Organized in June 1988, the NFSG is a member of the American Symphony Orchestra League, and was incorporated in 1990 under the Laws of the State of Florida as a Not-For-Profit 501 (c) 3 tax exempt corporation. The purpose and goals of the Northwest Florida Symphony Guild are:
- to support the Northwest Florida Symphony Orchestra;
- to develop interest and promote participation in musical programs, activities and concerts in the area;
- to increase attendance at performances of the Northwest Florida Symphony Orchestra;
- to work toward cooperation among all area arts groups;
- to encourage participation in musical programs and to provide musical opportunities and experiences for area school children; including support of the Northwest Florida Symphony Youth Orchestra and Junior Orchestra of NWFSC.
COMMUNITY PROGRAMS SPONSORED BY THE NFSO GUILD
Annual Concerto Competition
Annual Fifth Grade Concert
Annual Stars of Tomorrow Concert
Northwest Florida Symphony Youth orchestra & Junior Orchestra
MONTHLY & ANNUAL EVENTS
Monthly Luncheon at Rocky Bayou Country Club with musical entertainment
Symphony of Taste Food & Wine Festival & Silent Auction - February
For Membership Information: Linda Snider, President, (850) 217-6331
Or Dr. Charles Myers, Past President, (850) 729-6027
NFSO Guild, c/o NFSO at Northwest Florida State College, 100 College Blvd., Niceville, FL 32588
SYMPHONY GUILD HISTORY - On June 24, 1988 an enthusiastic group of 24 individuals met at the Fort Walton Beach Yacht Club to organize the Symphony Guild dedicated to support the Northwest Florida Symphony Orchestra of Northwest Florida State College. On January 11. 1990, the organization incorporated under the Laws of the State of Florida as a Not for Profit Corporation, entitled the NORTHWEST FLORIDA SYMPHONY GUILD, INC. The goals established by these charter members are those listed in Article II - Purpose, of the Bylaws of the Northwest Florida Symphony Guild. The Bylaws are on file with the NFSG Secretary & Historian.
Fund raising is accomplished by several events. The Food and Wine Tasting event is held in February each year. Area restaurants and other vendors provide food, advertising and other services in support of the event. Symphony Sunday was a new event held in April of 2001. Several hundred community members attend these highly successful fund-raisers, and the volunteers from the Guild are tireless in their efforts to raise money to support the Orchestra.
Revenues from these events enabled the Guild to fully endow a Teaching Chair in Orchestral Music. Beginning in March 1989, Conductor Leatherwood invited local school children to learn about classical music. Each spring about 3,000 Okaloosa and Walton County fifth-graders are bused to Northwest Florida State College and invited to hear and observe demonstrations of the instruments and music by members of the Northwest Florida Symphony Orchestra. At this concert they are also introduced to the winners of the Guild-sponsored Concerto Competition. Youth winners in each of the three competition levels are introduced to the audience and are included in the program. At the evening concert the competition winners are presented with their checks as they are introduced to the entire audience. In 1998 the Guild initiated a grant to provide initial funding to create a Youth Orchestra (the Northwest Florida Symphony Youth Orchestra) in the county, a first in its history. Since then the student musical programs have grown to include the Junior Orchestra of Northwest Florida State College to prepare younger children for the NFSYO.