Friends of the Symphony

The Friends of the Symphony is an all-volunteer group dedicated to supporting and assisting the ECSO. They organize fundraising events, volunteer in the office and at concerts, organize the Annual Instrumental Competition and orchestrate the annual Gala, all to enhance the mission of the ECSO. An annual Friends contribution starts with a donation of $50. Membership runs until June 30.

Friends of the Symphony Annual Goals:

  • Supporting the ECSO as a concert sponsor 
  • Coordinating fundraising events and annual gala
  • Providing hospitality for concerts and the Instrumental Competition

Benefits of Friends Membership:

  • Invitations to exclusive performances and events
  • Engaging conversations with orchestra musicians, conductors, and guest artists
  • Meeting new friends and becoming a part of the ECSO family
  • Investing in the cultural fabric of Eastern Connecticut

Volunteer to “Play A Part” in the Eastern Connecticut Symphony Orchestra

Office Volunteers | Year-round

We are always looking for volunteers to help in the office with mailings, filing, data entry and answering phones. We also train volunteers on our ticketing system.

Concerts and Events

Greet concertgoers, sit at the information table before concerts and/or at intermission, or help at pre-concert chats or post-concert receptions. Help organize and staff special events, including our annual gala.

Friends Board of Directors

Gay Clarkson
President

Stephanie Thorp
Vice President

Barry Thorp
Treasurer

Laurie Markowicz
Recording Secretary

Marti Bradshaw
Marcie Brensilver
William Clarkson
David Hayes
David Jacobs
Naomi Otterness
Elizabeth Swindell
Archie Swindell

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