Friends of the Philharmonic

Purpose of the Friends of the Philharmonic

The purpose of the Friends of the Philharmonic Orchestra shall be to maintain and create interest in and support for the UMW Philharmonic Orchestra and to attract funds that will allow the Phiilharmonic and its affiliated activities to grow and be successful.

The generous donations of our “Friends of the Philharmonic ” make it possible for us to fund student scholarships to orchestra members. Last year, over $45,000 in scholarships were given to deserving students. With your help, we will continue to bring outstanding classical music to the Fredericksburg community!

The 2014-15 season is here and we are excited about the new opportunities and new musical challenges for the orchestra. Last year, we hosted Itzhak Perlman in our annual Celebrity Series, and this year the orchestra will perform with Broadway’s Michael Feinstein!  With each performance, Dodd Auditorium is filled with audiences expecting to hear the highest level of musical performance – and they are not dissapointed.

Through the expanding Outreach program (like Fiddlestix) new audiences hear the musical talents of the Philharmonic Orchestra every year.   With our growing number of Friends, the amazing amount of scholarships given to students each year, the PBS Special “A Fiddler’s Holiday”, and their international performances, the Philharmonic is becoming a real treasure to the Fredericksburg community.  Few orchestras in the region can boast of such accomplishments.

The 2014-15 Orchestra season also brings new goals for Friends – sustaining our current Friends, increasing the number of new Friends at all levels, and the desire to reach more local audiences who will delight in outstanding symphonic music.

As music programs around the country are being eliminated, Fredericksburg is indeed fortunate to have an Orchestra of such high quality to inspire and entertain us all. To our established Friends, thank you for your continued support. To our new Friends, we appreciate your commitment to music and to the region. Your donation to Friends directly funds student scholarships and helps maintain a high standard of excellence.

See you at the concerts!

Join the Friends of the Orchestra

To become a “Friend of the Orchestra”, send your tax-deductible contribution, along with your name (as you would like it to appear in concert programs) and address to:

Friends of the Philharmonic – University of Mary Washington
1301 College Avenue
Fredericksburg, Virginia 22401-5300

For more informatin, call our Operations Manager’s Office:  (540) 654-1324

To donate on-line:

Select “Friends of the Philharmonic” from the drop-down menu after entering your gift amount.

To e-mail with concerns and questions:

Dr. Kevin P. Bartram, Conductor, & Rosemary Barra, Chair, Friends of the Philharmonic Orchestra, Board of Directors