History

History of the Orchestra League

In October of 1948 the Women's Committee of the Oklahoma City Symphony was founded under the leadership of Mrs. E. Gordon Ferguson, Mr.s Hugh Johnson, and Mrs. Paul Dudley. Mrs Ferguson served as the first President with a membership of fifty.

In 1987, the Women's Committee was separately incorporated as the Oklahoma City Orchestra League (OCOL), Inc., and was no longer an arm of the parent orchestra. Due to labor problems, symphonic music was silent from June 1987 until January 1990. The Orchestra League continued to function during this time and was in place to support the new Philharmonic under the direction of Maestro Joel Levine at its inaugural performance January 6, 1990.

The Orchestra League Endowment Fund was formed in 1990 and continues to support the Philharmonic. In addition to the endowment fund, the OCOL holds various fundraising events such as Music Olympics, the Symphony Show House, and Note-able Occasions. The Music Olympics is a series of competitions for strings, woodwinds, brass, percussion and piano with ages ranging from middle school to high school. The Symphony Show House is a fundraising event where the Orchestra League renovates, refurbishes and furnishes a house around Oklahoma City. Note-able Occasions are a series of get-togethers where individuals and groups may converse and dine with others who hold similar hobbies and interests.

Past Presidents

 

 Mary Ruth Ferguston (Mrs. Gordon) 1948-1952
 Iva Fleck (Mrs. Lindsay)
1986-1988
 Lou Dudley (Mrs. Paul)
1952-1955  Priscilla Braun (Mrs. Jordan)
1988-1990
 Katherine Kirk
1955-1957
 Susan Robinson (Mrs. Malcolm)
1990-1991
 Aileen Frank (Mrs. Eirch) 1957-1959
 Minna Hall (Mrs. William)
1991-1992
 Maureen Anderson (Mrs. Charles)
1959-1961
 JoAnn Arneson (Mrs. Leslie)
1992-1993
 Gertrude Kennedy (Mrs. Donald)
1961-1962
 Ava Wheaton (Mrs. Theodore)
1993-1994
 Lois Stuart (Mrs. Charles)
1962-1964
 Yvette Fleckinger (Mrs. Joseph)
1994-1995
 Janelle Everest (Mrs. Jean)
1964-1965
 June Parry (Mrs. William)
1995-1996
 Jane Ward Porter (Mrs. Felix)
1965-1967
 Nancy Apgar (Mrs. Horace)
1996-1997
 Jean Gumerson (Mrs. Dow)
1967-1969
 Marge Duncan (Mrs. Robert C.)
1997-1998
 Chris Anthony Browne (Mrs. John)
1969-1971
 Jean Hartsuck (Mrs. James)
1998-1999
 Lael Treat (Mrs. Charles)
1971-1972
 Grace Ryan (Mrs. Patrick)
1999-2000
 Ann Dowling (Mrs. Matthew)
1972-1973
 Judy Austin (Mrs. Sanford)
2000-2001
 Josephine Freede (Mrs. Henry)
1973-1974
 LaDonna Meinders (Mrs. Herman)
2001-2002
 Jane Harlow (Mrs. James, Jr.)
1974-1975
 Dixie Jensen (Mrs. Donald)
2002-2003
 Jane Rodgers (Mrs. Leo, Jr.)
1975-1976
 Lois Salmeron (Mrs. John)
2003-2004
 Joyce Biship (Mrs. M. Lee)
1976-1977
 Glenna Tanenbaum (Mrs. Richard)
2004-2005
 Ann Taylor (Mrs. John)
1977-1979
 Debbie McKinney (Mrs. Kenneth)
2005-2006
 Virginia Cerny (Mrs. Sam)
1979-1980
 Anna McMillin (Mrs. John)
2006-2007
 Lil Ross (Mrs. Williams)
1980-1981
 Sue Francis (Mrs. John)
2007-2008
 Berta Faye Rex (Mrs. John)
1981-1983
 Peggy Lunde (Mrs. Marvin)
2008-2009
 Sandra Meyers (Mrs. Stewart, Jr.)
1983-1984
 Cathy Wallace (Mrs. Lonnie)
2009-2010
 Mona Preuss (Mrs. Donald)
1984-1986
 Sharon Shelton (Mrs. John)
2010-2011
     Rhonda White (Mrs. Jesse) 2011-2012