History and Mission

The Johnstown Symphony Auxiliaries

The purpose of the organization shall be to promote and support the Johnstown Symphony Orchestra.

(There are Johnstown and Somerset Branches)

The Johnstown Symphony Auxiliary was organized by Mrs. Henry Gibb in 1959, at a time when the Orchestra was in great need of new and energetic sources of support. Its first project was the annual Symphony Ball; since then many balls and fund­raising projects have gone by. Over the past ten years alone many dedicated and hard-working women have raised approxi­mately $175,000 toward meeting the JSO’s annual budget.

Each and every member of the Auxiliary is vital to the success and ongoing support of the Johnstown Symphony Orchestra. Our community’s pride in its symphony orchestra is evidenced by its steady and progressive growth over the past 82 years.

The dedication of our volunteers toward the common goal of an ever-improving orchestra has resulted in a better community, an educational and cultural asset for our youth, and entertainment for our people.

To this end, you are encouraged to participate eagerly in this organization. Involve yourself With good friends in the art of creative fundraising, and enjoy the many diverse projects through which the Auxiliary stimulates the growth of the Johnstown Symphony Orchestra. Involvement in the work of the Auxiliary has many levels, from callers to active physical labor. Some of these areas require quite a bit of work. Active Members may choose the level of participation. With a larger pool of people to work in each area, it will create less work for each individual.

ACTIVE MEMBERS: Active Members pay regular dues of $25 and engage actively in the work of the Auxiliary. An Active Member is required to participate in at least one fundraising project. Active Members are entitled to all rights and privileges of the Auxiliary, including the right to vote.

SUSTAINING MEMBERS: Sustaining Members pay regular dues of $50 and are not required to actively participate in fund-raising activities. Sustaining Members shall be entitled to all rights and privileges of the Auxiliary.

Make check payable to: Johnstown Symphony Auxiliary

The Somerset Auxiliary of the Johnstown Symphony Orchestra was officially organized on 1/2/1964 by mothers of Johnstown Symphony Youth Orchestra members from Somerset. The established purpose of the group is to raise funds for the Johnstown Symphony Orchestra and to promote young classical musicians. Annual fundraising events include Christmas at the Inn, Mother’s Day Concert, Summer Social, and Da Capo.

Johnstown Symphony Auxiliary
Past Presidents
Mrs. Harriet (Lou) Gibb 1959-1960
Mrs. Bernice Schuch 1960-1961
Mrs. John S. Thomas 196 1-1 962
Mrs. Joanne Suppes 1962-1964
Mrs. Esther Michaud 1964-1965
Mrs. Edith Smith 1965-1967
Mrs. Marcia Glosser 1967-1969
Mrs. Sarah Watkins 1969-1971
Mrs. Delores Fulton 1971-1973
Mrs. Cynthia Friedman 1973-1975
Mrs. Rita Glosser 1975-1977
Mrs. Mary DiFrancesco 1977-1979
Mrs. Nancy Whelan 1979-1980
Mrs. Eleanor Little 1980-1982
Mrs. Pat Esserman 1982-1984
Mrs. Carol Diamond 1984-1985
Mrs. Meg Madison 1985-1986
MUsJosepthne Dunmyer 1986-1988
Mrs. June Hrescak 1988-1990
Mrs. Vivienne Cotchen 1990-1991
Mrs. Melinda Baker 1991-1994
Mrs. Gail Kevenk 1994-1997
Mrs. Hazel Gunnlaugson 1997-2000
Mrs. Mary Borkow 2000-2002
Mrs. Judy Treece 2002-2004
Mrs. Carole Phizacklea 2004-2006

Johnstown Symphony Auxiliary
Past Presidents
Mrs. Harriet (Lou) Gibb 1959-1960
Mrs. Bernice Schuch 1960-1961
Mrs. John S. Thomas 196 1-1 962
Mrs. Joanne Suppes 1962-1964
Mrs. Esther Michaud 1964-1965
Mrs. Edith Smith 1965-1967
Mrs. Marcia Glosser 1967-1969
Mrs. Sarah Watkins 1969-1971
Mrs. Delores Fulton 1971-1973
Mrs. Cynthia Friedman 1973-1975
Mrs. Rita Glosser 1975-1977
Mrs. Mary DiFrancesco 1977-1979
Mrs. Nancy Whelan 1979-1980
Mrs. Eleanor Little 1980-1982
Mrs. Pat Esserman 1982-1984
Mrs. Carol Diamond 1984-1985
Mrs. Meg Madison 1985-1986
MUsJosepthne Dunmyer 1986-1988
Mrs. June Hrescak 1988-1990
Mrs. Vivienne Cotchen 1990-1991
Mrs. Melinda Baker 1991-1994
Mrs. Gail Kevenk 1994-1997
Mrs. Hazel Gunnlaugson 1997-2000
Mrs. Mary Borkow 2000-2002
Mrs. Judy Treece 2002-2004
Mrs. Carole Phizacklea 2004-2006