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Symphony For Beginners

If you’re new to classical music, or if a symphony performance seems daunting, go ahead and put your mind at ease. The most important aspect of attending any symphony performance is to relax and enjoy yourself. Simply listen and watch as extraordinarily talented ASO musicians play live music in unison. And soon, you’ll find yourself enjoying their presence as much as they enjoy yours. From classic to contemporary symphonies, every one of them tells a story. As an audience member, you’re a part of that story. Because without you, there'd be no music.

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Our mission is to change lives through music. We aim to make symphonic music accessible to every resident of Alabama and beyond.

ASO History

ASO Staff

Board of Directors

  • Elton B. Stephens

    Chairman in Memoriam Aeternam

  • Mr. F. Dixon Brooke


  • Mr. William A. Bowron, Jr.

    Vice Chairman

  • Mrs. Carol Phillips


  • Mrs. Karen Piassick


  • Mrs. Peggy Balliet

  • Mrs. Charlotte Bonsack

  • Mr. Dylan C. Black

  • Mrs. Emily G. Branum

  • Mrs. Dell S. Brooke

  • Mr. William W. Brooke

  • Mr. J. David Brown III

  • Mr. John F. Carter

  • Mr. Vincent Cirulli

  • Ms. Kathleen Costello

  • Rev. Lant B. Davis

  • Mrs. Kay Donnellan

  • Mrs. Rebekah Elgin-Council

  • Mr. C.T. Fitzpatrick

  • Mrs. Mary Goodrich

  • Mr. M Miller Gorrie

  • Mr. John B. Grenier

  • Mrs. Melanie P. Grinney

  • Mr. David Handler

  • Dr. James M. Hardin

  • Mr. Jonathan P. Hoffmann

  • Dr. Rupa K. Kitchens

  • Mr. Robert E. Kristofco

  • Dr. C. Seth Landefeld

  • Mrs. Lynn F. LaRussa

  • Ms. Nancy Lewis

  • Mr. Mark Libby

  • Mr. Colin H. Luke

  • Mrs. Sally P. Mackin

  • Ms. Jennifer R. McCain

  • Mr. John McElroy

  • Mr. Danny L. McKinney

  • Mr. Emmett McLean

  • Mrs. Gloria N. Moody

  • Mr. Drayton Nabers, Jr.

  • Mr. David Oberman

  • Mr. G. Ruffner Page, Jr.

  • Dr. William Rushton IV

  • Dr. Sanjay K. Singh

  • Mr. Thomas L. Smallwood

  • Dr. Chandler H. Smith

  • Mr. Anthony A. Smoke

  • Mr. James A. Snow

  • Mr. Jeffrey Solomon

  • Mr. Nick Willis

Ex-Officio Board Members

  • Mrs. Charlotte Bonsack

    President, Symphony Volunteer Council

  • Mrs. Ensley Darnall

    President, Symphony 30

  • Ms. Nancy Lewis

    ASO Chorus Representative

Endowment Board

  • Mr. Danny McKinney


  • Mrs. Dell S. Brooke


  • Mr. F. Dixon Brooke

  • Mr. Taylor McElroy

  • Mr. Vincent Cirulli

  • Mr. Micheal Griggs

  • Dr. Betsy Bugg Holloway

  • Mr. Samuel P. Johnson

  • Mr. J. David Brown III

  • Mr. Will Matthews

  • Mrs. Carol Phillips

  • Mr. Carl S. Thigpen