Letter of Appeal

It seems like every time we open a local newspaper these days we see multiple articles about the arts in Winona: gallery openings, plays, concerts, and more. Why do you think that is?

We think it is because Winona values the arts and knows the positive effect they have on both our economy and our way of life. A recent study by the Minnesota Citizens for the Arts revealed that the arts are alive in Winona and that they have a significant impact on the city and region. The Winona Symphony Orchestra is proud to be a part of this thriving arts community.

Over 100 years ago, the citizens of Winona enjoyed a similar lively arts scene, and we were a big part of it. Founded by Carl Ruggles in 1908, the Winona Symphony Orchestra paved the way for many other arts organizations. In 1910, we offered our very first Children’s Concert and this season we are excited to bring back that tradition on February 23, 2016.

So you might ask, what makes the Winona Symphony Orchestra special today?

The Winona Symphony Orchestra serves a unique purpose in our community. We present live orchestral music and provide opportunities for local and regional musicians to perform. In fact, about 70% of our budget goes directly to the musicians. We make very efficient use of our donated funds and work hard to provide the highest quality performances.

The reality is that in order for us to continue our mission, we need more support from you. The time has come for us to make sure you know how critical your support is to the long term stability of our historic organization. It only takes a few moments to fill out the enclosed envelope and return it with your contribution, and it makes a huge difference to us. Or donate to “Winona Civic Music Inc” on Give to the Max Day, November 12, 2015. And remember – your donation is always tax-deductible.

Please visit our website to learn more about us: winonasymphony.org. And, we look forward to seeing you at our concerts this season! Thank you in advance for your generous support.


The Winona Symphony Orchestra Association

Donor Opportunities
Sponsor a Concert
Full Concert Sponsor with Headline Billing $10,000
Concert Co-Sponsor $5,000
Sponsor a Musician
Concertmaster $1,600
Principal Section Leader $1,000
Donor Levels
Benefactor $2,000+
Conductor $1,000–$1,999
Symphony $500–$999
Principal $250–$499
Patron $100–$249
Donor $10–$99

P.O. BOX 1197
WINONA, MN 55987