Make an exceptional impact. Earn extraordinary benefits.
The DSO Governing Members comprise a philanthropic leadership group designed to provide unique, substantive, hands-on opportunities for leadership, influence and access to a diverse group of valued stakeholders. Governing Members are ambassadors for the DSO and advocates for Arts and Culture in Detroit and throughout Southeast Michigan. This dynamic group offers support and counsel to the DSO Board of Directors.
Did you know? Governing Members get all ticketing fees waived for all online purchases! Log in now to begin.
Governing Members enjoy unparalleled access to DSO artists and senior leadership; a variety of custom, experience-based events; exclusive travel opportunities; invitations to serve on institutional task forces and committees; and much more. A minimum commitment of $2,500 annually must be contributed to the DSO Annual Fund; subscription to one or more concert series is expected.
Governing Members also receive patron recognition equal to their level of giving. Click here to view the patron recognition levels.
For more information regarding the DSO Governing Members please contact the Office of Patron Advancement at 313.576.5400.
Governing Members Leadership
James C. Farber, Chairman | Read the Chairperson's letter
Arthur T. O’Reilly, Chairman Emeritus
Janet and Norm Ankers, Co-chairs, Gabrilowitsch Society
Jiehan Alonzo, Vice Chair, Engagement Committee
Jan Bernick, Vice-Chair, Philanthropy & Stewardship Committee
Maureen D'Avanzo, Vice-Chair, Outreach & Recruitment Committee
Bonnie Larson, Member at Large
Frederick J. Morsches, Member at Large
Ken Thompkins, Musician Liaison
Johanna Yarbrough, Musician Liaison
"One of my goals in deepening my engagement as part of the Governing Member leadership is to see the DSO become an integral and permanent part of the fabric of Detroit and a downtown experience."
–James C. Farber, Chairperson, Governing Members