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Volunteer Committees

Women’s Committee of The Cleveland Orchestra

The Women’s Committee of The Cleveland Orchestra is dedicated to providing support for our world-class Orchestra through music education activities, volunteer service, and fund-raising opportunities. The committee offers its Meet the Artist luncheon and program throughout the season along with a benefit each year. The Women’s Committee was founded in 1921 by Adella Prentiss Hughes, The Cleveland Orchestra’s first general manager. Membership is open to both men and women.

WOMEN’S COMMITTEE EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

  • Shirley B. Dawson, President
  • Deborah L. Neale, First Vice President
  • Mary Abbott, Second Vice President 
  • Laurel Rowen, Recording Secretary
  • Jean Sarlson, Corresponding Secretary
  • Gloria Goldstein, Treasurer

MEMERSHIP INQUIRIES — WOMEN’S COMMITTEE OF THE CLEVELAND ORCHESTRA

         Barbara Wolfort, send email to:  barbwolfort@gmail.com

   
Blossom Women’s Committee

Blossom Women’s Committee (BWC) was created in 1968 and is dedicated to promoting and sustaining Blossom Music Center and The Cleveland Orchestra. The Committee undertakes projects to further these objectives, as well as raising funds toward Blossom’s long-term financial stability. Activities include sponsoring the Opening Night concert (view 2012 photos) of each summer's Blossom Festival, hosting an annual Orchestra Picnic, presenting a series of meet-the-artist Gourmet Matinee luncheons, and staffing the Blossom Information Center.

The group's "Endless Summer" gala in September 2011 raised $54,000 to support Blossom and The Cleveland Orchestra, with all six chapters of the Blossom Women's Committee participating in the event. 

BLOSSOM WOMEN’S COMMITTEE EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

  • Claire Frattare, President
  • Lis Hugh, First Vice President
  • Mary Ann Devine, Second Vice President
  • Carol Eiber, Recording Secretary
  • Sylvia Armstrong, Corresponding Secretary
  • Nena Hankins, Treasurer
  • Phyllis Knauf, Ex-Officio, Past President

BLOSSOM WOMEN’S COMMITTE HONORARY CHAIRS

  • Emily Blossom, 1970-1991
  • Emily McCartney
  • Sylvia Oliver

MEMERSHIP INQUIRIES BLOSSOM WOMEN’S COMMITTEE

         Claire Frattare, send email to:  cafdesign@roadrunner.com

    
The Volunteer Council of The Cleveland Orchestra

The Volunteer Council of The Cleveland Orchestra, created in 1998, reinforces the impact of all volunteers on the mission of The Cleveland Orchestra. The Council serves the Orchestra through recruitment, recognition and retention of volunteers, communication and coordination of volunteer groups and Orchestra activities, as well as long-range planning for volunteer needs. Appointed representatives and staff comprise the Council that reports directly to the Musical Arts Association.

VOLUNTEER COUNCIL MEMBERS

  • Faye A. Heston, President
  • Nancy Cruikshank
  • Claire Frattare
  • Beth Schreibman Gehring
  • Pearl Hachen
  • Iris Harvie
  • Phyllis Knauf
  • Edith Miller
  • Barbara Myers 
  • Debbie Neale
  • Lori Cohen, Staff Liaison

    
Summary

Over the last 15 years, these membership organizations have raised more than $3,000,000 for The Cleveland Orchestra.

For further information, or to join one of these volunteer organizations, contact the Volunteer Office at Severance Hall, 216-231-7557 or email Lori Cohen at lcohen@clevelandorchestra.com.  Committees and programs are open to all who wish to further our missions in support of The Cleveland Orchestra.