The Kishwaukee Symphony Orchestra and its patrons are grateful for the contributions of the many generous individuals and organizations who have supported the orchestra.

Only a small portion of the annual operating budget for the KSO comes from ticket sales and advertising. Other necessary funding for the orchestra’s operation comes from grants, contributions, and other fundraising events. The KSO is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt non-profit organization, and donations to it are tax-deductible to the full extent of the law.

Donations to the KSO are recorded in levels, and with benefits, as described on our forms.

Organizations making financial contributions to the KSO and providing ads in our season programs, please use the Business Sponsorship Form.

All other donors, please use the Donation Form to make contributions to the KSO’s General Operating Fund or to one or more of our other funds:

Endowment Fund – Your contribution helps build a lasting source of revenue for the KSO.

Named Chair ($1,200 or $1,500)– A donor may choose to name the principal chair of a section of the orchestra for one concert season.

NIU Scholarship Fund ($500 minimum) – Donations may also be made toward scholarships to support the select number of Northern Illinois University music students who are members of the orchestra.

KSO Music Education Outreach Fund – This fund was established in the fall of 2019 by the Kishwaukee Symphony Associates (KSA) and the KSO Board of Directors to help orchestra and band programs in DeKalb County provide musical instruments for deserving middle school students. Click here to learn more about the Music Education Outreach Fund. For more information, please contact Music Education Outreach Fund Chair, Deb Loitz, at musicoutreach@kishorchestra.org.

High School Senior Musician Scholarship Fund – New in 2022, these scholarships are awarded to graduating DeKalb County seniors who have played in instrumental music ensembles in high school and will be members of such ensembles in college. Click here to learn more about this scholarship. For more information, please contact Scholarship Chair, Deb Loitz, at musicoutreach@kishorchestra.org.

Questions may be directed to KSO General Manager Courtney Hanna-McNamara, at contact@kishorchestra.org or 815-756-3728.

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