Giving Opportunities

We have several options for giving: sponsorships endowments, scholarships, honorariums, memorials, and much more.

It was meaningful to be able to give in memory of my father who came to every one of my WYSO concerts

Because music touches our community in so many ways, we have many ways to give to honor that significance. Choose what’s right for you based on your interests and connections. If specific giving is not important, your gift to the general fund will be a part of helping everything you see below!

WYSO Music Makers

WYSO Music Makers exists to enrich and develop the music skills of children from all backgrounds in an inclusive and non-competitive environment. Your support will provide instruments, lessons, and performance opportunities and make music education accessible for all children.

Seat Sponsorships

Sponsor, on an annual basis or in perpetuity, a specific seat in an orchestra of your choosing. We have five orchestras: Youth Orchestra, Philharmonia Orchestra, Concert Orchestra, Sinfonietta, and Opus One.

Program Sponsorships

We also have a chamber music program and several ensembles – percussion, brass, and harp – to which you may give.


In an effort to encourage all students to participate regardless of financial circumstance, our tuition is set at 60% of our actual costs. Even at this level, some students cannot afford to pay. Our scholarship program provides funds for these students to attend the 33 rehearsals, private lessons, tours, and other associated costs of being in WYSO.

James R. Smith Guest Artist Fund

This provides funds to sponsor WYSO alumni who are professional musicians to come and teach master classes, rehearse, and perform with current students. This learning experience is like no other and can help raise a young musician’s standards and foster a real desire to learn.

Student/ Family Fundraiser

Each year, every WYSO student is asked to assist in a fundraising campaign called Musical Notes in an effort to teach them ownership of the unique opportunity they are given in WYSO. Giving to this fundraiser can be done on behalf of a current student and will go towards their overall total donations.

Marvin Rabin Legacy Society

Name to honor our founder, Marvin Rabin, this society is comprised of people who have remembered WYSO in their estates.


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