Outstanding Volunteers

Andrea Knupp Receives 2018 Golden Note Award


Congratulations to Andrea Knupp who was presented the Golden Note Award on May 16th. The Golden Note Award was established in 1979 to honor a Guild member who has made an outstanding contribution to the Guild and community. Our recipient has certainly done that over her years in the Guild.

Andrea joined the Guild in 2005 and has been an ever present member for music education and leadership for the Guild since that time. Soon after she joined, she began working to further promote our education programs, working on the Long Range Planning Committee to help develop the High School Partnership. She then chaired the High School Partnership program to make sure that it was implemented. She has chaired both the Elementary and Middle School Concerts, a large volunteer undertaking. Then she served as Vice President of Education for two year. Andrea was the President of the Guild for the 2015-16 year.  

But, education and leadership has not been her only focus in the Guild. She co-chaired the Homes Tour, worked on many Nominating and Long Range Committees and served as the Programs Chair for the Guild. In addition, she has served on several committees for the Presentation Ball and she just finished serving as one of the chairs for the 2018 Super Sale.

What brought Andrea to the Guild is her love for both music and education as she plays both the piano and violin. She taught pre-school and special needs pre-school children in Medway, Massachusetts for most of the 20 years she and her family lived there. She has a Bachelors and Masters degree in early childhood education and development from Michigan State University. 

Andrea is very active in her church, Saint Frances Episcopal. She sings in the choir, works on the annual book sale and leads the Stephen Ministry Program, a support and listening trained group for people with life issues. She is also active with Family Services of the Piedmont and is a past President of the Greensboro Newcomers Club.

Andrea has been married to her husband Ralph for 37 year and they have three children: Sarah, Peter and Allison, and six grandchildren.

Thank you to Andrea for your many years of service to the Greensboro Symphony Guild.  

Past Golden Note Award Recipients


2018 Barbara Cone Award Presented to Andrea Alemanni


The Greensboro Symphony Guild presented Guild member Andrea Alemanni with the prestigious Barbara Cone Award at the Guild’s general membership meeting on February 21. The Barbara Cone Award was established in 1984 to honor a Guild member for distinguished service in the advancement of music in the community and the promotion of the Greensboro Symphony Orchestra.

Andrea has been a member of the Symphony Guild since 2001. Over these 17 years, Andrea has participated in many Guild activities ranging from volunteering for major fundraisers, serving on the Presentation Ball Committee, making sure musicians were on cue for their performance at the Presentation Ball, participating with the Guild’s educational programs and children’s concerts, and being a loyal, dependable, and capable “behind the scenes” supporter of the Guild and the Symphony in our community. 

Perhaps her most significant contribution has been the creation of the first Guild Community Relations presentation that highlights the Guild’s mission and contributions to music and music education in our community. Many civic and business leaders and organizations in the Triad have been introduced to the Guild’s accomplishments and purpose as a result of her efforts.

Andrea has established a new business, Patient Navigation Team LLC, a patient advocacy and consultation service.  She is an active member of the Rotary International service organization.  Along with her business and family, Andrea has made time to be a valuable contributor to the Greensboro Symphony Guild.

Click here to see a list of all Barbara Cone Award recipients



2018 Bravo Award Presented to Kim Riley


Established in 2004, the Bravo Award recognizes a member in good standing who has been a member of the Greensboro Symphony Guild for five years or less and who has given extensive volunteer service. Our 2018 recipient has truly shown that she is such a member.

Kim Riley joined the Greensboro Symphony Guild in 2015 and immediately offered her time and talents. She quickly assumed a leadership role by co-chairing the very successful silent auction for Feast and Follies at LeBauer Park in the Fall of 2016 and doing so while she was almost 9 months pregnant with her son, Quinn. Kim was also co-chair of the 2017 and 2018 Lets Get Shamrocked fundraiser.

In 2017, Kim took over the management of the Guild website and has proven to be exceptional in problem solving and in keeping the site functional for all members. She is extremely responsive to all member requests for information and functionality to be added to the website and she anticipates website needs before members realize what they need. Over the summer while many of us were on vacation, Kim has spent countless hours updating the website with the latest information for the coming year and re-organizing photography to be more reflective of the work the Guild does in support of music education.

Kim volunteers for the middle school and elementary school
concerts and she is a member of Vivace. She is an active member of the
Junior League of Greensboro and also volunteers with the Childhood Enrichment Center. In addition, she is a member of the American Heart Association.

Kim is a native of Greensboro. She is married to Guild member, John Riley, and they have a 2-year old son, Quinn. Kim has a BS in Biology from UNC Chapel Hill and a PhD in Cell and Developmental Biology from the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. She is a Clinical Research Associate with PPD, a leading global contract research organization providing comprehensive, integrated drug develop- ment, laboratory and lifecycle management services. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, volunteering and spending time with family and friends.

We are so proud and fortunate to recognize Kim Riley as our 2018 Bravo Award recipient. We look forward to her friendship and her contributions for many years to come.

Take a look at past Bravo Award Recipients here.