Annual Fund
Just like a beautifully composed symphony, the annual fund is meticulously crafted to ensure that every note resonates with impact.


It provides crucial financial support that enables the orchestra to fine-tune its performances, bring in world-class musicians, and engage in community programs. From the grand crescendos of the mainstage concerts to the subtle nuances of educational initiatives, the annual fund provides the necessary resources to keep the melody of the Canton Symphony Orchestra playing strong.

Supporters of the annual fund are not mere spectators; they are active participants in the creation of a cultural masterpiece. Their contributions become the building blocks of a vibrant and flourishing musical landscape, fostering a sense of community and shared appreciation for the arts.

At Canton Symphony Orchestra, we rely on our dedicated donors to help us create, sustain, and grow our programs. When you make a gift to our annual fund, you are providing unrestricted operating support for our programs and access to exceptional orchestral music and arts education in our community.

Ticket sales support only 1/5 of the total cost of our programming. The generosity of our donors keeps the music playing on stage.

The Symphony Society

Our individual donors who contribute to the CSO's annual fund receive benefits when their gift is $50 or more. All giving levels include the benefits listed in the level(s) before them.

Annual Fund Contributors

With deep appreciation, the Canton Symphony Orchestra wishes to thank the following individuals, families, and businesses for their commitment, generosity, and love of music. Their belief in the importance of the Canton Symphony Orchestra as a valued arts organization in Northeast Ohio will allow it to succeed well into the future.

Platinum Baton ($20,000+)

Larry & Nancy Hoover
David Jones
Bob Leibensperger
Ohio Arts Council
Visit Canton

Golden Baton ($10,000-$19,999)

Employers Health 
Darwin L. Steele

Maestro's Circle ($2,500-$9,999)

The Roger E. & Janet B. Baker Charitable Fund
Beese Fulmer Private Wealth Management
Buckingham, Doolittle, and Burroughs, LLC
Dominion Energy Charitable Foundation
Linda & Leo Casey
Bill & Pearl Lemmon
Diebold Nixdorf

Pat Gillespie
Brad & Sue Goris
Gregory Industries
KeyBank National Association
Keystone Technology Consultants
Roger Ream
Sirak Financial Services

Virtuoso Circle ($1,000-$2,499)

Downtown Canton Partnership, Inc.
Patricia Deems
Albert W. & Edith V. Flowers Charitable Foundation
Dennis & Cheryl Fulmer
Jennifer & Patrick George
Joseph Jadick
Joe & Elizabeth Knutson
Edmond & Donna Kort
Ralph & Joan Leidy
Fred & Nancy Linxweiler
Sharon Luntz

Marilyn & Jerry Lyke
Gail & Joe Martino
Phyllis Novy
Ohio CAT Machinery Co. 
Billy & Maurica Patterson
Daniel & Cynthia Porter
Scredon Meyer Enterprise, LLC dba Visiting Angels
Kathy & Joe Smithberger
Chris & Linda Snyder
Timken Co. Charitable and Education Fund
Robin & Clint Zollinger

Concerto Circle ($250-$999)

MJ & Pat Albacete
Emil & Kris Alecusan
Virginia Banks
Dr. & Mrs. N. Kent Berg
Laura Bitonte
Sharon & Bob Bortz
Carolyn Burley
Richard & Susanne Campbell
Gerald Chapman
Tom & Betsy Douce
George Downes Jr.
Marcella Emmons
John & Joan Ferris

Eleanore & Eugene Wallace
Ronald Widner
John & Elaine Harris
Novella Hartung
Robert Hecht
Chuck & Rosemarie Hoover
Elizabeth Keplinger
Hall Kistler & Company LLP
Shirlee Krane
Jonathan Lalewicz
Cyndy & Steve Lucas
Sue Mali

Karen Phillips Miller
Bernie Miner
Richard Moore
Joe & Carol Orin
Larry & Jean Richards
Schauer Group, Inc
Denise A. Seachrist
Loren Souers
Jay Spencer
Ted & Linda Swaldo
Melinda Wagner-Rosen
Eleanore & Eugene Wallace
Ronald Widner

Prelude Circle ($50-$249)

Michael Alperin
Debbie & Joe Baar
Barbara Bennett
Mary Berginides-Athans
Margaret Blake
Loretta Bower
Sharon & Bob Bortz
Beve Carver
Judy Clegg
Carl Courtney
Andrew DiLiddo
Kathleen Fernandez
Peggy Fitzmaurice
Judith Libbey

Mary Foulks
Joanne Fox
Alexander Fridman
Kathryn Gerber
Rita Gittinger
Sally Goodall
Carol Groh
Evelyn Hewett
Jan Howland
Clark & Linda Kandel
Victoria Kappes
Gloria Kohl
Patricia Kroft

Bruce Liliestedt
Karen Loy
Neil Marks
Stephen McCarthy
Mary Lou Milligan
Glen & Sandy Minner
Amy & Mike Nieporte
Bill Oberjohn
Peggy “Meg” Peretzky
Elizabeth Ramsburg
Darryl Robinson
Rosemary Rubin
Nancy Saulnier

Nancy Schoenbaum
Rosemary Shaheen
Ronald Skolnik
Pearl Southwell
Nancy Stavely
Avis Thrash
Ralph Toalston
Beth Toalston
Carol Vaughn
Dan Vinton
William Woodard
Cynthia Yeagley
Christine Yehle
Rich & Candy Ziegler