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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.

    Chairman

  • Mr. William A. Bowron, Jr.

    Vice Chairman

  • Mrs. Carol Phillips

    Treasurer

  • Mrs. Karen Piassick

    Secretary

  • 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. Caitlyn Burchfield

  • Mr. John F. Carter

  • Rev. Lant B. Davis

  • Ms. Rebekah Elgin-Council

  • Mr. M. Miller Gorrie

  • Ms. Ryan Graham

  • Mrs. Melanie P. Grinney

  • Mr. David Handler

  • 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. Danny L. McKinney

  • Mr. Emmett McLean

  • Ms. Gloria N. Moody

  • Mr. G. Ruffner Page, Jr.

  • Dr. William Rushton IV

  • Dr. Sanjay K. Singh

  • Dr. Chandler H. Smith

  • Mr. Anthony A. Smoke

  • Mr. James S. Snow

  • Mr. Jeffrey Solomon

  • Mr. Jim Sullivan

  • Mr. Nick Willis

Ex-Officio Board Members

  • Betsy Cooper

    President, Symphony Volunteer Council

  • Caitlyn Burchfield

    President, Junior Patrons

  • Ryan Graham

    President, Symphony 30

  • Nancy Lewis

    ASO Chorus Representative

Endowment Board

  • Mr. Danny McKinney

    President

  • Mr. Carl S. Thigpen

    Vice President

  • Mrs. Dell S. Brooke

    Secretary

  • 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