Adopt a Chair Sponsorship
Alexandria Symphony proudly acknowledges the following chairs and sponsors:
- Podium: Sponsored by Suzanne S. Brock
- Concertmaster: Sponsored by Whit and Angela Ayres
- Principal, Violin II: Sponsored by Miriam and David Browning
- Principal Viola: Sponsored by Richard and Sandra Toye
- Principal Cello: Sponsored by Judy Grey
- Principal Bass: Sponsored by H. Arthur Sauer
- Principal Clarinet: Sponsored by Jane Ring
- Principal Oboe: Sponsored by Dennis A. and Julia M. Watkins
- Principal English horn: Sponsored by the Symphony Orchestra League of Alexandria
- Principal Horn: Sponsored by Gerry and Diana Dreo
- Principal Trumpet: Sponsored by David W. and Melynda Dovel Wilcox
- Principal Trombone: Sponsored by Lee and John Klousia
- Principal Keyboard: Sponsored by Harriett G. McCune
For a list of available chairs, click here.
Alexandria Symphony Orchestra is a community supported orchestra, requiring the ongoing support of people like you willing to invest in the future of live music performance. As a part of the Washington metropolitan region, ASO concert-goers demand and expect the highest quality music offered by world-class musicians. Through the “Adopt a Chair” Program, contributors endorse and ensure that quality through multi-year sponsorship.
“Adopt a Chair” is a signature giving program (separate from any other ASO donor program) designed to underwrite the equivalent of one musician’s annual fees and provide long-term sustainable funding for the ASO. As a sponsor, you have the opportunity to choose a specific instrument (based on availability), receive special program recognition, and invitation to special events where you can meet and get to know the musician holding the chair you have sponsored. Many chair sponsors in established programs in other orchestras have underwritten the same musician for years and developed special friendships. This program provides an opportunity to know more about the orchestra from the inside out and to draw a closer connection between the players and the audience.
Chairs can be designated in your name, your family’s name, or in the name of a company. Chairs can also be recognized in honor or in memory of a loved one. The sponsorship will begin at the time of the gift, with the second installment given after 12 months, and third installment after 24 months. Sponsors can renew after the third year with first choice to sponsor the same chair. The sponsorship is not designated for a specific musician (although many players hold the same chair for multiple years), but rather for his or her “chair” or position in the orchestra.
Levels (per year with three-year commitment)
- Podium $25,000
- Concertmaster $5,000
- Assistant Concertmaster $4,000
- Principal $3,000
- Assistant Principal $2,500
- Section player $2,000
- Name recognition on personnel page as (your name here) chair for each concert throughout the three-year sponsorship
- Name recognition on ASO website
- Personal introduction between sponsor and musician with photo opportunity
- Invitation to post-concert reception(s) and special events
To adopt a chair, contact Melinda Kernc at (703) 548-0885 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
“Until my chair was sponsored and I met my sponsors, I didn’t have much interaction with our listeners. I am so fortunate and grateful mine was one of the first sponsored. In getting to know them, I have a better appreciation for the passion and dedication they and others like them have for this orchestra. It mirrors my own passion and dedication for my instrument.”
-Sponsored ASO musician
“We are happy to sponsor a chair. Not only does she play my favorite instrument, but also because it takes a lifetime of dedication and practice to achieve that level of greatness. We are merely showing our appreciation.”
–ASO chair sponsor