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Scroll down to learn more about the 2016-17 Annual Fund and the extraordinary outreach efforts of the Erie Philharmonic

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Giving Levels


"You never know who you will positively influence with your music."

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Giving Levels


"You never know who you will positively influence with your music."


Gifts are essential in our ability to continue to provide quality artistic programming and meaningful educational outreach to the Erie community. 



New for 2016-17

All new and increased gifts towards our Emanuel Ax Residency will be matched dollar-for-dollar by a very generous gift from Thomas B. Hagen.  Call 455-1375 to learn more!


More than 25% of our annual budget comes from the Phil’s Annual Fund Appeal and enables us to complete our mission: to strengthen the community by providing high quality, live orchestra programs to people of all ages across the region. We truly hope that you will consider supporting the work of the Erie Philharmonic by making a gift to share in the excitement.

In appreciation for your generous support, the Erie Philharmonic is pleased to offer the following updated benefits:

Encore Club Levels 

Conductor’s Circle $10,000+

  • Recognition as sponsor of Music Director Daniel Meyer OR one of our soloists
  • Invitation for you and one guest to a special lunch or dinner with Maestro Daniel Meyer and applicable soloist OR special pre-concert champagne toast with Daniel Meyer before sponsored concert
  • Priority subscription seating consideration
  • Encore Club parking pass for the Northwest Savings bank parking lot, directly across the street from the Warner Theatre entrance on State Street
  • Encore Club Lounge admission card - the Encore Club Lounge is located on the second floor and provides complimentary drinks and desserts prior to each subscription performance
  • Invitation to an exclusive open dress rehearsal 
  • Invitation to yearly donor recognition and post-concert events, as well as our Annual Meeting in June
  • Opportunity to invite friends to concerts when tickets are available

Gold Baton $5,000 – $9,999

  • Invitation to lunch or dinner with Music Director Daniel Meyer and Executive Director Steve Weiser
  • Priority subscription seating consideration
  • Encore Club parking pass for the Northwest Savings bank parking lot, directly across the street from the Warner Theatre entrance on State Street
  • Encore Club Lounge admission card - the Encore Club Lounge is located on the second floor and provides complimentary drinks and desserts prior to each subscription performance
  • Invitation to an exclusive open dress rehearsal 
  • Invitation to yearly donor recognition and post-concert events, as well as our Annual Meeting in June
  • Opportunity to invite friends to concerts when tickets are available

Silver Baton $2,500 – $4,999

  • Priority subscription seating consideration
  • Encore Club parking pass for the Northwest Savings bank parking lot, directly across the street from the Warner Theatre entrance on State Street
  • Encore Club Lounge admission card - the Encore Club Lounge is located on the second floor and provides complimentary drinks and desserts prior to each subscription performance
  • Invitation to an exclusive open dress rehearsal 
  • Invitation to yearly donor recognition and post-concert events, as well as our Annual Meeting in June
  • A pair of vouchers for any concert during the 2016-2017 season

Bronze Baton $1,500 – $2,499

  • Encore Club parking pass for the Northwest Savings bank parking lot, directly across the street from the Warner Theatre entrance on State Street
  • Encore Club Lounge admission card - the Encore Club Lounge is located on the second floor and provides complimentary drinks and desserts prior to each subscription performance
  • Invitation to an exclusive open dress rehearsal 
  • Invitation to yearly donor recognition and post-concert events, as well as our Annual Meeting in June
  • A pair of vouchers for any concert during the 2016-2017 season

Benefactor Member $1,000 – $1,499

  • Encore Club Lounge admission card - the Encore Club Lounge is located on the second floor and provides complimentary drinks and desserts prior to each subscription performance
  • Invitation to an exclusive open dress rehearsal 
  • Invitation to yearly donor recognition and post-concert events, as well as our Annual Meeting in June
  • A pair of vouchers for any concert during the 2016-2017 season

 Sustaining Member $500 – $999

  • Invitation to yearly donor recognition and post-concert events, as well as our Annual Meeting in June
  • A pair of vouchers for any concert during the 2016-2017 season

Supporting Member $100 – $499

  • A pair of vouchers for any concert during the 2016-2017 season



Your Annual Fund support at work in the community!

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Encore Club


Encore Club

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Encore Club


Encore Club


Those who support the Erie Philharmonic at the $1,500+ level are members of our Encore Club.  This dedicated support allows us the ability to continually bring world-class talent and impactful outreach to thousands of people of all ages each year from across the region. 


Benefits start at the $1,500 level, and include:

  • Encore Club parking pass for the Northwest Savings bank parking lot, directly across the street from the Warner Theatre entrance on State Street
  • Encore Club Lounge admission card - the Encore Club Lounge is located on the second floor and provides complimentary drinks and desserts prior to each subscription performance
  • Invitation to an exclusive open dress rehearsal
  • Invitation to yearly donor recognition and post-concert events, as well as our Annual Meeting in June
  • A pair of vouchers for any concert during the 2016-2017 season

The full list of benefits for higher levels of support are listed above. 

Download this pledge form and return it to the Erie Philharmonic office at 23 West 10th Street, Suite 3, Erie, PA 16501, today to reserve your parking spot for the 2016-2017 season.  Spots will go quickly!


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IRA


IRA Charitable Rollover

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IRA Charitable Rollover


USE Your IRA for Your Annual Gift and Your Estate Gift


Taxpayers must start taking required minimum distributions from many types of retirement accounts in the year they turn 70.5, whether or not they want or need them.

Objectives Met:

  • Reduces my current income tax
  • Supports the Erie Philharmonic
  • I enjoy seeing the impact of my charitable gift now
  • Ensures lasting support for my favorite causes
  • Reduces potential impact of federal estate and gift tax
  • Reduces tax impact of required minimum distributions

Gift Spotlight:

Betty, aged 80, must take a required minimum distribution of $25,000 this year from her IRA.  She wants to use the funds to make her annual contribution to support the Erie Philharmonic matching gift program for Emanuel Ax.  She usually does not itemize her taxes and thus has the funds transferred directly to us, using the IRA charitable rollover to make her annual contribution.  Betty escapes both federal and state tax.  Betty also decides to make us the beneficiary of her IRA in her estate plan and leave other assets to her loved ones.  She chooses this gift strategy because her loved ones would have to pay income tax on her IRA proceeds.

Gift Impact:

  • Your gift will have an immediate, tangible effect on the Philharmonic.  Examples of this impact include:
  • Sponsor busing expenses for children to attend our annual Youth Concerts
  • Cover the travel fee or soloist fee for our guest artists
  • Cover the cost of musicians for one concert, one series, or the entire season
  • Sponsor special events like our Casablanca concert or Emanuel Ax Residency
  • Cover the rental fee for the Warner Theatre

To take advantage of this opportunity, please contact Executive Director Steve Weiser at 455-1375, ext. 20 or sweiser@eriephil.org

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Crescendo Society


Crescendo Society

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Crescendo Society


Crescendo Society


The Erie Philharmonic has become a paramount institution in the Erie Community thanks to its many supporters. The Legacy Society is a group of such individuals who have chosen to establish a legacy by remembering the Erie Philharmonic in their estate plans.


An Annual Report from 1949

We need to continually confront the challenge of excellence and longevity with a strong and secure financial base. 

Through planned giving, the Erie Philharmonic Staff, Music Director and Board of Directors has set a goal to increase the Philharmonic's Endowment Fund to $3 million by the end of the 2019 season.  Estate Gifts of $10,000 or more to the endowment have never been as important.

Those who provide for the Erie Philharmonic through planned giving at a minimum of $10,000 are recognized as members of the Crescendo Society.  As a thank you, members of this society will be invited to an exclusive lunch with Music Director Daniel Meyer once a year for a behind-the-scenes look into the Philharmonic. 



Endowment Naming Opportunities

Conductor's Circle - $250,000

Exclusive group of donors who wish to permanently endow the Music Director's chair.  This position is currently held by Daniel Meyer.

Concertmaster's Circle - $100,000

Exclusive group of donors who wish to permanently endow the Concertmaster's chair.  This position is currently held by Ken Johnston.

Principal Musician Chair - $50,000

Major donors to the Philharmonic endowment who wish to underwrite the chair of a principal musician.  

Musician Chair - $25,000

Donors to the Philharmonic endowment who wish to recognize the chair of a musician who has had a special influence or impact on their life and enjoyment of fine music.

Sustaining Member - $10,000

Special recognition to donors who help assure through their generous gift that the endowment remains as a stabilizing force and lifeblood for the orchestra.


Crescendo Society

Raymond Johnson

Wally and Gloria Knox

Marilyn Levinson

John and Linkty Luther

Gregory Moore

Douglas Murphy

Melany Myers

Calvin Neithamer

Carl and Maura Pelinsky

Stephen Pett

Barbara Pollock

Gary Raimy

Al and Peggy Richardson

William and Francis Schuster

Pauline Scott

Laura Shaffer

Frances Strong

Roger Sturtevant

William and Janice Underhill

Tom and Cheryl Vicary

Leon and Laura Wallerstein

Charles Wheeler

Emma Williams

Anonymous

Hermine Bauschard

Don and Susan Baxter

Mr. & Mrs. Boyd Bert Jr.

Helen Billman

Louise Bliss

Miss Jean Louise Bloom, Ph.D.

Howard Bovee

Charles and Noel Burgoyne

Pete and Isabel Clemens

Mrs. Betty Davis

Jean Sturtevant Dunn

Judy Emling

John and Bonnie Enders

David Fugate

Fletcher and Elsie Gornall

Alan Greener

Robert and Betsy Guelcher

Thomas Hagen

Mary Harris

Barbara Hauck

Wally Faas and Patty Holstein

Rob Hoff

John William Kloss

 


The Erie Philharmonic in 1913


Types of Planned Gifts

Wills or Living Trusts

A last will and testament reflects an individual’s most beloved people, values, and causes. Bequests to the Erie Philharmonic can designate a dollar amount, a percentage of an estate, or a piece of property. A benefactor may also instruct how a gift should be used. A bequest made through a will or trust is free of estate tax.

Gift Annuities

A charitable gift annuity has rewards the giver or loved ones with dependable fixed income for life, provides a charitable income tax deduction, can potentially reduce estate taxes, and may enable capital gains tax savings. Charitable gifts can be funded with cash or marketable securities, and are designed for people of retirement age or older. Income provided through these gifts is based on age and remains fixed for life.

Remainder Trusts

Remainder trusts are versatile planned gifts that can provide for several loved ones, be customized to the donor’s needs, and can serve as vehicles for giving non-traditional assets such as land or real estate. The trust payout rate is determined at the time the trust is established. Payout percentage remains the same, although income may fluctuate depending on market performance.

Retirement Plans

Qualified retirement accounts such as an IRA, 401(k), Keogh, or SEP can be used to make a legacy gift to the Erie Philharmonic. While these assets are heavily taxed for heirs, 100% can be used to support a charity. Benefactors are frequently counseled to use tax-favorable assets such as cash or securities for family, and consider using qualified retirement plans as planned gifts.

Real Estate

Real estate is an excellent and sometimes overlooked type of planned gift. Property can be given to the Erie Philharmonic outright, deeded as a gift, or sold below market value. Benefactors may give residences or vacation homes while retaining the right to living in them for the remainder of their lives. People giving real estate are entitled to income tax deductions, as well as potential reductions in their taxable estates.

Life Insurance Policies

Gifts of insurance policies can be simply arranged by naming the Erie Philharmonic as beneficiary. This form of planned giving is particularly appropriate when policies have outlived their initial purposes. It also enables benefactors to make significant gifts without negatively affecting cash flow.


For more information, contact Executive Director Steve Weiser at 814.455.1375, ext. 20 or sweiser@eriephil.org.


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Volunteer


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Volunteer

The Erie Philharmonic offers a variety of ways for individuals to get involved as a volunteer. Philharmonic volunteers enjoy contributing to the success of one of our region’s cultural treasures. There are a wide variety of volunteer jobs that need to be filled. Some require only a few hours of your time, while others involve a more serious time commitment. But with the many volunteer options available, there is sure to be one that fits your interests, skills and available time.

Concert Ushers

Volunteer ushers help make an evening at Philharmonic an enjoyable experience for our concert patrons. Ushers help patrons locate their seats, answer questions and generally attend to the comfort and safety of concertgoers. Ushers are needed for each Saturday evening concert presented at the Warner Theatre. Ushers should be customer service oriented. The benefit of serving as a volunteer usher is complimentary admittance to the concert.

Erie Philharmonic Chorus

The Erie Philharmonic Chorus appears several times each concert season, performing both major choral works in the symphonic series, as well as lighter works for the pops series. Chorus members meet weekly from September through April to prepare for choral performances. Although participation is by audition, the Chorus is mostly amateur musicians willing to make the commitment to learn and perform masterworks of the choral literature. Ultimately, enjoying the thrill of performing in the grand Warner Theatre under the auspices of the Erie Philharmonic Orchestra conductor and other guest conductors. is the benefit of being a part of the Chorus.

Office Volunteers

Office volunteers are always needed to perform a variety of tasks such as mailings, phone calls, filing, etc. Office volunteers can assist on an as-needed basis or some may prefer to set a regular schedule.

Fundraising Event Volunteers

Each year the Erie Philharmonic presents a series of fundraising events in support of our mission to share live symphonic music with the region. Volunteers to plan and implement these events are always appreciated. Event volunteers should be detail-oriented, creative and results-driven.

Open Invitation

Do you have a talent or skill you’d like to share with the Erie Philharmonic? Call and let us know. There are many ways you can help besides those listed above. We’d love to hear from you.

To discuss ways to volunteer with the Erie Philharmonic, please contact Lisa Herring at 814-455-1375 or Lisa@EriePhil.org. Thanks for your interest.