History

The Mission of the Symphony Guild of Winter Haven is to bring musical experiences to the Winter Haven Community and to serve as an outreach to local, aspiring, musicians.

In the spring of 1989, a group of citizens, with the common interest of encouraging and supporting the musical arts in the Winter Haven community, met and formed the Symphony Guild of Winter Haven, Inc. Initial contributions to the guild were made by local residents, Mrs. Jeane Estes, Mr. Raymond Golden, and Mrs. Sarah Hayes. Through their generosity, a 501c(3) status was secured and the first concert season was planned.
Charter guild memberships added to the efforts and a Board of Directors was elected with business conducted at monthly meetings. Throughout the twenty-one seasons of the SGWH, musical experiences have been brought to the community through a season of concerts and performances and have become known as Symphony Guild “Signatures”.

Traditionally, our season begins with a fall outdoor concert in October, followed by a Music of the Season performance in December. In March, the guild’s main fundraiser, Champagne and Shamrocks , is a sellout evening of gourmet food, outstanding music, humorous champagne toasts, and old fashioned community spirit. In the spring, the SGWH says, thank you to the community with a free concert on the first Sunday in May. This is our annual Young Peoples Concert in which we showcase talent from Lois Cowles Harrison School for the Visual and Performing Arts. Many of these students are from Winter Haven and this concert always serves as an inspiration to us to keep on keeping up our mission of outreach to young artists!

The Guild proudly sponsors music students at Polk State College through scholarships that allow them to continue their music studies at a four year college. Auditions for these scholarships are held in January.
The Symphony Guild of Winter Haven is growing with the city and truly has a “noteworthy” place in the community that it serves!

Symphony Guild of Winter Haven Officers & Board of Directors 2017-2018

2017-2018 OFFICERS

Brent Booher
President

Peter Verrill MD.
Vice President

Glenn Thomas
Treasurer

Sherry Anastasio
Asst. Treasurer

Sharon Bevis
Recording Secretary

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

John Anderson

Virginia S. Davidson, Ed.D., DM

Marge Dillashaw

David N. Fultz

Betty Harstad

Steve Steiner

Jay Thompson