Your support brings the inspiration and healing power of music to people’s lives.

Supporting Rochester Symphony

Did you know…

  • Ticket sales cover less than 30% of the cost of producing Rochester Symphony concert series and community engagement programs.
  • Over two thirds of the Rochester Symphony budget comes from donations from individuals like you. Approximately 1/3 of our philanthropic giving comes from corporate sponsorships and grants from foundations and government agencies.

Your gifts enable us to share live musical performances with the people of Southeastern Minnesota and visitors to our community, and allows us to keep concert prices affordable. Each dollar of your donation touches a life with the gift of music.


Give in memory of a loved one.


How matching gifts work
Imagine if you could double the impact of your gift. It’s easy! Challenge your employer to match your generosity and watch your investment grow.

Corporate matching gift programs give you the opportunity to help direct your company’s philanthropic dollars toward the organization of your choice. Your company receives a tax deduction for each match but you get the donor credit.

For many companies, the minimum gift matched is $25. Employees are usually entitled to several matches per year, up to several hundred dollars or more.

​Obtain a matching gift form from your Human Resources office, or check your company’s website for downloadable forms.

We’ll do the rest! Send the completed form with your gift to:

Rochester Symphony
1530 Greenview Dr SW, Suite 120
Rochester, MN 55902


In our concert program we list all donors who have supported the Symphony in the previous 15 months.  (Those who prefer to remain anonymous can do so by contacting the Symphony office.) We also list our supporters on our website, which is updated regularly during concert season.


New Founders Circle Members are key stakeholders in the Rochester Symphony who have made a commitment to give $7,500 or more over three years (the same amount the Mayo Brothers gave annually when the symphony first began 100 years ago).
New Founders Circle Members will enjoy: 

  • A unique relationship with the organization where members are engaged and their input shapes the future of the Rochester Symphony
  • Special communications and annual events in recognition of their generous support
  • A personal connection to the Mayo Brothers’ legacy of supporting cultural and artistic excellence in our community

For more information, email Amy Lindstrom, President/CEO or call 507-286-8742.


Planned giving – A gift with an impact long into the future.

The programs of the Rochester Symphony depend on your goodwill and generosity. By naming us as a beneficiary in your will or estate plan, you will be recognized as a member of the Daisy Plummer Society. Please notify us so we can include you.

The Daisy Plummer Society is named for a woman who worked to create a dynamic environment for the arts and music in Rochester. She was the driving force behind the establishment of the Rochester Symphony. The society honors Daisy and individuals and families who have made provisions in their will or estate plans for the long-term sustainability of the organization.

Gifts can be directed to the area of the donor’s choice including specific programs, operations or the reserve fund.

To learn more about how you can leave your legacy through a planned gift, as well as ways we may recognize your gift, email Amy Lindstrom, President/CEO or call 507-286-8742.

Invest in Symphony

One of the most tax-wise ways to support Rochester Symphony is by making a gift of appreciated stocks or other securities. You will get a charitable deduction for the full market value of the security on the day of the gift without paying tax on the amount that the security has appreciated in value since you purchased it.

Foundation & Grants

Empowering the arts

The Rochester Symphony is proud to have the support of many private and community foundations and organizations each year. These foundations and organizations play an important role in helping to secure the financial future of organizations like ours. They help us make the arts accessible to more people and contribute to the cultural fabric that makes Southeast Minnesota a thriving place to live and work. We offer our sincere thanks to our contributors for their ongoing commitment to the mission and distinctive artistry of the Rochester Symphony.

Special Recognition

The Rochester Symphony is grateful for the many years of support from the Southeastern Minnesota Arts Council, the Minnesota State Arts Board and the National Endowment for the Arts. These ongoing relationships provide essential operating and program support to the Symphony each year.