Membership and Donor Resources

  Annual Fund

Each season, donors to the Annual Fund make great music, educational programs and so much more possible.

Each year the Abilene Philharmonic Association receives support from loyal patrons and generous friends. These gifts celebrate the extraordinary APA and ensure its legacy for many years to come. With ticket sales only covering about 30% of the Philharmonic’s annual revenue, donations to the Annual Fund allow the Philharmonic to continue providing world-class music for the community of Abilene and the Big Country.

Please consider making a 100% tax deductible contribution today.

Thanks to the Dian Graves Owen Foundation, all donations to our Annual Fund will be matched dollar-for-dollar, up to $50,000.


IRA Charitable Distribution
Don't itemize deductions, but would still like a tax break for your gift to support the work of the Abilene Philharmonic? If you are 70.5 or older, and don't need all the required Minimum Distribution from your IRA for your support, consider using a portion of it to benefit our great Philharmonic.

The Process
If you are 70.5 or older, you can instruct your retirement plan administrator to make a direct Charitable Distribution to the APA, ensuring that the legacy of classical music in Abilene, as well as your legacy, continues to live on.

Benefits
This charitable distribution will not be included as part of your gross income, and as such, there will be no income-tax on the amount transferred. Your gift will count towards your minimum distribution requirement. You will enjoy knowning that your support unleashes the power of music to entertain, educate, and inspire through live symphonic music and community engagement.

Please contact your IRA administrator and/or tax advisors for more details.


  Mozart Society

Catering to the next generation of Philharmonic enthusiasts.

The Mozart Society is for Philharmonic enthusiasts in their 20s, 30s, and 40s who enjoy exclusive events, unique networking opportunities, and live professional symphony orchestra concerts. Named after Mozart because of his young rise to fame, this group caters to young professionals who are looking to become more involved in the success and sustainability of the Abilene Philharmonic.

Benefits of the Mozart Society:

  • One ticket to all seven concerts *
  • Free access to four Mozart Society Events.
  • Discounted Child Care during Concerts.
  • Opportunity to attend Legacy Society Holiday Party
  • Recognition in concert program books.

The Mozart Society is a $30 monthly membership ($50 for couple) for individuals between the ages of 20-49 years old.

*Tickets must be redeemed through the Philharmonic Office by calling 325-677-6710

Please visit our Facebook page for information on all Mozart Events



  Legacy Society

Commit to the continued artistic excellence of your Philharmonic.

Formed in 2013, the Legacy Society recognizes the importance of having a professional symphony orchestra and the positive impact it has on our community. As ticket sales only account for about 30% of our annual revenue, the Legacy Society makes it possible for us to continue performing world-class concerts and unleash the power of music. The Legacy Society is open to anyone who pledges a minimum contribution of $875 each year for a three year period. Payments can be tailored to meet each individualʼs giving needs.

Prelude $875 Conductor $1750 Chairman $2500 Patron $5000
$643 tax deductible $1,286 tax deductible $2,036 tax deductible $4,072 tax deductible
  • Recognition in all program books
  • Invitation to four exclusive legacy events
  • Access to all Mozart Society events
  • One Premium Full Season Subscription(s)
  • Priority seating
  • Meet Maestro Itkin and Guest Artists at the Green Room Intermission Reception
  • All Prelude benefits
  • Two Premium Season Subscriptions
  • All Conductor benefits
  • Discount to the Abilene Philharmonic Store
  • Invitation to have lunch with Guest Artists
  • Couples Membership
  • All Chairman benefits
  • Four Premium Full Season Subscriptions
  • Highest priority seating


  •   Yeager Society

    Members of this society appreciate how a gift to the endowment can keep the music playing for many generations to come.

    A planned gift to the Yeager Society shows your strong commitment to continuing a tradition of classical music in Abilene. You will be able to support the Philharmonic's mission for future generations while accomodating your own personal, financial, estate-planning, and philanthropic goals. There are considerable benefits to making a planned gift with the Philharmonic: you may increase the size of the estate, and/or reduce the tax strain on your heirs. Making a contribution to the Philharmonic will be beneficial to you, your family, and your Orchestra.

    Bequests

    Donors may make a bequest gift by naming the Abilene Philharmonic in a will. They may designate a dollar amount, a percentage of the estate, or an asset, such as shares of stock.

    Beneficiary Designation

    Donors may designate the Abilene Philharmonic as a beneficiary of a gift of a financial account, retirement plan, or life insurance.

    Trusts

    There are several types of trusts. How trust funds are invested and how they benefit donors and charities varies. Speak with a financial advisor if a trust seems right for you.

    Stock Gifts

    Some planned gifts can also be made during a donor's lifetime, such as gifts of stock. Your broker and financial advisor will be able to tell you if you can lessen or avoid capital gains tax, how gifts of securities are valued for your taxes, and they can facilitate the gift.

    Donors that wish for their planned gifts to be invested in endowment should designate their gifts to the Abilene Philharmonic Foundation, a separate non-profit dedicated for this purpose. For more information, please contact Jim Pizzorno at 325.677.6710



      Volunteer

    Get involved! Become a Volunteer!

    The success of the Abilene Philharmonic and our commitment to the community depends on volunteers from the surrounding area who help create an outstanding experience for all patrons. Whether you are a high school or college student, working adult or retiree, we have opportunities for you to enrich your life and the lives of others, meet people with similar interests, and help fulfill the Philharmonic's mission while having fun!

    An Abilene Philharmonic volunteer is an individual who chooses to give his or her time and talents as part of a team, with dedication, enthusiasm, and flexibility.

    Box Office Volunteer

    Join our team as a Box Office Volunteer and meet exciting people who share your passion for live music, while giving back to the community. The Abilene Philharmonic Box Office is always looking for fun, energetic volunteers, 18-years or older, to help with daily box office operations and on the night of performances. We need volunteers to help with Will Call, ticket sales and answer questions patrons might have in order to make their symphony experience an enjoyable one.

    Requirements:

    • Must be 18 years or older
    • Commit to a regular shift (weekly preferred)
      • One shift consists of either 9:00 AM – 12 PM or 1 PM – 5 PM, Tuesday through Friday.
      • Concert night shifts are Saturday 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM (Christmas Matinee is 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM)
    • Attend formal orientation training
    • Comply with all standards and policies as provided in the volunteer manual

    Rewards of Volunteering:

    • Earn tickets to Philharmonic concerts
    • Invitation to exclusive Philharmonic events
    • Acknowledgment in program books
    • Build your resume
    • Earn volunteer hours

    For more information about how you can volunteer in our Box Office please call 325.677.6710 or email info@abilenephilharmonic.org

     

    Usher Volunteer- the Belle and Beau Program

    Ushers are an important part of every performance. You’ll help welcome our audiences, make them feel at home and ensure that everything runs smoothly from lights up to curtains down.

    The Belles and Beaus is a group of young men and women that support the Abilene Philharmonic Orchestra and its Guild. The participants volunteer by ushering for Philharmonic events. They also serve as volunteers at the annual Gold Medallion Ball and Coffee. Belles and Beaus participate in the program while in the 8th and 12th grades. The program is composed of students from all Abilene and surrounding area schools.

    Click here for more information on the Belles and Beaus program, or if you are interested in joining please call our office at 326.677.6710 or email info@abilenephilharmonic.org

    Join the Guild

    Membership in the Guild is a wonderful way to spend time with friends while helping the Philharmonic. Guild members meet nine times each year between September and May to enjoy performances by local musical talent in beautiful homes of members, share news of upcoming concerts, fellowship, and a light meal. Guild volunteers coordinate school student seating for the Philharmonic Discover Music Series concerts. The Guild hosts the Philharmonic Ball, its major annual fundraiser. Seventh-grade students whose parents are members have the first opportunity to join the Belles and Beaus program. Belles and Beaus serve as ushers for Philharmonic concerts. This five-year service program is recognized by the Texas Governor and can be valuable for college entrance applications.

    Artistic and Office Assistance

    Volunteers enjoy being behind the scenes with guest artists and musicians, helping with transportation, auditions, and concert and special event logistics.

    Internships

    Interns can support every aspect of the Philharmonic’s operations. Click here for information on current internship opportunities.

    House a Musician

    Abilene hosts open their homes on concert weekends for musicians who come from out of town. These hosts allow us to recruit fine players while lowering production costs. Many patrons build a lasting relationship with these musicians and hosting them for a weekend because a tradition.
    For more information about hwo you can volunteer please call 325.677.6710 or email director@abilenephilharmonic.com



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