Sempre Always Campaign

SEMPRE ALWAYS: The Campaign for the Chicago Symphony Orchestra

Advancing a long and vibrant tradition of musical excellence, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra Association is taking bold and necessary steps toward a bright future, setting the stage for continued and unparalleled musical accomplishment. Achieving these ideals calls for philanthropic support from those who believe deeply in the future of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.

SEMPRE ALWAYS: The Campaign for the Chicago Symphony Orchestra is a $175 million fundraising effort that will advance our preeminent role as a cultural icon showcasing musical brilliance, leadership and innovation. Your support will help ensure success, now and always.

$118 million raised
67% to goal

Your contributions will support four priorities:

  1. Achieving Financial Sustainability
  2. Sustaining Musical Excellence
  3. Expanding Education and Community Engagement
  4. Strengthening Chicago’s Cultural Fabric
Ways to Give

You can curate a gift unique in size, timeline, structure and purpose. Make a gift to be fulfilled in one convenient payment or use installments over a term of several years. Consider the tax advantages of giving appreciated securities or a charitable distribution from your IRA.

A Tribute to Phyllis Bleck

An extraordinary gift toward the SEMPRE ALWAYS campaign from Dr. Phyllis Bleck named a trumpet section chair in the Chicago Symphony Orchestra as the Bleck Family Chair.


"Dr. Phyllis Bleck is inspiring to me as a musician and as a CSO supporter. She knows firsthand what it takes to be able to achieve the level of performance needed from the CSO, and she also knows the kind of commitment from donors and patrons that this great orchestra needs to sustain its excellence."

-John Hagstrom, CSO trumpet, The Bleck Family Chair

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Campaign Commitments

The Chicago Symphony Orchestra Association gratefully acknowledges the generous donors who have shown tremendous support for SEMPRE ALWAYS: The Campaign for the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.