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



2017 Bravo Award Presented to Betsy Craft



The Greensboro Symphony Guild presented Guild member Betsy Craft with the prestigious Bravo Award at the Guild luncheon on September 20.  Established in 2004, the Bravo Award recognizes a member who has been in the Guild five years or less and has given extensive volunteer service.


Betsy joined the Guild in 2014 and immediately offered her time and talents for the benefit of the Guild and the Greensboro Symphony Orchestra.  Betsy has assumed numerous leadership roles in the Guild including Co-Chair for the Guild Contemporaries, Co-Chair of the first Feast and Follies fundraiser and Vice-Chair for Corporate Sponsorships. 


Betsy is a leader in the Greensboro community as well.  She served on the Junior League Board of Directors from 2009 to 2013.  She was a member of Project Greenway from 2011 to 2012 and served on the Friends of Center City Park Steering Committee from 2011 to 2013. She is a lifetime member of the Future Fund of the Community Foundation. Betsy joined the Greensboro Symphony Orchestra board in 2013 and still serves as a board member. She chaired “Name that Tune” for the Greensboro Symphony Orchestra in 2014 and 2015 and dramatically increased the revenue generated for the orchestra.


Lisa Crawford, the orchestra president, describes Betsy as having “worked tirelessly for the orchestra and has done this with enthusiasm, creativity and style. She is one of a kind!”

Take a look at past Bravo Award Recipients here.