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Champion Donor Programs

The Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra is able to achieve its goals thanks to the generous support and dedication of its Champion donors.

There are many ways to support the Orchestra – choose a donor program that resonates with you. You could help bring virtuoso artists or guest conductors to Calgary, support the next generation of artists through our education programs, assist with the commissioning of new music, or leave a legacy for years to come – your gift helps us continue to foster great orchestral music and make an impact on Calgarians and music lovers around the world.

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Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra Foundation

The Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra Foundation is critical to the long-term stability and growth of the Orchestra. The Foundation is the Calgary Phil’s largest annual supporter, and its Endowment Fund is now the second largest endowment held by a Canadian orchestra. Your contribution to the Calgary Phil Foundation ensures future generations have access to the power of orchestral music. Create a legacy by naming a musician’s chair through the Endowed Chair Programme. Donations made to the Calgary Phil Foundation may be eligible for matching funds from the Canada Cultural Investment Fund.


Deboni New Works

Through the DeBoni New Works, champions Irene and Walt DeBoni contribute to the development and commissioning of new Canadian works. Thanks to DeBoni New Works, the Calgary Phil has premiered new works such as Vincent Ho’s The Sandman’s Domain: Concerto for Trombone and Orchestra and Abigail Richardson and Alexis Diamond’s Making Light. Your donation to DeBoni New Works supports the production of new contemporary classical music.

The Naomi and John Lacey Virtuoso Program

The Naomi and John Lacey Virtuoso Program helps the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra bring world-class artists to its stage. While in Calgary, Virtuoso Artists teach masterclasses to aspiring young musicians at Mount Royal University Conservatory. Your donation to The Naomi and John Lacey Virtuoso Program helps the Calgary Phil bring renowned artists, like award-winning soprano Renée Fleming, to Calgary.


Clark Family

Champions Elaine and Jeremy Clark, along with their daughters Keiko and Chloe are committed to supporting new initiatives and encouraging the next generation of philanthropy. In supporting projects such as live-streaming, Meludia, Heartstrings, pre-concert chats, and the Mozart Patron Program, the Clark Family has helped bring more music to more people. Your donation helps the Calgary Phil continue to undertake new and innovative projects and initiatives.

The Borak Forte Program

The Borak Forte Program, founded by Ellen and Allen Borak, helps sustain the art of Choral music by supporting the Calgary Philharmonic Chorus. The Borak Forte Program nurtures the development of Calgary’s finest large Chorus.

Brussa Brava! Legacy Program

Championed by Andrea Brussa, the Brussa Brava! Legacy Program (BB!LP) helps the Orchestra by supporting the engagement of the world’s leading conductors. During the 2018/2019 Season, BB!LP was the proud sponsor of five accomplished female conductors: Gemma New, JoAnn Falletta, Sarah Hicks, Mélanie Léonard, and Eun Sun Kim. Your donation to the Brussa Brava! Legacy Program allows the Calgary Phil to continue to bring prominent guest conductors to Calgary.

Joyce And Dick Matthews Philanthropic Program

Joyce and Dick Matthews were generous and dedicated supporters of the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra for over 50 years. The Joyce and Dick Matthews Philanthropic Program was created in their memory and provides patrons the opportunity to recognize someone special in memoriam. Your donation to the Joyce and Dick Matthews Philanthropic Program supports the greatest needs of the Orchestra.

MacLachlan/Ridge Emerging Artist Program

Founded by Letha MacLachlan, Q.C., and John Ridge, the MacLachlan/Ridge Emerging Artist Program provides outstanding young Canadian musicians the opportunity to advance their careers by performing with the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra. The MacLachlan/Ridge Emerging Artist for the 2020/2021 Season is pianist Kevin Chen. Your donation to the MacLachlan/Ridge Emerging Artist Program helps develop the next generation of Canadian artists.


PhilKids Program

Founded by Judy Kilbourne, this after-school program for students age 5 to 11 brings music to the hands and hearts of children who otherwise would not have access to such artistic development.