News & Notes - September 2012


Almost Done…
Our members have contributed 8,528 hours of service to support the STL Symphony from September 1, 2011 through early August 2012! We’ll report our final total hours for this past season in next month’s News & Notes.

Committee Sign Ups: Send Them In!
Let’s get to work! It’s time to decide how you’d like to commit your volunteer hours during the 2012-2013 season. We request that each SVA member completes a sign up form. Even if you plan to work on the same project(s) as in previous years, we kindly ask that you take a few minutes to confirm your participation.

This annual sign up process ensures that chairs can keep you informed and involved in the plans for each committee. If you recently attended one of our Placement Days in August or have already signed up, the Membership Committee appreciates your help.

One and Done is on the Run
Are your volunteer hours stretched thin these days but you still want to support the STL Symphony? Join the One and Done Committee! Here are some examples of projects this committee assisted STL Symphony staff (who really appreciated our help!) with in the month of July:

  • 2012-2013 season ticket mailing
  • Red Velvet Ball invitation mailing
  • Human Resources mailing to all orchestra members 

Contact Sara Fabick or Linda Seibert for more details.

SVA Membership Directory Updates
Please download an updated addendum for your 2011-2012 SVA Membership Directory. The Communications Committee plans to have the 2012-2013 edition ready for distribution at the Fall Membership Meeting. 


2012-2013 SVA Board Meeting Schedule
Meetings will be held at noon at the Centene Center on the following dates:

    • Thursday, September 13, 2012
    • Thursday, November 8, 2012
    • Thursday, March 14, 2013
    • Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Please be sure to contact your committee chairs with any topics you would like added to a board meeting agenda.

We’re on a Mission!
The mission of the STL Symphony is to enrich people’s lives through the power of music. The SVA will support this mission by focusing on three key goals through 2013:

  • Increase SVA membership to 500 with 50% participation rate (current tally is 356 members with 49% participation)
  • Increase SVA fundraising profits to exceed $250,000 (current tally is > $217,000)
  • Increase direct contacts of SVA education projects and tours to 25,500 community members (current tally is > 21,000 direct contacts


Don’t Miss This Party!
Spend a magical evening in the Central West End on Thursday, September 20 with David and Miran Halen by attending Concertmaster’s Delight—one of our Parties of Note. Remaining reservations for this party and others are available online and through the Powell Hall Box Office (314-534-1700).

The Parties of Note Committee has begun planning the next cycle of parties for the 2013-2014 season. To join this group or share your ideas for a party, please contact Linda Lee or Anne von der Heydt.

Gypsy in All Its Glory
The receipts have been counted, the bills have been paid and the final revenue total for Gypsy Caravan is (drum roll, please) $145,970! Congratulations to the entire volunteer team for making this event a resounding success. Special thanks to Co-Chairs Bob and Susan Hoffman and Vice Chair Kathryn Snodgrass and the entire steering committee for their leadership throughout this past year. 


Youth Orchestra Auditions
Kudos to SVA members who recently assisted with St. Louis Symphony Youth Orchestra (YO) auditions. Powell Hall Opportunities Chair Terri Ciccolella reports that these volunteers were a tremendous help to the STL Symphony staff as well as the young musicians.Learn more about the exciting things planned for the YO’s 2012-2013 season, including FREE tickets for all attendees!

Come Out and Play 
Following an informative workshop on August 10 at Powell Hall, Instrument Playground committee members are ready to be engaged for the coming year. Dacy Gillespie, Education Programs Manager, and Bassoonist Andy Gott provided expert training on the four instrument families of the orchestra as well as classroom presentation advice.

Plans are being finalized for IP presentations in five Adopt-A-School programs, four Family Concerts, an event at University City Library and a post-concert event for On-Stage at Powell Hall. To join this rewarding group, please contact Marilyn Holmes or Kitty Pearl.


One Year, One Month and One Street is Open
As work continues to complete the new Metropolitan Lofts near the Centene Center, another sign of progress as of August 21: Olive Street is now open to Grand Boulevard!

SVA Office Location and Directions
Centene Center for Arts and Education
3547 Olive St., Suite 370
St. Louis, MO 63103
Office Hours: Tues, Thurs, Fri, 9:00am-5:00pm

SVA committee meetings can be scheduled at the SVA office with Director of Volunteer Activities, Amee Colvin. For these pre-arranged committee meetings, parking is available in the SLU lot just east of the Centene Center. Please obtain a parking sign from your committee chair prior to the meeting and place it on your car’s dashboard. This will indicate that you are with the SVA and you will not be charged. All of the parking spots have numbers, but none of the spaces are reserved.

A member of your SVA committee should be available in the Centene Center lobby to let you into the building. If you arrive late and no one is there, use the call box at the street entrance. Scroll down to “Symphony Volunteer Association,” hit the call button, and Amee will respond. You may also call the office directly at 314-289-4168 for building entrance.