December 2, 2015

Women’s Committee

2015 Scholarship Recipient, Angel Rhodes, performing with the OPSO in the Spring 2019 Concert

Purpose: The Women’s Committee of the Orchard Park Symphony was founded in 1957 to provide hospitality for the orchestra and soloists, to provide music scholarships for qualifying secondary school musicians, and to promote attendance at the concerts and appreciation of fine music.

Structure of the Women’s Committee: The Executive Board consists of President, Vice President, Recording Secretary, Corresponding Secretary, Treasurer, and Membership. Committees are selected to handle hospitality, scholarship competition, fund raisers, and other responsibilities as needed.

Canceled: 2020 Music Scholarship Competition

Due to concerns of the spread of COVID-19, the Women’s Committed 2020 Music Scholarship has been canceled.  Participants who applied will be notified.

Music auditions will be held at the Orchard Park Presbyterian Church, 4369 South Buffalo Road, Orchard Park, NY on Tuesday, April 7, 2020 at 7:00 PM for the purpose of awarding music scholarships.

Please note, the deadline has been extended to March 9th, 2020.

Information and applications can be found here, here, and here.


“Orchard Park High School Fiddlers” opening for Jay Unger and Molly Dixon in February 2019

  • The Women’s Committee Coffees are held on the Thursday preceding the concerts at 10 a.m. at the Orchard Park Country Club. The entertainment is frequently enhanced by guest speakers, musicians and artists.
  • The Women’s Committee hosts the Spring Concert reception for artists, guests and audience.
  • The Women’s Committee refreshments are provided for orchestra members during rehearsal four times a season.
  • The Women’s Committee annual competition for scholarships is held for qualifying secondary school musicians.
  • The Women’s Committee plant sale is held each year in May and June utilizing local growers who contribute a percentage of their total sales, generated by coupons, which have been sold by all committee members.

Women’s Committee Coffee Hours

The Women’s Committee Coffees are held on the Thursday preceding the concerts at 10 a.m. at the Orchard Park Country Club, 4777 South Buffalo Street, Orchard Park.


The Women’s Committee invites anyone who has an interest in good music and enjoys and appreciates our own local Southtowns Symphony to please contact the Membership Chairman, Kathy Story at

Get Involved & Have Fun!

Executive Board

  • President: Gail Freeman
  • President Emeritus: Gail Marcin
  • Vice President: Annette Marmion, Amy SanFilippo
  • Recording Secretary: Linda Daniels
  • Corresponding Secretary: Helen Sanders
  • Treasurer: Sharon Spagnoli
  • Membership: Kathy Story
  • Assistant-to-the-President: Nan Ackerman

Women’s Committee Pre-concert Brunch – October 2018


Gail Freeman – President