Education & Community
SYMPHONY BELLES PROGRAM
As a two year service-oriented program, the goal of the Symphony Belles is to provide opportunities for young women to enhance their social skills, to be exposed to and support the Brazos Valley Symphony Orchestra and its patrons, and to practice being a lady. Membership is open to high school junior and senior women attending a public, private, or home high school in the Brazos Valley. Typically, women enter the program the summer before their junior year and are Belles for their junior and senior years. The Belles program is not intended to add to the already busy schedule most women have; it is intended to enhance their busy schedule. The commitment is not overwhelming as the group typically meets only once a month for 1-2 hours. Most of the volunteer opportunities and seminars are held on Sunday afternoons in a variety of venues around town.
Senior Belles with two years of Belle service are eligible to compete for one of six different scholarships. There are three $500 scholarships, the Connie Wortham Scholarship, named in honor of longtime Belles supporter Connie Wortham, one in honor of each the Belle founders Susan West and Julia Gardner. The recipient of each of these scholarships is selected based on service to the Belles and to the Community. There are three $1000 scholarships with one being the Rose VanArsdel Music Appreciation Scholarship given by Mrs. Rose VanArsdel. The recipient of this scholarship is also selected based on service to the Belles and the Community, along with a musical aspect, which includes attending a designated BVSO rehearsal and concert. The second is the Edith Eve Redfield Memorial Scholarship in which the recipient is selected on the same criteria as the Rose VanArsdel scholarship. The final $1000 scholarship is donated by Marti Marberry and is based on hours served as a Belle, as well as the community.