Want to join an organization that helps the CSO all year-long? Join the Friends of the Symphony. This group of spirited music lovers helps behind the scenes with ticket sales, ushering, fundraising, and much more. Throughout the season the Friends organize special events and ensemble for its patrons hosting at fellow member homes or other unique venues with the opportunity to meet the conductor in a private intimate setting.

Want to join the Friends of the Symphony?
Call the CSO office at 936-760-2144 or click here to join today?

Friends of the Symphony – Officers

President – Gaby Tryon


Treasurer – Jack Patton

Secretary – Lin Scheib

Membership – Sue Meder

Ways and Means


Past Presidents – Gayle Laminack, Lyn Howard, Brenda Cooper



Concert Check-in – Kathy Schleper

Dress Rehearsal Dinner – Pat Davis and Mary Wilson

Fund Raising- Jackie St.Cyr, Caryn Patton, Gaby Tryon

Steering Committee- Gaby Tryon, Mary Nell Bryant, Pat Davis, Mary Wilson, Charlotte Belin, Kathy Schleper, Lin Scheib, Elaine Collings, Melody Brittain, Jackie St. Cyr

Friends of the Symphony – Lifetime Members
Aline Arnold*
Gene Arnold*
Shana Arthur
Janet Bartlett
Charlotte Belin
George Belin
Kaye and Peter Birkholz
Nola Boughton
Helen Burwell
Jan Casey
Terry Casey
Ladoris Cates
Martha Davis
Alice Eckstrum
Diana Endris
Susan Fitts
Carol Fletcher
Pat George
Carol Hamilton
Lyn and Carl Howard
Lynda and Dan Kain
Gayle Laminack
Neil Laminack
Connie Landgraf
Jim Landgraf
Guy Martin
Mike McLemore
Patsy McLemore
Spider Mohle
Glenn Musselman II
Joyce Musselman
Jim Pokorski
Susie Pokorski
Marsha Porter
Joan Purdom
Dwain Riney
Sandy Riney
Ron Saikowski
Jeanne Sondag
Steve Sondag
Annette Spikes
Bob Stiffler
LaVonne Stiffler*
Dr. John Taylor
Mary Curtis Taylor
Bill Thompson
Mary Margaret Thompson
Frank Thompson
Roxy Thompson
Gabriele Tryon
John Tryon
George Waggoner
Sheila Waggoner
John Wiesner*


The Friends of the Symphony hosted their Silver Jubilee in April to raise support for the Conroe Symphony Orchestra! It was an evening of dinner, dining & dancing.

Left to Right: FOS President: Gaby Tryon, and Friends of the Symphony Hostess: Lorraine Counts.

Left to Rightt:  Ian Montgomery, Lorraine Counts, Gaby Tryon, Doris Daner, Melody Brittain, Leslie Throup, and Elaine Collings. Seated: Marie Underdown, Charlotte Belin, Pat Davis, Gayle Laminack, Sandy Flynn, Lyn Howard, and Pat Reagan. Other Contributing Supporters not present: MaryNell Bryant, Peggie Miller, and Elaine Herod.


The Friends of the Symphony were hosted by FOS member Lorraine Counts, at her lovely home on the Walden Golf Course. The Board of the FOS circled the wagons on this special Silent Auction item last Spring at Amores Fine Restaurant for the FOS  “Spring Fling Event”. That event was put on by the “Friends of the Symphony” to support the Conroe Symphony Orchestra. FOS Member Lorraine Counts offered the Wine Tasting Party to be held at her home for this special group of supporters, and “cheers” were held by all!

Ian Montgomery, C.S., C.S.W. Owner of Neighborhood Cellar in Dallas, provided a wine tasting program in the early evening on the outside deck, with pool, deer, and lake in view. Refreshments covered the tables provided by the hostess, to accompany the variety of wines presented. The Friends of the Symphony Orchestra Ladies know their wines, and even learned more! After the Presentation all were welcomed in for a dinner provided by hostess Lorraine Counts, which was prepared by the Walden Yacht Club. You can count on their food to always be delicious!

FOS President Gaby Tryon presented Lorraine with a beautiful hostess gift of a red and gold french porcelain container with lovely live plants, on behalf of the FOS attending.

The Conroe Symphony Orchestra is celebrating its Silver Jubilee Year this year, and is for ALL of Montgomery County to enjoy! 

IF you would like to join the Friends of the Symphony, your yearly Contribution is $25.00 a person. Other levels of membership and sponsoring is available. Please contact FOS Board Member/Membership Chairman: Doris Daner, [email protected], OR FOS Pres. Gaby Tryon, [email protected].

Friends of the Symphony put on other parties during the year that “Friends” are invited to in the support of the CSO.  The new Artistic Director/Conductor, Gary Liebst, has become a great gift of talent and energy for the Conroe Symphony Orchestra!


Submitted by CSO and FOS Board member: Elaine Collings

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