Lake Forest Symphony Guild

Lake Forest Symphony Guild is an auxiliary group comprised of dedicated volunteers who support the Symphony in fundraising, education and advocacy. Guild members work on a variety of projects that help meet the needs of the orchestra, staff and community.

For Guild membership information:
Contact Betty Benton, Guild Co-President at 847-234-5279

We also welcome assistance on a variety of projects.

LFS Guild members Margaret Manzo, Mathilda Williams and Celeste Lockhart at a pre-concert tea

LFS Guild members Margaret Manzo, Mathilda Williams and Celeste Lockhart at a pre-concert tea

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The Lake Forest Symphony Guild hosts its annual Mad Hatter fundraiser on April 25th at the Onwentsia Club in Lake Forest. Proceeds from this event benefit the outreach and engagement initiatives of the Lake Forest Symphony. To order tickets call (847) 735-7355.

Featuring music by Kathryne Pirtle, Morgan Pirtle, and Miguel de la Cerna.

Special thanks to Lily Alexander, Ltd. for providing the fashion show dresses.


Since the early 1960s, the Guild of the Lake Forest Symphony has been an active auxiliary dedicated to support of the Lake Forest Symphony Association. Members are encouraged to attend symphony concerts and to support all fundraising endeavors.

Guild Activities

  • Pre-concert, Guest-Artist Teas prior to each classical concert

  • Volunteer (administrative tasks) in the Symphony office

  • Volunteer ushering at Youth Concerts

  • Organize and deliver refreshments for orchestra personnel at concert rehearsals

  • Annual “Mad-Hatter” fund-raising luncheon

Guest Artist Teas
The opportunity to meet and hear Lake Forest Symphony guest artists in an intimate setting is a delightful Guild tradition. This season, the Guild is hosting Guest Artist Teas in local private homes at 1:30 PM on the Friday afternoon before concert weekend.

The teas feature light refreshments, a short Guild business meeting, introduction of the concert weekend program and guest artist by Lake Forest Symphony Music Director, Vladimir Kulenovic. The guest artist speaks about his or her instrument and life as an artist. A short musical program is typically featured.

Current Guild Officers  

  • Co-Presidents - Betty Benton, Marsha Temple

  • Co-Vice Presidents - Suzanne Laundry, Eva Stonebraker

  • Recording Secretary - Beverly Behrens

  • Co-Corresponding Secretaries – Caroline Douglas-Cooper, Helen Roman

  • Treasurer - Susan Somberg

  • Co-Volunteer Coordinators - Margaret Remissong, Alejandra Guevara, Natalia Price

  • Labor Day Art Fair - Christy Groves

  • Mad Hatter Chairs - Mathilda Williams, Maria Lampros

  • Co-Chairs Mad Hatter: Margaret Remissong, Petra Schmider, Jo Valenti