The Symphony Volunteer Council of the Alabama Symphonic Association, Inc. is the largest volunteer organization supporting the orchestra. With a membership of more than 300, the Council's mission is to foster, promote and advance the goals of the Alabama Symphony Orchestra through fundraising, assisting with the ASO's educational programs and providing support for the administration staff. Click Here to visit the Symphony Volunteer Council's website.
The Lois Pickard Music Scholarship Competition
Since 1998, the SVC has sponsored an annual music competition for talented students from age 12 through high school senior. Named in honor of the founding member of the volunteer organization for the ASo, the Lois Pickard Music Scholarship has awarded over $83,650 to winners in three competition categories. The 1st and 2nd place winners of each category perform at the annual luncheon attended by Council members and guests.
Each year, the SVC sponsors the Decorators' ShowHouse, one of the largest fundraising projects for the ASO. During the past 36 years, the Council has donated more than $5 million from this massive volunteer effort.
The ASO would not enjoy its current or future success without the hundreds of volunteers who give tirelessly of their time, their talents and their resources. During the rebirth of the ASO in 1995, the SVC committed to raise $2 million for the ASO's endowment fund. In recognition of achieving the first $1 million, the Principal Clarinet Chair was endowed by the Council. After a very successful 2010 Decorator's ShowHouse, the Council completed the second $1 million of its pledge and endowed the Principal Horn Chair. Please click here to see more about the endowed chairs.
2016-2017 Executive Board
Immediate Past President
Guest Artist Hospitality
Lois Pickard Chairman
Decorators' ShowHouse Chairman
Join us in supporting our symphony! To become a member or for more information, please contact Ashley Snow, Assistant Director of Development, at 205.314.6912 or via email.