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Friends and Funding

The Friends of the Orchestra of the Eastern Shore are local citizens, organizations, businesses, and Orchestra members who donate money and volunteer their time to support the Orchestra. The Friends group was established in 2005, following the Orchestra's award of 501c3 non-profit status, and has faithfully supported the Orchestra’s activities every year since.

Although we receive some donations at our concerts, we rely on the Friends for the vast majority of our financial needs. For the orchestra to thrive, we need to grow the Friends group and increase the level of support. If you are not already a supporter, please become a Friend by making a contribution to the Orchestra. Contributions can be made by check or via the donate button near the bottom of this page.

Contributions benefit the Orchestra in several ways. First, they provide a secure base of operations by enabling a regular stipend to the music director, purchase of sheet music, honoraria and travel reimbursement for soloists and guest musicians, and modest administrative and performance-related expenses. They can also provide funding for matching grants, and your contributions are proof of the orchestra's value to the Eastern Shore community. We are most grateful for all contributions.

Friends are recognized and listed in our printed concert programs and receive a thank-you letter for tax purposes. Non-monetary support is also very important. Attend our concerts and tell other people about us. Bring a friend or family member to a concert so they can experience classical music performed in beautiful settings. If you know of someone with classical music instrumental experience, perhaps even yourself, please encourage them to consider joining OES. String players are especially welcome.

Please mail your contribution to:

PO Box 27
Onancock, VA 23417

To donate by credit/debit card or paypal, click the donate button on this page. You will quickly receive an email acknowledging your donation.

The Orchestra is also grateful to the town of Onancock, United Way of Virginia's Eastern Shore, and the Virginia Commission for the Arts (VCA) for their long-time support.

Ideas and in-kind donations as well as monetary contributions are welcome. For questions or to be included in our email concert reminder list, contact us at , or call Marion Naar at 757‑442‑2821.