Supporting the Houston Symphony since 1937

HSL Projects and Activities​

B# Series

This popular educational program features presentations by musicians and staff members of the Houston Symphony or by composers and guest artists. The format includes the speaker and a question-answer time followed by a light lunch. The three-program series is available by subscription to League members and their guests.
Family Concert Activities

Children attending the Houston Symphony’s Family Concerts work
on crafts related to the theme of each concert, reinforcing their memory of the concert experience. League members develop the activities, help prepare the needed materials and assist in the craft area at the concerts.

Houston Symphony Ima Hogg Competition

Aspiring artists between the ages of 16 and 26 from the United States, Canada and Mexico, as well as international students studying in the United States, are eligible to compete for cash
prizes and the opportunity to perform with the Houston Symphony. Volunteers provide transportation, hospitality, in-hall registration, time-keeping and concert hall monitoring. The competition will be May 31 through June 2, 2018 in Stude Hall at Rice University. 

Instrument Petting Zoo

 This popular activity for young patrons is available at Theater District Open House, family concerts and children’s events.  Volunteers interact with Symphony patrons, demonstrating how to hold and play instruments and answering questions about them.
Student Concert Ushers

 The orchestra performs weekday concerts in Jones Hall for elementary and middle school students. Volunteers greet the children as they arrive at Jones Hall, assist with getting the
groups to their assigned seating area, and direct them to their buses at the end of the concert.

Annual Fund - Participation in the Houston Symphony’s  stewardship and solicitation efforts throughout the year includes writing letters and making calls to donors. Volunteers also help with in-hall efforts at Jones Hall performances in December, April and May. 
Magical Musical Morning

This family holiday event features activities including photos with Santa, the Instrument Petting Zoo, a variety of crafts and a brunch. Volunteers help with guest check-in as well as the activities. Funds raised benefit the Houston Symphony’s education and Community Programming. 
Special Events 

Volunteers serve on auction committees and as auction docents, and help with day-of activities and guest check-in for the Symphony’s major fundraising events including Opening Night Gala, Wine Dinner and Collector’s Auction and the Symphony

 League volunteers help preserve the history of the Houston Symphony by cataloguing records, maintaining databases and
providing research assistance.

Activities include preparation of the League’s e-Counterpoint newsletter, maintaining and updating the League’s website and social media platforms. Volunteers are encouraged to write articles and submit photographs.
Junior Patrons

 The League helps to plan and coordinate this annual event in Jones Hall for our future symphony patrons. League volunteers also work with the Junior Patrons in activities including backstage tours, crafts, Instrument Petting Zoo and a private musical performance. 

Volunteers prepare membership meeting and special event
invitations and the Annual Fund solicitation letters for mailing. 

 Volunteers build League membership by serving on hospitality committees and welcoming new members at membership meetings.
Orchestra/Staff Lunches 

Three times each year League volunteers provide a generous
buffet lunch for the Symphony staff and orchestra members.

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