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2014 Award of Excellence Projects

Roundtables: Gold Book Awards Presentations:

Fundraising, Communications and More: 2013 Award of Excellence Projects

Get some fresh ideas from our Gold Book Award of Excellence presentations. Learn about the winning projects, their new ideas, and their new twists on tried and true projects. 

  • Tanglewood Family Fun Fest (Presented by the Boston Symphony Association of Volunteers)

    Learn ways to create a fun and educational event that engages children and families and encourages them to come back for future events and performances. (Presentation) | (Script)

  • Classical Idol (Presented by The Symphony Guild of Charlotte)

    Music Transforms Us All! Classical Idol, a variety show-style competition featuring all types of music, showcases the symphony family through performance, video, and testimony showing how music transforms people’s lives and communities. Text voting engages the audience and a favorite is crowned live. (Presentation) | (Script)

  • Comprehensive Communications (Presented by The Symphony Guild of Charlotte)

    With the emergence of online communications and social media, publications have quickly become outdated, repetitive, untimely, and ungainly. The Symphony Guild of Charlotte presents their strategy to streamline the many modes of communication they employed with membership/stakeholders. Outcomes include: information immediacy and accessibility, less intrusion, branding and messaging clarity, and synergy between social media. (Presentation) | (Script)

  • Trivia Night (Presented by The Symphony Guild of Charlotte)

    New members and existing members get to know one another by working together on teams to answer musical trivia questions in this innovative special event. (Presentation) | (Script)

  • Diamond Jubilee (Presented by the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra Association)

    This fundraiser was a recipe for success that benefited five children’s music education programs with ingredients that included volunteers, staff, guests, an elegant estate, cocktails, food, silent/live auctions, donations, Metropolitan Youth Orchestra, ISO musicians, dancing, fanfare, fun, and memories. (Presentation) | (Script)

  • Love of Music Marathon (Presented by the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony Volunteer Committee)

    Making connections! The Love of Music Marathon links the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony Orchestra with its community in an innovative way. Performers of all ages–amateur and professional–collect pledges and play the music they love at an all-day free concert. (Presentation) | (Script)

  • Fundraising Workshop (Presented by the Los Angeles Philharmonic Affiliates)

    Sheri Gill and Sharleen Eusebio of the Los Angeles Philharmonic Affiliates present their outstanding project. In this session you will learn how they increased their overall fundraising revenue by 21%. Plan to take home ideas for your own fundraising efforts. (Presentation)

  • Let the Good Times Roll (Presented by the West Virginia Symphony League)

    For more than 50 years the West Virginia Symphony League has staged a fashion show, but this year the League took the show on the road to reinvent and rebrand it for today’s audiences. (Presentation)

Volunteer Council 50th Anniversary Celebration

The Volunteer Council is celebrating 50 years of serving America's orchestras! See the video for some of the highlights of the past 50 years. For more information on the Volunteer Council, click here.