You don’t have to be a musician to play your part in the NSO. Consider volunteering, donating or becoming a sponsor—your support makes our work possible!

Because of your support:

  • NSO musicians have visited local schools and participated in distance learning sessions reaching thousands of students locally and across the province
  • Over 500 students each year participate in a “jam session” for our Sing In/Play In series at the Music School, together with Marc David and our string quartet
  • We have expanded our outreach program, visiting and performing at local seniors’ homes
  • Our quartet now offers an annual concert specifically designed for those with special sensory needs
  • The Atlantic String Quartet has recorded their first album which was released in 2020

Click on each heading below to learn more about the different ways to support the NSO.


By supporting the Newfoundland Symphony Orchestra you are making an investment in one of this province’s most important educational, musical, and cultural resources. The NSO performs nearly 20 times each season and reaches over 20,000 people across all demographics. This would not be possible without the support of the community, local businesses and people like YOU! There are many different ways to support your NSO and help us continue to grow orchestral music in Newfoundland and Labrador

Securities & Trusts: Changes to the Federal Income Tax Act eliminating the Capital Gains Tax have made publicly traded securities (stocks, bonds, or mutual funds) very attractive giving options. Please consult with your financial planner to learn how giving securities can benefit you.**

Donations: Ticket sales and subscriptions cover only a small portion of the funds required to produce high quality concerts and important education and outreach programs. Our individual donors are integral in sustaining the NSO’s mission to make live orchestral music accessible and available to all.

As an NSO donor, you will receive a charitable tax receipt* for your donation of $20 or more as well as recognition in our Season Program.

Click here for a list of NSO donors.

*The Newfoundland Symphony Orchestra is recognized by CRA as a registered charity. (12207 6227 RR0001)
**Gifts of publicly traded securities are received by the NSO Foundation Inc. (85559 9684 RR0001)


The NSO’s Musical Chairs program offers a unique opportunity for music lovers and supporters to establish a direct connection with members of the orchestra.

Did you know that ticket revenue only covers a quarter of the costs of presenting concerts and outreach programs? The fact that we are able to bring the joy of orchestral music to the public is in large part due to the generosity of our donors. Funds raised through the Musical Chairs program represent one third of the total support received annually from individual donors.

But becoming a Musical Chairs supporter is about more than a financial commitment to the Newfoundland Symphony Orchestra. By contributing to this program, you are helping keep classical music and music education alive and well in Newfoundland and Labrador!

Below are just some of the benefits you will receive in recognition of your contribution to the Musical Chairs program:

Name recognition on the NSO website*.
The opportunity to meet and interact with the musician in your sponsored chair.
A special invitation to a dress rehearsal and reception.
A tax receipt for the full amount of your gift.
*Musical Chairs may be named for you and/or a loved one, in memory of a loved one, or your company.

To select your chair, please contact the NSO office at 709.722.4441 or email Lynn Ann Pye, Patron Relations at


Whether it’s the sponsorship of a concert, series, or event, or through in-kind support of our operations, there are a number of ways you can support the NSO! Thank you to our valued sponsors for sharing the stage with us.

NSO Marketing Partners:

The NSO has a dedicated group of volunteers that assists the NSO in many different ways. We offer a variety of volunteer opportunities that suit any skill set and time commitment.

Consider volunteering today by completing the Volunteer Form.


Become part of the NSO’s Board of Directors

The Newfoundland Symphony Orchestra is always looking for individuals from the community to serve on its board of directors. NSO board members represent all ages and walks of life, working in organizations, businesses and retired.

Our board members participate in approximately 6 board meetings from September to June each year, during the orchestra season. Board members also participate in a number of active committees including: Executive, Diversity, Governance and Fundraising.

The NSO is committed to the principles of equity, diversity and inclusion. We encourage all applications, including those from women, racialized persons, Indigenous people, people with disabilities, persons of all sexual orientations and genders, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas and approaches.

If you are interested in learning more, please contact the CEO of the Newfoundland Symphony Orchestra, Hugh Donnan, by email at: Please include your resume and a short note outlining what you feel you might contribute, and why taking up the challenge of helping shape the NSO interests you. Qualified candidates will be added to a roster of potential members based on the evolving needs of the NSO.


The NSO foundation was incorporated in 2002. Its purpose is to direct and oversee planned giving arrangements and periodic fundraising drives to assist the NSO‘s efforts to develop a stable and self-sustaining funding base.

Its primary objectives are:

  • to serve as the permanent custodian of endowment funds directed to the NSO;
  • to solicit, receive, and invest gifts; and
  • to accumulate, apply, and distribute principal and interest from invested funds for the benefit of the NSO and authorized NSO special projects.
Planned Giving

A legacy gift is an excellent way to make a contribution to the Newfoundland Symphony Orchestra while gaining financial benefits for you and your family. Regardless of your income level, you can support your orchestra with a significant gift, realize tax savings, and see to the needs of those important to you. Your gift to the Newfoundland Symphony Orchestra will help keep the music playing and the charitable tax credit can help reduce your income taxes.

Consider options such as donating shares, establishing the Newfoundland Symphony Orchestra as the irrevocable owner and beneficiary of a life insurance policy, or establishing a charitable annuity. Your financial advisor can help determine the best options for you and your family.

Contact us to learn more about how your financial institution can both inspire and help secure the future of the NSO.

The NSO Foundation Inc. acknowledges the generous contributions of the following:

  • Paul Antle
  • Keith Wellon
Endowment Gifts
  • John & Margaret Bronson
  • The Basil and Marlene Hickey Estates Endowment Fund
  • Estate of Dr. Angus J. Neary
  • The Williams Foundation
Gifts of Insurance
  • Jeffrey Benson
  • Anthony Chadwick
  • Edie Newton
  • Gary Walsh

If you have any questions or would like to receive further information about planned or legacy giving, please contact the NSO offices at: