Symphony Notes, May Newsletter for the Illinois Symphony Guild of Bloomington-Normal

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Upcoming Concerts

Saturday, May 6th Explore epics, made in America, at the Epic Ending concert at ISU’s Center for the Performing Arts. Join us for Concerts Comments by Laura Kennedy at 6:30 PM in the Center for the Performing Arts hall.

Scholarship Winners

The Illinois Symphony Orchestra Guild of Bloomington-Normal held its annual private lesson scholarship audition on Sunday, April 23rd.

1st place, $500 - Nolan White, trombonist, 11th grader, Bloomington High School - The Brenda Azinger Memorial Scholarship 

2nd place: $400 - Zachary Davingman, pianist, 11th grader, Normal Community High School

3rd place: $300 - Yuwen Jin, violinist, 10th grader, University High School

The judges were: Karen Collier, First Assistant Concertmaster, Illinois Symphony Orchestra and Logan Campbell, Director, Illinois Wesleyan University Wind Ensemble/Symphony Orchestra

The winners will also perform on June 14th for our ISO Guild annual membership luncheon at Bloomington Country Club. Plan to attend.  You won't want to miss the performance of these three outstanding young artists!

Thanks to Guild members for supporting our private lesson scholarship program! These fine musicians are the future of tomorrow's symphonies!

Lavender & Lemons Kitche Tour
June 17, 2023, 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Mark your calendars for June 17th and enjoy a day of touring fabulous kitchens throughout the Bloomington and Normal communities. This year there are six stops on the tour featuring five indoor and three outdoor kitchens. Each kitchen has a House Captain who coordinates with the homeowner and arranges for helpers on the day of the tour. Our thanks to Joan Vanden Eynden, Valerie Wyatt and Deena Coffman, Cathy Wentworth, Laurie Burke, Paula Pratt, Pam Janssen, Betty Ann Fisher, and Lynda Lane for serving as House Captains. We hope ISO Guild members will volunteer an hour or two when the Captains call for volunteers. Captains will draw from the list of members who are on the volunteer list.

Each year, the Lavender & Lemons committee puts together gift baskets of donated items which will be part of a drawing at the end of the day on June 17th. All ticket holders will be eligible to win when they drop their ticket into a basket at their last stop. 
If any Guild member would like to donate something for these baskets - wine, olive oil, lotion, soap, kitchen items, food items (just a few ideas), the team would be most appreciative. The baskets will be on display at several of the kitchens.

The new and remodeled kitchens on the tour feature a wide variety of styles, sizes and budgets. Guests will be charmed by the amazing outdoor kitchens as well.

Tickets will be available for purchase from any Guild Board Member and at the following locations: Normal; The Garlic Press, OhmFit, Bloomington; Casey’s Garden Center, Growing Grounds, Wendell Niepagen Greenhouse, AB Hatchery, and Hy-Vee Customer Service desk.

Please feel free to contact co-chairs Peggy Hundley at or Lynda Lane at for more information.

Membership News

A warm welcome to our latest new Guild member, Claire Lamonica 603 Normal Avenue Normal, IL  61761.

Midwest Food Bank

Once again the ISO Guild will volunteer at the Midwest Food Bank. The dates are June 20, August 29, and October 24 - Our work time is from 1 - 3 p.m. Please arrive 10 minutes before the start time in order to sign in and learn about the assignment for the day. No matter the season, volunteers must wear close-toed shoes. If other Guild members wish to join the group, please let Lynda Lane know by emailing or calling 309-585-1036.

There is a registration requirement on the Food Bank’s website. Please consider this opportunity to show B/N what a great organization The Illinois Symphony Guild is!

Lavender & Lemons Kitchen Tour

June 17, 2023, 10 am – 4:00 pm

Sponsored by the Illinois Symphony Orchestra Guild, this popular kitchen tour benefits the orchestra guild’s programs for area school children. The new or remodeled kitchens on the tour feature a wide variety of styles, sizes, and budgets and are located in both new and historic neighborhoods. Also, featured are amazing outdoor kitchens and patios. Tickets are on sale at The Garlic Press and The Olive Bin in Normal, and in Bloomington at Caseys’ Garden Shop & Florist, Growing Grounds, Wendell Niepagen Greenhouse, AB Hatchery, and Hy-Vee customer service desk.

Cost: $20 per person

Contact: Co-chairs: Lynda Lane at or Peggy Hundley at

Upcoming Events

Saturday, May 6th, Epic Ending, 7:30 PM Concert at Illinois State University Center for the Performing Arts Concert Hall. At 6:30 PM in the auditorium, there will be Concert Comments with Laura Kennedy.

June 14th, Annual Guild Meeting at Bloomington Country Club. Invitations will be mailed to all Guild members.

Saturday, June 17th, Lavender and Lemons Kitchen Tour. See above for more details.

Sunday, September 10th, Illinois Symphony Guild Gala, held at Illinois State University

If you have any questions regarding this newsletter, please contact Anita Carney at

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