|Georgetown Symphony Orchestra
Web site: http://www.georgetowntexassymphony.org
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In 1999, Gaz and Dee Green surveyed the existing musical landscape in Georgetown, Texas, and found:
A vibrant Fine Arts program at Southwestern University and many loyal patrons of the Austin Symphony Orchestra.
A new 1,200-seat Center for the Performing Arts at Georgetown High School.
A growing population which wanted more access to classical music, and
A quality symphony orchestra only 30 miles to the north in Temple.
The Greens gathered together a group of friends and acquaintances who loved classical music and who wanted to make more of it available to the people of Georgetown and the surrounding area. The group decided to commit the time, effort, and resources necessary to bring professional performances to the CPA and provide musical enrichment for local students.
Thomas Fairlie, Director of the Temple Symphony Orchestra (TSO), agreed to bring its Children’s Concert to Georgetown in January, 2000. Several service clubs provided funds for student orchestra members to attend. This event netted $2,000, which provided sheet music for students to prepare for Interscholastic League competition.
By March, 2000, a non-profit corporation had been founded and the Temple Symphony was scheduled for a four-concert season. Based on the success of its first season, the GSS developed an ongoing relationship with the TSO.
Subsequently, the Friends of the Georgetown Symphony Society (FOGSS) was organized to provide financial and volunteer support, which enabled each concert season to grow to six performances.
The symphony society is a volunteer organization, structured as a “presenting” entity, and thus avoids the expense of instruments, equipment, buildings, and employees.
The Georgetown Symphony Society is now beginning its twelfth season of concerts and over the years has been instrumental in the following:
The founding of the annual Georgetown Festival of the Arts and “Art on the Square”.
Providing, through generous donations, the Steinway Concert Grand piano in the Klett Center for the Performing Arts.
Recently inheriting and arranging for the housing at the Georgetown Public Library of a Texas historical treasure – the Steinway Grand piano originally owned by Miss Ima Hogg, founder of the Houston Symphony, and given by her to Georgetown’s renowned pianist and teacher Drusilla Huffmaster Anderson. She, in turn, graciously bequeathed it to the Georgetown Symphony Society.
An annual recital by a medalist in the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, and
“Musical Enrichment” programs, organized by the Friends of the Georgetown Symphony Society, for upper-elementary students in Georgetown and surrounding schools.