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A Rich History

In 1963, Sue Yager, an Albany resident and principal with the New York City Opera, formed an orchestra support group at the request of the Albany Symphony conductor, Edgar Curtis.

The group’s first project was to raise funds for an acoustical shell for the Symphony, to send the sound of the orchestra out to the audience rather than straight up from the stage to the flyspace above. Sue and her recruits organized three events that generated enough money to buy the shell within one year.

In the years since, Vanguard activities grew to include direct support of the orchestra, concerts, soloists, composers, and musicians, plus a wide array of fundraising events.

The best-known fundraiser is the Designer Showhouse, run annually for 37 years. Top interior and landscape designers, and months of tireless preparation by Vanguard at a magnificent historic or new house, draw paying visitors from many parts of the Capital Region and beyond during the Spring.

Now comes the golf fundraiser, appealing to a different part of the public and raising funds specifically for music education for children and families. The First Annual Golf Tournament in 2017 was a great success, and the Second Annual is well underway in 2018.

Our Leadership

Officers and Commitee Chairs, 2018-2019

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Marilyn Hunter

Co-President

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Susan Jacobsen

Co-President

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Marie D. Sturges

Recording Secretary

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Shirley Hunter

Treasurer

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Joy Emery

Corresponding Secretary

VICE PRESIDENT FOR ADMINISTRATION:

Judith Ciccio

Committees: Annual Meeting, Bulk Mailing, Membership & Directory, Newsletter, Telephone, Historian

VICE PRESIDENT FOR ORCHESTRA SUPPORT:

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Committees: Concert Usher Liaison, Orchestra Hospitality, Symphony Guests, Scholarships, Concert Staff Support

VICE PRESIDENT FOR EDUCATION AND COMMUNITY:

Patricia Corbett

Committees: Concert Prevues, Sunday Symphonies, Tiny Tots (Albany), Tiny Tots (Saratoga), Musical Instruments For Students

VICE PRESIDENT FOR DEVELOPMENT:

Diane Davison

Committees: Tea & Symphony, New Members, Travel, Golf Tournament, June Farm Family Fun Day

Next Steps...

Vanguard is a not-for-profit 501(c)3 corporation supported entirely by private funds