Help us compose the future

Music Director Daniel Meyer

You step into the historic Warner Theatre.  You see the array of plush orange seats, the golden glow from the chandeliers, the musicians of the Philharmonic taking the stage in concert black, testing their instruments and warming up.  The lights dim, the crowd comes to a hush, and you hear the musicians of the Philharmonic tune to a unison ‘A’, and the house lights fall dim.  

Thank you for being such an important part of this magical experience.  Please consider making the Philharmonic part of your legacy giving during our Endowment 2020 Campaign to insure that generations of Erie families will continue to enjoy the great musicians and great music-making for generations to come.  Those amazing Saturday nights at the Warner Theatre will continue to inspire audiences and enrich people’s lives in ways yet to be told - your gift helps us compose the future. 

In honor of Beethoven’s 250th Birthday in 2020, the Philharmonic launched a four-year festival in 2016 with the idea that everyone in Erie should have the opportunity to hear the works of Beethoven live at least once in their lifetimes.  To celebrate this 250th birthday, we are looking for 25 new estate pledges by the end of our festival in June 2020.

Our goals, by the end of our 2019-2020 Season:

  • An endowment of at least $10 million (current $5.8 million)
  • At least 25 new estate pledges, in honor of the conclusion of our Beethoven 4/4 Festival

Endow your annual gift

Make a plan so that the programs and goals most important to you continue thriving after your lifetime.  Your current Annual Fund gift serves as our lifeblood each season, ensuring that we can continue all of our various activities from sold-out concerts to piano donations, and everything in between.

The first number represents your potential current Annual Fund gift - the second number is the amount needed to endow your gift forever.*       

$250 : $6,250

$500 : $12,500

$1,500 : $37,500

$2,500 : $62,500

$5,000 : $125,000


Imagine that.  Your estate pledge of $37,500 towards our Endowment 2020 Campaign ensures that the orchestra would receive your yearly $1,500 gift forever.  That's composing the future.

* At a 4 percent endowment spending level, 25 times an annual gift amount equals a perpetual gift

The legendary Emanuel Ax

Gift designations

  • Endowment
    • Gifts to this fund perpetuate your support of the orchestra for many years to come.  The principal of your gift remains secure while a portion is withdrawn each year.  

  • General Operating
    • As a more immediate way to help the financial stability of the Erie Philharmonic, gifts in this category will be used to cover musicians’ costs and other concert-related fees each season.

  • Educational Outreach
    • Your designated gift will be used to fund our annual Youth Concerts, instrumental petting zoos, music director visits, master classes from guest artists, community performances, piano donations and more!

  • Guest Artists
    • All funds in this category will be used to help cover expenses for around guest artists, movie presentations with live orchestra, special events, etc.

  • Junior Philharmonic
    • Help secure the future of the Junior Philharmonic by designating your gift to this fund. In existence since 1953, this storied organization has been training young professional musicians, many of whom have gone on to careers in music across the country.

  • Philharmonic Chorus
    • Since 1952, the Erie Philharmonic Chorus has been proudly performing alongside the orchestra, presenting some of the finest choral works in the classical and pops repertoire. Your gift here will ensure that the Philharmonic Chorus continues to flourish for decades to come.

Youth Concerts for over 6,000 students


Your gift may entitle you to the following tax benefits:*

  • Federal estate tax exemption
  • Immediate income tax deduction
  • Elimination of capital gains taxes
  • Variable income for life

Crescendo Society

Additionally, those who include the Philharmonic in their estate plans (minimum gift $10,000) will become members of the Crescendo Society and will receive the following benefits:

  • Invitation to annual thank you dinner with Maestro Daniel Meyer and fellow Crescendo Society members
  • Usage of Encore Parking Lot and Encore Lounge for all concerts at the Warner Theatre
  • Name listed as member of Crescendo Society on  website and in program book

* For legal or tax advice, please consult an attorney and/or CPA