The Guild

Symphony Notes
Read the April 2021 edition of Symphony Notes (3.5MB pdf), the newsletter published by the Guild.

The Guild is the highly dedicated support group and fund-raising branch of the symphony; it has been a (large, active!) auxiliary of the Symphony Association since 1963. Its purpose is to stimulate interest in the Livermore-Amador Symphony and to provide financial support. Membership is open to all who share this goal.

Virginia McFann and Marie Ruzicka
Two strong women died in late December 2020 and will be greatly missed: Virginia McFann was 88 years old, and Marie Ruzicka was 91. They had shared a music stand as violin players in the LAS orchestra long ago, and both were very active behind the scenes at LAS for many years. photo of Marie Ruzicka

Marie was a member of the Guild’s nominating committee and co-chair of the Estate Sales committee at the time of her death. She had been a guiding light in managing, preparing for, and publicizing major fundraising activities of the Guild for years, from Treasures & Trivia photo of Virginia McFannsales to Appraisal Days to estate sales.

Virginia was the orchestra manager for years, doing everything from picking up and distributing mail sent to the LAS post office box to rounding up content for the Symphony Notes newsletter to picking up beverage-sales permits for Pops concerts. An article about her titled Community Mourns the Loss of Orchestra Manager was published in the Independent on 1/7/21.

Winter Meeting, 1/17/21
Because of the pandemic, Guild President Beth Wilson presided over this Sunday-afternoon meeting via Zoom. After a short business meeting, Music Director Lara Webber explained how the pandemic had affected procedures for the 2020–2021 LAS Competition for Young Musicians. Then Competition Chair Jutta Massoud introduced videos of selected entrants Alexander Canicosa-Miles (cello), Ethan Shin (cello), and Dustin Breshears (violin).

Winter Meeting, 1/19/20
Guild meeting winter 2020
student performers, January 2020

Guild president Kathy Streeter opened a brief business meeting which included an update on Guild Estate Sales—three sales are in the works! Competition chair Jutta Massoud introduced the music program, which began with pianist Andrew Navruzyan, a sophomore at Campolindo High in Moraga, who performed Gershwin’s “Rhapsody in Blue.” Next, vocalist Hannah Kang, a junior at Dublin High, performed “Pie Jesu” from Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Requiem, followed by Mozart’s “Bester Jüngling.” The program concluded with pianist Celicia Thendean, a sixth grader at Harvest Park Middle School in Pleasanton, who performed Chopin’s Ballade No. 1 in G minor and the first movement of Mendelssohn’s Piano Concerto No. 1 in G minor.

Sipping with the Symphony at Page Mill Winery, 9/26/19
collage of photos from Sipping with the Symphony 9/26/19

Photos thanks to LAS Artistic Director and Conductor Lara Webber, who wrote, “Being part of this crowd is really fun, and the pictures reveal that fully (I hope). Thanks to all! Thank you for so warmly welcoming my mom, Carol, too.”

Lachner Octet
The Lachner Octet (Barbara Brown, flute;
Eva Langfeldt, oboe; Christy Diggins and
Cyndy Salmon, clarinet; Michael Garvey
and Katie Brunner, bassoon; and
Bob Satterford and Dave Lyons, horn)
played at the luncheon meeting on 5/15/19.
host Nan Davies with brownies April 2015
Nan Davies as host.

The Guild meets four times a year (and its board meets about ten times a year); each meeting includes music and food in addition to a short business meeting. The first meeting each season is a prelude party in September, usually with a program by Valley Dance Theatre; other meetings are usually in January, April, and May.


Fort Point, April 2016
Linda Tinney, then Guild President (at left),
with Music Director Lara Webber
while showing a bit of San Francisco to
cello soloist Austin Huntington on 4/6/16.
making dreamcatchers for Pops
Guild members crafted dreamcatchers
to use for Pops decorations in October 2015.

The Guild’s activities are varied; for example, the Guild handles the annual season-ticket campaign of the Symphony, presents pops concerts, publishes a newsletter, organizes estate sales, and provides refreshments at the Association’s annual general meeting. In September 2017, the Guild raised hundreds of dollars at a late afternoon / evening event at Page Mill Winery, “Sipping with the Symphony” — featuring music performed by chamber groups of LAS orchestra members; additional Sipping events at Page Mill took place in 2018 and 2019. The Guild also raised several hundred dollars through Patxi’s Pizza in Livermore in 2018.

The current LAS Guild bylaws (89K pdf) went into effect on July 1, 2016.

Join the Guild!
Membership types: Active members ($20/year) participate in all Guild activities; Associate members ($35/year) participate in at least one activity; and Friends ($50/year) are informed about Guild activities but not required to help.

To join the Guild, send your contact info (name / address / phone(s) / e-mail) and a check payable to Livermore-Amador Symphony Guild or L.A.S.G. to the Treasurer, LAS Guild, 3550 Pacific Ave, Apt. 1407, Livermore CA 94550. Note any areas you’d be especially interested in helping with. Or print and fill out an application form and mail it in with your check.

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For more information, please email Guild President Beth Wilson at or phone her at 925.447.7270.

2020–2021 Guild Officers

Beth Wilson, President
Joan Green, Vice-President
Lou Anne Martin, Recording Secretary
Joan Dickinson, Treasurer
Kathy Streeter, Immediate Past President

2020–2021 Guild Members

Lynda Alvarez
Claudia Barry
Tim Barry
Joyce Brown
Peggy Burdick
Lisa Burkhart
Evangeline Cadrecha
Bob Canning
Patty Canning
Sandy Clark
Dorothy Clarkson
Adela Cook
Carol Counts
Nan Davies
Joan Dickinson
Judy Eckart
Marcia Elchesen
Wendy Ellison-Rosenkilde
Sheila Fagliano
Alan Frank
Patricia Fredericks
Nancy Fritsch
Janet Gabrielson
Joan Green
Carol Guarnaccia
Dick Hatfield
Sandra Hodzic
Valarie Huff
Darlene Jeffries
Mary Jestice
Mary Ann Johnston
Marion Jones
Jean King
Mary Kroesen
William Leach
Denise Leddon
Leota Lee
Mary Lindquist
Anne Loyola
Pat Mann
Sally Marone
Lou Anne Martin
Nancy McKenzie
Judy McMurry
Linda Miller
Helen Moore
Barbara Morrison
Sharron Morrison
Joan Mumma
Sharon Murray
Janice Paquette
Cherie Jo Patenaude
Cherry Patterson
Martha Peterson
Marguerite Platt
Marie Ross
Mary Anne Rozsa
Marie Ruzicka
Carlotta Schauer
Tania Selden
Lynn Seppala
Sonya Sheffield
Joie Spooner
Kathy Streeter
Sally Swanson
Naomi (Nickie) Thomas
Linda Tinney
Naomi Webster
PJ Wells
Sarah Wharton
Patricia Wheeler
Anne White
Ayn Wieskamp
Emily Willis
Beth Wilson
Pat Wintemute

Honorary Members
Dr. Arthur and Helene Barnes
Bev Hamlin
Maudie Kuenning
Virginia McFann

2020–2021 Guild Directory
The most recent Guild directory (calendar, committees, addresses, etc.) is password-protected.

Changed since print publication date of 10/9/20:
calendar (1/13 and 4/22/21), committees list (1/13, 1/16, and 4/22/21), and LASA Directors list (4/22/21) updated;
added Lisa Burkhart (1/30/21), Nan Davies (10/16/20), and Mary Lindquist (1/30/21);
Virginia McFann (Dec. 2020), Marie Ruzicka (Dec. 2020), and Naomi Webster (March 2021) have died.

Symphony Notes, Past Issues

In addition to the April 2021 edition of Symphony Notes (3.5MB pdf), these past issues of the Guild newsletter are also available: February 2021 (3.8MB pdf), December 2020 (2.8MB pdf), June 2020 (1.4MB pdf), April 2020 (2.8MB pdf),February 2020 (2.9MKB pdf), May 2019 (669KB pdf), April 2019 (635KB pdf), February 2019 (2.3MB pdf), December 2018 (1.4MB pdf), May 2018 (1.8MB pdf), April 2018 (1.7MB pdf), February 2018 (1.4MB pdf), December 2017 (3.3MB pdf), May 2017 (3.2MB pdf), April 2017 (831KB pdf), February 2017 (819KB pdf), December 2016 (853KB pdf), May 2016 (1.1MB pdf), April 2016 (887KB pdf), February 2016 (849KB pdf), December 2015 (860KB pdf), May 2015 (3.1MB pdf), April 2015 (459KB pdf), February 2015 (1.6MB pdf), December 2014 (630KB pdf), May 2014 (714KB pdf), April 2014 (359KB pdf), February 2014 (2.6MB pdf), and December 2013 (370KB pdf).

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photo credits: Joan Dickinson (10/2/15), Marcia Elchesen (5/15/19), Lara Webber (9/26/19 and 1/19/20)
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