- Become a Member with a gift to the KSO Fund.
- Join the Stradivarius Society
- Remember or honor someone special with a Tribute gift.
- Name a chair or program.
- Include the KSO in your will or trust and leave a lasting legacy.
The KSO Fund provides the financial resources necessary to help bring music to 90,000 people each year. The Fund is comprised of contributions made by over 1,250 individuals, businesses, foundations, and grant organizations. The Fund is the largest source of annual income (40%) for the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra. Public support provided by the Fund, combined with endowment income (31%) and earned income such as ticket sales (29%), help finance over 600 music and educational activities each year.
A gift to the KSO Fund qualifies for Membership. As a benefit of Membership, we offer the following opportunities to learn more about our music and musicians, and to enjoy your Symphony experience.
Name in Symphonic Series program book; voting privileges at KSO Annual Meeting.
Contributing Member $200
All of the above, plus invitations for two people to attend the KSO Open Rehearsal annual reception and program.
Sustaining Member $350
All of the above, plus invitations to all VIP post-concert receptions for the Symphonic Series.
All of the above, plus invitations to all VIP intermission receptions throughout the Symphonic Series season; and two tickets to a KSO concert of choice (excludes special event concerts).
The Stradivarius Society, which began in the 1990s, is composed of influential individuals who demonstrate a strong commitment, both financial and personal, to the Symphony. Annually, Society members are responsible for contributing more than 10% of our total annual fundraising goal. Without their devotion, exceptional symphonic performances, artistic excellence, and educational programming would not be possible.
Orchestra Circle $1,000
All of the above, plus four additional tickets to a KSO concert of choice (excludes special event concerts); and invitations to our Season Preview Luncheon and our On-Stage Rehearsal.
Artists' Circle $1,500
All of the above, plus reserved VIP parking pass for KSO concerts at Miller Auditorium and an invitation to coffee with a KSO Musician and Staff.
Conductor's Circle $3,000
All of the above, plus a private lunch or dinner with Maestro Raymond Harvey.
Gold Baton Society $6,000
All of the above, plus a private recital by a KSO Ensemble.
Platinum Podium $10,000
All of the above, plus a Section Chair Naming for one year.
A contribution of any amount to the Symphony made in remembrance of someone is a gift that will keep on giving for many years to come. The Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra acknowledges these gifts and the people honored by these gifts in our Season Program. Such gifts are applied towards the Symphony's Endowment, which will help support KSO concerts and educational programs in perpetuity.
Perhaps you or a family member has had a lifelong love of a particular instrument. Or maybe you have a strong desire to associate you and your family with a particular concert or education program, including new ventures. The Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra offers many opportunities for naming: please contact the KSO office for complete information.
Leaving your Legacy
The members of our Leta Snow Legacy Society have remembered the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra in their will, trust, or other estate instrument because they care deeply about keeping the music alive in our community for generations to come.
Here are some examples of what KSO donors are doing now to support the Symphony in the future:
- Naming the Symphony in their will (bequest) to receive a percentage or fixed amount of their remaining estate.
- Naming the Symphony as owner or beneficiary of their retirement instrument or life insurance policy (existing or new policies).
- Setting up a Charitable Remainder Trust so that they and their beneficiaries can receive life income payments while making a future provision for the Symphony (Unitrusts - variable income, Annuity Trusts - fixed income).
- Starting a Charitable Gift Annuity which is owned by the KSO but pays a fixed income to the donor for life.
- Participating in a Pooled Income Trust whereby the assets of several donors are combined into a single fund.
Because there are many ways to make a legacy gift, we urge you to consult with your financial advisor to determine which way is right for you. Please Contact the KSO at (269) 349-7759 to find out more about leaving a legacy gift to the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra.