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GOVERNING MEMBERS

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.

Governing Members Leadership

Janice Bernick, Chairwoman
James C. Farber, Chairman Emeritus
Janet and Norm Ankers, Co-chairs, Gabrilowitsch Society
Jiehan Alonzo, Vice Chair, Signature Events Committee
Diana Golden, Vice Chair, Membership Committee
Suzanne Dalton, Vice Chair, Annual Giving Committee
Samantha Svoboda, Vice Chair, Communications Committee
Cathleen Clancy, Vice Chair, Engagement Committee
David Assemany, Member-at-Large
Bonnie Larson, Member-at-Large
David Karp, Member-at-Large
Kenneth Thompkins, Musician Liaison
David Everson, Musician Liaison

"It is my aspiration that every one of our Governing Member families takes full advantage of the many enriching and unique opportunities offered to experience and enjoy our Detroit Symphony Orchestra!"

–Jan Bernick, Governing Members Chairwoman