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Congratulations to WSL member Joi Smith for being elected as TASO President!

Congratulations to WSL member Betty Bower for being selected as 2017 TASO Volunteer of the Year!

The Women’s Symphony League of Tyler: Celebrating 61 Years

Founded in 1955, the Women’s Symphony League was comprised of twenty-five to thirty of Tyler’s leading citizens dedicated to the promotion of the East Texas Symphony Orchestra.  Six decades later, we have over 500 members volunteering their time, talents, and money to support the East Texas Symphony Orchestra, the East Texas Youth Orchestra, WSL Endowment and Memorials, Kirshbaum Strings, Texas Association for Symphony Orchestras, Youth Concerts Competition, and music scholarships.



The purpose of this organization shall be to support and promote the growth of the East Texas Symphony Orchestra and to encourage music education within our community

ETSO Introduces Vanessa Gardner as Executive Director

The East Texas Symphony Orchestra has named Vanessa Gardner as its new Executive Director.

Ms. Gardner brings to the ETSO administrative position experience in management and work in the arts community. She has served as General Manager of the Lexington (MA) Symphony, which received recognition from the League of American Orchestras during her tenure, served as Events Manager for The Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Program Coordinator for the Northeast Center for the Arts, as well as the Atlantic Brass Quintet Seminar. Most recently she has worked as Assistant Director of the Office of External Events & Conference Housing at Northeastern University (Boston, MA). She also works as a freelance musician (French horn).

Ms. Gardner assumed her duties at the ETSO on January 23, 2017.

On behalf of Women’s Symphony League, welcome to Tyler, Vanessa!