Our Sponsors & Donors

Everything we do is made possible by our generous sponsors and donors! We cannot thank you enough for your support of the San Luis Obispo Symphony.

General Fund Donors

Generous givers to the general fund have helped keep classical music alive in San Luis Obispo County for more than 50 years. Their philanthropy puts musicians on stage for magical and powerful symphony concerts and supports the broad reach of all of the San Luis Obispo Symphony’s work.


Virtuoso ($20,000+)

The Little Family Trust

Symphony ($5,000+)

John and Rebecca Baer

Alan G. and Jane A. Lehman Foundation at the direction of Charles Kennel and Ellen Lehman

The Henry W Bull Foundation

Concerto ($1,500+)

John and Mary Freeman

Martha Michalojko Kettlekamp

Lorenzo Murguia, M.D.

The Swift Action Fund, held at the Community Foundation

Thomas and Mary Tanner

Crescendo ($1,000+)


Melinda Avila

Pat Fiske, in Memory of Dixon Fiske

Catherine Lansdowne

Jan and Meredith Voboril

Roy Willey

Sonata ($500+)

James Brown

John and Nancy Bruno

Jerry and Sharon Chirpich

Robert and Nita Fishburn

John and Mary Frey

Miki Gillman and Larry Batcheldore

Clarice B. Griffin

Patricia Shields

Todd and Jill Talley

The Warren Family, in Honor of Robert H. and Bettie Lou Warren

Prelude ($100+)

John and Tricia Ashbaugh

Mary Baiamonte

Bud and Nellie Beecher

Connie Booton

Lauren and Susan Brown

Robert Danielson

Elsie Deitz

Carol Dover

Rosemary Donnell

Ailene Evans

Carol Fine

Patricia Fiske

Robert and Carol Grosse

Victoria Grostick

Nancy Harley

Tony and Marilee Hyman

Gail Kammermeyer

James and Cynthia Killackey

Dr. Bradley Kurgis

Kenneth and Jeanette Krone

Stephen La Salle and Barbara Schoenike

Kathryn Lawhun and Mark Shinbrot

Janice Langley

David Leipziger

Dianne Long

Dan and Patty Manion

Juliane McAdam

Carol McPhee Norton

Dean and Louise Miller

Jim Healy and Leslie Mosson

Ruth Nagano

Elias and Ruth Nimeh

Frank and Virginia Pekar

Susan Piel

Artemisa Robinson

Carol and Frank Schutz

Marvin Seid

Annie Shanks

William Smith

Anne Tiber

Florence Touryan

Marisa Waddell

Tom and Carol Weiss

George P. Williams and Dulcie Taylor

Karen Wiles

Friends (up to $99)

Erika Banner

Heather and Ernie Billing

Elisabeth Blake

William Castellanos

Evelyn E. Cunningham

Mike and Judy Eisenhard

Lyle Gilbert

Harry Holden

Beverly James

Martin and Judith Kaliski

Patricia Kempel

Shannon McNeely

Moe and Joy Montoya

Ronald R. Tarica

Carla Tice

Bert and Elaine Twonsend

Roger Vogler and Nancy Webber

Bill Zweifel

2018-2019 Concert Sponsors

We are grateful to our concert sponsors, who are committed to enhancing the quality of life for everyone in our community.

Music Director Sponsor

Garrett Foulke and Dorothy Correa,
the Foulke Correa Foundation

Concert Sponsors

Concert I | Brahms’ Third Symphony | October 6, 2018

Michael and Dianne Draze

James and Jeanette Efird

Concert II | The American Masters | November 10, 2018

Thomas and Mary Tanner

Concert III | Spanish Guitar | February 2, 2019

Jeff and Melodee Brady

Concert IV | Big Sur Inspirations | March 9, 2019

A Coastal Awakenings program grant, from the Robert Shanbrom/Xiaoping Cheng Family Fund,
held at the Community Foundation of San Luis Obispo County

Concert V | Beethoven “Eroica” | May 4, 2019

The WinklerPrins Family, together with Kathryn L. and Brendan V. McAdams – in Honor of Vincent and Anneke WinklerPrins

Jim and Beverly Smith

The Clifton Swanson PAC Community Access Fund

Guest Soloist Sponsors

BMW of Santa Maria

Symphonic Forays Sponsor

Ursula and Mike Fitzgerald

Music Education Sponsors

Contributions to the San Luis Obispo Symphony’s education programs empower young people to become adults who are players, listeners and supporters of music.


General Music Education


John and Rebecca Baer

Carmen Fojo

Jim Gealy

Miriam Grisso

William and Glennis Houston

David and Cynthia Javitz

Nicole and Bradley Kyker

Juliane McAdam

Lorenzo Murguia, M.D.

Nancy Piver

Anne Tiber

Youth Symphony

Season Sponsors
Gifts of $3,000 or more make it possible for Youth Symphony participants to rehearse, perform and learn throughout the year.

E. Carrie Ramirez and Pam Dassenko, D.D.S.

Susan Polk Insurance Agency, Inc.

Concert Sponsors
Thank you to our sponsors whose gifts of $1,500 or more reward the talent and hard work of more than 200 Youth Symphony members and their parents with an incredible concert experience.

Francie Levy and Larry Akey

The Clifton Swanson PAC Community Access Fund

Susan Minker

Section Sponsors
Section sponsors’ gifts of up to $1,000 help build the foundation for a lifelong involvement in music, starting with Youth Symphony ensembles for new players and progressing to intermediate and advanced musicians.

Bud and Nellie Beecher

Mr. and Mrs. Dane Jones

Wayne and Gail McMorran

Thomas and Mary Tanner

Rosemary and Kathleen Thorne

Lawrence and Marilyn Vredevoe

Sally Young

Strings in the Schools

Donors to Strings in the Schools start more than 100 kids each year on a new path. Their support sends San Luis Obispo Symphony-trained teachers into classrooms for before- or after-school beginning string programs.

Harold J. Miossi Charitable Trust

Peter and Mary Russo Family Foundation, Inc.

Community Foundation, San Luis Obispo County

Music Van

Grants and gifts to the Music Van make encounters with classical music and instruments accessible through the Symphony’s traveling Petting Zoo and Notes In Class school and library presentations.

Robert H. Janssen Youth and Youth Sports Grants

Rita’s Rainbows

In-Kind Support

Cass Vineyard and Winery

Dignity Health’s French Hospital Medical Center

Gordon’s Floral Design

La Cuesta Inn

Tolosa Winery