Thursday, October 4, 2012

October Chairman’s Spotlight
Sponsored by William Noble Rare Jewels
Featuring:
Sharon Barbee 
of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra League and 
Allie Beth Allman & Associates

The Dallas Symphony Orchestra League is by far one of the greatest leagues in all of Dallas. We recently sat down with the president of DSOL and talked about everything from her passion for being a realtor to how much she enjoys the colors of leaves turning for the fall.
This blog post is sponsored by the ever so lovely William Noble Rare Jewels.
What makes the Dallas Symphony Orchestra League so special to you?
The Dallas Symphony Orchestra League is special to me because of its members and their tireless efforts to support the symphony and its community outreach and education programs.  It is such an honor and privilege to serve as the president of the DSOL.  I am surrounded by the most committed and passionate volunteers who dedicate their time and energy to support and promote the interests and growth of the DSO.  Dallas is blessed to have such an incredible symphony orchestra and the 2012 Conductor of the Year, Maestro Japp Van Zweden.   Formed in 1946 the DSOL offers its member a variety of ways to become involved.  Within the framework of the League there are several groups:  Élan Circle (formerly the Junior Group of the DSOL), the Innovators, and the Assembly (comprised of past Dallas Symphony Debutantes).  Volunteer opportunities range from volunteering at the youth concerts and competitions, to working on one of the fundraising committees, to contacting subscribers about renewing their season tickets or hosting the Orchestra Appreciation Luncheon.  With so many programs supported by the Community Outreach and Education Fund (Friedlander Competition for Young Strings, Juanita Miller Concerto Competition, Cecil and Ida M. Green Youth Concert Series, and Lynn Harrell Concerto Competition), the League members are inspired to give back to the community and promote the arts in Dallas.  Our primary fundraising events each year are the Dallas Symphony Orchestra League Presentation Ball, the Junior Symphony Ball, and the Wells Fargo Dallas Symphony Derby, bringing together patrons of all ages to celebrate and support the Symphony.

Now that fall is finally here what are some of your favorite fall time activities to do here in Dallas?
I enjoy watching college football with my family and spending time at the Dallas Arboretum to admire the spectacular fall foliage.
How do you spend your free time when you are not working?
I spend my free time with my loving family and friends.  I enjoy horseback riding, gardening, and reading.
Who is it that inspires you to do bigger and better things?
My inspiration comes from God and my family: my late husband, my parents, and my children.
What is your favorite quote?
“Friends are the flowers in the garden of life.”  

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