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Individual Giving

For nearly a century, the South Dakota Symphony Orchestra has been an important part of the fabric of Sioux Falls and beyond. Generations of supporters like you have inspired the orchestra’s performances and continued service to our region. Thank you for your ongoing generosity.

You can make a real and lasting impact on the orchestra’s annual offerings by renewing and increasing your gift to the Annual Fund. Your Annual Fund gift not only supports orchestral performances in the spectacular Mary W. Sommervold Hall, but also supports music education and community building programs.

Our 2019-20 season highlights include:

  • The South Dakota Symphony Orchestra and Music Director Delta David Gier present the Lakota Music Project in Washington D.C. October 16 – 21, 2019. The Washington D.C. residency features two Native American Music Award winning artists: singer Emmanuel Black Bear (Oglala Lakota) and cedar flutist Bryan Akipa (Sisseton-Wahpeton), who are joined by SDSO musicians, Professor Ronnie Theisz, and Lakota elder Chris Eagle Hawk. With Gier, they represent the South Dakota Symphony and the Lakota Music Project as musical ambassadors for the state of South Dakota.
  • In anticipation of Chinese New Year, Chinese composer Zhou Long meets with the Chinese Association in Brookings and Sioux Falls. Plus, the Sioux Falls Lion Dance team performs at the January 11 concert!
  • In celebration of Beethoven’s 250th anniversary year, the SDSO season finale is his glorious Symphony No. 9 with a multicultural quartet of singers. The first half of the concert features our Bridging Cultures program with music from Indian, Arab, and Mexican composers.

Your ongoing support makes this unique, community centered programming possible. Your renewed and increased support ensures that the orchestra will always be one of this community’s enduring institutions. On behalf of everyone who loves and values the South Dakota Symphony Orchestra, thank you!


Donor level and benefits are based on giving from July 1, 2019 – June 30, 2020.

Your gift is tax-deductible and all gifts are acknowledged in the season program book.

Friend: $1 – $249

Champion: $250 – $499

Advocate: $500 – $999

Donors at the Maestro level and above receive a parking pass for premier parking for concerts held at the Washington Pavilion at the Great Western Bank Lot and exclusive invitations to donor events.

Maestro: $1,000 – $1,499

Donors who give at the Virtuoso level ($1,500) and above are invited to a pre-concert gathering prior to every classical performance in the Leonardo Café.

Virtuoso: $1,500 – $2,499

Aficionado: $2,500 – $4, 999

Golden Baton: $5,000 – $7,499

Benefactor: $7,500 – $9,999

Angel: $10,000+

Become a Visionary

Become a visionary by making a three year pledge to the SDSO’s Annual Fund. Visionary gifts insure that the Symphony Orchestra will be here for generations to come. Our visionaries receive special recognition in the season program book and at events throughout the season.

Special Giving Opportunities

Encore Society
Please consider the South Dakota Symphony Orchestra when planning your estate. Our Encore Society is a group of individuals that will leave lasting gifts to the SDSO to ensure generations of audiences to come.

Music Patron
Become a Music Patron by providing funding for a specific piece of music for the symphony. Many pieces of music need to be rented or purchased. These contributions are specially recognized in our concert program.

Special Projects
Do you feel passionate about a specific project? Contact the symphony office to see what opportunities are currently available to fit your giving needs.

Memorial Gifts
The South Dakota Symphony Orchestra honors the family and friends who make memorial gifts in honor of their loved ones. These donation generously ensure a healthy future for the SDSO for generations to come. If you would like to make a gift in honor of memory of someone special in your life, please contact the Symphony Development office at 605-335-7933 ext. 15.

Do you have a good or service that you would like to donate to the symphony? Would you like to volunteer your time? Contact the symphony office to see what opportunities are currently available to fit your giving needs.