Established in 1962, The Jackson Symphony League is an indispensable auxiliary to The Jackson Symphony. Over 200 members strong, League members provide a range of services and fundraising support for the orchestra.
The Volunteer Council of the American Symphony Orchestra League selected The Jackson Symphony League to win the 2001 Sally B. Parker Education Award for the Color of Music. In 2002, the League's Orchestra Hospitality program was selected a gold award winner.
Call The Jackson Symphony office for more information (731) 427-6440.
THE COLOR OF MUSIC
Area K-8th graders have the opportunity to listen to classical music and interpret works visually. Art work is judged by a panel of local artists and musicians. Winners are presented awards at a reception and selected entries are displayed at two art exhibits.
More than 7,000 students participated in the project last spring.
Symphony League members serve as ushers at the Jackson Symphony's Open Rehearsals to assist school groups with seating.
League members provide refreshments for the orchestra musicians at rehearsals.
THE CRYSTAL BALL
For 16 years, the Crystal Ball has been one of Jackson's premier charitable events. Presented by the Jackson Symphony League.
Color of Music
The Color of Music, an art contest for grades K-8, is an educational project presented by the Jackson Symphony League and is currently underwritten by Macy’s and Aeneas Internet and Telephone.
Now in its 18th year, the project will be conducted in classrooms of participating schools in Crockett, Gibson, Haywood, Madison and Weakley counties. This will include public, private and home school groups. Nearly 7,000 students will listen to and visually interpret selections by famous composers. Each school that participates will select entries to represent their school based on their total number of participants. Three hundred and thirteen entries will be sent to the Symphony League for the final judging. From these Finalist, four top awards will be chosen and receive a cash prize, along with forty-five blue ribbon and eighteen honorable mention winners. The schools with the highest percentage of prize-winning entries will receive the Jackson Symphony Award as well as a cash prize.
The goals for the project are:
- To provide an opportunity for listening to and visually interpreting classical music
- To increase awareness of the Jackson Symphony
- To encourage appreciation of symphonic music by young people
The Color of Music is a successful program for the children of West Tennessee due to the dedication of these fine teachers.