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Symphony Volunteer Council

The Symphony Volunteer Council is the largest volunteer organization supporting the ASO, with 300+ members. The council’s mission is to “promote the ASO through fundraising and support.” The SVC offers a variety of volunteer opportunities and events to support the ASO, including their annual Decorator’s Show House.

The 2022 Decorator's ShowHouse took place at the iconic Hallmark Farms, located on the west side of I-65 in the City of Warrior from April 23-May 8,2022. This 565 acre property and its barn served as a picturesque backdrop while the Hallmark home was our 2022 Decorator's ShowHouse.

Restoring Hallmark Farms and opening it to the public is the result of a recent partnership between Jefferson County and the City of Warrior. The Symphony Volunteer Council is proud to become a part of history by hosting the first event at Hallmark Farms, marking a new era. In addition, the Alabama symphony Orchestra is celebrated its own 100th Anniversary in 2022, so the huge success of the 2022 ShowHouse was a perfect way to help celebrate the centennial season!

Stay tuned for more updates on Symphony Volunteer Council events.

Click here to read the September 2022 issue of Keynotes

What does the SVC do?

Host 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 $161,530 to winners in three competition categories. For more information click here.

Organize the Decorators' ShowHouse

Each year, the SVC sponsors the Decorators' ShowHouse, one of the largest fundraising projects for the ASO. During the past 42 years, the Council has donated more than $5 million from this massive volunteer effort.

Sponsor Endowed Chairs

The ASO would not enjoy its current or future success without the hundreds of volunteers who tirelessly give their talents and 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.