PO Box 530378, Birmingham, AL 35253
The Symphony Volunteer Council (SVC) of the Alabama Symphonic Association, Inc., with a membership of more than 300, is the largest volunteer organization supporting the Alabama Symphony Orchestra (ASO). The SVC’s mission is to foster, promote, and advance the goals of the ASO through fundraising, assisting with the ASO’s educational programs, providing support for the administrative staff, and hosting guest artists, as well as purchasing and selling tickets.
Each year the SVC sponsors a major fundraiser. In the past, the annual Decorators’ ShowHouse has been the largest fundraising project for the SVC, with proceeds going toward the Alabama Symphony Endowment and the orchestra’s operating budget. The Decorators’ ShowHouse is an annual success and, over the past thirty six years, has enabled the SVC to donate over $5 million dollars to the Alabama Symphonic Association.
For the past fifteen years, the Council has sponsored a music competition for talented high school age young adults. The Lois Pickard Musical Scholarship Competition is named in honor of the founding member of the volunteer organization of the Alabama Symphony. The Council has awarded over $83,650 to winners in the various competition categories.