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The Illinois Symphony Orchestra benefits greatly from the generous support of individuals, foundations, and corporations, which enables us to serve as a vital cultural resource an instrumental educational partner, and a dynamic enhancement to the quality of life in Bloomington-Normal, Springfield, and throughout central Illinois. 

Your Impact 

The Illinois Symphony Orchestra strives to foster meaningful relationships throughout our communities through live music performances, programs, and collaborations that engage the hearts and minds of our listeners. The support of our donors makes it happen! Here are many of the people who benefit each year. 

24,000+ people attending season performances 
7,500+ students attending Education Concerts 
2,200+ students participating in Step by Step programs in multiple districts 


  • E-news with reminders and sneak previews 
  • Invitations to special events 
  • Priority seating and parking 
  • Acknowledgment in all program books 
  • Satisfaction in knowing you are a partner to keep the music playing

What Your Donation Supports 

Here are some of the ways you give the greatest gift of all - Music! 

  • $25/month - Help tune the piano for a single concert
  • $50/month - Support the cost of a Stage Manager for a single Symphony Concert 
  • $100/month - Give the opportunity for 15 students to experience the Concert for Kids education concert 
  • $125/month - Underwrite a Section Chair of your choice 
  • $250/month - Underwrite a Principal Chair of your choice 
  • $300/month - Provide the opportunity for 50 local students to attend a concert for free 
  • $500/month - Sponsor the cost of the music for the Holiday Pops concerts
  • $500/month - Fund four in-school visits by ISO musicians in the Music Matters! program 
  • $1000/month - Sponsor two Symphony Concerts of your choice 
  • $1000/month - Sponsor an Around the Town Free Chamber Concert at a senior center or church 

To set up your monthly giving, please contact Darrin Burnett, Director of Development, at 217-522-2838, ext. 3 or at

For more ways to give or to donate today, please follow the links below! 

Fund the Music

Make a difference by supporting LIVE concert experiences and educational programs. We have varying levels for you to consider!

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This category includes all philanthropic, project, and sponsorship opportunities. There are many different levels of sponsorship for concerts, events, guest artists and more.

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Our annual giving donors offer unrestricted support for our day-to-day operations. The ISO offers a variety of benefits to donors, depending on the giving category. We also gratefully accept equity and stock gifts as a donation category.

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Encore Society

Include the Illinois Symphony Orchestra in your estate plans or make a gift to the ISO Endowment Fund.

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Symphony Guilds

Get involved! With the Illinois Symphony Guild of Bloomington-Normal or the Illinois Symphony Guild of Springfield!

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Get Involved with Illinois Symphony

Our patrons, donors, and sponsors are a large part of what makes our orchestra great and our concerts successful! If you'd like to take part in making a difference for our orchestra, click the button below to learn more. Thank you!