Founded in 1955, the purpose of the Women’s Symphony League of Tyler (WSL) is to support and promote the growth of the East Texas Symphony Orchestra (ETSO) and to encourage music education within our community. This year, the WSL will implement the Carnegie Hall Weill Music Institute school curriculum, "Link Up: The Orchestra Sings." With grateful donor support, the WSL will present this unique, hands-on experience to 4th and 5th grade students in Tyler.
As its main fundraiser, the WSL will hold its annual Symphony Ball, Grand Ball, on Friday, March 1, at 6:30 p.m. at Harvey Convention Center in Tyler. Always an elegant evening, the Symphony Ball will feature the presentation of the members of the Junior Symphony League along with dinner, dancing, casino games, and a silent auction.
Amy Cole serves as the 2012-2013 president of the Women’s Symphony League of Tyler. She is proud of what the WSL membership has been able to accomplish in its 58 years of existence to benefit the ETSO and the WSL music education programs.
“Our organization has received state and national awards over the years due in large part to our members who serve and lead our organization in supporting our ETSO,” Mrs. Cole said. “With over 700 members, the WSL has a unique organizational structure that encourages and welcomes younger members who make up the symphony audience now and in the future. The organization works to provide environments of musical education to students in all areas of our community.”
Prior to her position as the WSL president, Mrs. Cole served on the ETSO board of directors from 2010 to 2013 and was the WSL president-elect from 2011 to 2012. She served as a Cathedral Parish council member from 2008 to 2011 and was president of the Bishop Thomas K. Gorman Academic and Fine Arts Council from 2006 to 2011.
“The benefit of volunteering is an inner affirmation that you are part of a broader picture of daily life. When people work together for the good of a cause, without a personal agenda or strategy, the results can be magnificent,” Mrs. Cole said.
Born in Graham, Texas, Mrs. Cole has resided in Tyler for nine years. She and her husband, George, have been married for 22 years and are the parents of Meredith Ann Cole and George P. Cole III. Mrs. Cole is a graduate of Graham High School and earned her bachelor’s degree from Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas. The Coles are parishioners of the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception.
“I enjoy the joy and warmth of the people of Tyler and the small-town feeling of our community. My church is also a very warm and supportive environment, and my family has benefitted greatly from the excellent formation and family-centered support we have received from Bishop Thomas K. Gorman Regional Catholic School,” Mrs. Cole said.
For more information about the Women’s Symphony of Tyler’s Symphony Ball, Grand Ball, please contact the Women’s Symphony League office at 903-596-9154 or visit www.wsltyler.org.