Use the QR tab on the flyer above or click on the EVENTS tab for more information!

Vanguard has planned our second fantastic



featuring the JOE BARNA TRIO and food by CRAFTED CATERING

This is a fundraiser to benefit the



What Is Vanguard?

Since 1963, Vanguard has been a fundraising and support group for the Albany Symphony Orchestra. We usher at concerts, we provide homes for visiting artists, we help the ASO staff with office work and children’s programs, we prepare food for musicians and much more.

We organize stimulating, informative and enjoyable fundraising trips to various regional venues for members and the public. Recent destinations include the Culinary Institute of America, the Sagamore at Lake George and a stage play in Bennington, Vermont.

We enjoy creating our own fundraising events at local points of interest and beautiful private homes. A Victorian Tea, Troy’s Tiffany Windows and a unique Brunch at June Farms are some of our great opportunities for meeting old friends and making new ones planned this year.

One of our ongoing operations includes collecting gently used instruments to donate to local school music programs.  Here is the latest information about collection locations and times.


Click on the link to meet the woman, Jill Rifkin, who is so dedicated to the program.



The instruments collected are donated to eight local school districts that lack sufficient instruments for hundreds of students whose families cannot afford expensive rental or purchase fees. These donations allow these eager children to study music in depth and play in their schools’ bands and orchestras. Donations are tax deductible. 429 have been collected to date.

For further information, contact Jill Rifkin, Chair, (518) 439-1843 Instruments for Students, Vanguard, Inc.

Maybe YOU can help us!  Write to our email or call the ASO office for more Vanguard information.



Only a FEW DAYS LEFT!  Do your shopping at HONEST WEIGHT CO-OP THIS WEEKEND and what’s left of September!  Be sure to say “ROUND UP” as you check out!

Your extra change will go to Vanguard to benefit our own ALBANY SYMPHONY!


Vanguard is scheduling some exciting events for the months ahead!  Follow us here in the weeks ahead to join us for an afternoon at Indian Ladder Farms, some lovely Sunday Salons, a holiday event at The Diamond Centre at Glennpeter Jewelers with phenomenal prizes and shopping opportunities and a bus trip to Newport, RI to see the Christmas lights there!

Our delicious Shrimp Boil dinner at June Farms back in June!



Saturday, September 23

Noon * Cider, donuts and pumpkins at the Indian Ladder Farms

Farm animals, hay rides and more!

Plan to bring your children and grandchildren!

Click on the EVENTS tab to reserve your place(s) on Saturday, September 23!


Enjoying lunch at Druthers after our delightful and informative Mohawk River Cruise in July!


Do you have an interest in helping Vanguard preserve our archives?  We can use your help.

Contact Carol Whittaker at cwhittaker@albany.edu