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The Committees of the Philharmonic Society are the Society's principal fund raising and volunteer force. More than 90,000 hours of in-kind service are provided each year by the 700 volunteer members in developing, implementing and evaluating the music education programs. The Committees also present a wide variety of fundraising events, including the Philharmonic House of Design and the Huntington Harbour Cruise of Lights®.

Each of our 15 Committees and 6 groups participates in one or more of the following county-wide endeavors:

- Philharmonic House of Design
- Huntington Harbour Cruise of Lights®

- Ushering at 2nd and 5th grade concerts
- Taking the Music Mobile to schools to introduce the instruments of the Orchestra
- Docenting at California Journeys

Our Committees raise funds in imaginative and delightful ways. Bringing education programs to schools within our areas is a vital part of our mission.

There are a wide variety of groups to choose from, and at least one will meet at a time and place convenient to you. Each committee has its own unique personality! Read what we say about ourselves and feel free to visit one or all as our guest.


Location: Newport Beach, and areas from Huntington Beach to Laguna Beach
Meetings: 3rd Thursday, 10:00am

We meet September until June at our members’ homes. We have a lunch committee that takes turns serving us lunch and wine. We also have musical entertainment at our meetings. We have a Christmas party every year in a local restaurant and a summer party, sometimes in one of our member’s homes or at a local restaurant. Our fundraiser this year is at the Bahia Corinthian Yacht Cub on March 14, 2019. We welcome new members!

Sharon Silcock at (949) 722-6421 or


Location: Balboa Peninsula and surrounding area
Meetings: 2nd Thursday, 9:30am

Meetings are held September through June (excluding January) at our members’ homes, followed by lunch prepared by our members. Traditionally, we are entertained at our December meeting by the choral group from Orange High School.

Our fundraiser is a beach themed cocktail party, dinner and silent auction held at Marina Park, a beautiful bay front location. We hope you can join us!

Judy Jones at (949) 673-5242 or


Location: Newport Beach and surrounding area
Meetings: 2nd Tuesday, 11:30am

The Big Canyon/Spyglass Hill Committee was founded in 1973 to support the children’s programs and the mission of the Philharmonic Society of Orange County. We meet once a month from September through June each year. Meetings are held at different area restaurants and country clubs and feature speakers on a variety of subjects. Once a year we hold a fundraiser to support music education in Orange County on a local level. We also have mixers with spouses and partners. Please come join us for delicious lunches, captivating speakers and as always, wonderful friends and camaraderie. We hope to see you soon!

Barbara Steinberg at (949) 244-6668 or


Location: Newport/Corona del Mar and surrounding areas
Meetings: 1st Wednesday, 10:15am

The Cameo Committee was formed in the late 1950s by a group of young mothers who saw a need to provide classical music experiences for the school children of burgeoning Orange County. Cameo today is an active group of women from the Newport/Corona del Mar area to San Clemente who meet for business, entertainment and lunch on the first Wednesday of the month at the centrally located Bahia Corinthian Yacht Club (1601 Bayside Drive in Corona del Mar).

Our objectives are to support the Philharmonic Society’s music education programs for Orange County children and youth through the schools by raising funds and volunteering at concerts and other events including, but not limited to, the committee wide fundraisers, “Music Matters” and “Music for Kids”, and live events such as the Philharmonic Committees Golf Classic and the Philharmonic Society’s Annual Gala.

Ann Tomlinson at (562) 552-0382 or
Elizabeth “Sue” Jones at (530) 304-0074 or


Location: San Juan Capistrano and surrounding area
Meetings: 3rd Wednesday, 9:30am

The Capistrano Committee was founded in 1984 to serve the students in the Capistrano Unified School District. We run the gamut from professional musicians to avid listeners. We meet September through May in members’ homes and have a party at Christmas and during the summer months with spouses and friends. Our regular meetings are held on the third Wednesday of each month, usually at 9:30am for coffee, followed by a meeting and, often, musical entertainment. We welcome you to join us and experience the excitement of supporting musical programs for the children of South County. Come visit one of our meetings and/or ask to be on our email list to receive current Capo/PSOC information.

Ann Ludwig at (949) 683-9223 or
Sandi Campbell-McClain at (949) 291-3426 or


Location: Fullerton and surrounding area
Meetings: 3rd Wednesday, 9:00am

The Fullerton committee usually meets at a local restaurant for breakfast from September through May. However, sometimes we combine ushering at Youth Concerts, lunch and our business meeting on the same date. We are a small but mighty group that enjoys helping out when and where we are needed. Please come join us at a meeting and get to know us.

Sandy Potter at (714) 776-0857


Location: Huntington Harbour and surrounding area
Meetings: 3rd Thursday, meeting times vary from group to group (Seal Beach meets the 4th Thursday)

The Huntington Harbour Philharmonic Committee is a large and active group dedicated to our mission to support music education for the youth of Orange County. Each year we raise significant funds through our annual holiday Cruise of Lights®, offering the public the opportunity to view the beautiful lighting displays with a narrated boat ride through Huntington Harbour. We also stage a Shopping Boutique in the fall and Attic Treasures, an estate sale, in the spring. Our Huntington Harbour Juniors group raises funds with an annual Fashion Show.

The Huntington Harbour Committee consists of 6 different groups, each with its own personality.

Contact: for more information.

Admiralty Group
Admiralty is the oldest Group in the Huntington Harbour Philharmonic Committee and one of the few that have male members too. We meet the third Thursday of September through May for lunch and drinks prepared by our members. Join us to usher children at youth music concerts, visit schools in our Music Mobile, or get jolly helping at the famous Cruise of Lights®! It’s a lot of fun, and we certainly will welcome you as a member and a new friend.

Contact: Judy Cassidy at (714) 423-2995 or

Islander Group
We always welcome new members who enjoy a young, active group and fantastic friendships. We meet the third Thursday of the month from September until April at our members' homes. Meetings are an hour long, alternate between mornings and evenings to accommodate a variety of schedules, and conclude with a lunch or dinner for those who want to socialize. Our evening meetings allow husbands or partners to join afterward for dinner. We have found this provides an excellent opportunity for everyone to get to know each other, and creates a more close-knit community.

We raise much-needed funds supporting children’s music programs throughout Orange County, in collaboration with the other 5 groups of the Huntington Harbour Philharmonic Committee. All members participate in our signature fundraiser, the Cruise of Lights®. We encourage members to get involved with our other fundraisers, and children's music education programs, concerts, and activities.

Our members join us from all over Huntington Beach, including Huntington Harbour, as well as other Orange County areas. We would love to meet you!

Contact: Julie Huniu at (714) 588-8752 or

Marina Windjammer Group
We are a warm and welcoming group of varying ages from all over the Harbour and beyond. What sets Marina/Windjammer apart is the incorporation of live music at each of our meetings on the third Thursday of each month, except in the summertime. Meetings are held in our members' homes starting at 10 a.m. and conclude with a casual potluck lunch. Top notch musicians perform for our group and often share touching stories about how the Philharmonic Society's Committees' programs they experienced as children changed their lives and inspired them on their path to become professional musicians. Our support and activities are making a difference! If you’d like to learn more about becoming a Marina Windjammer, or to check out the fun at our next meeting, contact our friendly Membership Chair.

Contact: Susie Sampson at 714-892-0202 or

Sandpiper Group
Our monthly meetings are held at 3:30 pm on the 3rd Thursday of the month at various homes in the Harbour, followed by a Happy Hour provided by Sandpipers.

Many years ago the Huntington Harbour groups Nautilus and Starboard merged and became the Sandpiper. We are proud that we are named for a bird that is made up of many species because we volunteers have a variety of personalities and talents. Like the bird, Sandpipers pride themselves on friendship, and enjoy working hard for the good of the children of Orange County. Our members participate in fundraising and ushering for the children at Segerstrom Concert Hall and various schools in the area, along with taking the Music Mobile to schools to give students a one-on-one experience with instruments.

Our membership is comprised of men and women throughout Orange County and we welcome anyone who has a passion for music and a desire to promote knowledge, enjoyment and appreciation of music to the community. We are a fun group of folks who love to laugh. We welcome you to join us at one of our meetings.

Contact: Teri Adams at (714) 273-3854 or

Seal Beach Group
Location: Seal Beach and surrounding area
Meetings: 4th Thursday

The Seal Beach Group is the newest addition to the Philharmonic Society. It was established in 2016 and joined the Huntington Harbour Committee to become their 6th Group. Members include men and women from Long Beach to Huntington Harbour. Our monthly meetings are held the 4th Thursday at 3:00pm from September to May. Meetings are held at a member's home and followed by appetizers and refreshments supplied by members.

Contact: If you're interested in introducing students to the JOY of MUSIC and meeting others who share the same commitment, contact our membership chairperson, Kathy Morton at

Trinidad Group
We are a social and vivacious group of varied ages who enjoy being involved in multiple Philharmonic fundraising and social activities. Our meetings are a luncheon on the 3rd Thursday of each month at a member’s home. Additionally, we have many parties during the year. Many of our members include their spouses. Please join our next meeting, party or both!

Contact: Ellen Martin at 714-501-3880 or


Location: Huntington Beach, Fountain Valley and Westminster
Meetings: 3rd Wednesday, alternating mornings and evenings

The Happy Vivacious Women of HVW formed their committee in 1986. The committee members soon became supportive friends as they shared their enthusiasm for bringing kids and music together. HVW members, from microbiologist to retired teachers, volunteer as their own schedule allows. For 32 years, women of HVW have brought the Music Mobile to every third grader in Fountain Valley and Westminster schools. Many usher for Philharmonic Youth Concerts, guide fourth graders at Heritage Hill Historic Park, serve as docents at the Philharmonic House of Design, and help produce an annual fundraiser. HVW also awards grants to local schools through the Philharmonic Musical Reinvestment program. It’s all fun, and no matter who hosts a monthly meeting, there will be guaranteed warm greetings, lively chatter, good food, and song.

Vira Santoke at (714) 963-1301 or


Location: Newport Beach and surrounding areas
Meetings: 4 times a year

Jane Gray Porter Committee has four regular meetings a year: a "Welcome to the New Year" potluck, a Holiday Chili party and "Stuff the Stocking" fundraiser, a February-March event, and our Year End luncheon. Our Committee is made up of women who like to participate in the Philharmonic Youth Programs, such as ushering for the 2nd and 5th grade concerts and Art and Music program for teenagers. We are also active with the Philharmonic House of Design. We not only enjoy music, but believe in giving the gift of musical education and enjoyment to the children of Orange County. We hope you will come visit us.

Marie Kontos at (949) 640-7690 or


Location: Entire Orange County
Meetings: 4th Thursday, 10:00am

The La Casa Committee was formed in 1994 to support the Philharmonic Society’s annual House of Design. This project is a month-long endeavor, which requires a lot of teamwork and preparation. We attract women from all over Orange County with an interest in the House of Design. In addition, we usher at second and fifth grade concerts and support the fundraisers of other Committees.

We are a hard-working Committee, but value the friendships found. We have one or two “Summer Socials” and a Holiday Party in December. These provide the opportunity to get to know one another, socialize, and just enjoy each other’s company. They include the “men of La Casa”, many of whom also volunteer at the House of Design. Monthly meetings are held at various venues, and usually consist of a program and lunch. La Casa welcomes new members—give us a call!

Tomi Baker at (714) 274-9814 or


Location: Newport Beach and surrounding area
Meetings: 4th Tuesday, 10:30am

The Lido Committee has been active for 61 years and is still going strong! Our members enjoy supporting the Newport Mesa School District with Music Mobile presentations and concert ushering responsibilities. We meet in members’ homes. Our meetings usually feature a guest speaker or musical entertainment. Our fundraisers are a check writing Boat Parade party and our popular Broadway Musical Lecture Series. Lido welcomes new members—give us a call!

Judith Longyear at (949) 673-1610 or


Location: N/A
Meetings: None

Are you interested in joining the mission of the Philharmonic Committees, but career and/or family obligations do not allow you to commit to regular meetings, volunteer hours and fundraisers at this time in your life?

We have a place for you—become a Member at Large! Or perhaps you’ve been a Committees member for many years but no longer have time to attend meetings, usher at concerts or sell opportunity prize tickets at a fundraiser? No need to leave us—become a Member at Large instead!

As a Member At Large, you contribute yearly to the Philharmonic Society’s Annual Fund and enjoy the following advantages:
* Receive the Committee’s Fall, Winter and Spring “Overture” newsletters to keep informed of the THE COMMITTEES and their work with youth music educations programs throughout the county.
* Have the opportunity to purchase the “3-Fer” Concert Package. This special offer allows you to attend our annual Committees Night concert in addition to two more concerts of your choice at a very attractive price!
* Your name and contact information will be included in the Blue Book Directory listing to stay in touch with your friends. Most importantly, you retain the option to jump in and help out whenever you wish!

Director of Volunteer and Education Services
2082 Business Center Drive, Suite 100, Irvine, CA 92612
(949) 553-2422, ext. 222


Location: South Orange County
Meetings: 2nd Thursday, 9:30am-11:30am

The Saddleback Valley Committee was founded in 1972. We have monthly business meetings in members’ homes from September thru May with occasional music programs and field trips. Our members are highly active in volunteering at all the opportunities the PSOC Committees offer – we usher, docent at local venues in Orange County including Soka University, Segerstrom Concert Hall, Mission San Juan Capistrano and Heritage Hill, and bring the Music Mobile van full of instruments to the local elementary schools in Saddleback Valley. We also fundraise, chair Youth Programs, and serve on the Executive Committee. Our Committee works hard and plays hard going to lunch after our programs, an annual summer barbecue and a holiday party open to spouses, partners, and friends. Our major fundraiser this past year was held at the Dana Point Yacht Club with a luncheon and an interesting program. We have an inhouse fundraiser to provide a scholarship for the music programs in the Saddleback Valley middle schools.

If you are interested in joining this wonderful group or want more information, please contact us.

Kathy Kemmerle at (949) 436-1917 or


Location: Santa Ana
Meetings: 3rd Tuesday, October - April at 9:30am, September & May at 6:30pm

Our Committee meets in a member’s home in September and May. It is a potluck in September and May is catered followed by installation of new officers. Other months, we get together at 9:30am at the Tustin Meadows Clubhouse for a social time followed by a meeting at 10:00 am to inform each other of upcoming activities. At each meeting we have a program of interest, usually a musical performance.

Our main fundraiser is an Author's Luncheon in January to help support music in the schools. We also can be seen ushering for the 2nd and 5th grade concerts in the spring and as docents at the House of Design. Many members enjoy taking the Music Mobile to elementary schools and presenting orchestral instruments to 3rd grade students and listening to the excitement evident in students as they learn about a violin and other instruments we make available to them. Many of us enjoy attending other Committees’ fundraisers, the Fall Kick-Off in September, and the Annual Meeting in May.

By working together to support the goals of the Philharmonic Society of Orange County, we each gain the personal satisfaction of helping to bring a love of music to many children who may not otherwise have that opportunity. We always welcome new members!

Betty Kohl at
Ivy Yan at


Location: Tustin, Irvine, Orange and surrounding areas
Meetings: 3rd Thursday of the month, 9:00am

Our committee focuses its service within the Tustin Unified School District while supporting and participating in the Philharmonic Youth Programs presented to all students throughout Orange County. Meetings are held September through June in members’ homes. For the enrichment and enjoyment of the members, a professional music program is enjoyed following each meeting. An annual field trip, Holiday potluck luncheon, Spring membership tea, and our in-house “talent show” are meeting highlights of the year. Our fundraiser is the annual “Author’s Luncheon” in partnership with the Santa Ana Committee. To join a group of fun-loving and dedicated volunteers, join the TOWN & COUNTRY PHILHARMONIC COMMITTEE.

Nancy Itoh at (714) 280-0219 or


Location: Newport Beach, Laguna Beach, Costa Mesa, Irvine, Mission Viejo and surrounding area
Meetings: 4th Tuesday, 10:00 am - 12:00 noon from September through May (no December meeting)

Longtime friends from Newport and Laguna Beach who met every month for playing music together decided to support the new Philharmonic Society by founding Upper Bay Committee in 1957. Over the years, a nautical theme has taken over the lingo! All mates on “UB Ship 1957” are fervent music lovers, be it Broadway shows, jazz, opera or classical music. We enjoy seeing each other at concerts and in each other’s homes. We take turns in the galley, helping with refreshments. We start with ”Coffee & Goodies” before having a short business meeting which is followed by live music! Performers are students in the undergraduate or graduate programs at UCI Music Department or guest speakers. Also, PSOC President-Admiral Tommy Phillips comes aboard Ship UB 157 every year for a lively discussion about the highlights of the season.

Since our crew of 16 oars is not as large as it used to be, we adjusted the sails for our Annual Fundraising Event. We stopped putting together our time consuming Luncheon and Fashion Show for over 200 guests at the Balboa Yacht Club. Instead, we now put a value on our time by simply writing a nice check for “Hoisting the Sails”. We are a small and warm international group. Many of us travel, enjoy museums, keep busy entertaining overseas relatives and friends. But united by our love of music and strong desire to bring it to the children of Orange County, whenever we can, we volunteer by ushering at the concerts for 5th graders or being a docent at the House of Design. New mates, ladies as well as gentlemen are always welcome.

France Campbell at (949) 646-3713 or

Questions? Can’t find what you’re looking for? Let me help you. Contact:

Heather Cromleigh
Director of Volunteer and Education Services / Board Liaison
Philharmonic Society of Orange County
2082 Business Center Drive, Suite 100, Irvine, CA 92612
Tel 949.553.2422, ext. 222 | Fax 949.553.2421