Individual Support

We are grateful to every individual and family that supports the Akron Symphony through the Greater Akron Musical Association. Individuals can help support the mission of the Akron Symphony in many ways. Review the following options to see which one fits you best. If you have questions or need additional information, please contact Development Coordinator Liz Gage at or Executive Director Paul Jarrett at 330.535.8131.

Annual Fund  |  Planned Giving  |  Heritage Society  |  Memorials and Tributes


Contributing to the Annual Fund enables you to provide ongoing support to GAMA and the Akron Symphony year after year. Gifts at every level are appreciated.

  • Donors that give $82 or more receive recognition in our My Symphony magazine and program guide.
  • Donors that give $1,200 or more receive invitations to post-concert patron receptions.
  • Sponsorship benefits begin at the $2,500 level. Please contact us at 330.535.8131 for additional details.

For donor levels, benefits and testimonials, download the annual fund brochure. If you have questions about your giving options, contact Liz Gage at 330-535-8131.

For a listing of current annual fund donors, click here.

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Planned Giving presents opportunities to build financial strength of the orchestra while enhancing one’s own financial position. We offer several different giving options to make the contributing work for you. Many of these options provide you or your estate with significant tax benefits and help meet other financial planning needs, while providing a very generous ultimate gift to the Akron Symphony.

Most popular planned giving options:

  • Will or Trust Bequest
  • Gift Annuity
  • Retirement Plan Assests
  • P.O.D. Accounts & T.O.D. Accounts
  • Life Insurance

Donors who make legacy gifts to the Greater Akron Music Association, Inc. (Akron Symphony Orchestra, Chorus & Youth Symphony) will become members of the Heritage Society and receive benefits including:

  • Name recognition in the Symphony concert program books
  • An invitation to the Annual Heritage Society reception
  • A CD set/history book featuring the Akron Symphony Orchestra

Let Us Know:
We hope you will tell us when you have named the Akron Symphony Orchestra in your will. We would like to recognize your generous gift intention!

If you prefer to remain anonymous, your gift will be kept completely confidential. We appreciate your generosity, and we will honor your wishes.

For more information about the Akron Symphony’s deferred gift opportunities, contact Paul Jarrett at 330-535-8131.

An Important Note:
The official organization name that should be used in all formal correspondence regarding planned gifts to the Symphony is: The Greater Akron Musical Association Inc. dba the Akron Symphony Orchestra. The Greater Akron Musical Association (or GAMA) is the “umbrella” name for the Akron Symphony Orchestra, Akron Youth Symphony, Akron Youth Philharmonic and Akron Symphony Chorus.

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In 1995, the Greater Akron Musical Association established the Heritage Society to honor individuals who have committed deferred gifts to ensure the future of the Akron Symphony Orchestra. On behalf of generations to come, the Akron Symphony thanks these generous Heritage Society members.

  • Margaret E. Andreeff
  • Mrs. Harold Baker *
  • Thomas * and Patricia Blazey
  • Mr. * and Mrs. Joseph Cairnes
  • Dr. Clarence T. Gilham *
  • Mabel L. and Dr. Lawrence A. Graham *
  • Richard H. Harris III
  • Michael T. Hayes
  • Mr. and Mrs. Damien Highfield
  • James P. and Maureen C. Kovach
  • Jerry and Maggie Lippman *
  • Mary Ellen * and Gerald McFadden
  • Ed and Lynn Metzger
  • Jo Ann Oelschlager
  • Mr. and Mrs. W. Stuver Parry
  • Roger and Judith A. Read

* deceased

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GAMA accepts gifts in memory of individuals and in honor of a special person or event.

When making your gift, please indicate in whose memory you wish to leave a gift or who you wish to honor. We will send notification of your gift to the family or honoree (gift amount will not be disclosed). Their name will appear in our concert program book for one year when a donation of $25.00 or more is made.

In Tribute

These people have been honored in the last 12 months with contributions made in their names to the Akron Symphony Tribute Fund.

  • Ed & Lynn Metzger
  • The Pasternak Family (Mike and Julie)
  • Phil Walz

In Remembrance

The Greater Akron Musical Association honors the memory of these individuals who passed away during the last year. The outstanding participation, service and support they provided have enhanced the life of our organization, and we are grateful to them for their contributions.

  • Thomas Blazey
  • Claire Hawkins
  • Anthony Hopkins
  • Susan Ramsdell

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