The Council Bluffs Guild of the Omaha Symphony is gearing up for a summer fundraiser.

Bassoons + BBQ will take place from 5:30-7:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 9 at the Robert and Nancy Schulze Residence at 12800 240th St., Council Bluffs.

The picnic will include drinks, a barbecue and music performed by musicians from the Omaha Symphony. Live music will be provided by a bassoon trio, as well as Southwest Iowa Educational Foundation scholar Landon Williams, according to a guild press release.

In addition, Nancy Schulze will be honored for her longstanding commitment to the Guild.

Tickets are $50 per person and are available at

Raffle tickets will be available prior to the event for a set of Omaha Symphony season tickets.

All proceeds will go to the Omaha Symphony’s extensive education and community engagement efforts that reach more than 4,000 Southwestern Iowa students and educators each year.

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The Council Bluffs Guild was one of eight volunteer organizations chosen by the Volunteer Council of the League of American Orchestras to receive a Spotlight Award for its virtual Bach + Beer event. The project aimed to support local businesses and music education programs for students in southwestern Iowa. The event included performances by Omaha Symphony, a message from Omaha Symphony President and CEO Jennifer Boomgaarden, and a tour of the Full Fledged Brewing Company.

The annual Volunteer Council Awards program recognizes outstanding projects undertaken by volunteer associations across the country to help ensure the success of their orchestras. The Spotlight Awards are given for projects that have contributed to the success of an overall initiative or for a noteworthy tactic or activity, according to a press release. The winning projects are selected on the basis of their originality, their volunteer involvement, their adaptability and the overall success of the project in achieving its objectives.

The Council Bluffs Guild of the Omaha Symphony received their award last week at the League’s National Conference in Los Angeles. During a session for other volunteers at the conference, the Council Bluffs Guild of the Omaha Symphony representative shared details of the project. The project will also be featured in an upcoming special issue of Volunteer Notes and on the Volunteer Council’s Facebook page.

“The League’s Volunteer Council knows firsthand the benefits and challenges of planning and executing volunteer projects,” said Julie Meredith, chair of the Volunteer Council and member of the Utah Symphony Guild. “Our goal is to inspire and educate volunteers by recognizing and sharing innovative volunteer-led projects across the country in categories such as audience development/community engagement, communication/technology, education, leadership/organizational structure, membership, fundraising, flexibility/adaptability, and service projects.