The Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra (A2SO) is one of America’s leading regional orchestras. Our audiences are some of the most passionate around, the quality of the orchestra has been profoundly elevated, and more young people in schools are served than ever before. The A2SO has advanced to the highest level in its nearly 100-year history. Now is the time to invest in the A2SO’s mission of delivering the highest quality performances of the greatest music ever written to an ever-growing audience.

Securing a $3.0 million endowment for the Music Director’s position will enable the A2SO to:
Secure and cultivate artistic leadership of the highest caliber
Expand programming to engage a growing, diverse audience of all ages
Attract and retain the most talented orchestral musicians in the nation

Why support

Your donation will generate long-term benefits, making this a financially-sound investment that will sustain our community’s greatest musical asset. Donors to this fund will permanently and significantly provide a larger and predictable source of funding for continued musical leadership and ensure our financial stability to plan for future growth.

With strong board and executive leadership, dedicated staff, and talented musicians, the A2SO is now one of the most financially sound and well-managed nonprofits in the region. As we look to build the Symphony’s capacity to provide a stable and predictable source of income, we respectfully invite you to consider making your best gift ever toward our goal of a $3M podium endowment.

Click the button below to give instantly, or contact Jennifer E. Balch to discuss your gift options: | (734) 994-4801 (ext. 104)

INTRODUCING EARL LEE | The 14th Music Director of the A2SO

Following a three-year search that evaluated over 225 exceptional candidates, Earl Lee was appointed Music Director of the Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra on June 9, 2022.

As the orchestra’s fourteenth director since its founding in 1928, Lee opens a new era of leadership in the arts, culture and community of Southeastern Michigan. Click the button below to read about our Maestro’s story and his vision for the future of the Symphony.


The Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra is indebted to the following individuals for their tireless advocacy and support of the Podium Promise campaign:

Geoff Barnes & Grant Gorman
Thomas H. & Mary Steffek Blaske
Martha & David Bloom
William Bolcom & Joan Morris
Alex & Connie Bridges
Harry & Carmen Cross
Michael Daugherty & Yopie Prins
Aaron & Afa Dworkin
Kim & Darlene Eagle
J. Robert & Julie Gates
Steve & Joyce Gerber
Rick & Debby Hendricks
David & Phyllis Herzig
Ann & Brent Hollenbeck
Lesa & Michael Huget
Paul & Carolyn Lichter
Tim Marshall & Emily Moore-Marshall
Bill & Jan Maxbauer
Tom & Debby McMullen
Martha Darling & Gil Omenn
Carol Sewell & Jeff Weikinger
Jane Wilkinson & Howard Ando
A. Michael & Remedios Montalbo Young