Capital Campaign

Community Thrives Through Music

Over the past few months you may have noticed interesting and exciting changes going on at the Lancaster Symphony Orchestra. We are in the process of rebranding. We have a new website! Our current music director is retiring after 40 wonderful years, and we are in the midst of a national search for a new artistic leader of the orchestra. We are boosting our education and outreach programs and collaborating with other arts organization to make a greater impact in our community. Next season will see the launch of an expanded Music Discovery Experience, now in partnership with the Carnegie Hall Link Up program. Every facet of our organization is being reimagined. 

We Need Your Help

We hope to raise $200,000 to set our broader 6-year capital campaign, Community Thrives Through Music, on track for success. We have a generous donor who is willing to match up to $25,000 of any funds raised by February 26, 2020. Your gift will help us expand our organization into the future, for the benefit of all Lancastrians.

Community Thrives Through Music, is part of a long term planning solution to ensure the future of the Lancaster Symphony Orchestra for generations to come. Our goal is to raise $10,000,000 over the next 6 years, and our plan is broken down into four separate categories:

Category One

$5,000,000 for a new Lancaster Symphony Orchestra Restricted Endowment

Once we are able to meet this goal, the new LSO endowment will provide in perpetuity at least $250,000 for operating costs each season. This will help relieve the burden of running Major Give Campaigns each season and will allow us to focus on innovation. It will give the LSO the chance to direct efforts to ideas that will expand our audience base and grow the orchestra through increased ticket sales and community partnerships.

Category Two

$1,500,000 for a new Lancaster Symphony Orchestra Education and Outreach Restricted Endowment

Education and outreach are the backbone of our organization. Each year we reach thousands of students and members of the community through programs that directly benefit Lancaster County. As a non-profit, we are dedicated to giving back to our vibrant city for the benefit of all. A new endowment restricted to use for education and outreach, will ensure we are able to continue to make a difference and bring award winning programs to Lancaster. Once fully funded, the orchestra will receive a minimum of $75,000 each season to direct towards essential programs, and it will also allow us to expand these programs to make a greater impact in our community.

Category Three

$2,000,000 for a New Innovation Fund

Today’s audiences are evolving and seek unique and exciting experiences. We are prepared to meet this challenge by creating new concert formats, building extraordinary artistic partnerships, exploring new venues and genres, and creating more opportunities for social interactions between our orchestra and the community – all while continuing to honor the incredible classical music traditions of the past.

Category Four

$1,500,000 divided over 6 years
Short-Term Planning for a Long-Term Solution

Ticket sales alone cover less than ½ of our annual operating costs. We are committed to finding new ways to close this gap through continued innovation and long-term planning, but we need your help while we implement new calculated steps.

Our goal is to raise $250,000 each year to help with our ongoing operational costs. Not only will this enable us to boost marketing campaigns and reach more members of the Lancaster community, but it will also allow us to focus our efforts on planning for the future of our community’s incredible Lancaster Symphony Orchestra



Feature films presented on the Big Screen with over 70 musicians bringing timeless orchestral movies scores to life.


“LSO After Dark,” intimate concerts in a chamber setting, featuring contemporary and rare classical selections in an unusual setting, paired with food and drinks.


The chance to bring the world’s biggest classical names to our vibrant city.


The chance to live stream select concerts throughout the season, free for the entire community to enjoy.


And the chance to put Lancaster on the map and gain national attention as a city that is leading arts innovation.

Contribute to the Capital Campaign

To mail in a contribution, please make a check out to Lancaster Symphony Orchestra and mail to 48 North Christian Street, Suite #200, Lancaster, PA 17602. You can also call our office at (717) 291-6440 to make a gift over the phone.