History of the RSWA


History of the RSWA

(Adapted from the RSWA 60th Diamond Jubilee Memory Book)

The Regina Symphony Women‘s Association originated in the early 1930s as a Ladies‘ Auxiliary to the Regina Symphony Orchestra, for which it carried out most of the administrative functions. Besides being the Symphony‘s main fundraisers, the women in the Auxiliary also attended to publicity, promotion and education.  The RSWA also looked after the guest artists, and generally acted as hostesses.
 
When the Regina Symphony Orchestra moved from Darke Hall to the Centre of the Arts in 1970 / 71, the role of the Auxiliary changed. Since seats could now be reserved, the handling of tickets was administered by the Centre’s Box Office. Increased attendance at concerts also made the after-concert lunch impractical, so it was reduced to complimentary coffee: gone were the dainties of Darke Hall. Publicity, flowers and care of guest artists was now taken over by the Orchestra’s management staff.
 
Additional RSWA responsibilities included securing new subscribers and pursuing renewals. This influenced the evolution of the Symphony’s fundraising activities. Events such as balls, auctions, book sales, teas, luncheons, raffles, bingos and fun runs have all helped raise money to support the Orchestra. Since the Board was now responsible for all aspects of management, the RSWA became an “arm of the orchestra,” with two seats on the Board for the President and Vice-President of the RSWA. When full-time professional musicians were added to the Orchestra, the Auxiliary sponsored Chamber Music Concerts.
 
The RSWA Constitution states that the aim of the Association is:
 
"To aid, foster and encourage Orchestral music in the City of Regina and to maintain the Regina Symphony Orchestra."
 
This has been accomplished year after year through the dedication and cooperation of women who have served as volunteers with the RSWA.