A gift to your Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra keeps the music playing. Give the gift of music this Giving Tuesday and make the music happen not only on stage, but in classrooms, day care centers, libraries, farmers markets, senior centers and assisted living complexes.

Why we give


The A2SO Youth Concerts are an amazing opportunity for my students. My 4th graders spend the year learning how to play the recorder, and I use the repertoire from the concerts to enhance what I already use. Students not only learn how to play the pieces, but also information about them. The curriculum that we receive from the A2SO/Carnegie Hall’s Link Up is very accessible. When we go to the concerts, the look on the students’ faces when they play WITH the orchestra, hearing all of the music around them is priceless. Participating in such a large community, playing and singing together, creates an energizing and positive impact on my students. It is amazing enough for my students to sit and listen to a concert, but when they get to participate in the music making, it really means a lot to them. They come back from the concert even more excited to continue to learn and participate in music. Thank you A2SO for giving my students another reason to get excited about participating in music!

We support the A2SO because it enriches our lives and our community. The A2SO is always looking for ways to innovate and make classical music accessible and interesting to as broad an audience as possible. We are proud to support the A2SO and their strong educational outreach, especially in school district where arts education and exposure is not routinely available.

It is an honor to have such superb musicians, playing such quality music right in your own backyard. Remember, we do not have to drive an hour or more away for a quality evening of professional music.

We do not take for granted the great experience our A2 orchestra gives us. Just imagine the loss and emptiness if we did not have our Symphony! The A2 Symphony enriches our great city so we contribute what we can to let the musicians and staff know we value the outstanding product they provide. We are happy to help secure the future for our Conductor Arie Lipsky and our beloved Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra.

Your impact



Members of the A2SO join movement specialist Gari Stein and pianist Kathryn Goodson for a guided introduction to the instruments of the orchestra. Parents, grandparents, teachers, and day care leaders can introduce classical music to even the youngest listeners at your local libraries.



Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra musicians bring the orchestra off the stage and into your school for a close-up musical experience where children are active listeners. These 30-minute performances are designed to introduce classical music and the instruments of the orchestra to students in grades K to 5.



Children have the chance to get up close and personal with the orchestral instruments they see professionally played on stage. Instrument Petting Zoos inhabit Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra Family Concerts, daycare centers, classrooms, festivals and farmers markets around Washtenaw, Livingston, Oakland and Wayne Counties.



Concerts designed specifically for middle school students introducing them to the wonders of classical music through themed programs. Bus subsidies and free tickets are sponsored by donors like you!

Your Impact by the Numbers

Patrons reached across all programs

Total "in school" engagement

Elementary School Concerts

Middle School Concerts

Attendance at our 18 KinderConcerts

Students reached in Classroom Concerts

Special needs patrons reached through Sensory Friendly Concerts

Community performances

Patrons reached with Instrument Petting Zoos

Schools visited by Arie Lipsky

Students reached during conductor visits