The Florida Orchestra

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Endowment giving is a way to provide long-term support and stability for The Florida Orchestra. Gifts to Endowment are invested to provide the orchestra with a continuous source of income, which can be used to promote programs important to our mission.

Donors have the option of making gifts to The Florida Orchestra’s Endowment Fund or to The Community Foundation of Tampa Bay. We also offer the option of endowing Musicians’ Chairs and Office Space at our headquarters in St. Petersburg College’s Downtown Center.

For more information on making a gift to the orchestra’s Endowment, please contact our development department at or 727.362.5421. For information on our Music for Life Campaign, click here.

The Florida Orchestra is grateful for each gift to Endowment and would like to recognize our current Endowed Chairs and Office Spaces:

Endowed Chairs:

Music Director The Jay B and Marsha Starkey Chair
Coffee Concert Conductor The R.K. Bailey Chair
Violin Concertmaster The Suzette McCune and Monroe E. Berkman Chair
Violin Associate Concertmaster The Tampa Bay Times Chair
Principal Second Violin The Emily R. Nelson Chair, Given by Progress Energy
Principal French Horn The Iris Bernstein Chair
Principal Trumpet The Community Foundation of Greater St. Petersburg
Principal Trombone The Tampa Bay Times Chair
Principal Percussion The Dick and Helen Minck Chair
Principal Violoncello The Dick and Helen Minck Chair
Principal Harp The Dick and Helen Minck Chair
Principal Clarinet The Bertelstein Family Chair
Assistant Principal Violoncello The John P. Wallace Chair
Piccolo The Gregory and Elizabeth Sembler Chair
Contrabassoon The City of Tampa Chair

Named Office Space:

Break Room Sterling Research Group
Board Room The Mahaffey Company
The Lobby The McNichols Company
Production Room The Florida Orchestra Guild of St. Petersburg
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