2019 Board of Directors
Cheryl Graue, Lisa Harquail-Sierveld, Patricia Maurice, Ellen Perkins, Judy Sannes, Debby McDonald, Paula Del Vicario, Renata Harbison, Karen Merickel, Tammy Tucker, Alicia Maniatakis, Pam Irwin, Margarita Schweisberger, Linda Whitson (L – R)
The Peninsula Committee, founded in 1952, supports the Los Angeles Philharmonic through fundraising and audience development, promotes youth music education, and fosters appreciation of music in the community. The Committee draws its membership from the Palos Verdes Peninsula and neighboring cities, and numbers almost 150 volunteers in several classes of membership.
MEMBERSHIP CON BRIO
We are confident that a vibrant future lies ahead. While keeping our roots firmly grounded in cherished traditions, we are innovating with new approaches that offer a rewarding membership experience. For example, our Professional class of membership accommodates the schedules of professional women working full-time. In addition, we have launched a new Maestro class for our highest level of giving.
The Peninsula Committee holds two major fundraisers each year. The Grand Salon in the spring is an elegant musical event that is held in a private home for members and invited guests. Our Fall Fundraiser features performances by talented Southern California musicians. It is open to the public and is held at a scenic venue on the Palos Verdes Peninsula.
The centerpiece of our Youth program is a concert featuring student musicians, held at the South Coast Botanic Garden in the spring. Locally, the committee also funds instrumental music instruction in the elementary grades, and provides financial support to the orchestras at our intermediate and high schools. In December, we fully fund a concert for fifth graders at the Norris Theatre. We also support Music Mobile, serving 23 schools and reaching 2,000 third graders throughout the South Bay. The Music Mobile van now in use was donated to the Affiliates by the Peninsula Committee in 2005.
The Peninsula Committee supports the Toyota Symphonies for Youth series by providing tickets for families to purchase, with free bus transportation. The committee also provides bus transportation for adults to the Philharmonic’s Friday midday series. Four Salons each year feature performances by outstanding musicians and expose our members to a broad range of musical genres. The Salons in May and September are open to prospective members. We host a number of other events during the year, all of which promote fellowship and allow us to share our passion for music.
Annual dues, volunteer hours, and other requirements are defined by class of membership. In addition, members must purchase one season ticket to the LA Phil Winter Concert Series, or donate to the LA Phil Student/Braille Fund.