Consider contributing to the FSO endowment, individual giving, or legacy giving. Click on the button below to view the Fayetteville Symphony Orchestra’s Guide to Giving.

2015 Fayetteville Symphony Orchestra Endowment Video Courtesy of Moonlight Communications.

Since 1956 the Symphony has educated, entertained, and inspired generations.  Resources are needed to continue the legacy.  Ticket sales, sponsorships, grants, sales, and gifts provide annual operating revenue.  Legacy Giving ensures that the brilliant performances of the Symphony continue.  Legacy Giving creates financial stability, attracts instrumental talent, and builds lasting relationships.

Supporting the Fayetteville Symphony Orchestra endowment ensures that our programs can continue to impact future generations. 

Our endowment fund is held by Cumberland Community Foundation and was established with a gift from Berte Howell to endow the Assistant Concertmaster chair.

How to give to the Fayetteville Symphony Orchestra Endowment at Cumberland Community Foundation:

Give Online: Donate online at www.cumberlandcf.org. Click on the “Donate Now” button in the upper right-hand corner of the screen. Once on the donation portal, scroll to the bottom of the page and type “Fayetteville Symphony Orchestra Endowment” into the search bar. Select the Fayetteville Symphony Orchestra Endowment and follow the on-screen instructions to make your gift online.

Mail a Check: Cumberland Community Foundation, PO Box 2345, Fayetteville, NC 28302. Please make your check payable to Cumberland Community Foundation with “Fayetteville Symphony Orchestra Endowment” noted in the check’s memo line.

Make a Distribution from a Donor Advised Fund: Recommend Cumberland Community Foundation, Inc. (tax id 58-1406831) to receive a grant as an addition to the “Fayetteville Symphony Orchestra Endowment”

Qualified Charitable Distribution from an IRA: Donors who are 70.5 or older may make a gift directly from their IRA up to $100,000 to Cumberland Community Foundation, Inc. (tax id 58-1406831) for the Fayetteville Symphony Orchestra Endowment. Call (910)483-4449 for instructions.

Donate Stock: For convenient giving of stock and other securities, Cumberland Community Foundation has accounts at many major brokerage houses. Call (910)483-4449 for instructions.

Make a Beneficiary Designation: Designate Cumberland Community Foundation, Inc. (tax id 58-1406831) as the beneficiary of your 401k, IRA, bank and investment accounts, trust, or insurance as an addition to the Fayetteville Symphony Orchestra Endowment.

Leave a Gift in Your Will: Create a charitable legacy by adding a few sentences to your will. Make your gift to “Cumberland Community Foundation, Inc., a North Carolina nonprofit corporation, as an addition to the Fayetteville Symphony Orchestra Endowment.”

Endowed Chairs

In order to build a stable financial base for the FSO into the future, an Endowed Chairs Program was instituted in 2004 at the Cumberland Community Foundation with a gift made by Mrs. Berte Howell.

We honor our chair-holders and their loved ones with permanent listing in the concert program. Chair naming opportunities begin at $35,000. 

To learn more about our Chair Underwriting program, call the FSO office at (910) 433-4690.

All endowments are held at Cumberland Community Foundation, Inc., PO Box 2345, Fayetteville, NC 28302 (910)483-4449

 Conductor’s Podium

The Fouad K. Fakhouri Endowment for Artistic Excellence

Given by Anonymous Donors

In Honor of Fouad Fakhouri, Music Director 2004-2016

Youth Orchestra Endowment

Gillie Shaw and Riddick Revelle Youth Orchestra Scholarship Endowment

Given by Gillie Revelle

Concertmaster Chair

Will Gillis Military Appreciation Endowed FSO Chair

Given by William John Gillis

This chair is currently held by Dr. Fabian Lopez.

Principal Players’ Society

Principal Viola | Principal Viola Endowed Chair

Given Anonymously

This chair is currently held by Dr. Clark Spencer

Principal Cello | The Carlos Zukowski Memorial Endowment

Given by Terri Union in loving memory of her husband, Carlos Zukowski

This chair is currently held by Jesse Smith 

Principal Flute | The Barbara Terry Chair

Given by Ellenor and Dan Barker

This chair is currently held by Sarah Busman

Principal Oboe | Grace Butler Keith Chair

Given by Anne and Tom Keith

This chair is currently held by Jessica Miller

Principal French Horn | Robert Drake Chair

Given by Robert Drake

This chair is currently held by Steve Skillman

Principal Trumpet | Susan and Richard Shereff Chair

Given by Susan and Richard Shereff

This chair is currently held by Dr. Tim Altman

Principal Tuba | Phoebe Edna Williams Curl Chair

Given by Edna Curl (posthumously)

This chair is currently held by Travis Moffitt

Principal Piano | Principal Piano Endowed Chair

Given Anonymously

This chair is currently held by Anastasia Bryant (Acting Principal)

Players’ Society

Assistant Concertmaster | Berte Dean Carter and AA Howell, Jr. Endowed Chair

Given by Berte D. Carter Howell

This chair is currently held by Megan Kenny

Second Violin | Leroy Anderson Chair for the Last Chair in Second Violins

Given Anonymously

This chair is currently held by Carey Sleeman

Second Viola | Dr. Glen Kenney Memorial Chair

Given by Elizabeth Keeney in loving memory of her husband.

This chair is currently held by David Phillips

Second Cello | Deborah and Walter Greene Chair

Given by Deborah and Walter Greene in memory of Aliene S. Greene

This chair is currently held by Peter Swanson

Second String Bass | William F. Grimes and Frances Loy Grimes Endowment for String Bass

Given by Frances Loy Grimes

This chair is currently held by Stuart McLemore

Second Clarinet | Michael and Lynette Green Chair

Given by Michael and Lynette Green in loving memory of the Samuel Fine Family, John and Ursula Green and Carlos Zukowski

This chair is currently held by Nathan Miller-Olawsky

Second Trumpet | The Marion Cusak Vonnegut & Norbert Josef Vonnegut Chair

Given by Joseph Vonnegut and Family

This chair is currently held by Grant Barker (1 year) and Dean Oaks (sabbatical)

Other Endowments

Shirley & Jim Konneker Endowment for the Fayetteville Symphony Orchestra

Given by Shirley and Jim Konneker

Featured Musician

Matthew Parunak – Bass Trombone

Matthew Parunak is a professional music arranger, visual designer, and trombonist from Chapel Hill, NC. Currently, he serves as music director for Orquesta K’Che Salsa band, bass trombonist for the Durham Symphony Orchestra under Maestro William Curry, and assistant band director at Jordan High School in Durham, NC. Matthew also serves as adjunct faculty at Elon University in Music Education, as well as brass staff with the University of North Carolina Marching Tar Heels.  He received his Bachelor’s Degree in Tuba Performance in 2008 and his Master’s Degree in Arts and Teaching in 2009, both from UNC-Chapel Hill. From 2009-2012, Matthew was the Director of Bands at Forbush High School and Forbush Middle School, where his marching and concert bands received consistent Superior and Excellence ratings.  As an active arranger and clinician, he has written more than 50 marching band shows for bands across the state of North Carolina, while consulting with many band programs across the state of North Carolina. Joanna Ross Hersey, former prinicpal tubist of the United States Coast Guard Band, commissioned Matthew to write an original theme and variations piece for solo tuba and wind ensemble. It was premiered in November of 2016 by the ECU Wind Ensemble, under the direction of Dr. Scott Carter.

To Educate. To Entertain. To Inspire.

The Fayetteville Symphony Orchestra was founded in 1956 in Fayetteville, North Carolina, and is a professional, regional orchestra whose mission is to educate, entertain, and inspire the citizens of the Fayetteville, North Carolina region as the leading musical resource.  Praised for its artistic excellence, the Symphony leads in the cultural and educational landscape for Fayetteville and the southeastern North Carolina region.

The Fayetteville Symphony typically performs 8 concerts during any given season performing both at Methodist University and Fayetteville State University. Partnerships with other agencies include collaborative performances with Cape Fear Regional Theatre, chamber concerts at St. John’s Episcopal Church, as well as the city’s annual Independence concert with fireworks. The Symphony brings music to the schools and the community by performing educational concerts, as well as having its own Fayetteville Symphony Youth Orchestra, after school strings and summer music camps.

This organization is supported in part by a space grant from the BB&T Term Endowment of Cumberland Community Foundation, Inc.

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