JCSO Guild

Mission and Membership

The Johnson City Symphony Orchestra Guild fosters an appreciation of fine music in the Tri-Cities region and supports and promotes the Orchestra financially. The Guild also sponsors educational enrichment activities for young people in the community.

Instrument Petting Zoo Program

Getting acquainted with musical instruments at an early age can have benefits that last a lifetime. With that idea in mind, the Guild established in 2014 an instrument petting zoo program for 4th graders in local schools. In its first year, the petting zoo program traveled to three area schools to introduce the four families of instruments that comprise the symphony orchestra.

The instrument petting zoo takes place during regular school hours, where Guild members and musicians from the community work with the school's music teacher to present the families of instruments, the range of sounds they make and their role in the orchestra. Guild members and volunteer musicians serve as "zookeepers" who help the children handle or "pet" the instruments and offer encouragement as they assist them. Finding the sound that interests them the most can help them decide on an instrument to play.

Jonesborough Elementary School and the Petting Zoo!

Gray Elementary School’s Instrument Petting Zoo!

Gray Elementary School’s Instrument Petting Zoo

More from the Guild

The children are delighted by the experience and the community has responded by donating used instruments for the petting zoo program. Plans are underway to visit additional schools in 2015-2016.

Is that old flute or trumpet still sitting in your attic? Put it to good use! The Johnson City Symphony Orchestra Guild is looking for donations of brass, woodwinds, strings and percussion instruments to use in their Instrument Petting Zoo program. The program allows children to try instruments at no cost. If you have an instrument you would like to loan or donate, contact Mattie Mullins at 423-926-7827.

Member Dues

Active Member: $40 per year
Student Member: $20 per year

Guild Officers

  • Mattie Mullins, President
  • Joyce Dean Garrison, Vice President
  • Caroline Scharfstein, Secretary
  • Marcia Songer, Treasurer