The principal chair of an orchestral section may be named by contributors to the KSO general fund and may be accorded as follows:
- A principal chair may be named for the donor(s). One or more individuals, or a business or organization, may have a chair named after themselves. For example, “The John and Mary Smith Chair” or “The Middle West Business Corporation Chair.” (Some donors may wish to be listed as “Anonymous.”)
- A principal chair may be named in honor of someone other than the donor. One or more individuals may name a chair after someone else. For example, “The Mamie Eisenhower Chair” could be established by her admirers.
- A principal chair may be named in memory of someone. One or more individuals may name a chair after a deceased person. For example, “The Arthur Montzka Chair” was established by his admirers.
The name of a principal chair will appear in concert programs and in other musician listings under the name of the musician occupying that chair.
The orchestral sections that have principals for which named chairs may be designated include: first violin, second violin, viola, cello, bass, flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, French horn, trumpet, trombone, tuba, and percussion.
A chair can be named, for the concert season, as follows:
- $1,500.00 per season for the concertmaster
(principal chair of the first violin section)
- $1,200.00 per season for the principal chair of another section
- The list of orchestra musicians here shows which chairs have already been named for this season.
A donation to name an orchestra section chair may be made for one or more years. Named chairs are on a first-come basis.
For further information, or to discuss a donation, contact:
Amanda Nelson, General Manager
815-825-2607 or firstname.lastname@example.org.