Conduct the Desert Symphony!

Since 2011, the Desert Symphony has held an auction during one of its regular performances to raise awareness and financial support for its education and outreach programs.

in addition to receiving a beautiful baton in an keepsake box, the winner also will get two conducting lessons from our music director to prepare for rehearsing with the orchestra and then the opportunity to conduct the orchestra in a selection of music at one of the symphony’s regular concerts.

Below is a list of our past Baton Auction winners. Some of them have elected to “gift” the honor of conducting the orchestra to a family member or friend.

    • 2011
      • Walter Green
    • 2012
      • Ruta Lee
      • Pia Zadora – gifted to Jordan Maxwell Kaufer
    • 2013
      • Shirley Gitlin – gifted to Frank Montiforte
      • William McAloney
    • 2014
      • William and Patricia Anton – gifted to Patricia Anton
    • 2015
      • Gary Damsker – gifted to Roni-Lynn Miller
      • Kay Hanson – gifted to Michael Rolland Davis
    • 2016
      • Lary and Carlleen Scott – gifted to Bronson Scott
    • 2017
      • William and Patricia Anton – gifted to Carla Cooper
      • Ken Rosemeyer – gifted to Mariel Del Rosario
    • 2018
      • Richard Detanna – gifted to Ken Sarkis
      • Ken Rosemeyer – gifted to Hayden Patterson
    • 2019
      • Alan McClure – gifted to Monya Freymiller
      • Charles Polatsek – gifted to Nancy Tapick
      • Linda Rider
      • Ken Rosemeyer – gifted to Nicholas Washburn
    • 2021
      • Alicia Greenwald
      • Linda & Manny Rider
      • Ronald Whittaker
    • 2022
      • Linda Rider
    • 2023
      • Susan Gelman
      • Richard Alexander
    • 2024
      • Gloria Alvarez
      • Marylynn Gladstein
      • Phyllis Eisenberg
      • Nancy Tapick for Frank Goldstin

Wouldn’t you like to conduct The Desert Symphony? Call us today for more information: (760) 773-5988