Symphony Society

The Harrisburg Symphony Society is the volunteer auxiliary of the Harrisburg Symphony Association. It was founded in 1989 to help promote the growth and development of the Harrisburg Symphony Orchestra. To fulfill this mission, The Society conducts events that raise both the visibility of the Symphony as well as critical funds. Since its inception, the Society has provided more than one million dollars to directly benefit the Orchestra.

Our Mission:


The Symphony Society works hard raising funds to benefit the Orchestra through a variety of interesting and exciting events. Several signature projects include The Designer Showhouse, Swinging on a Star Gala, and the Symphony Stroll.


Symphony Society volunteers are very active in educational endeavors offered by the Harrisburg Symphony Association.

Volunteers also assist HSO staff to provide special events for subscriber families. Additionally, Society volunteers work behind the scenes at the Harrisburg Symphony Orchestra Young Persons’ Concerts and at other educational programs.


Symphony Society volunteers contribute “back-stage” by providing well-earned refreshments to the musicians during rehearsal breaks.

By joining the Harrisburg Symphony Society, you can help support the HSO!

The Symphony Society hosts two annual events for its members: a Fall Tea and a June Luncheon. These events provide delightful opportunities to socialize with those who share an interest in the vibrancy of the Symphony Orchestra.

As a member, you will receive:

  • The official newsletter of the Harrisburg Symphony Society.
  • A Membership Directory containing the Society’s calendar of events.
  • An invitation to the June Annual Meeting and Luncheon.
  • An invitation to the Annual Membership Reception in the fall.
  • Invitations to a variety of social and cultural events.

Harrisburg Symphony Society Annual Membership Dues:

  • Single $35
  • Couple $60
  • Life*:   Single $1000
  • Life*:   Couple $1500
    (* Payable over 3 years)

For membership please contact Karen Best at or 717-763-4614

Debra Yates

President Elect
Virginia Henning

Jane Mendlow

Beth Reeser

Immediate Past President
Anita Rash

Karen Best
Alison Coppock
Carole DeSoto
Mariann Ernst
Marcia Gobrecht
Kelly Groscost
Alyssa Hitchcock
Pam Inners
Sally Klein
Dee Lewin
Christine Line
Pat Magill
Donna Nurick
Michelle Piscioneri
Jessica Ritchie
Susannah Rothman
Caren Schein
Marie Schleicher
Cindy Sisto

May 12, 2018 6 PM

West Shore Country Club

Join us for music performed by HSO conductor Stuart Malina and his brother, Joel. The evening also includes cocktails, silent & live auctions, and dinner.


Dee Daniels brings to the Forum stage a century of Swing hits and timeless standards performed and recorded by legends like Ella Fitzgerald, Frank Sinatra, Billie Holiday, Peggy Lee, Bessie Smith, Nat King Cole, Louis Armstrong, and Sarah Vaughan.

Sat. 8 PM, Sun. 3 PM, The Forum
Tickets: $17 - $94

Celebrate Mother’s Day with family and music! The Harrisburg Symphony Youth Orchestra and Junior Youth String Orchestra perform orchestral favorites under the direction of Maestros Gregory Woodbridge and Krista Kriel.

3 PM, the Forum

Our May Masterworks features a brand new harp concerto by the popular Pulitzer Prize-winner, Jennifer Higdon. A famous orchestral excerpt from Wagner’s Götterdämmerung opens the program and we end our season with Tchaikovsky’s blazing 4th Symphony.

Sat. 8 PM, Sun. 3 PM, The Forum
Tickets: $18 - $87
Concert Sponsor: The Hall Foundation

Oct 06-07, 2018