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Akron Symphony Guild

About the Guild

The Akron Symphony Guild was established in 1952 to provide organized volunteer support of the Akron Symphony organization, including the Akron Symphony Orchestra, Chorus and Youth Symphony. More than 100 members participate in varied and exciting events and programs to help ensure that symphonic music remains an important part of the Akron Community.

The Akron Symphony Guild provides support to a number of fundraising and concert events including Concerts For Kids, The Lakes Tour of Portage Lakes homes, the Spring Gala, Previews from the Podium and more. The Guild also hosts quarterly social and networking luncheons that are open to the public.

For more information about the Akron Symphony Guild, call the Akron Symphony office at 330.535.8131 or email asoconnect@akronsymphony.org and you’ll be put in touch with an Akron Symphony Guild member, or click on the “Membership” section for additional details.


Joining the Akron Symphony Guild means you are committed to taking a role in encouraging an appreciation of music in our community. It’s an opportunity for you to meet and get to know others that share a love of music and value music education. Whatever your talents or level of interest, the Akron Symphony Guild is your opportunity to be part of a leading Akron area arts organization and make a positive impact in greater Akron.

Guild members have four general meetings a year that are open to the public and include an artistic performance, as well as opportunities to meet new people who share a love of music. Guild members are responsible for attending at least two general meetings annually and directly supporting Akron Symphony concerts and events. Active members are also required to volunteer at least 10 hours per year and serve on at least one committee. Dues are $35 for Active members and $75 for Supporting members.

Membership Privileges

As a member of the Guild you share in the events and programs designed to support the Akron Symphony Orchestra, the Akron Symphony Chorus and the Akron Youth Symphonies. You will participate in varied and exciting programs that help insure the musical enrichment of the community.

In addition, you will receive:

  • Announcements of all Symphony concerts and events
  • Invitations to all events sponsored by the Guild, including general meetings, luncheons and dinners, special events, social activities and fundraisers
  • Voting privileges at Guild general meetings
  • The Guild’s e-newsletter.

Active Membership Responsibilities

  • Contribute a minimum of 10 hours of volunteer time during the year
  • Serve on at least one committee
  • Attend at least two general meetings per year.

To join the Akron Symphony Guild, call the Akron Symphony office at 330.535.8131 or email asoconnect@akronsymphony.org. You’ll be put in touch with an active member about the different ways you can be a part of our musical community through volunteer support.

Guild Executive Board

President: Karen Schreckengost
Vice President, Fundraising & Volunteer Support: Donna Zabel
Vice President, Membership: Sara Dunlap
Vice President, Communications: Jan Ryan
Recording Secretary: Roseanne Henderson
Corresponding Secretary: Joan Houger
Treasurer: Pat Nilsestuen
Parliamentary Advisor: Sue Gillman
Past President Advisor: Pat Nilsestuen
Lakes Tour Chair: Sandy Becker-Neidert
Garden Party Chairs: Patti Sinar and Wendy Turrell
Meeting Arrangements Chair: Judi Brenner
Education Chair: Donna Zabel
Archivist and Historian: Lois Reaven

Member Events

The Akron Symphony Guild hosts events throughout the year to celebrate and to honor our symphony and guild members. Check the event calendar to see all upcoming events.

See the event calendar

Concerts for Kids

This series of concerts for preschool children is held in venues throughout the city over a week in early May. Guild members serve as ushers for each program, assist the children with craft projects and provide
refreshments for Orchestra members and volunteers.