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September 29, 2022, Ann Arbor, MI (1 min. read) — The Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra (A²SO) is delighted to announce the launch of the Podium Promise campaign, establishing a $3 million fundraising goal to permanently endow the position of the orchestra’s Music Director. 

More than $1.7M has already been raised, and securing the remaining funds will enable the campaign to accomplish three specific objectives, laid out by the A²SO’s Executive Director Sarah Calderini:

“The Podium Promise campaign represents a landmark fundraising initiative in the Ann Arbor Symphony’s nearly 100-year history. The success of the campaign will allow us to secure and cultivate leadership of the highest caliber. This achieved, we can devote resources to further expand our programming, engaging a growing, diverse audience of all ages as well as attracting and retaining the most talented orchestral musicians in the nation.”

Following a three-year international search process that evaluated over 225 candidates, 6 Music Director finalists conducted the A²SO in programs across the 2021-22 season. On June 9 of this year, the Symphony announced Earl Lee as its next Music Director, bringing the 2022 Solti Award winner and Assistant Conductor of the Boston Symphony to Ann Arbor to spearhead the next chapter of the city’s artistic development. For Maestro Lee, “the Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra has a long history of attracting and platforming exceptional artistry, be it musicians, conductors, or guest performers. I’m so excited to open a new chapter of outstanding performances with this remarkable orchestra, both this season and for years to come.”

Jennie Balch Hale, A²SO Director of Development & Donor Services, comments: “A strong board and executive leadership, dedicated staff, and talented musicians elevate the A²SO as one of the most financially sound and well-managed nonprofits in the region. As we look to build the Symphony’s capacity to provide stable and predictable employment for exceptional musicians and thought leaders in the sector, a fully-funded endowment represents a commitment to securing the future of the Ann Arbor Symphony’s vision and artistic leadership.”

For more information on the campaign and how to give, visit www.a2so.com/podiumpromise.

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