The Legacy Society of the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra


It takes nearly 80 musicians to make up the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra.  It takes countless notes to create a symphony.  Like each musician on stage, or each note on the page, every donor plays a vital role in bringing the music to life.

You can play a part in our future by joining The Legacy Society, a group of individuals who provide for the WVSO through their estate planning.  Your gift can make a difference and help assure that the West Virginia Symphony will continue to make beautiful music for generations to come.

While providing for your family’s future financial needs, you can also include a gift provision “to the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra” in your will.  There are many other ways to remember the WVSO with a planned gift, including naming the WVSO  as a beneficiary for a life insurance policy, a retirement plan, or an IRA; as the remainder beneficiary of a charitable remainder trust or charitable gift annuity; or as the income beneficiary of a charitable lead trust. 

Your planned gift will enable you to make a significant contribution towards the great music programs of our Orchestra and may also have income and tax benefits for you and your family.  Contact your attorney or financial advisor for advice on establishing your own legacy.  If you have already included the WVSO in your estate plans, please let us know and we will include you in The Legacy Society.  If you prefer to remain anonymous, we will gladly honor your request; however, by stepping forward, others will be encouraged to do the same.

As charter members of the Society, the following individuals helped establish the Symphony's gift planning program and share with coming generations the opportunity to enjoy live symphonic music:


Catherine S. & Andrew L. Blair Fund
The Harry & Betty Casto Chair
John Casto and Lisa Fischer Casto
John A. & Betsy Chapman
William Maxwell Davis
Jamie Dickenson
The John & Fonda Elliot Chair
Shirley Furry
Dan and Kathy Foster
The Dorothy Taylor Hamilton Chair
The Hubert S. "Rabbit" Jones Chair
Laurance Jones, III
Steven and Sharon Jubelirer
John and Elizabeth Lambros
Melanie G. Larch
Roberta Lee Levine
Helen Lodge
Sallie F. McClaugherty
Timothy A. and Cindy S. McGhee
*Eloise Howell Newlon
The Mary Price Ratrie Chair
The John V. Ray Chair
The Blanchette H. Rockefeller Chair
Betty Schoenbaum
The Emil Schoenbaum Chair
Pat and John Strickland
The Katharine B. Tierney Chair
Dr. James H. Walker Symphony Fund
Henry Louis Wehrle, Jr. Memorial Fund
The Martha Gaines Wehrle Chair
The West Virginia Symphony League Chair

* In Memoriam – The WVSO remembers, with gratitude, their generosity and support.

To learn more, please contact Scott Dodson, Vice President of Development and Marketing, at 304-561-3541 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

The Legacy Society of the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra
Post Office Box 2292
Charleston, West Virginia  25328

Andrew and Amy Vaughan Student Symphonic Fellowship

Three Young Musicians Selected as Fellows

Jacob Bumgarner, Pete Nichols, and Jonathan Shin have been selected as the Student Symphonic Fellows in the Andrew and Amy Vaughan Fellowship Program through the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra (WVSO).  These students were selected following interviews and auditions on Saturday, December 7, in Charleston, WV.

     Bumgarner, junior at South Charleston High School, studies piano and is active in competitions through the WVMTNA.  Bumgarner plays piano for his church and local community events. He is also a member of the Black Eagle soccer team.

     Nichols, junior and percussionist at Capital High School, plays in the Cougar marching, jazz and concert bands, and the percussion ensemble, as well as in the WV Youth Symphony.

    Shin, violinist from Capital High School, is a sophomore who is active on several Cougar sports teams. He plays principal viola in the West Virginia Youth Symphony, and participates in musical festivals and competitions throughout WV.

    Donald Forman and Haleigh Frail have been selected as a student interns in the program. Forman is a junior in the George Washington High School band where he plays clarinet. Additionally, he plays bassoon for the WV Youth Symphony.  Frail, sophomore at Capital High School, plays both clarinet and violin at school and in the WV Youth Symphony.

  As part of their Student Symphonic program activities, students sit on stage alongside WVSO musicians in different sections of the orchestra during rehearsals and meet renowned guest artists during the second half of the symphonic subscription series.  They conduct personal research about the music being performed by the WVSO.

   Sponsored by Dr. Andrew and Amy Vaughan for twelve consecutive years, this program continues to develop and encourage WV high school students in pursuing a career as professional musicians, educators, composers or conductors of the future. This monitored and time-intensive training program for serious music students remains a unique program among orchestras throughout North America.