Endowment & Legacy Giving

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Online Giving Instructions:
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To designate an Endowment gift online please click the button above. At the bottom of the new page, please click on the grey Donate button. After entering donation amount and filling out your information, write in the Comments section to designate gifts of memoriam, in honor of, general endowment fund or named funds.

What is an endowment?  An Endowment is a fund of money the principal of which is held in perpetuity and invested, and from which an organization may use only the return on investment.  A strong endowment provides an income stream that allows us to meet our commitments and plan for the future without interruption.  It allows us to run a world-class orchestra, maintain excellent education and community initiatives, and offer outstanding concerts year-round.

The purpose in increasing the Springfield Symphony Endowment fund is to help fill the gap between revenue and expenses and to provide the means to pursue new opportunities by developing programs.  The income generated by our endowment is already making a positive impact on our operations, and has the potential of providing us with long-term sustainability. 

Planned Gifts

To help ensure the future of the Orchestra, consider making a bequest to the Springfield Symphony.  By having the Orchestra in your Will, you can commemorate the inspiration and enjoyment that the Symphony has given you over the years.  Your generous contribution will help us continue to bring the pleasure of music to many future generations.  Donations that come to the Orchestra from a Bequest are invested in the Springfield Symphony Endowment and the interest earned annually from these funds is used in support of the Orchestra.  Therefore the money lives on forever providing funds for the sustaining of the Orchestra and educational outreach programs.

Springfield Symphony Endowment, Endowed Orchestra Chairs, Performances, and Special Endowments 

Endowments benefiting the Springfield Symphony Orchestra are gifts that continue to support the performances, operations, and support the continuity of providing our community with symphonic music for generations. Gifts of less than $5,000 are directed into the Springfield Symphony Endowment Fund in order to provide maximum earnings from investments.  Gifts of $5,000 or more can be established with a named fund to honor the donor’s outstanding commitment to the long-term support of the orchestra.  We like to recognize our generous benefactors for their support by acknowledging their gifts.  We would like to thank the following:  


Endowed Orchestra Sections & Chairs

Mary Lou Andrews Endowment Fund 
Second Violin Section 

The Judith A. Beisner Endowment Fund
Principal Cello Chair 

The Paul and Marie Brewster Memorial Endowment Fund  
Trumpet Chair 

The Raver-Detrick Endowment Fund  
Principal Flute Chair  

The Patricia A. LeFevre Fund 
Concertmaster Chair 

The Peggy Day Lee Endowment Fund  
Cello Section 

The Luke and Cynthia Green Libby Endowment Fund  
Oboe Section 

The Walter and Ruth Thomas Endowment Fund 
French Horn Section 

The Dr. Yates and Janet Trotter Endowment Fund  
Principal Tuba Chair 

The William M. “Joe Bill” and Elizabeth J. “Betty Jane” Turner Memorial Endowment Fund         
French Horn Chair 

The Don and Betty Wessel Endowment Fund  
Piano Chair 

The Kay Whitlock Endowment Fund  
Principal Viola Chair 

Special Endowments

The Carla M. Calvin Endowment Fund 
Pops Performance 

*The William T. White Endowment Fund 
Special Guest Artist  


The Springfield Symphony Orchestra continues to benefit from major contributions to our Endowment through the following named funds:   

The Springfield Symphony Guild Endowment Fund  
The Springfield Symphony Cultural Trust Fund  
The Bill H. and Margo Simson Armstrong Endowment Fund  

The Nancy S. Back Scholarship Fund  

The Earl L. and Jane Barkley Memorial Fund  

The Donald H. and Judith A. Beisner Endowment Fund  

The Stephen and Linda Paganini Brite Endowment Fund  

The Dr. Guy Callaway, Jr. Endowment Fund  

*The William H. Calhoun and Mary Helen Calhoun Endowment Fund  

The Shirley A. Carr Endowment Fund  

The Charles R. and Barbara Cook Hall Endowment Fund  

The Francis J. Ellis Memorial Fund  

The Carolyn Compton Fay Memorial Endowment Fund  

The John and Carolyn Gerdes Endowment Fund  

The Mrs. Harley R. Gleason Memorial Fund  

The Rosemary Keller Endowment Fund  

The Fern Kightlinger Memorial Fund  

The Harry F. and Zealia Kirkpatrick Endowment Fund  

The Frances Duemler Knox Endowment Fund  

The Jeanne M. Loveless Memorial Fund  

The Shirley C. Maddy Endowment Fund  

The Evelyn J. McNabb Endowment Fund  

The Mr. and Mrs. Wm. T. McQueary Fund  

The Samuel M. Minasian Memorial Fund  

The Dr. Don and Linda Overend Endowment Fund  

The Jacqueline H. Powell Memorial Fund  

The Grace Allan Rosser Memorial Fund  

The Randy and Donna Renkel Endowment Fund  

The Joseph Schellhardt Memorial Scholarship Fund  

The John H. and Katherine E. Simmons Fund  

The Lester F. and Hanna R. Strauss Memorial Fund  

The Lester T. Sunderland Foundation Fund  

The VAN-NAN-PAT Endowment Fund  

The Frances S. Wilke Memorial Fund  

The Don S. and Rosemary Witt Memorial Fund  


*Through the Community Foundation of the Ozarks, Inc. 


Memorial gifts and Tributes are a heartwarming way of remembering and honoring friends and family through their love of the Springfield Symphony. These gifts help ensure the Springfield Symphony Orchestra to provide the highest level of symphonic music and music education to all of Southwest Missouri. The following people have graciously made recent contributions to the Springfield Symphony in memory or honor of the following people:    

In Honor of Bryan Musgrave
Irwin and Susan Cohen
Anna Fornes
Beverly McMasters
Ryan Templeton
Greg Walker

In Honor of Jim Johnson
Musgrave Foundation

Memorial Gifts

In Memory of Dr. Leo T. Neu, Jr. 
Commerce Bank 
In Memory of John Gerdes 
Dr. Jay Milne

In Memory of Dee Wampler
Margo S. Armstrong

In Memory of William R. Luckfield
Courtney and Kay Whitlock

As of 10/21/21