Giving Opportunities

Because music touches our community in so many ways, you can 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!

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

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.


In an effort to encourage all students to participate regardless of financial circumstance, WYSO offers over $50,000 in scholarships every year. Our scholarship program provides funds for these students to attend the 33 rehearsals, private lessons, tours, and other associated costs of being in WYSO. Scholarship funds such as the Stanley and Shirley Inhorn Scholarship Fund support WYSO’s efforts to remove financial barriers for students participating in music education opportunities provided by WYSO. The WYSO Families First Fund provides scholarships and instrument funding to students whose families have been affected by COVID-19. The Thomas Buchhauser Scholarship Fund supports an annual scholarship award to an outstanding student in Philharmonia Orchestra who returns to WYSO the next year. The Bonnie Greene Scholarship Award honors Bonnie Greene, who founded the Music Makers program in 2007, and is still active with WYSO Music Makers today. This award is given annually to a Music Makers student who successfully auditions into a WYSO orchestra. The student chosen is awarded a full-tuition scholarship for the WYSO orchestra into which he or she auditions.

James R. Smith Guest Artist Fund

The goal of the James R. Smith Guest Artist Fund is to establish a permanent source of funding that will be used to bring visiting professional musicians –many of whom will be WYSO alumni – to perform as guest soloists, conduct master classes, perform sectional work and share insights about their paths that led them to becoming successful. The guest artist experience will not only benefit the most talented students who desire to make music their life’s work, but it will also inspire the great majority of WYSO students who will pursue careers other than music but who will learn so many life skills by being a part of this very special educational experience.

Martha Fuguitt Fund for WYSO Music

The Martha Fuguitt Fund for WYSO Music has been generously established by her husband Glenn, and children Gayle and Graham Fuguitt, and offsets the costs for music rentals and music purchases plus the cost of furnishing and supplying the WYSO Music Library. Members in all orchestras benefit from this generous gift.

Endowed Chair Initiative

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.

Marvin Rabin Legacy Society

Named to honor our founder, Marvin Rabin, this society is comprised of people who will remember WYSO in their estates.

WYSO Chamber Music Program

The WYSO Chamber Music Program supports scholarships and operational costs of the Chamber Music Program, removing financial barriers for students to participate in this important small group learning opportunity.

The WYSO Facilities Fund

This fund provides support to help WYSO afford increasing costs for facilities to host all of our WYSO programs, student lessons, rehearsals and performances.


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