Support Your National Symphony Orchestra

National Symphony Orchestra

The mission of the National Symphony Orchestra (NSO), in residence at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, is to engage audiences locally, across the country, and around the world through excellence in performance and education. Each year, the NSO offers approximately 150 concerts as well as some of the country’s most extensive community and educational programming. It regularly participates in events of national and international importance, including performances for state occasions, high-level government events, and regularly televised holiday appearances for Capitol Concerts and local radio broadcasts on WETA, making the NSO one of the most-heard orchestras in the country.

Support NSO

Support NSO as a Member

Support National Symphony Orchestra programming directly when you designate your Membership to NSO. Beginning with a contribution of $75, Membership gifts are vital to the financial health of the NSO, and get you closer to the music you love with Members-Only Ticket Priority, NSO Rehearsals, and more...

Join NSO Circles

Take your support of the NSO to the next level as a NSO Circles Member. You'll have access to the best the Center has to officer, plus exclusive benefits like advanced program notes, private rehearsals, and more...available to NSO Circles members only. 

NSO Donation

A child learns the violin from an NSO volunteer.

Make a philanthropic gift

Make a philanthropic gift in support of the National Symphony Orchestra's artistic and educational programming.

Your Impact

The National Symphony Orchestra is committed to ensuring everyone, both in DC and around the nation, has access to classical music. The support of our donors makes it happen! Here's just some of what we accomplished together in the 2018-2019 season.

  • 44,764

    students served by NSO education programs

  • 113,720

    concert goers heard classical programming

  • 23,000 & 250

    students and schools attending the NSO's annual Young People's Concerts

  • 40,000+

    students and families engaged by the NSO's educational programming

  • 4,400 & 45

    residents impacted and performances presented as part of the NSO's In Your Neighborhood community engagement initiative

  • 2,800+

    members of the military, veterans, and military families served through the Notes of Honor: NSO Salutes the Military program

Sponsorship Opportunities

The National Symphony Orchestra offers many opportunities for corporate sponsorship, from world-class classical and pops programming to engaging education and community initiatives. Please contact Katherine Planas, NSO Chief Development Officer, at (202) 416-8071 or krplanas@kennedy-center.org to learn more.

Students participating in a side by side rehearsal with NSO musicians in the Concert Hall.

Member Quote

"Hearing the NSO in the Concert Hall always lifts my spirits. By giving to the Orchestra I'm able to bring the same joy into others' lives."

Tina R.
Silver Spring, MD
The National Symphony Orchestra is an artistic affiliate of the Kennedy Center. Learn more about other ways you can support President Kennedy's living memorial.

Contact Us

Frequently Asked Questions & Resources

NSO Development Office
(202) 416-8072
NSOCircles@Kennedy-Center.org

Monday - Friday, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.