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The Women's Symphony League of Tyler will hold 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 comprised 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 being 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 Photo booth 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.

  • Photos by Donna Cummings Photography

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 ember of Student Council. Zoe 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 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 jJunior deacon at First Christian Church and volunteers with the East Texas Food Bank and the Salvation Army. Brandon 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. Hannah 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 aArea, 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 babysitting, 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 leadership program and has completed over 150 hours of community service, including volunteering for the McClendon House. He is a Windsor Award recipient. Hancock plans to attend the University of Oklahoma.

Timothy Peyton Harris, son of Dr. and Mrs. James Robert Harris, attends Bishop Thomas K. Gorman Catholic School, where he is a varsity letterman in football, track, swim and wrestling and earned All-District Honorable Mention for offensive line and defensive line. Harris is an Eagle Scout and president of the Biology Club and was named AP Scholar with Honors by the College Board. He was also selected to participate in the Summer Leaders’ Seminar at the United States Military Academy at West Point.

Aubrey Rebecca Helbig, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Kurt William Helbig, attends All Saints Episcopal School, where she is a Speech and Debate National Qualifier and a TAPPS State Champion in Speech. Helbig is also a four-year member of Heart-to-Heart Choir and a First Chair TAPPS soloist. She is a member of the National Honor Society and a Windsor Award recipient.

Lily Ann Hightower, daughter of Ms. Susan Earl Hightower and Mr. Jack Russell Hightower, attends Robert E. Lee High School, where she has been a varsity cheerleader for three years and is an All-American cheerleader. Hightower is a member of the track team and Student Council and volunteers for the Salvation Army and Meals on Wheels. She plans to attend the University of Arkansas.

Homer Bryce Holt, son of Mr. and Mrs. Edwin Solon Holt, attends Robert E. Lee High School, where he has been a member of the Texas Music Educators’ Association All-State Jazz Band as a junior and senior. Holt has also been an REL Outstanding Jazz I member and member of the Minor Notes Jazz Ensemble. He played varsity golf from 2016 through 2018.

Ransom Hunter Jarvis, son of Mr. and Mrs. David Michael Jarvis, attends Robert E. Lee High School. He has participated in the Sky Ranch Sigma leadership program and has served as an acolyte at Christ Church Episcopal for eight years. Jarvis has volunteered in many service projects through the church.

Sarah Isabelle Jarvis, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. David Michael Jarvis, attends All Saints Episcopal School, where she is captain of the Writing Center, president of the Spanish Club and chaplain of the National Honor Society, of which she has been a member for three years. Jarvis has participated in the Sky Ranch Sigma leadership program and has performed over 100 hours of service work with All Saints and Christ Church Episcopal. She plans to attend Furman University.

Jackson Scott Jordan, son of Mr. and Mrs. Michael Scott Jordan, attends All Saints Episcopal School, where he is a member of the TAPPS Academic All-District for football and the National Honor Society. Jordan is also a TAPPS All-District Division 1 defensive player, captain of the All Saints football team, and a member of the All Saints basketball team. He plans to attend Texas A&M University.

Caroline Leigh Laine, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Matthew Anthony Laine, attends Bishop Thomas K. Gorman Catholic School, where she is a member of the National Honor Society and Rotary Club. She is an officer on the Crusaderettes Dance Team and a Bishop T. K. Gorman Ambassador. Laine also volunteers with children at the YMCA.

Victoria Rose LaRocca, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Bart Blaise LaRocca, attends The Brook Hill School, where she is a member of the National Honor Society and The Brook Hill School 4.0 Honor Guard. She is also a Yale University Young Global Scholar, a Brown University Summer Student and a National Student Leadership Conference member. She was a varsity cheerleader at Bishop Thomas K. Gorman Catholic School and is a lieutenant cadet at The Brook Hill School.  LaRocca has danced for 15 years, competitively for six years. She is a Windsor Award recipient.

Grace Michelle Leal, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Eduard Cantua Leal, attends Grace Community School, where she is captain of the women’s golf team and on the Texas Bank and Trust Student Board of Directors. Leal is a Windsor Award recipient. She plans to attend Texas Tech University.

Tanner Henry Lively, son of Mr. and Mrs. William Henry Lively, Jr., attends Robert E. Lee High School, where he is the REL Drumline captain, a position he has held since 2017. He has been recognized as All-Area Drummer and Percussion for four years and as an Outstanding Jazz I Member. Lively is a touring drummer for the Chris Colston Band and was lead metal drummer at the Berklee College of Music Summer Institute. He is a Windsor Award recipient.

Caroline Elizabeth Lofquist, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Barry Dean Lofquist, attends Robert E. Lee High School, where she has been a member of the varsity cross country team for four years and recognized as First Team Academic All-State. She is a member of the National Honor Society, Rho Kappa Honor Society, and serves on the Student Council. Lofquist is a member of the Texas Bank and Trust Student Board of Directors and an officer in the REL Bible Club. She is a Windsor Award recipient. Lofquist plans to attend Texas Tech University.

Sebastian Thomas Nichols, son of Ms. Alma Corrine Spencer, attends East Texas Christian Academy, where he is an Honors student and captain of the football team. Nichols volunteers at the East Texas Food Bank. He is a Windsor Award recipient. Nichols plans to attend East Texas Baptist University.

Leslie Lauren Parks, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Elton Parks, attends Grace Community School, where she is a member of the golf team. Parks volunteers for the SPCA of East Texas. She is a Windsor Award recipient. Parks plans to attend Stephen F. Austin State University.

Christina Lauren Romines, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Douglas Romines, attends Robert E. Lee High School, where she participates in theater. She is also involved with the Pollard Theater Center and Pollard Youth Choir. Romines enjoys babysitting, teaching music to children, writing songs and teen fiction.

Meghan Elizabeth Romines, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Michael Neal Romines, attends Robert E. Lee High School, where she is in the National Honor Society and is graduating among the Top 10 of her class. She is involved in varsity orchestra and soccer. Romines was the Girls State Bluebonnet Chapter Representative and serves on the Texas Bank and Trust Student Board of Directors. Romines is a Windsor Award recipient. She plans to attend Pepperdine University.

Emily Jayne Satterfield, daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Scott Thomas Satterfield, attends Whitehouse High School, where she is graduating as a Wildcat Scholar and as a registered pharmacy technician. Satterfield has a pet-sitting business. She is a Windsor Award recipient. Satterfield plans to attend Texas A&M University.

Mary-Helen Annabelle Schuricht, daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Hans Dietrich Schuricht, attends Bishop Thomas K. Gorman Catholic School, where she is in the National Honor Society and serves on Student Council. She is captain of the varsity cheer squad and varsity tennis team. Schuricht made First Team All-District in Volleyball, Academic All-State in Volleyball and First Team All-State in Cheer. She is a Windsor Award recipient. Schuricht plans to attend Texas A&M University.

Jayden Thomas Terres, son of Dr. and Mrs. Jayson John Terres, attends All Saints Episcopal School where he has served on the National Honor Society, Honor Council and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. Terres made the All-East Texas Baseball Team and received honors as All-District and 5A All-State. He was also an All-State Artist for 3D art. Active in his community, he founded the annual East Texas Toy Drive benefiting the Tyler/Smith County Child Welfare Board.   

Morgan Alexis Thomas, daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Shawn Alan Thomas, attends Whitehouse High School, where she is in the National Honor Society and will graduate in the Top 10 percent of her class. She is a Health Occupations Students of America member and a varsity cheerleader. Thomas plans to attend Texas A&M University.

Anne Elizabeth Thompson, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Rex Thompson Sr., attends Robert E. Lee High School, where she is treasurer of the National Honor Society, regional vice president of Culinary Arts, and a UIL Competitor in writing. She is a cellist with the Varsity Chamber Orchestra and was First Team All-District Volleyball and Academic All-State. Annie is a Windsor Award recipient. She plans to attend the University of Texas at Austin.

Abigail Claire Tillson, daughter of Ms. Rebecca Ann Snider, attends Robert E. Lee High School, where she is a varsity soccer player, having played all four years of high school and was awarded All-East Texas Newcomer of the Year, Freshman Year. She is a high school Young Life leader and served on a Young Life work crew at Frontier Ranch in Buena Vista, Colorado, and works with students with special needs at Wayne D. Boshears Center for Exceptional Programs. Tillson volunteers at the St. Vincent DePaul Thrift Store and at the Smith County Medical Society Alliance Book Fair. She is a three-year participant in TXDOT’s annual “Great Texas Trash-Off’ and a Windsor Award recipient.

Brooklyn Rose Wageman, daughter of Ms. Margo Wageman-Hillin and Mr. Frederick Tyler Wageman, attends Bishop Thomas K. Gorman Catholic School, where she is the Academic All-Star for the softball team, a member of First Team, and was awarded Newcomer of the Year. Brooklyn volunteers with the East Texas Food Bank. She is a Windsor Award recipient.

Elizabeth Reid Walker, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Fletcher Walker III, attends All Saints Episcopal School where she is Student Body president, was elected Homecoming Queen, and is a varsity cheerleader. She is also a varsity volleyball and soccer player. Walker is the yearbook editor and a Visual Arts Scholastic Event State Art finalist.

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