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

Extra-Curricular Programs at the WVSO

Student Musician Card Program

The WVSO offers all Kanawha County Schools String Program students and all West Virginia Youth Syomphony, Tri-State Youth Symphony, Teays Valley Strings, Boone County Strings and New River Youth Symphony members a “Student Musician Card,” which allows each student free admission to Symphonic, Family Discovery and Montclaire String Quartet subscription concerts, based upon availability. Students may obtain a student string card from their string or orchestra instructor or may contact the WVSO Education Department directly. Each student will then be issued a free ticket at the Box Office the night of the performance (based upon availability) to present to the usher for entry into the concert hall.

West Virginia Youth Symphony

The West Virginia Youth Symphony is an independent organization that offers students in elementary school through their freshman year in college an opportunity to receive quality music instruction and ensemble performance experience. Students audition for placement in one of three ensembles: Cadet Strings (beginning level students), Youth Strings (intermediate level students) or Youth Orchestra (a full orchestra open to string, brass and woodwind students). The WVYS also sponsors a Wind Ensemble comprised of the Youth Orchestra's brass and woodwind sections and a chamber program open to all participating students.

Parents, teachers and students interested in receiving additional information should contact the Youth Symphony General Manager at (304) 561-3542.