Ways to Support the Akron Symphony

Why Give to the Greater Akron Musical Association

For over 60 years, the Akron Symphony Orchestra, Chorus, and Youth Symphony have shared the excitement of music and added to the cultural vitality that makes this community a special place.

Why Give to the Greater Akron Musical Association Details

The Akron Symphony is a community supported orchestra and the commitment of people like you is essential for success. Our business model, like that of all orchestras around the world, requires the support of citizens in our community to invest in the future of music performance and music education through tax-deductible donations. Your gifts allow us to fulfill our mission to enhance the quality of life of our community through education and musical excellence by producing the Akron Symphony Orchestra, Akron Symphony Chorus, Akron Youth Symphony, Akron Youth Philharmonic, Gospel Meets Symphony, Concerts for kids, presenting scholarships for emerging talent and providing outreach and education programs that reach over 70,000 people each year. 

Since 1951, the Akron Symphony has played a leading role in the cultural enrichment of our community. Financial gifts from you are key to the orchestra's ongoing success. Each season, we rely on our donors to provide 70% of the resources needed to support the cost of concerts and programs.

Your Contributions Help Us:

  • Present more than 45 concerts each year, including Classic Series concerts featuring world-renowned guest soloists, the exciting Pops Series, exhilarating community celebrations like Gospel Meets Symphony, and our free outdoor summer concerts.
  • Encourage the love of music in over 10,000 local children annually through our Concerts for Kids performances, the Akron Youth Symphony and the Akron Youth Philharmonic.
  • Present live symphonic music to over 150,000 people each year.
  • Allow us to continue creating music that is accessible and inspirational through innovative programming.
  • Continue our strong commitment to education and outreach programs.
  • Keep the Akron Symphony financially sound and artistically excellent.

For more information about how you can start contributing to the Greater Akron Musical Association and the Akron Symphony, contact the Symphony office at 330-535-8131.

Annual Fund

Contributions to the Annual Fund provide ongoing support to the Akron Symphony and enable us to continue operating year after year. Gifts at every level are appreciated.

Annual Fund Details

As a not-for-profit IRS Section 501(c)(3) organization, ASO/GAMA is committed to providing the highest quality experience at a reasonable rate. Because ticket revenue does not cover all our operating costs, Akron Symphony Orchestra depends on unrestricted Annual Fund contributions to help close the gap between the income generated by ticket sales and the true cost of performing our concerts and presenting a wide array of education outreach programs.

There are three convenient ways to make your Annual Fund donation:

Contributing to the Annual Fund enables you to provide ongoing support to the Greater Akron Musical Association and the Akron Symphony Orchestra year after year. Gifts at every level are appreciated.

  • Donors that give $150 or more receive recognition in our My Symphony magazine and program guide.
  • Donors that give $1,200 or more receive invitations to post-concert patron receptions.
  • Sponsorship benefits begin at the $2,500 level.

If you have questions about your giving options, contact the Symphony office at 330.535.8131.

ANNUAL FUND


The Akron Symphony Orchestra gratefully acknowledges the following donors who have contributed $150 or more to our Annual Fund. Each and every gift to our Annual Fund supports the Akron Symphony Orchestra, the Akron Youth Symphony, Concerts for Kids, the Akron Youth Philharmonic, Gospel Meets Symphony and provides scholarships for talented, young musicians.

To join this group of music lovers and community leaders, please call Director of Development Jennifer Anzalone at 330.535.8131 or visit the Support page of our website at akronsymphony.org.

This list recognizes donors whose gifts were received between March 13, 2017, and June 14, 2018.

GRANTOR’S CIRCLE ($20,000+)
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Akron Symphony Guild
Cynthia Knight
Michael and Julia Pasternak

BENEFACTOR’S CIRCLE ($10,000 - $19,999)
David and Ann Brennan
DuWayne and Dorothy Hansen
Charles and Therese Peter
Guy and Renée Pipitone
Maestro Christopher Wilkins

FOUNDER’S CIRCLE ($5,000 - $9,999)
Kathryn Booth
Kittie Clarke
Bonnie* and Fred Damerow
Dr. Michael F. d’Amico and Dr. Patricia Mullen
LauraLee Garfinkel
Sue Jeppesen Gillman
Howard Greene
Mary Beth Kluge
Orlene Makinson
Dan and Lorraine Nelson
Herb and Dianne Newman
Janeth K. Pifer
Ernie and Mary Kay Pouttu
James and Julie Pulk
Cynthia Reynolds, Ph.D.
Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Schooley
James and Linda Venner

MAESTRO’S CIRCLE ($1,200 - $4,999)
Drs. Mark and Sandy Auburn
Roland and Mary Bauer
Louis and Susan Burnoski
Thomas and Karen Clark
Tom Crookes
Robert and Laura Culp
Sarah Beth Emberger
Bruce and Elizabeth Fahey
Drs. Sandra and *Derry Fishel
Robert Frutchey
Diana and John Gayer
Robert and Charlotte Hamor
James and Maureen Kovach
Jason and Heather Lorenzon
Stan and Roberta Marks
Hub and Mary Marg Marquis
Bill and Ginny Melver
Ed Metzger
John and Tina Mogen
Dr. Melodie Morgan-Minott
David and Anne Nelson
Herb and Dianne Newman
Jo Ann Oelschlager
Mr. and Mrs. Ernie Puskas Jr.
Roger Read
Kurt and Katie Reed
Patrick Reilly
Rick and Alita Rogers
Todd and Diane Rosenberg
Mrs. Lola Rothmann
Dr. Pamela Rupert
Edward Russell
The Scarponi Family
Richard Shirey
Dr. and Mrs. David Sinar
June Tan
Dr. Harold White
Matthew and Noriko Wilson
Virgina Wojno-Forney
Donna Zabel
Robert and Kellie Zajac

SYMPHONY ($750 - $1,199)
Frederica Cohen
William and Rebecca Considine
Harloe Cutler
Elizabeth K. Eastman
Martha Hancock
Jim and Mary Heinlein
Lawrence B. Levey
Mr. and Mrs. William Lowery
Kim McFarlane
Chuck and Joan Mockbee
Patricia and Kenneth Nilsestuen
M.G. O’Neil Foundation
Earla Patterson
J. Michael and Elizabeth Taipale
Aileen Thong
Ann Usher
Mr. and Mrs. John Vander Kooi
Wes and Linda Van Fossen
Harvey and Linda Wagner
Jane Weingart

CONCERTO ($350 - $749)
Dr. and Mrs. D. P. Agamanolis
Debbie and Rick Bock
Margarete Boschert
Karen and Len Budd
Linda Bunyan
Lawrence and Louise Cook
George and Kimberly Coseriu
Tracy Dowe
William Dowling
Suzanne Frutchey
Marilyn Hansen
Eleanor M. Humphrey
Jerry and Nancy Irby
Shelley Koutnik
Margi Kurczynski
Kathleen Leigh
George and Mary Leuca
Tina Magazine and David Seals
Joan Marsh
John and Meg Matejkovic
Jim and Peggy McCluskey
Zenon* and Natalie Miahky
Joseph Palmiero
Ingrid Palmiero-Massel
Charles and Pamela Reitz
Robert Rohr
John and Joanne Rohrer
Larry and Vicky Ryba Family Fund
Anne M. Schellin
Todd and Sally Schneider
Richard Schwartz
Steve and Cherie Shechter
Mr. and Mrs. Richey Smith
Sam and Sandy Smith
Frederick and Elizabeth Specht
Karl Starks
Darwin Steele
David and Marcy Supelak
Anne Tolbert
Ray and Helen Vawter
Lavonne Voelz
Herbert and Angela Wilkins

SONATA ($150 - $349)
James Bates and Dr. Kimberly Stewart
William and Deborah Bauman
Timothy Boger
Lydia Bozeman
Matthew Bramley
Marilyn Carr
*Barbara L. Clark
Cynthia Maglione Coleman
Steve and Jane Comunale
Mike and Debi Coudriet
Elizabeth Davis
Thomas and Diana Farro
Harvey Finkel
Bob and Georgine Finlay
Dr. and Mrs. Robert Gaebel
Joseph Gaebelein
Robert and Sharon Gandee
Robert and Irene Genet
Suzanne Gibson
Joanne Green
Jody Guinn
Gary and Marcy Hansel
Marilyn Hansen
Richard Harris
Michael T. Hayes
Jay Hershey
Linda Hoffmann
Dr. and Mrs. Herbert Hurd
Charles Johnson
Karen Karis
Mr. and Mrs. Walter Keith III
Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Kennedy
Walid and Renee Lababidi
Ray and Nancy LaBuda
Meg and Tom Lamb
Mr. and Mrs. James Little
David Lockshin
Robert Mast
John and Margaret McBride
Gerald McFadden
John McKenzie
Francis Mencl
Mary Mitchell
Robert and Maribeth Modney
Charles and Laura Monroe
Christopher Niekamp
Sarah and Forrest Norman
Drs. Robert and Pamela Novak
Patricia Olson
Richard and Cathy Parker
Bethany Pasternak
Vera Lynn Patera-Mullen
Edward and Susan Peirce
Kenneth Preston
William and Rebecca Quinn
Gloria Rule
Joan Schoenheit
Jane Schweitzer
Dianne Shirey
Joel and Betty Siegfried
Jessica Simon
James Singer
Shomola Tambyraja
Gregory and Laurelynn Taylor
Marie Tuccillo
John and Ellen Vollman
Thomas Wainwright
Larry Wallerstein and Sheila Garten
Clayton Weitzel
David and Stacia Yaniglos
James E. Zwisler and Gary J. Zeller

*deceased

We strive to make this list as accurate as possible. If we erred in the way your name is listed, please contact the Development Office at 330.535.8131. Thank you for your support of our mission: to enhance the quality of life of our community through education and musical excellence.

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Red Chair Sponsorship

One of our signature giving programs designed to provide full funding for each of our non-principal musicians for one year and a long-term sustainable source of revenue for our orchestra.

Red Chair Sponsorship Details

The Akron Symphony is a community supported orchestra, and the commitment of people like you is essential for its success. Our business model, like that of all orchestras around the world, requires the support of people willing to invest in the future of music performance and music education.

The Red Chair Society is one of our signature giving programs. It’s designed to provide full funding for each of our non-principal musicians for one year and a long-term sustainable source of funding for our orchestra. This rewarding program provides a positive experience for both our donors and musicians.

Red Chair sponsors have the opportunity to choose a specific musician (based upon availability), receive special program recognition, and invitation to special Red Chair Society receptions where they can meet and get to know their sponsored musician and other Red Chair Society members.

All gifts of $5,000+ to the Akron Symphony annual fund qualify to become members of the Red Chair Society. Gifts of all size enable us to fulfill our mission to enhance the quality of life of our community through education and musical excellence by producing and presenting the Akron Symphony Orchestra, Akron Symphony Chorus, Akron Youth Symphony, Gospel Meets Symphony, Concerts for Kids, Akron Youth Philharmonic, scholarships for talented, young musicians, and outreach and education programs that reach over 70,000 people each year.

To learn more about how you can sponsor a Red Chair, or to discuss additional giving options, contact the Symphony office at 330-535-8131.

Thank you to our current Red Chair Sponsors

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The Mary S. and David C. Corbin Foundation
Dr. Michael D'Amico and Dr. Patricia Mullen
Fred & Bonnie Damerow
Richard and Renee Anthony Dee
The Mary and Dr. George L. Demetros Charitable Trust
FirstEnergy Foundation
In memory of Joseph Garfinkel
J. Ralph and Susan Jeppsen Gillman
Howard Greene
DuWayne & Dottie Hansen
HB Chemical
Mary Beth Kluge
Yoly Miller
Margaret Clark Morgan Foundation
In memory of Josephine Nelson
Mr. and Mrs. Herbert Newman
Mike & Julia Pasternak
Charles & Therese Peter
Janeth Pifer
Guy & Renee Pipitone
Ernie & Mary Kay Pouttu
Cynthia Reynolds, PhD
Charles E. and Mable M. Ritchie Memorial Foundation
Arthur and Jean Schooley
Maestro Christopher Wilkins
Richard and Dianne Wright

Heritage Society

In 1995, the Greater Akron Musical Association (GAMA) established the Heritage Society to honor those who have committed deferred gifts to ensure the future of the Akron Symphony Orchestra.

Heritage Society Details

In 1995, the Greater Akron Musical Association established the Heritage Society to honor individuals who have committed deferred gifts to ensure the future of the Akron Symphony Orchestra. On behalf of generations to come, the Akron Symphony thanks these generous Heritage Society members.

Margaret E. Andreeff
Mrs. Harold Baker*
Thomas & Patricia Blazey*
Mr. & Mrs. Joseph Cairns*
Dr. Clarence T. Gilham*
Mabel L. & Dr. Lawrence A. Graham*
Richard H. Harris III
Michael T. Hayes
Charles Klaus
James P. & Maureen C. Kovach
Jerry & Maggie Lippman*
Mary Ellen* & Gerald McFadden
Ed & Lynn* Metzger
Jo Ann Oelschlager
Mr. & Mrs. W. Stuver Parry
Roger & Judith* A. Read
Dr. Margaret L. While

*Deceased

If you have made a plan for the future and wish to consult us, please contact Director of Development Jennifer Anzalone at 330.535.8131.

Memorials & Tributes

GAMA accepts gifts in memory of individuals and in honor of a special person, event or occasion.

Memorials & Tributes Details

GAMA accepts gifts in memory of individuals and in honor of a special person or event.

When making your gift, please indicate in whose memory you wish to leave a gift or who you wish to honor. We will send notification of your gift to the family or honoree (gift amount will not be disclosed). Their name will appear in our concert program book for one year when a donation of $25.00 or more is made.

In Tribute

These people have been honored in the last 12 months with contributions made in their names to the Akron Symphony Tribute Fund.

In honor of John Mogen by Alex and Emily Mogen
In honor of Donna Valentine by John Wilkinson

In Remembrance

The Greater Akron Musical Association honors the memory of these individuals who passed away during the last year. The outstanding participation, service and support they provided have enhanced the life of our organization, and we are grateful to them for their contributions.

Mr. Ronald C. Allan
Mr. Jason Davis
Mr. William Eaton
Dr. Derry Fishel
Mrs. Ann Lane Gates
Mrs. Lillie Johnson

To make a memorial or tribute gift, contact Director of Development Jennifer Anzalone at 330.535.8131 or donate online.

Planned Giving

Planned Giving presents opportunities to build financial strength of the orchestra while enhancing one’s own financial position. We offer several different giving options to make the contributing work for you.

Planned Giving Details

Planned giving presents opportunities to build financial strength of the orchestra while enhancing one’s own financial position. We offer several different giving options to make the contributing work for you. Many of these options provide you or your estate with significant tax benefits and help meet other financial planning needs, while providing a very generous ultimate gift to the Akron Symphony.

  • Most popular planned giving options:
  • Will or Trust Bequest
  • Gift Annuity
  • Retirement Plan Assests
  • P.O.D. Accounts & T.O.D. Accounts
  • Life Insurance

Donors who make legacy gifts to the Greater Akron Music Association, Inc. (Akron Symphony Orchestra, Chorus & Youth Symphony) will become members of the Heritage Society and receive benefits including:

  • Name recognition in the Symphony concert program books
  • An invitation to the Annual Heritage Society reception
  • A CD set/history book featuring the Akron Symphony Orchestra

Let us know when you have named the Akron Symphony in your will so we can recognize your generous gift. If you prefer to remain anonymous, your gift will be kept completely confidential. We appreciate your generosity, and we will honor your wishes.

For more information about the Akron Symphony’s deferred gift opportunities, contact Director of Development Jennifer Anzalone at 330.535.8131.

An Important Note: The official organization name that should be used in all formal correspondence regarding planned gifts to the Symphony is: The Greater Akron Musical Association Inc. dba the Akron Symphony Orchestra. The Greater Akron Musical Association (or GAMA) is the “umbrella” name for the Akron Symphony Orchestra, Akron Youth Symphony, Akron Youth Philharmonic and Akron Symphony Chorus.

Volunteer

Volunteering for the Greater Akron Musical Association and its Akron Symphony entities is a great way to get involved and do something meaningful to support arts and culture in the Akron community.

Volunteer Details

Akron Symphony Guild

Meet likeminded people with a passion for supporting the Akron Symphony when you join our volunteer group. Membership fees do apply. 

Special Events

From signature events to intimate events for friends, donors and professionals, we always need help planning events, setting up and assisting with a variety of activities during our events. Contact the Symphony Office at 330.535.8131 to inquire about current needs.

Administrative Assistance

The Akron Symphony office staff can always use assistance with a variety of administrative and operational needs throughout the year. Contact Sharon Smith about current needs.

Young Professionals

If you’re under the age of 45 and interested in getting others like you involved with the Akron Symphony in a meaningful way, contact us to discuss your interests and ideas.

Have an idea for how you can help?

Contact us and let us know what you’re interested in doing. We’ll find a way for you to get involved in a way that suits your interests and skills.

Corporate Support

We are grateful to our lead 2017-2018 sponsors for their generous support. Sponsors enjoy special benefits and recognition including media exposure and opportunities for client and employee entertaining. All sponsorship packages are designed to maximize the company’s corporate objectives and marketing strategies. Sponsorship packages for individuals or families are also available and customized. For more information about becoming a sponsor, contact Executive Director Paul Jarrett by email at pjarrett@akronsymphony.org or by phone at 330-535-8131.

Corporate Sponsors

Media Partners

Additional Support

Corporate, Foundation, & Government Support

The Akron Symphony Orchestra thanks the following corporations, foundations, organizations and government agencies for their generous support. This list recognizes donors whose gift was made in the past 12 months. If we erred in the way your name is listed, please contact the Development Office at 330.535.8131.

$50,000+

  • City of Akron
  • GAR Foundation
  • John S. and James L. Knight Foundation

$25,000 - $49,999

  • Akron Community Foundation
  • Mary and Dr. George L. Demetros Charitable Trust
  • Ohio Arts Council

$10,000 - $24,999

  • FirstEnergy Foundation
  • KeyBank Foundation
  • The Mary S. and David C. Corbin Foundation
  • McAlonan Fund of the Akron Community Foundation
  • Peg's Foundation
  • The Sisler McFawn Foundation

$5,000 - $9,999

  • HB Chemical Corporation
  • Kulas Foundation
  • Lehner Family Foundation
  • Lloyd L. & Louise K. Smith Foundation
  • West Akron Kiwanis

$2,500 - $4,999

  • Audio-Technica U.S., Inc.
  • Kenneth L. Calhoun Charitable Trust
  • Harry K. Fox and Emma R. Fox Charitable Foundation
  • GOJO Industries, Inc.
  • OMNOVA Solutions Foundation
  • People's Bank Foundation
  • Charles E. and Mabel M. Ritchie Memorial Foundation
  • Welty Family Foundation

$1,000 - $2,499

  • Akron Tool & Die Co., Inc.
  • ASW Global
  • Glenn R. & Alice V. Boggess Memorial Foundation
  • Harwick Standard Distribution Corporation
  • Jilly's Music Club
  • Laura R. & Lucian Q. Moffitt Foundation
  • R.C. Musson & Katharine M. Musson Charitable Foundation
  • Ohio CAT
  • People's Bank

$500-$999

  • Acro Tool & Die Co., Inc.
  • Akrochem Corporation
  • Alpha Phil Alpha Homes, Inc.
  • ChemSpec, Ltd.
  • Dominion
  • The Heritage Group at Morgan Stanley
  • W. Paul Mills and Thora J. Mills Foundation
  • TKM Print Solutions

$250-$499

  • Educational Equipment Corporation
  • IBM Corporation
  • JCT Investment Counsel
  • Meridian Capital Group
  • MSA Real Estate Holdings LLC
  • Struktol Company of America

$150-$249

  • Akron Metropolitan Housing Authority
  • Clampco Products
  • Metal Alloy Reclaimers, Inc.
  • Ribway Engineering Group, Inc.
  • Scarponi Textiles, Inc.
  • Zest USA LLC