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Signature Supporters

Our Signature Supporter program recognizes generous donors who give gifts of $5,000 or more annually. In celebration of their critical role in supporting The Cleveland Orchestra each year, these donors are recognized as members of special Signature Supporter Societies named to honor important and inspirational leaders in the Orchestra's history.

We are sincerely grateful to the growing list of individuals who have provided generous gifts of cash or pledges to the Annual Fund, benefit events, tours and residencies, and special program support.

Become a Signature Supporter

To join the generous donors who support The Cleveland Orchestra at the Signature Supporter level each year, follow this link to donate now or call Em Ezell, Annual Giving Officer, at 216-231-7523.

We are pleased to recognize the generosity and leadership of our Signature Supporters with the following benefits:

The 1929 Society — gifts of $5,000 to $9,999

  • Name recognition in our Annual Report
  • Donor-exclusive email updates
  • Priority ticketing
  • Invitation for you and a guest to all donor-exclusive rehearsals at Severance Hall
  • Recognition in the Severance Hall and Blossom Music Festival programs 
  • Access to Kulas Plaza — the private donor space at Blossom Music Center
  • Access to the Frank Hadley Ginn Suite — the private donor dining room in Severance Hall — for Thursday evening Cleveland Orchestra subscription concerts
  • Access to Ginn Suite intermission hospitality for Cleveland Orchestra evening subscription concerts
  • Invitation to our annual Gala benefit event
  • Invitations to exclusive events throughout the season

Frank H. Ginn Society — $10,000 to $14,999
All of the above, plus…

  • Invitation to join the Orchestra on tour
  • Invitation to Season Celebration event

Dudley S. Blossom Society — $15,000 to $24,999
All of the above, plus…

  • Themed Severance Hall tours

Elisabeth DeWitt Severance Society — $25,000 to $49,999
All of the above, plus…

  • Blossom Music Festival concert dedication
  • Season Listening Guide, upon request

George Szell Society — $50,000 to $99,999
All of the above, plus…

  • Reception with Cleveland Orchestra musicians in the Szell Library
  • Severance Hall or Blossom Music Festival concert dedication

Adella Prentiss Hughes Society — $100,000 and more

All of the above, plus personalized experiences to honor your visionary gift.

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Signature Supporter SOCIETIES

The Adella Prentiss Hughes Society honors the Orchestra's founder and first manager, who from 1918 envisioned an ensemble dedicated to community service, music education, and performing excellence.

The George Szell Society is named after the Orchestra's fourth music director, who served for twenty-four seasons (1946-70) while refining the ensemble's international reputation for clarity of sound and unsurpassed musical excellence.

The Elisabeth DeWitt Severance Society honors not only the woman in whose memory Severance Hall was built, but her selfless sharing, including her insistence on nurturing an orchestra not just for the wealthy but for everyone.

The Dudley S. Blossom Society honors one of the Orchestra's early and most generous benefactors, whose dedication and charm rallied thousands to support and nurture a hometown orchestra toward greatness.

The Frank H. Ginn Society honors the man whose judicious management of Severance Hall's finances and construction created a beautiful and welcoming home for Cleveland's Orchestra.

The 1929 Society honors the vibrant community spirit that propelled 3,000 volunteers and donors to raise over $2 million in a nine-day campaign in April 1929 to meet and match John and Elisabeth Severance's challenge gift toward the building of the Orchestra's new concert hall.

Leadership Patron CommittEE

Barbara Robinson, Chair
Robert N. Gudbranson, Vice Chair

Ronald H. Bell
James T. Dakin
Karen E. Dakin
Henry C. Doll
Judy Ernest
Nicki N. Gudbranson
Jack Harley
Iris Harvie
Faye A. Heston
Brinton L. Hyde
David C. Lamb
Larry J. Santon
Raymond T. Sawyer

The Cleveland Orchestra extends special thanks to the Leadership Patron Committee for their commitment to each year's annual support initiatives.