Nashville Symphony Annual Fund


Exclusive Donor Experiences:

We are proud to offer many opportunities to our donors for engagement with the Nashville Symphony throughout the season. Please see below for available information regarding upcoming events. 

With questions, please contact the Development Department at 615.687.6494 or


For Donors of $75+: Access to Curb Open Dress Rehearsals

What can you expect when attending an open dress rehearsal of the Nashville Symphony? We are proud to invite both student groups and donors to be a part of the Nashville Symphony’s final rehearsal before each Classical Series weekend’s opening night! You can expect this to be a working rehearsal lasting approximately 2.5 hours long. The orchestra, guest artist(s), and conductor will be casually dressed as they fine-tune their performances.

All donors of this level are invited to attend one dress rehearsal a season. Those who give donations at a value of $500 invited to 2 dress rehearsals a season, and those who give $1,000 or more have access to all Open Dress Rehearsals.

IMPORTANT: The first half of dress rehearsals typically last from 10:00AM to 11:30AM, at which time there is a break. Guests may not leave the hall in the middle of a working rehearsal, but are welcome to leave at the break. To learn about rehearsal etiquette and expectations, click here.

To RSVP for a dress rehearsal, click here, choose the rehearsal to attend and then enter the number of guests (limit 4).

  • Saint-Saëns "Organ" Symphony | Friday, March 31 
  • Copland's Rodeo & Majestic Elgar | Friday, May 5 
  • Virtuoso Fireworks | Thursday, May 18



For Donors of $150+: Group Tours 

Group Tours of Schermerhorn Symphony Center

Visit the Nashville Symphony’s home to learn about the architecture, iconography, and acoustic details! Small group tours of the Schermerhorn Symphony Center will be available throughout the season.

Tour dates are below, to RSVP for a tour, please email or call 615.687.6494. You are welcome to sign up for a dress rehearsal and an adjacent tour on the same morning if you would like to do so!

  • Friday, March 10 | 6 to 7 PM
  • Saturday, May 20 | 6 to 7 PM


Educational Programs

Join us at the Schermerhorn for one of our FREE educational programs for children, and enjoy seeing students experience classical music for the very first time. Spots are limited, so RSVP early and let us know if plans change so we can allow others to attend in your stead. Call or email to RSVP.

  • No programs scheduled at this time


For Donors of $1000+: Select access to Allen Walter Watson, Sr. Founders Hall
Unlimited access for Donors of $3,000+

Founders Hall is located on the second floor, west side of the Schermerhorn Symphony Center. It is open one hour prior to concert start time, as well as during intermission if there is one, and features light refreshments, wine, and spirits, and mingling with other Nashville Symphony supporters.

Founders Hall is open for all series concerts (Pops, Jazz, and Classical) and select other concerts. Please check this page for month-by-month updates on Founders Hall openings. On nights when Founders Hall is closed but bars remain open, annual donors of $3,000 and above will receive complimentary drinks at Schermerhorn bars.


Governing Members Engagement Events

Chamber Music: Cocktails & Conversation 
Wednesday, March 8 at 6pm | Schermerhorn Symphony Center

Enjoy a free chamber music performance curated by the Nashville Symphony Brass Quintet, then join Nashville Symphony Governing Members in the Allen Walter Watson, Sr. Founders Hall for cocktails and conversation with the performers. Free event, RSVP Required.

Jazz Happy Hour "Speakeasy" - Aaron Diehl Trio
Sunday, April 2 at 6:30pm | Allen Walter Watson, Dr. Founders Hall

Our Jazz Series is a one-of-a-kind listening experience and only at the Schermerhorn! Join us for a speakeasy experience with complimentary specialty drinks in the Founders Hall prior to the performance of Aaron Diehl Trio.

2023 Symphony Fashion Show
Tuesday, April 25 at 6pm | Schermerhorn Symphony Center

Join us for the Nashville Symphony’s signature Symphony Fashion Show fundraising event, featuring designer Brandon Maxwell. Performance and emcee by Emmy and Tony Award winning actress and singer Kristin Chenoweth, this will be an evening to remember! Crescendo Club members receive an exclusive discount on tickets!

Virtuoso Fireworks Classical Finale Weekend - Post-Toast
Thursday, May 18 | Friday, May 19 | Saturday, May 20
Allen Walter Watson, Sr. Founders Hall

We’ll meet and mingle with musicians and patrons of the Nashville Symphony. Let’s toast to the finale weekend of a spectacular Classical Season 22/23! Complimentary champagne, RSVP required.

FirstBank POPS Series Finale Weekend: The Beach Boys - Post-Toast
Thursday, May 25 | Friday, May 26 | Saturday, May 27
Allen Walter Watson, Sr. Founders Hall

We’ll meet and mingle with musicians and patrons of the Nashville Symphony. Let’s toast to the finale weekend of a spectacular FirstBank POPS Season 22/23! Complimentary champagne, RSVP required.

2023 Patron Appreciation Evening
Tuesday, June 20 | Schermerhorn Symphony Center

Please join us for an evening at Schermerhorn Symphony Center with a wonderful performance by our orchestra to celebrate our amazing donors – you! Complimentary ticket reservation will be required. Ticket reservation information will be sent out in April.



Allen Walter Watson, Sr. Founders Hall

The Allen Walter Watson, Sr. Founders Hall is open for Series concerts — Classical, POPS and Jazz. There will be added dates throughout the season, to which you will receive an email notifying you when the Founders Hall is open or not.


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