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The Friends of the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra (FASO) was organized in 1964 to complement and strengthen the endeavors of the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra through social fund-raising events, education and outreach. Our activities are designed to enhance the musical development of the community, and to encourage an interest in classical music, especially in young people.

The continuing development of a first class symphony orchestra depends on many things, with the most important being the consistent support of the community. This support includes attending concerts and related events nurturing a love of classical music in people of all ages, and providing financial backing. FASO promotes and provides this support.

In the 59 years since FASO was organized, membership has grown to over 200 people who enjoy the fellowship of the other members and the opportunity to make a difference for the ASO and our community.

JOIN US! Become a FASO member – it is rewarding, fun, and offers many opportunities. Annual member dues are $50 per person and $75 per couple.

You can find more information and pay dues online at: annapolissymphony.org. Look for the Friends tab.

You can see FASO in action at our upcoming Mardi Gras in March fundraiser on March 18. Check it out! 

See the information here and on the ASO website.

Best Regards and thank you for your support!

Paula Abernethy
FASO President

Friends of the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra

We invite YOU to become a friend!

This dynamic group of music lovers raises funds to support the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra and its outreach programs.  Events are held throughout the year and range from the traditional Concert of Tastes to Dine to Donates with local restaurants, international trips, Movie and Trivia Nights, wine tastings at vineyards, and much more.  Become part of the fun, raise funds, and meet new friends. 

It is easy to join

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$50 per person
$75 per couple

Contact information: friends@annapolissymphony.org  410-267-3646

2022-2023 FASO Board of Directors


Paula Abernethy

Dr. Ann Tran
Vice President Ways and Means

Lynn C. Maichle
Vice President Membership

Stephen A. Sotack

Carol Richards
Recording Secretary

Renee Ehler
Corresponding Secretary


Adele Baron
Thelma Blass
James W. Cheevers
Betsy E. Chotin
Kathy Clatanoff
Diane Green
Patrick M Green
Anna E. Greenberg
Julie S. Grundzinskas
Valerie Gutterson
Stephen Holt
Marilyn Lyons
Kathleen J. McInnis
Mary McKiel
Cat Marruci
Barbara Merke
Joseph (Joe) Minieri
Joan Russell
Susan Z. Sams
Rick Sullivan

The Friends of the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra (FASO) is a 501 (c)(3) organization.  Dues and donations are tax deductible to the fullest extent of the law, providing no goods or services are realized by joining.

FASO Plans Epic Journey through the Canadian Rockies in Support of the ASO

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The Friends of the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra (FASO) are excited to announce a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to tour the Canadian Rockies by luxury train. This spectacular trip is a fundraiser for the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra.

Travelers will enjoy eight days and seven nights viewing the magnificent scenery of the Canadian mountain landscape, dining on local gourmet cuisine, touring interesting sites, and enjoying a travel experience unlike any other. 

The trip starts in Calgary, Alberta, a wild and beautiful frontier town that is home to the famous Calgary Stampede. A private motorcoach brings guests to legendary Lake Louise, where accommodations will be at the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise. The next destination is the gorgeous resort town of Banff and Yoho National Park. Experience magnificent natural wonders like the Spiral Tunnels, the turquoise serene waters of Emerald Lake and a natural Rock Bridge spanning the Kicking Horse River. Climb onboard Rocky Mountaineer for luxurious train travel from Banff to Kamloops, in the heart of the BC Interior. Enjoy the spectacular array of scenery as you travel between the glacier and snow-capped peaks of the Canadian Rockies, across the Continental Divide, over mountain passes and through remarkable tunnels, along rocky lakeshores and across the ranchlands of the Interior. The trip concludes in the seaside metropolis of Vancouver, British Columbia. 

This trip benefits the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra, one of the largest performing arts organizations in Anne Arundel County. The mission of the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra is to inspire, educate and enrich lives near and far by creating extraordinary musical experiences with uncompromising artistic excellence. As the ASO celebrates 61 years in Annapolis, the organization is more intent than ever on bringing More Music, To More Places, For More People across the region.

For more information, contact Paula Abernethy at Paula.Abernethy@gmail.com or Ann Tran at tranann369@gmail.com

FASO Trip Donations

Martha Blaxall and Joe Dickey

Diana Campe

Marguerite & Enser Cole

Richard and Dorothy D`Amato

Dr. Mark Davis and Dr. Ann Tran

Michael Kurtz

Katherine Lantz

Barbara Lazar

Pat Mager & Lee Mueller

Elizabeth Mainiero 

Cheryl and Jim Painter

Beth Penn

Kathryn Porter