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. Additional dates for tours and education events for the 2019/20 season will be announced later in August.

With questions in the meantime, please contact the Development Department at 615.687.6494 or giving@nashvillesymphony.org


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.

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).

  • Brahms’ Violin Concerto - Friday, October 25th 10:00 AM
  • Symphonie Fantastique - Thursday, November 7th 10:00 AM 
  • Prokofiev’s Romeo and Juliet - Friday, January 10th 10:00 AM 
  • Beethoven’s Birthday Bash - Thursday, February 20th 10:00 AM
  • Appalachian Spring - Friday, March 6th 10:00 AM 
  • Mahler's Tenth - Thursday, April 9th 10:00 AM
  • Mozart & Elgar - Friday, May 1st 10:00 AM

*We anticipate adding at least one evening dress rehearsal this season – stay tuned!


For Donors of $150+: Group Tours and Education Programs

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 giving@nashvillesymphony.org 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!

  • Thursday, September 26th – 1-2pm
  • Friday, October 25th – 9-10am
  • Thursday, November 7th – 1-2pm
  • Thursday, December 19th – 2-3pm
  • Saturday, January 18th – 2-3pm
  • Thursday, February 20th – 9-10am
  • Saturday, March 21st – 5-6pm
  • Thursday, April 9th – 1-2pm
  • Friday, May 1st - 9-10am

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.

  • Young People's Concert - October 2 - 10:15 and 11:45 - Limit 10 guests for 10:15 and 30 guests for 11:45
  • Young People's Concert - October 8 - 10:15 and 11:45 - Limit 10 guests for 10:15 and 30 guests for 11:45
  • Young People's Concert - January 23 - 10:15 and 11:45 - Limit 10 guests for 10:15 and 30 guests for 11:45
  • Young People's Concert - January 24 - 10:15 and 11:45 - Limit 10 guests for 10:15 and 30 guests for 11:45 
  • Is it a Fiddle or a Violin? - Friday, October 18th - 10am - Limit 8 guests per event
  • Is it a Fiddle or a Violin? - Wednesday, November 13th - 10am - Limit 8 guests per event
  • Is it a Fiddle or a Violin? - Thursday, February 13th - 10am - Limit 8 guests per event
  • Is it a Fiddle or a Violin? - Thursday, March 12th - 10am - Limit 8 guests per event
  • Is it a Fiddle or a Violin? - Monday, March 30th - 10am - Limit 8 guests per event
  • Is it a Fiddle or a Violin? - Thursday, April 2nd - 10am - Limit 8 guests per event


For Donors of $300+: Access to Chamber Music Performances with Post-Concert Reception

The Nashville Symphony’s Chamber Music Series is an informal and interactive concert-going experience, with programming developed by members of the orchestra. This FREE evening of music and conversation is a wonderful way to explore the history and artistry behind the music, and gives you a chance to interact with the performances in a relaxed casual setting. While the concerts are open to the general public, your gift to the Nashville Symphony of $300+ gives you special access to a post-concert reception with featured musicians. Dates of performances are below, and donors of $300+ will have access to pre-sale before the general public to reserve their complimentary tickets and RSVP for the post-concert reception. 

Click HERE to reserve tickets and use promo code GIVING for pre-sale access. RSVP for the reception by emailing giving@nashvillesymphony.org

  • Sunday, October 20th – 2pm
  • Wednesday, November 6th – 6pm
  • Tuesday, January 28th – 6pm
  • Tuesday, February 18th – 6pm
  • Wednesday, April 8th – 6pm


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.

Founders Hall Open Dates

Tchaikovsky’s Fifth
Thursday, September 12, 2019 at 7:00 PM
Friday, September 13, 2019 at 8:00 PM
Saturday, September 14, 2019 at 8:00 PM

Beyond the Score: Shostakovich's Fourth - Is Music Dangerous?
Friday, September 27, 2019 at 8:00 PM
Saturday, September 28, 2019 at 8:00 PM

Trisha Yearwood with the Nashville Symphony
Thursday, October 3, 2019 at 7:00 PM
Friday, October 4, 2019 at 8:00 PM
Saturday, October 5, 2019 at 8:00 PM

Ahmad Jamal
Friday, October 18, 2019 at 8:00 PM

Brahms' Violin Concerto
Friday, October 25, 2019 at 8:00 PM
Saturday, October 26, 2019 at 8:00 PM
Sunday, October 27, 2019 at 2:00 PM

Don Williams: Music and Memories of a Gentle Giant
Thursday, October 31, 2019 at 7:00 PM
Friday, November 1, 2019 at 8:00 PM
Saturday, November 2, 2019 at 8:00 PM

Symphonie Fantastique
Thursday, November 7, 2019 at 7:00 PM
Friday, November 8, 2019 at 8:00 PM
Saturday, November 9, 2019 at 8:00 PM

Rachmaninoff’s the Bells
Thursday, November 21, 2019 at 7:00 PM
Friday, November 22, 2019 at 8:00 PM
Saturday, November 23, 2019 at 8:00 PM

Founders Hall Closed Dates

The Righteous Brothers
Sunday, September 15, 2019 at 7:30 PM

America
Sunday, September 22, 2019 at 7:30 PM

Jack Hanna's Into the Wild Live
Sunday, September 29, 2019 at 2:00 PM

Halloween at Hogwarts
Saturday, October 5, 2019 at 11:00 AM

Boys II Men
Sunday, October 6, 2019 at 7:30 PM

The Ojay's
Monday, October 7, 2019 at 7:30 PM

Disney in Concert: Coco
Thursday, October 10, 2019 at 7:00 PM
Friday, October 11, 2019 at 7:00 PM

Community Concert - Plaza Mariachi
Wednesday, October 16, 2019 at 7:00 PM

Musicians Hall of Fame - Rental Event
Tuesday, October 22, 2019 at 7:00 PM

Halloween Movie Night: Metropolis - Silent Film with Organ
Wednesday, October 30, 2019 at 7:00 PM

India.Arie
Thursday, November 14, 2019 at 7:30 PM
Friday, November 15, 2019 at 8:00 PM

Johnny Mathis with the Nashville Symphony
Saturday, November 16, 2019 at 8:00 PM

Click here to plan your visit and view parking information.