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Texas Association for Symphony OrchestrasTASO
Texas Association for Symphony OrchestrasWhy join TASO?
TASO Celebrates Success!
TASOs MissionProvide a forum for volunteers to exchange ideas
Assist in the support, development and promotion of symphony orchestras
TASO works for youTrains volunteers who support orchestras and those who lead their leagues or guilds
You can join us!Any organization that supports a symphony or chamber orchestra is eligible to join TASO as an active member.
Any other organizations or individuals may join as non-voting affiliate members and are eligible to attend conference.
Patron members are affiliates who provide increased financial support through their dues.
Each member group has a representative on the TASO board.
MeetingsThe TASO Board meets 3 times a year in Dallas and at the Annual Conference site.
The Annual Conference is open to all members at sites rotated among member organizations.
Juanita Miller Concerto CompetitionTASO sponsors a statewide music competition that was begun in 1997 and named in honor of TASOs first president, Juanita Miller.
TASO Members Share
CONGREGATE Take an in-depth look at the past year
Keep abreast of how we may best serve the orchestras we support
COLLABORATEWorkshops conducted by experts
Interactive roundtable discussions and panels
Presentations by member groups
Topics include Leadership, Membership, Projects and Fundraising.
Recently added: Advocacy, Technology and Media/Public Relations
CONGRATULATEAward presentations in the areas of:
Finalists make PowerPoint presentations and share information on their successful projects.
Commended project finalists lead roundtable presentations and provide written materials to conference attendees.
CONGRATULATEAwards of Excellence
Chosen from nominees statewide in each of three categories of Business, Volunteer, Legislator or Patron
CONGRATULATEJuanita Miller Concerto Competition Winner Performances
The finalists in three divisions (strings, wind, piano) perform for the annual conference.
Award-Winning Education ProjectsInstrument Petting Zoo Houston Symphony League
Bud to Bloom and Music Merit Scholarships Womens Symphony League of Tyler
Youth Music Scholarship Awards Wichita Falls Symphony League
Award-Winning Fundraising ProjectsPainted Violins..Strings Attached Symphony League of Fort Worth
A Day by the Bay Home Tour Houston Symphony League Bay Area
Alex Fleming Memorial Bowl Womens Symphony League of Tyler
Award-Winning Service Projects Polar Express Family Concert Womens Symphony League of Tyler
Sunday Sounds Waco Symphony Council
TASO ResourcesSee our website at www.tasovolunteers.com.
Read our quarterly newsletter, TASO News, for up-to-date information about member projects and activities.
Apply to Texas Commission on the Arts for a grant to attend conference. (right-click to open hyperlinks)
History The notion of a state organization was born in New Orleans when attendees from Texas were at the Womens Association for Symphony Orchestras. Shortly thereafter an organizational meeting was held in Dallas that included representatives from 11 cities.Mrs. Henry S Miller, Jr. (Juanita) was elected the first president in 1967 in Houston.
First conference was held in El Paso in 1968.
In 1997 TASO started a statewide youth concerto competition. Judges from prestigious music schools across the country select a finalists to compete for the grand prize of performing with an orchestra in Texas.
TASO Today!Celebrates its 42nd anniversary in 2009
Boasts 32 member organizations, including the New Mexico Symphony Guild
Showcases TASO members in the newsPainted Violins... Strings AttachedWomen's Symphony League Adopts Italian Theme for GamesHouston Symphony Gala 2009
TASO Celebrates Success. The Texas Association for Symphony Orchestras honors outstanding individual and corporate symphony supporters at its annual conference.The 2008 Award of Excellence for Business was presented to Ron Boyd of Amarillo by Awards Chairman Pat Grigg and Vice President of Projects Jan Bradley.*TASO Celebrates Success. The Texas Association for Symphony Orchestras honors outstanding individual and corporate symphony supporters at its annual conference.*TASO provides a forum for the exchange of ideas designed to promote, develop and support symphony orchestras To assist them in supporting their orchestrasAnd to develop leadership training for volunteersTASO is composed not only of Leagues and Guilds, but also has affiliate and patron members. (Describe the latter: does that mean Affiliates are out-of-state organizations, and Patrons are individual members?)The board is composed of representatives from each league or guild, an Executive Committee of officers and vice presidents, and chairs of Standing Committee. The board also includes members representing other arts groups such as Texans for the Arts and the Texas Commission for the Arts. The summer board meeting focuses mainly on board planning and committee work. At the fall meeting, we hold routine committee meetings such as Awards and the Juanita Miller Competition. The winter meeting is held on the weekend of the Juanita Miller Concerto Competition so that board members may participate. The spring meeting is held at the site of the annual conference.
In between board meetings, TASO representatives stay in communication through a quarterly newsletter, informational emails and the TASO website.Above are the winners of the 2008 competition with chair JoAnn Treatand written information to take home from theInsert photo of Jo Ann and winners at MooresAdd pictures