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About FSSO

Symphony For Life

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Support the FSSO sustainability campaign

We seek your support for an indispensable educational and cultural asset for all communities: the Free State Symphony Orchestra.

The Board of the FSSO Company has launched the ‘symphony for life’ campaign to reduce the symphony orchestra’s exposure to the uncertainties and unpredictable fluctuations of public funding from, for example, the Lotto and the National Arts Council (NAC), in the light of the immense pressures on the national budget to address unemployment, poverty and inequality.

If its core funding is uncertain, the FSSO cannot plan annual concert programmes properly, cannot engage top performers and conductors timeously and cannot market its annual programme to music lovers. This equally means that the FSSO’s crucial educational role in mentoring and developing a next generation of young musicians comes under threat.

A vibrant classical music scene needs a vibrant and financially sustainable FSSO. Free State classical music lovers – and aspiring young musicians – need a symphony orchestra for living, for life.

We can reduce the FSSO’s vulnerability only by mobilising private individuals and the business sector, in conjunction with government where possible, to take joint responsibility for the long-term viability of the Free State’s only professional symphony orchestra and orchestral training programme.

We urge you to support the symphony for life campaign as a Distinguished Patron, Patron or Friend of the FSSO and thereby become a ‘life’ member of our family of patrons.

More information on the campaign is available here.

A donation form can be downloaded here.

Vir inligting in Afrikaans, kliek hier.

Die donasie vorm in Afrikaans kan hier afgelaai word.

Our current patrons

Foundations and Trusts

Oppenheimer Memorial Trust

Rupert Stigting

Arts Trust


Corporate patrons

Life Rosepark


Corporate friends

Kloppers

Mixcure

Pasteur Eye Hospital

Distinguished Patrons / Uitgelese Ondersteuners

Braham & Ilze Barnard

Katinka Botha

Deon Ceronio

Magda Coetzee

Frederick Fourie

Corrie Geldenhuys

Jeanette Kriel

Marius & Ellen-Anne Swart

Alan & Denise van Zyl

André Venter

Patrons / Ondersteuners

Christiaan & Gerlene Beyers

Jaco Cilliers

Chris en Hanlie Gouws

Ute Hallbauer

Faan Hancke

Geofré en Marinda Heyns

Antoinette Lion-Cachet

Johan Lombaard

Pieter Pienaar

Anette Roberts

Ernest Rood

Ian van der Merwe

Efraim van der Walt

Friends / Vriende

Platinum

Johan en Riana de Beer

Lizette de Coning en Annalie van der Vyfer

Theo du Plessis

Wilma Henning

Philo Nel

Piet & Helga Streicher

Juan Andries Venter

Gold

Basie & Hilda Verster

Silver

Anna Bobbert

Eelco en Helena Boonstra

Johan & Louise Cilliers

Mike & Marietta de Kock

Elmar du Plessis

Voet & Lydia du Plessis

Ina Faber

Marius en Engela Pretorius

Brons

Janine Lieffrig

Charmian & Francois Verster

Kowie & Frances Wessels

Bibi's Chair contributors

Dora Ackerman

Christo Saayman


FSSO Cadet Programme

The FSSO funds specialised individual tuition for talented disadvantaged young musicians through our Cadet Programme.

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Board

The FSSO Board of Directors is responsible for the governance of the FSSO Company, with particular attention to strategic management, financial sustainability and policies.

It oversees all the activities of the company in pursuing its principal objective: to address the orchestral music-education provision, support, enrichment, learning, teaching and training needs of young musicians, which includes learners and students from all communities.

In this regard it oversees the strategic planning, funding strategies, annual planning and budgeting, management and implementation of the FSSO’s music-educational pipeline activities and all its orchestras, concerts and events.

The FSSO Company is a registered non-profit organisation (NPO) and public benefit organisation (PBO). This FSSO has been awarded Section 18A status by SARS in terms of the Income Tax Act. Accordingly, donations to the FSSO are tax deductible in the hands of donors and are exempt from Donations Tax as well as Estate Duty.

Current members of the board of the FSSO

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Management

Mangement & Staff

FSSO Artistic Director: Alexander Fokkens

Company Office Manager: Michelle Horn

Financial Administrator: Piet Moolman

Youth Orchestra

The best young instrumentalists in the province from all backgrounds have the unique opportunity to gain invaluable professional experience by playing in the Free State Youth Orchestra, managed by the FSSO since 2009.

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