 1st prize at the Delta Symphony Young Artist Competition and the Concerto Soloist Award at the International Institute for Conductors. She is currently a member of the Anello String Quartet, formed in the fall of 2017 under the auspices of the Emerson String Quartet. She has recently joined the ASO and is a violinist with the Rockefeller Quartet. Read more about her in her complete bio on the ASO website
Information for the November issue of Guild Notes must be sent to Ouida Keck, kecko@obu.edu, no later than October 25.