Donations not only support Stamford Symphony operations, performances, education and community programs, but also help to keep ticket prices affordable.
There are many ways to support the Stamford Symphony, as an individual donor, a corporate sponsor, or a volunteer. As members of the Stamford Symphony family, contributors and sponsors at all levels receive a range of benefits, including exclusive opportunities to learn more about the music and meet the musicians.
Message from the Stamford Symphony’s CEO and President
Barbara J. Smith-Soroca
Welcome to the Stamford Symphony website. I invite you to scroll through our season's calendar and discover concerts for you and your family that will add enjoyment to your life. We consistently perform concerts of the highest artistic excellence, combining traditional repertoire with a smattering of more contemporary composers, providing a balanced season of music. Additionally we are dedicated to reaching the student population through a variety of music education programs.
We have received a clean audit for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2013. Due to your support, through ticket sales and contributions, the Stamford Symphony continues to hold a place among the financially secure orchestras in America. Thank you for your generosity this season and many past seasons. You ensure our financial success.
The established ratio in the orchestra industry is 40% income from subscription and ticket sales and 60% from contributed sources. This includes donations from the audience, government support, foundations, corporations and the various fund raising events that are held throughout the season. This financial support validates that you appreciate the importance of the position we hold in the cultural life of our community.
Some patrons choose to support or sponsor specific concerts or programs, while others contribute to the annual campaign, financially insuring the behind the scenes functions. Examples of programs underwritten by donors include concerts, musicians, Behind the Baton, MusiKids, Exploring the Orchestra, music education programs, guest artists, Concerts for Students, free tickets for students and reduced price tickets for seniors living in City housing. In addition, the Encore Legacy Society allows supporters to include the Stamford Symphony in their estate plans. We need and greatly appreciate every dollar contributed to us.
The artistic prowess of the Stamford Symphony, both Eckart Preu and our musicians, is recognized by music professionals and audience members alike. Our musicians continue to be among the finest in the tri-state area, performing in all major New York City orchestras and ensembles. Maestro Preu continues to hold two podiums: Stamford and Spokane, Washington and guest conducts around the world.
I trust that we are serving you well with our concerts and education programs. I welcome your comments and improvement suggestions, and kind thoughts are always welcome.