The Symphony League of Canton started in 1964 as a support group for the Canton Symphony. Since then, they have raised over $1,000,000 to support the educational programs of the orchestra. The League now supports the orchestra by providing concert ushers for all performances, providing lunch for the orchestra musicians once a year, gifts a $1,000 scholarship to a deserving Canton Youth Symphony musician, and holds their annual Holiday Wreath Sale every fall. Monthly meetings luncheons are held from September through May. In 2019, the Symphony League volunteered 1,473 hours for the organization.
The Symphony League of Canton is now accepting new members.
~Sign-up form coming soon.~


Symphony League begins as the “Women’s Committee of the Canton Symphony”. Charter members were Marion Gillespie, Billie Fienniken, Mrs. William Harris, and Mrs. Don Renkert. Elizabeth Zollara and Julia Gruber. Laverne Zinn was elected as their first president.


The women published their first membership roster and created “Children’s Concerts”. This model of concerts still exists today as our annual Young People’s Concerts for children in grades 3-5. They held their first Ball at the Onesto Hotel and raised a modest $712. Finally, they held their first style show for men and women, a tradition that continued on and off for many years.


The Women’s Committee becomes the Symphony League


Former League President Nancy McPeek (1974-75) becomes the first manager of the Canton Symphony administrative offices.


The Symphony League sponsored the first Kinder Concert.


Dining at the In Place was started as a series of luncheons and dinners that took place during the entire year, was revamped by then President Louise Gibbs in 1994 to a one-night progressive dinner event at 10 to 12 homes using a common theme and volunteer chefs. Also in the 1980s, the League started the Holiday Wreath Sale, a fundraiser that still takes place annually.


President-elect Donna Leibensperger organized Prelude, a season opening dinner dance with a live auction of getaway weekends. In 1998, Prelude became Interlude because it was held mid-year in January.

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