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By Ashley Mims- It was another delightful year for the Asheville Symphonettes, a program of the Asheville Symphony whose mission is to stimulate interest and appreciation among high school girls in classical music and to serve the Asheville Symphony Orchestra by assisting with concerts and fund raising events.

The Symphonettes had a great deal of enjoyment ushering at the Asheville Symphony concerts, fundraising, and getting acquainted with one another throughout the year.

To kick off the year, the Symphonettes took a retreat last August to learn more about the group and the upcoming year. The retreat, which is an annual tradition, helps the new and current Symphonettes get to know one another as they participated in games, enjoyed a variety of delicious refreshments, and watched skits that the current Symphonettes perform.

In September, the new Symphonettes were surprised by their “big sisters” with an early morning delectable pancake breakfast. At this breakfast, Symphonettes ate a yummy breakfast and had the opportunity to interact with the group. The Symphonettes then went to an Asheville Symphony rehearsalto learn the ropes of ushering and carrying out their duties at the concerts.

October’s meeting was all about MusicWorks!, an afterschool education program of the
Asheville Symphony. Each member of the Symphonettes is required to serve a certain amount of shifts at MusicWorks! assisting elementary school students with their music lessons, homework, and other activities. This meeting served to educate the girls on what will occur during their shifts and how to navigate around the school.

November was the Lockin fundraiser meeting, which was a great deal of fun. The Symphonettes are “locked in” during the meeting until they can each reach their fundraising goal by asking friends and relatives for donations for the Asheville Symphony. The girls’ reward is an appetizing meal and social time with each other.

The Christmas Luncheon was held in December. This is always an enjoyable meeting for the girls, who participate in a gift exchange, enjoy a delicious lunch, and delight in each others’ company. January was the “mystery meeting,” a tradition in which the president surprises the group with a mystery activity. This year’s meeting was a scavenger hunt with the winning team receiving a cookie cake.

The Father Daughter breakfast was held in February, with daughters and dads spending quality time together, playing games, and partaking of a wonderful homemade breakfast.

The Symphonettes’ largest and most fun! event of the year took place in March at the Biltmore Forest Country Club. Each year, the group puts on a fashion show for their friends and family to enjoy. The senior Symphonettes modeled adorable Lily Pulitzer attire from Palm Village in Biltmore Village. This years fashion shows included some other changes such as an alteration in the venue, and inviting the Symphonettes’ mothers to model clothing from the Doncaster store located in downtown Black Mountain. The audience enjoyed lunch and the fashion show, and heard about the Symphonettes’ Vespa raffle, which helps raise funds for the Asheville Symphony.

In April, the Symphonettes enjoyed an outdoor picnic, during which they elected new officers, met the new committee chairs, and had a preview of the upcoming year. The May meeting wrapped up the year with a New Member Mom Tea during which the girls meet the new members who will be participating in the fall with Asheville Symphonettes.

The Asheville Symphonettes enjoyed a delightful year with each other. The girls enjoyed
fundraising at the LockIn, organizing and participating in the spring fashion show, serving at Asheville Symphony concerts together, building relationships, and overall enjoyed being a part of the club.

The Symphonettes grew substantially this year in the number of new members, and are already looking forward to next year. For more information about the Asheville Symphonettes, email Jill Tamplin at , Marilyn Brown at or Joy Lintz at .

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