Endowed Chair Program

There are many opportunities to support the Wisconsin Youth Symphony Orchestra, but an Endowed Chair carries with it a special significance. Whether the Endowed Chair gift bears your name, your family name, that of a friend or relative, or a group that has a special connection to the orchestra, the Endowed Chair becomes a permanent mark of recognition. Each Endowed Chair is titled according to the wishes of the donor and is so noted in all WYSO printed programs.

The chair may be named to recognize the donor(s), or be in honor or memory of another person (family member, friend, teacher, coach, or conductor). All Endowed Chair gifts will be placed with the WYSO Foundation, a companion 501 (c)(3) organization established in 1999 for the purpose of accepting and managing gifts and bequests for the benefit of WYSO.

Almost 52 years after first auditioning for the WYSO charter orchestra, Bruce Matthews continues to show his support for the organization. His lead gift in the Youth Orchestra Endowed Chair program, the Bruce Matthews Principal Horn Chair, ensures current and future WYSO students continue to receive high-quality orchestral training.

“We all want to make a difference and leave a legacy,” Bruce said. “My gift to the WYSO Endowed Chair program is a way for my money to work on behalf of future generations of students in perpetuity, and having my name associated with the principal horn chair will be part of my legacy as a charter member.”

Join the growing family of WYSO leaders who have given gifts that will last a lifetime and will support WYSO in perpetuity:

John J. Frautschi Conductor’s Podium

Susan Hoeft Vandewalle Concertmaster Chair

Vicki Peterson Jenks Principal Percussion Chair

Graham Fuguitt Principal Bass Chair

Andrew George Section Percussion Chair

Inhorn Family Principal Viola Chair

Marc and Marcia Fink Section Oboe Chair

Bruce Matthews Principal Horn Chair

Neal Williams Section Bassoon Chair

Charlie Williams Section Horn Chair

Andrée and John Valley Principal 2nd Violin Chair

James Smith Principal Clarinet Chair

Marvin J. Levy Section Cello Chair

Irving and Dorothy Levy Family Section Flute Chair

Marvin J. Levy Section Violin Chair

John and Marian Bolz Section Viola Chair

Miriam Schneider Memorial Section Violin Chair

Muldowney Family Section Cello Chair

Mei and Zhou Family Section Violin Chair

Eric Douglas Batterman Memorial Section Percussion Chair

Nancy Ellis Wolf Memorial Section Bass Chair

Marvin J. Levy Section Trombone Chair

To learn more about the Endowed Chair Initiative, contact WYSO Executive Director Bridget Fraser at (608) 733-6283 or at bridget@wysomusic.org.

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