Plano Symphony Orchestra receives $ 410,000 leadership gift from Tammy and Charles Miller

Robert A. Reed, Executive Director, and Marion Brockette, President of the Plano Symphony Orchestra today announced the receipt of an unprecedented multi-year donation of $ 410,000 from Tammy and Charles Miller – the largest individual donation of the history of the organization. .

The transformational donation will fund several new initiatives for the PSO, including $ 200,000 in funding for four years of the newly created Assistant Conductor position; a $ 50,000 Matching Giving Challenge for the 2021-2022 season designed to encourage new giveaways as well as increased donations from existing PSO donors; $ 50,000 in new technologies and upgrades to the ticketing system / donor management system; $ 50,000 to finance additional strings for Orchestra concerts; and $ 60,000 to fund the 2022-2023 OSP 40th Anniversary Season, including sponsorship of Mahler’s Symphony No. 2 concert, which will be performed as part of the anniversary celebration.

The Millers’ $ 50,000 Matching Giving Challenge will match, dollar for dollar, all donations from supporters who have never donated to PSO. The challenge grant will also match every dollar donated above the amount given in 2020 or 2021 by a returning donor.

The donation will fund a newly created assistant conductor post over four years. The audition process for this position will be advertised separately, but the OSP plans to conduct a national audition process.

Hector Guzman, the music director of the PSO, expressed his desire during a recent board retreat to be able to add more strings to the orchestra to improve the sound of the orchestra and be able to play more complex works. From the Miller’s donation, $ 50,000 will be allocated to fund more strings in the Orchestra over several seasons.

PSO will celebrate its 40th anniversary during the 2022-2023 season. Maestro Guzman will also celebrate his 40th anniversary as Music Director of PSO next season. To celebrate these two milestones, the Miller’s donation will support the OSP 40th anniversary season and a performance of Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No. 2, in C minor, known as the Resurrection Symphony. Considered one of Mahler’s most popular and successful works, this vast symphony requires a full orchestra, choir, as well as soprano and contralto soloists.

Giving the gift, Charles Miller said, “Too often, nonprofits can only focus on running their day-to-day operations and not dream of the future because fundraising is always so difficult. Tammy and I wanted to give a giveaway that could potentially transform the PSO. We have been huge champions of Maestro Guzman and what he has accomplished over the years to build this beautiful orchestra. He and I talked for a few years about adding an assistant conductor to the orchestra. We are confident that the artist he chooses for this position will help increase the musical growth of the organization. The sound of the PSO will also be improved with the addition of more string section musicians and will allow Hector to select more complex works for the orchestra to play, which will certainly help as we work to expand our audience in the community.

Miller continued, “Any organization these days that doesn’t have the right technology to manage its audience and look to the future will be left behind. The PSO never had the funding available to upgrade a myriad of outdated technology areas. , including its ticketing system, video capabilities and other donor management systems. This is a vital area for maintaining PSO’s competitiveness. “

“Whether it’s performing outstanding classical or popular musical works of the highest quality, or involving thousands of children and young people in music education programs every year,” said Robert A Reed, “Everything the PSO does is made possible by our loyal supporters. . Their generosity in terms of time and treasures enables world-class musical performances and educational programs right here in North Texas. We are very grateful to the Miller family for investing in our orchestra in a way that encourages others to deepen their support as well. give us the ability to confidently plan our future growth. “

“The Board of Directors of the Plano Symphony Orchestra is extremely grateful for Miller’s visionary support,” said Marion Brockette. “Thanks to Miller’s generosity, we envision a transformational impact on our programs and services. We will continue to strengthen our commitment to the growing North Texas arts community as a place where everyone can come and enjoy great music.”

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