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Become a Crescendo Member

A Donor-funded initiative strategically aligning giving commitments with the multi-year artistic vision of Artistic & Music Director Maestro Nir Kabaretti.

Become a Crescendo Member by making a pledge of support to reinforce the financial foundation of the Symphony’s strategic 5-Year Artistic and Operational Framework, designed to propel the organization to new artistic heights and deepened community impact, paired with long-range financial stability.

“This feels like a new beginning for the Symphony and our community. With the outpouring of support from our visionary donors, patrons and partners, I’m thrilled to have for the first time a multi-year framework that allows us to invite artists and create programming that would never be possible when only looking year to year.”
– Nir Kabaretti

Your Crescendo Membership provides a strong and predictable financial structure for Nir Kabaretti and CEO Kathryn R. Martin to seize opportunities that would never be possible within a 12-month window.
Santa Barbara Symphony - NIr Kabaretti, Music & Artistic Director 1/18/20 The Granada Theatre

Crescendo Membership Benefits include:

  • Hear about the upcoming season before subscribers!
  • Special On-Stage Seating at designated open rehearsals throughout the season.
  • Gather together with Nir Kabaretti and fellow visionary
    supporters, at Crescendo member-only events in private
    homes and unique locations throughout each season,
    discussing artistic opportunities, meeting guest artists & more
  • Receive a special Crescendo membership pin (gem based
    on Crescendo annual membership level)
  • Receive all other annual benefits determined by your
    annual level of support

To join Crescendo, or for more information, 
please contact Juli Askew at
(805) 898-8785 or [email protected]

As a visionary supporter you are leading the way.

Creating a predictable and budgetable foundation is the cornerstone of Crescendo, and multi-year artistic plans will be made based upon signed pledge forms.

We invite you to join us as a Crescendo Member by aligning your giving by pledging your support for our 5 year framework.

How to Join:

Share which option you prefer for this 2023/24 Season:

  1. Use your current donation/pledge to count as your Year 1.
  2. Pledge an additional donation, to bring you up to a higher Crescendo Level, help us balance this year’s budget, and receive additional sponsorship acknowledgement for the 2023/24 Season (Year 1 pledges to be paid prior to June 30, 2024).

To join Crescendo, or for more information, 
please contact Juli Askew at
(805) 898-8785 or [email protected]

crescendo membership levels

Here are our Crescendo Members to Date!

Our Board of Directors has committed to Crescendo with 100% membership
and we are adding new members every day—meaning we will already start the next season with $696,400 in committed gifts—a confidence-building position to bring Nir’s artistic vision to life!

Pledges received as of May 22, 2024

Diamond: $100,000

  • Roger & Sarah ChrismanF

Ruby: $75,000

Emerald: $50,000

  • Samuel M. & Alene S. HedgpethF
  • Montecito Bank & TrustF

Sapphire: $25,000

  • Todd & Allyson AldrichF
  • Ann Jackson Family FoundationF
    Palmer & Joan Jackson
    Palmer & Susan Jackson
  • Dan & Meg BurnhamF
  • Zegar Family Fund

Opal: $15,000

  • Barbara Ann ClarkF
  • Patricia Gregory for the Baker FoundationF
  • Rachel Kaganoff
  • Dr. Bob WeinmanF

Topaz: $10,000

  • Susan AberleF
  • Roxana & Fred* AnsonF
  • Christine A. GreenF
  • Marilyn & Richard MazessF
  • Duncan & Suzanne Mellichamp F
  • Ellen Lehrer Orlando & Tom Orlando

Amber: $7,500

  • Davis & Bobsey Fansler
  • Elizabeth KilbF
  • Chris Lancashire
  • Howard Jay Smith & Patricia Bivans DixonF

Amethyst: $5,000

  • Eve BernsteinF
  • Mark & Shelley BookspanF
  • Barbara BurgerF & Paul E. Munch*
  • NancyBell Coe & Bill BurkeF
  • Karen Drown & John TrottiF
  • Libby & Stephen EricksonF
  • Brooks & Kate FirestoneF
  • Janet A. GarufisF
  • Frederic & Nancy GoldenF
  • George Konstantinow & Helene SegalF
  • Judd* & Susan LundtF
  • Ruth & John MatuszeskiF
  • Sara Miller McCuneF
  • Yakko & Richard MeyersF
  • Marlene & Warren* MillerF
  • Omega Financial GroupF
  • Jean Rogers
  • Anne F. Sage & Jesse D. Sgro
  • Isabelle Meyer StapfF
  • Wallin StudiosF
  • Mike Weems
  • Bruce & Susan Worster

Aquamarine: $2,500

  • AnonymousF
  • Anonymous (2)
  • Carla A. Amussen
  • Mikki March AndinaF
  • Will & Deirdre Arntz
  • Joyce & Richard AxilrodF
  • Susan & Adam Berger
  • Mashey M. Bernstein, Ph.DF
  • Bryant & Sons Jewelry, Bob & Patty BryantF
  • Kandy & Aaron Budgor
  • Linda Stafford BurrowsF
  • Veronique Chevalier
  • Mary Jane & Andrew CooperF
  • Pamela CoxF
  • Jeff & Kathryn Dinkin
  • Mary Tonetti DorraF
  • Dr. Karl Flueckiger
  • Tom & Christine FrisinaF
  • Marilyn GilbertF
  • Dr. Don & Deana GilmanF
  • Judith L. Green
  • Carol V. Greene
  • Christopher D. HarrisF
  • Valerie Harrison
  • Daniel & Mandy HochmanF
  • Gaja Hubbard & Nir KabarettiF
  • Karin JacobsonF
  • Gillian Launie
  • Beth LeddyF
  • Dodie Little
  • Peter & Kathryn MartinF
  • Janet McGinnisF
  • Peter Morris
  • Judith A. Muller
  • Samuel Pellicori
  • Karen Poythress
  • Michelle & Geoff RichardsonF
  • Jerry & Joan RoccoF
  • Rebecca & Mark RolingF
  • Sybil Rosen
  • Nancy B. SchlosserF
  • Les & Maureen Shapiro
  • Anitra SheenF
  • Howard & Carol SimonF
  • Trudy SmithF
  • Wanda SmithF
  • Pat & Terry StraehleyF
  • Arthur G. SwalleyF
  • Mary Jo SwalleyF
  • Anne Smith TowbesF
  • Glenn & Claire VanBlaricum
  • Village Properties, Inc.F
  • Kathryn WashburnF
  • Kathleen WeberF
  • Mort & Judy Weisman
F Founding Member

* Deceased

To join Crescendo, or for more information, please contact Juli Askew at
(805) 898-8785 or

The Santa Barbara Symphony is a 501(c)(3) charitable non-profit. Contributions are deductible for federal income tax purposes according to provisions of the Internal Revenue Code and applicable state law. Please consult your tax advisor.

Federal Tax ID: 95-2104089

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