Monroe Symphony League Book Sale Helps Fund Music Education

Oct 4, 2018

Monroe Symphony League is hosting a book sale Saturday, Oct. 6, Sunday, Oct. 7, Friday, Oct. 12, and Saturday, Oct. 13. Proceeds go to support the Monroe Symphony Orchestra and music education events.

Monroe Symphony League (MSL) is a non-profit organization dedicated primarily to music education, according to member Mark Henderson. The league was founded in 1972 by five women who saw a need for more financial support of the Monroe Symphony Orchestra and music education efforts in the Northeast Louisiana region.

MSL uses proceeds from the book sale to fund music events in Monroe, such as Sound Safari. The student-oriented event begins with a brief concert followed by an instrument "petting zoo," where students can test out instruments and learn about how they are played. "The children get a chance to look at and feel the instruments of the orchestra," says Mark Henderson. "It's meant as an entry-gate exposure to symphony music for children."

The League helped establish the Marjorie Stricklin Emerging Artists Competition, which encourages excellence in musicianship and performance in youth and young adult performers. New Music on the Bayou, another annual event, brings composers from around the world to showcase and debut what is currently happening in music composition.

The dates for the Monroe Symphony League Book Sale are:

  • Saturday, October 6 • 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Sunday, October 7 • 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Friday, October 12 • 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Saturday, October 13 • 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

More information about the Monroe Symphony League is available here.