Because we believe great music can elevate the human spirit, the Purpose of the Guild is to foster, promote and facilitate the operation of the Utah Symphony Orchestra financially, socially and educationally.
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About the Guild The   Guild   is   a   volunteer   organization   comprised   of   men   and   women   who   enthusiastically   support   the operation   of   the   Utah   Symphony   Orchestra   financially,   socially,   and   educationally.   Thousands   of   hours of work go into the Guild's activities, all of which are managed and staffed by volunteers. Currently   the   Guild's   financial   contributions   to   the   Symphony   come   primarily   from   the   Symphony   Ball, the   Symphony   Gift   Shop   and   other   fundraisers.   During   the   2004-2005   year   (September   1,   2004   to August 31, 2005) these projects raised approximately $118,000.00. Last   year,   through   the   Fifth-Grade   Docent   Concerts,   over   23,000   fifth   graders   in   Utah   attended   concerts at   Abravanel   Hall.   Approximately   one   hundred   docents   visit   the   classrooms   before   the   concerts   helping to    introduce    the    students    to    the    wonderful    world    of    classical    music    through    specially    designed presentation materials. The   Music   Out   Reach   is   a   program   in   which   disadvantaged   youth   receive   free   music   lessons   on   stringed instruments from volunteer music teachers. The   Symphony   Gift   Shop   is   "open   for   business"   at   every   Symphony   concert.   All   profits   from   the   gift   shop go   to   support   the   Utah   Symphony.   Guild   members   and   other   volunteers   staff   the   gift   shop   during concerts. The shop generated $15,000.00 of the Guild's donation to the Symphony in 2005. The   Utah   Symphony   Youth   Guild   committee   is   dedicated   to   the   encouragement   and   support   of   young musicians.   The   committee   helps   plan   and   supervise   Youth   Guild   activities   such   as   Master   Classes,   hosts a   reception   following   the   Salute   to   Youth   concert   and   helps   with   the   Youth   Guild   Recital   Competition, which   provides   cash   and   performance   awards   to   the   young   musicians.   The   young   Youth   Guild   members staff the coat check booths and perform in the lobby prior to concerts and at Symphony Guild functions. Guild   members   arrange   for   and   attend   a   Membership   Tea   and   8   social   events   during   the   year   featuring programs   of   educational   and   musical   interest.   The   Guild   also   publishes   a   newsletter   and   a   membership directory. Throughout    the    year    Guild    members    help    with    the    Season    Ticket    Renewal    campaign    and    host    a luncheon   between   rehearsal   times   for   the   orchestra   each   spring   at   which   orchestra   members   and   Guild members    enjoy    socializing    together.    They    volunteer    many    additional    hours    to    Symphony    Guild activities. The   Symphony   Guild   participates   in   the   Salt   Lake   Council   of   Women   and   the   Women's   Legislative Council.   On   a   national   level,   Guild   officers   attend   the   conventions   of   the   American   Symphony   Orchestra League   and   the   Association   of   Major   Symphony   Orchestra   Volunteers.   (AMSOV)   Guild   representatives have made presentations for both organizations. Members are invited to participate in any Guild activity.
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