Designed for Ellis County high school juniors and seniors, the Waxahachie Symphony Association’s Belles & Beaus program raises students’ awareness of the symphony while providing them with an education in music appreciation, life skills, and etiquette.

Under the direction of Elizabeth Jendrzey, Chairman of the 2017-18 Belles & Beaus program, the group of young men and women has enjoyed attending numerous Waxahachie Symphony concerts as well as the Dallas Symphony Orchestra Christmas Pops concert and dinner. In addition, they have had the opportunity to learn life skills from a variety of classes including Money Management taught by Matt Authier of Gateway Mortgage, and Music Appreciation taught by retired WISD Band Director Dan Francis.

Most recently, the group enjoyed a private dinner at The Dove’s Nest while receiving instruction on dining etiquette. Owners of The Dove’s Nest, Cindy and Andrew Burch, provided invaluable guidance on table manners, restaurant etiquette and general dining practices that were informative and will instill confidence in the participants at future social and business opportunities. Not only was the class educational, but a delicious three-course meal was served, allowing the students to practice dining etiquette as it was presented.

The group will attend additional educational classes this spring including a personal safety course taught be the Drug Enforcement Agency, Social Correspondence presented by Jenny Bridges, Director of Public Relations of Waxahachie ISD, along with Interviewing Skills and Dressing for Success taught by Marisa Price and Conrad Bates who are both alumni of the Belles & Beaus program.

Finally, and always a favorite is the annual dance classes taught by Jennifer Stevens, owner of Danceworks. The year-long Belles & Beaus program culminates with the annual black-tie Gala set for May 11.

To learn more about the Waxahachie Symphony Association’s Belles and Beaus program visit https://www.waxahachiesymphonyassociation.org/belles-beaus.