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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 Jr.


  • Mr. Danny McKinney

    Vice Chairman

  • Mrs. Carol Phillips


  • Mrs. Karen Piassick


  • Mrs. Peggy Balliet

  • Mr. Dylan C. Black

  • Mrs. Emily G. Branum

  • Mrs. Dell S. Brooke

  • Mr. William W. Brooke

  • Mr. J. David Brown III

  • Ms. Samantha Chandler

  • Mrs. Bronwyne Chapman

  • Mr. John F. Carter

  • Mr. Nicholas Ciulla

  • Rev. Lant B. Davis

  • Ms. Rebekah Elgin-Council

  • Mr. M. Miller Gorrie

  • Mrs. Melanie P. Grinney

  • Dr. James M. Hardin

  • Mr. Christopher B. Harmon

  • Mr. Jonathan P. Hoffmann

  • Dr. Rupa K. Kitchens

  • Mr. Robert E. Kristofco

  • Dr. C. Seth Landefeld

  • Mrs. Lynn F. LaRussa

  • Ms. Nancy Lewis

  • Mr. Colin H. Luke

  • Ms. Virginia Markstein

  • Ms. Mayumi Masri

  • Ms. Jennifer R. McCain

  • Mr. G. Adam McClain

  • Mr. John McElroy

  • Mr. Emmett McLean

  • Ms. Gloria N. Moody

  • Ms. Carolyn Orchid

  • Mr. G. Ruffner Page, Jr.

  • Mr. Jason Robins

  • Dr. William Rushton IV

  • Dr. Sanjay K. Singh

  • Dr. Chandler H. Smith

  • Mr. Anthony A. Smoke

  • Mr. James S. Snow

  • Mr. Jeffrey Solomon

  • Mr. Nicholas Willis

Ex-Officio Board Members

  • Carolyn Orchid

    President, Symphony Volunteer Council

  • Samantha Chandler

    President, Junior Patrons

  • Bronwyne Chapman

    President, Symphony 30

  • Nancy Lewis

    ASO Chorus Representative

Endowment Board

  • Mr. Danny McKinney


  • Mrs. Dell S. Brooke


  • Mr. F. Dixon Brooke Jr.

  • Mr. J. David Brown III

  • Mr. Vincent Cirulli

  • Dr. Betsy Bugg Holloway

  • Mr. Samuel P. Johnson

  • Mr. Taylor McElroy

  • Mrs. Carol Phillips

  • Mr. Pedro Verdu