Mission and Overview
The mission of the West Virginia Symphony League is to support the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra by fundraising projects, by stimulating community interest in the WVSO, by assisting the WVSO Board, and by promoting friendly relations within the WVSO family.
The West Virginia Symphony League began in 1942 as the Women’s Committee of the Charleston Symphony Orchestra. When the Charleston Symphony became the West Virginia Symphony, the Women’s Committee officially became the West Virginia Symphony League.
The goal of the West Virginia Symphony League is to support the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra through gifts of time and talent. By doing so, members make a commitment to enrich the lives of their families, communities and state with the continuous gift of fine music.
The most important function of the League, beyond raising critically needed funds for the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra, is making new friends and providing needed service to the many WVSO/WVSL projects. Members support the WVSO in fundraising and community outreach events.
The League presents a variety of exciting fundraising projects each year. Each year’s activities vary, and new events are welcome, both for fundraising and community awareness. Popular events have included Galas, Fashion Shows, Spring Golf Tournaments, and the newer and very successful “Teddy Bear Teas” and “Dancing with the Stars.” In community-oriented activities, WVSL members assist the WVSO with Young People’s Concerts, reaching many thousands of children several times a year. We end our year with the greatly anticipated, family-oriented Symphony Sunday, held annually the first weekend in June on the campus of the University of Charleston. This event starts Friday with an enthusiastic and creative party, and includes a Fun Run and other events, progressing to Symphony Sunday, ending with the traditional free performance of the WVSO and fireworks.
The League entire membership meets in September, January and May. The Executive Committee and Board of Directors meet monthly to help direct the ongoing projects. We really want new members to join us as partners in supporting the many activities of the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra.