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Partner with a Player

Thank you for considering a gift to the San Diego Symphony Orchestra

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When you “partner” with a musician, you become personally connected with the orchestra and gain an intimate perspective of what it is like to be a musician within this extraordinary group of performers.

Each year, Partners are invited to the most highly anticipated event of the year, the annual Side-by-Side Concert, and sit onstage among the musicians during a live performance to experience a concert from the musicians’ point of view. As a Partner, you will have a unique opportunity to develop a personal relationship with a musician and engage with the San Diego Symphony in meaningful ways.

When you become a Partner with a Player, you join the San Diego Symphony’s family of supporters and have the opportunity to create a meaningful connection with a musician and the orchestra.

For more information, or to join, please contact Director of Advancement, Planned Giving and Major Gifts Tania Batson at 619.615.3908 or

Member Benefits Levels


Support a musician


Support a Principal or Associate Principal musician


Support a section within the orchestra

Benefits of Giving

To recognize you for your support and bring you closer to the music, the Symphony will provide the following benefits of giving.

  • Invitation to the Annual onstage Side-by-Side Concert and Musicians Dinner
  • Complimentary Valet Parking at all Jacobs Masterworks Series Concerts
  • Professional photograph of you with your musician displayed in the Partner with a Player Gallery at the Jacobs Music Center
  • Invitation to Gould Room receptions at intermission during the Jacobs Masterworks Series
  • Priority Subscription Seating Upgrade
  • Access to personal concierge for your ticketing needs at the San Diego Symphony and other orchestras nationwide
  • Recognition in Partner with a Player membership listings
  • Keepsake photo with your musician
  • Invitation to attend selected rehearsals
  • Priority invitations to attend musician, board, and donor events

The impact you make

Other giving options

Beethoven Society

Multi-year giving of $50,000+

The Beethoven Society raises consistent, critical funding for Symphony programs. Members pledge multi-year support with annual gifts of $50,000 and higher.

Guest Artist Sponsorhip

Gifts of $15,000+

Guest Artist Sponsors provide crucial support that enables the San Diego Symphony to attract some of the world's greatest and most sought-after performers.

Why I Give

Becoming Partners with a Player donors seems like the culmination of our increased involvement with the Symphony. It has given us great pleasure, satisfaction, and a common sense of purpose with the Symphony, its players, and staff.  There is also a great sense of pride in being a part of an organization that provides so much enjoyment, education, and outreach to the larger San Diego community.

Ron and Val Ontell

Getting to know our musicians through the Partner with a Player program is both humbling and awe-inspiring! Sitting on stage with our partner during the annual Partner with a Player concert is an absolutely unique and unforgettable experience.

Bill and Sue Weber

Being a Partner with a Player of the San Diego Symphony has been an extremely rewarding journey—seeing my partner excel as a musician and knowing that I took part of that is both comforting and nourishing for the soul. As a Partner, you see music through the eyes of your musician. What better way to develop a connection and relationship to music and the community than through this program!

Katrina Wu