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Ticket sales only cover a small portion of the costs of operating any symphony orchestra. 

The average symphony by Ludwig van Beethoven, Antonin Dvorak, or Johannes Brahms costs $400; a concerto by Franz Josef Haydn, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, or Johann Nepomuk Hummel costs $250; and an overture by Giuseppe Verdi, Giacomo Puccini, or Franz von Suppe costs $100. All told, a single orchestra concert can cost $750 in music expenses alone! Music that is not in the Public Domain and is only available for rental (such as works by John Williams, William Grant-Still, Dmitri Shostakovich, and Hans Zimmer) generally costs well more than $750 per performance!

This doesn’t include facility rental, equipment maintenance, janitorial services, insurance, honoraria, or other expenses related to facilities and personnel. 

Please consider supporting the JSO by donating to help us cover our expenses. Donations are tax-deductible and help ensure that your orchestra will continue to bring you quality performances and remarkable guest artists for many years to come.



  • Supporter: $25+

  • Sustaining: $75+

  • Overture: $150+

  • Concerto: $250+

  • Symphony: $500+


  • Concert Sponsor: $1,500

  • Concert Set Sponsor: $2,500

  • Soloist Sponsor: $5,000

  • Library Sponsor: $7,500

  • Season Sponsor: $10,000

Donations to the JSO can be made securely by following the link below and scrolling to "Donations Accepted."


Should you prefer to pay by check, please indicate "Joliet Symphony Orchestra / 3120-7004" in the memo line and mail your check to: Joliet Symphony Orchestra: c/o University of St. Francis; 500 Wilcox Street; Joliet, IL 60435.

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