Why is your support for SEMYO so powerful?

A little support can go a long way in cultivating the imagination of young people. Help expand our community’s knowledge and appreciation of instrumental music arts by making a donation to SEMYO today. Your participation can help enrich lives.

Give a tax deductible donation to SEMYO to support programming. SEMYO is a 501c3 non-profit organization. Funds can be dedicated to a specific project or the general operating fund.

Orchestra Chair Sponsorship

Giving a tax-deductible gift will sponsor a particular instrument, musician or musician’s chair for one entire season. This gift is recognized beneath their sponsored chair on the orchestra roster page in the season’s programs.

Concert Orchestra

Philharmonic Orchestra

Chamber Strings

Music Sponsorship

A tax-deductible gift of $200 will sponsor a particular piece of music at any concert. This donation may be in your name or in memory or honor of a special person or event and will be listed in the concert program under the title of the piece.

Student Scholarship Sponsorship

Many of our students are unable to meet the financial requirements of membership and scholarship money is available for these students. Your tax-deductible gift will completely or partially sponsor these students. There are also opportunities for student to apply for lesson scholarships. SEMYO believes private lessons are an important component of a student’s musical education, but understands they can be a financial burden to many families. Your name will be listed in the program as a general sponsor or may be anonymous.

All donations are tax-deductible. If you would prefer not to use PayPal, you may mail a check to 1001 14th St. NW, Suite 450, Rochester, MN 55901. For questions, contact our office at (507) 282-1718 or email us. Thank You!

Privacy Policy

The Southeastern Minnesota Youth Orchestras (SEMYO) will not sell, share, or trade our donors’ names or personal information with any other entity or solicit donations on behalf of any other organizations. All information collected through online or offline donations and any type of communication is protected by this policy. Names and giving category of donors will be listed unless otherwise requested. Anonymous listings should be requested in writing at the time of the donation.


Do you have an organization or business that wants to extend its reach into the community while helping young musicians develop personally and musically? Consider becoming a sponsor on behalf of SEMYO! Your sponsorship helps keep the cost of SEMYO affordable to a diverse group of youth, provide high-quality musical instruction, and spread the joy of music. Music education teaches discipline, collaboration, and the courage to perform under pressure, and your partnership is an important part of our mission.

View the document below to learn more about sponsorship opportunity and costs. Donations of any amount are also accepted as well as in-kind donations.

Thank you to the following for your support of SEMYO in 2019-20!

Season Sponsors

Venue Sponsor

It’s Instrumental and Bravura Music Educator Award Sponsor

State Funding

Thank you also to the following organizations & businesses for contributing to SEMYO:

  • Amadio Family Arts Fund
  • Dickes Family Fund
  • Gillette Foundation
  • Greater Rochester Arts & Cultural Trust
  • IBM
  • Intel Matching Grants
  • Mayo Clinic
  • Olmsted Medical Center
  • Rochester Commercial Banks
  • Schmidt Foundation
  • Southeastern Minnesota Arts Council

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