The Women's Symphony League of Tyler will have its 64th annual ball on March 2 at Harvey Convention Center.
"We are delighted to share a few changes. The first change is moving the event from Friday to Saturday," Ball Chair Jennifer Gaston said.
Gaston also pointed out that the decades-old tradition of presenting the Senior Class of the Junior Symphony League remains.
"However, the Junior Class will be presented as always, but this year they will also be in formal attire and they will stay to enjoy the evening with their families and other members of the JSL," she said.
The theme for the ball is derived from the musical expressions of the four seasons as interpreted by Italian composer Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741) in his Baroque masterpiece titled "The Four Seasons."
"Our main purpose, naturally, is to raise funds for music education and the East Texas Symphony Orchestra, Gaston said. "However, we want to do so in an environment that is fun and entertaining as well. 'The Four Seasons' serves thematically as a musical expression of the work we do, season after season.
"Just as Vivaldi's masterpiece reflects the constantly changing environment in which we live, the Women's Symphony League of Tyler faces the challenges of a constantly changing environment to further the mission of promoting the growth of the East Texas Symphony Orchestra and encouraging music education throughout our community," she continued.
The ball celebrates the accomplishments of the members of the Junior Symphony League and their families. JSL membership is composed of high school students who make a two-year commitment to volunteer their time serving as ushers, fundraisers and more.
The goal is to enrich the lives of these students by increasing their knowledge and appreciation for music, to instill the sense of duty and fulfillment that comes through volunteerism and for each student to help support the East Texas Symphony Orchestra.
The ball provides an opportunity to spotlight the senior members who have completed their volunteer commitment of 2,800 hours of service by their presentation at the formal event.
WSL President Shannon Glenney encourages everyone in the community to come and enjoy an evening designed to raise funds to support the WSL's mission.
"This evening is for everyone in our community," Glenney said. "Our mission to support the symphony and promote music education, is carried out by the dedicated and sweet-spirited members of the Women's Symphony League of Tyler. Our fundraisers provide a large amount of underwriting for the East Texas Symphony Orchestra, and our committees work hard planning three amazing events each year. Together, with the sound of the symphony, we can make a better community for our families and friends."
Members of the public interested in attending can visit the WSL website, wsltyler.org, to purchase tickets or make a contribution.
"To those of you who take advantage of the opportunity to support the goals of the Women's Symphony League of Tyler, many thanks," Glenney said. "I promise each of you who join us will have a fabulous time while supporting our community. Together, we will all provide a superior cultural experience for our community through the universal language of music."
In addition to the WSL's distinction as the single largest source of funding for the ETSO, providing approximately 10 percent of the symphony's annual operating budget, the organization also fulfills its commitment to education through its scholarship program.
Students throughout East Texas have received scholarships that help with instrument costs, music lessons and the costs to attend master classes and workshops.
The formal evening begins at 7 p.m., with presentation of the JSL at 8 p.m. followed by a seated dinner catered by Willow Brook Country Club with beverages by Dakotas.
Upon arrival, guests will enjoy music by East Texas Youth Orchestra Strings as they enter Harvey Convention Center and will enjoy a performance of "The Four Seasons" by select members of the East Texas Symphony Orchestra led by ETSO Music Director and Conductor Richard Lee.
More music will be provided by the Pictures Band and Live 5.
The evening will include a benefit drawing for a $5,000 shopping spree to Susan Robinson Fine Jewelry, a candy bar with sweets from Haute Totz and Sweet Gourmet, a casino, photos by Donna Cummings Photography and Tyler PhotoBooth Co., a wine and dine pull and more.
As the organization's single largest fundraiser, the ball has taken its place as one of Tyler's most anticipated events.
For reservations, to purchase benefit drawing tickets or to donate, please visit www.wsltyler.org. For sponsorship/underwriting opportunities, please contact Gaston at 903-952-1548.
Being presented at the ball are:
Zoe Marie Bates, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. David James Bates, attends Robert E. Lee High School, where she is a member of Student Council. Bates is a three-year varsity cheerleader, two-time All-American cheerleader, and 10-year member of Spirit of Tyler Cheer and Dance.
Julia Victoria Bejcek, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Gaylon Lynn Moore and Mr. Keith Reardon Bejcek, attends Grace Community School, where she plays on the two-time state championship soccer team and was awarded All-District honors in volleyball and soccer for two years. Bejcek is also a member of Health Occupations Students of America. She is a Windsor Award recipient. She plans to attend Louisiana Tech University.
Julius Andrew Bergfeld Jr., son of Mr. and Mrs. Julius Andrew Bergfeld Sr., attends Robert E. Lee High School, where he was named to 6A D1 Football Second Team Academic All-State 2018 and was the football team captain. Bergfeld is a member of the National Honor Society and Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society and volunteers with Rose City Summer Camps. He plans to attend Texas Christian University.
Brandon Scott Braly, son of Mr. and Mrs. Jim Joey Braly, attends Robert E. Lee High School. Braly serves as a junior deacon at First Christian Church and volunteers with the East Texas Food Bank and the Salvation Army. Braly is a Windsor Award recipient.
Colton Clay Cavender, son of Mr. and Mrs. Clay Courtney Cavender, attends All Saints Episcopal School, where he has been a member of the varsity football and golf teams for four years. Cavender was awarded Academic All-State in golf in 2018 and has been a major contributor at the district, regional and state levels. Cavender serves on the Texas Bank and Trust Student Board of Directors and was chosen to participate in People to People International. He plans to attend Texas Christian University.
Annelise Muller Conaway, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Brent Winston Conaway, attends Robert E. Lee High School, where she is a member of the varsity cross country and track teams and the National Honor Society. Conaway volunteers for park cleanup with Keep Tyler Beautiful. She is a Windsor Award recipient. Conaway plans to attend the University of Arkansas.
Julia Nicole Conflitti, daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Joseph Michael Conflitti, attends Whitehouse High School, where she has been a member of the National Honor Society for four years and is the first lieutenant of the First Ladies Drill Team. Conflitti is in the top 6 percent of the senior class. She is a Windsor Award recipient. Conflitti plans to attend Texas A&M University.
Sarah Caroline Davis, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Gregg Alan Davis, attends Robert E. Lee High School, where she was a junior varsity and then a varsity cheerleader. She has volunteered as a junior staff writer for Hollytree Life magazine, as well as with the Salvation Army, Komen Race for the Cure, Rotary Club and Children's Advocacy Center. Davis also participates on a competition Building Search Team for her Court System class at the Career and Technology Center.
Madison Ann Denson, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Matthew Reed Denson, attends Chapel Hill High School, where she has been a four-year member of the drill team and served as social officer for three years. Denson is a member of the National Honor Society and National Technical Honor Society. She is also a class officer and member of Student Senate, a four-year varsity golf letterman and a member of the Arp Clay Target Team.
Hannah Elizabeth Dunn, daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Shawn Galloway Dunn, attends Bishop Thomas K. Gorman Catholic School, where she is captain of the Bishop Gorman Dance Team and a member of the National Honor Society. Dunn volunteers at Christus Trinity Mother Frances Hospital. She is a Windsor Award recipient. Dunn plans to attend Baylor University.
Asher Ryan Fanous, son of Dr. and Mrs. Elias Fanous, attends All Saints Episcopal School, where he is TAPPS State Lincoln-Douglas Debate champion, team captain and National Qualifier. He placed ninth in the International Public Policy Foundation Argumentative Essay Competition and was on the highest ranked team from Texas. Fanous has been a member of Honor Council for two years and of Student Senate for three years. He is an Eagle Scout and a Windsor Award recipient.
Garrett Richard Gowin, son of Ms. Ginger Rice Fair, attends Robert E. Lee High School, where he is a four-year letterman in track. As a junior, he ran the 4x400 relay in the anchor position, placing second in district, second in area, fourth in regional and seventh in national. As a senior, he ran anchor in the 4x400, placing second in district. Gowin plans to attend Texas Tech University.
Allyson Whitley Hale, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Douglas Romines, attends Robert E. Lee High School, where she is a member of the golf team and Young Republicans. Hale also enjoys baby-sitting, lifeguarding, art and playing violin.
Anna Grace Hallmark, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Cameron Blake Hallmark, attends All Saints Episcopal School, where she plays tennis and is a member of the Spanish Club, the Art Club and the A-Team service club. Hallmark also volunteers at Tyler Day Nursery. She is a Windsor Award recipient.
Cameron Alexandra Hamlin, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Scott Hamlin, attends Robert E. Lee High School, where she is president of the REL chapter of International Thespian Society, a four-year participant in UIL One-Act Play and a member of UIL Prose and Poetry teams. Hamlin volunteers at Camp Kennedy Summer Camp. She is a Windsor Award recipient.
Robert Lee Hancock III, son of Ms. Jennifer Cosby Hancock and Mr. Robert Lee Hancock Jr., attends All Saints Episcopal School, where he plays on the soccer and golf teams and has lettered in both sports. Hancock has participated in the Sky Ranch Sigma