Legacy Programs



In addition to income from the Annual Fund, the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra depends on income from a robust Endowment fund to meet its yearly budget, as well as to provide a secure financial baseline for its future growth. While ticket sales, performance fees, government grants and philanthropic support provide essential funding, internationally renowned orchestras turn to earnings from their endowment to balance their budgets every year.

Donors may make gifts to the Endowment through outright cash or securities or Planned Giving vehicles. The Symphony's Legacy Programs (Steinberg Society and Sid Kaplan Tribute Program) and Endowment Naming Opportunities (for guest artists, musician's chairs, concert series, educational programs or designated spaces) also offer donors a variety of opportunities to support the growth of the Endowment fund.

For more information, please contact Myra Toomey, Gift Planning Officer, at (412)392-3320 or mtoomey@pittsburghsymphony.org.


Steinberg Society

The Steinberg Society was established to recognize donors who have ensured the future financial stability of the PSO by designating the Orchestra a beneficiary in their estate plans and have advised the Development Office that they have done so. Named for beloved conductor, William Steinberg, the organization honors members who have made deferred gifts through wills, charitable trusts, life insurance, retirement accounts and other deferred gifts.

Maestro Steinberg's portrait in the Grand Lobby marks the site of the honor roll where members names are inscribed, recording their commitment in perpetuity. Unless directed otherwise by a donor, the PSO adds estate gifts to its permanent endowment where the principal remains untouched and a percentage of the earnings support the annual fund each year.

We hope that if you decide to leave a gift to the Pittsburgh Symphony through your will or trust that you will let us know. Steinberg Society members are invited to an intimate brunch in the Mozart Room each spring for a private musical performance.   

For more information, please contact Myra Toomey, Gift Planning Officer, at (412)392-3320 or mtoomey@pittsburghsymphony.org.


Sid Kaplan Tribute Program

The Sid Kaplan Tribute Program provides opportunities to celebrate life’s milestones and achievements (anniversaries, weddings, birthdays or graduations) or a way to commemorate the life of a beloved family member or friend. Donors who make an outright gift of $10,000 or more to the Endowment Fund may elect to inscribe a personalized plaque which will hang in the Sid Kaplan Memorial Hallway in the Grand Tier, for perpetuity. Special persons and events will, forever, be associated with the splendid music of Heinz Hall, and be an enduring reminder of a commitment to classical music. Named for Sid Kaplan, who will always be remembered as musician and manager, the program allows others to leave a legacy, as well.

About Sid Kaplan

Known for his dedication and generosity of spirit, Sid Kaplan joined the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra family in 1947 as a French Horn player. After performing with the Orchestra for 16 years, he left for two years and then rejoined the Symphony. In order to transition into a management position with the Symphony, he returned to Columbia University to study orchestra management and accepted a position as the business manager for the Pittsburgh Opera. “Kappy” became the manager of operations for the Symphony in 1972 and became the manager and director of operations 10 years later. Kappy would hold this post until his retirement in 1991. Having worked with three of the ten PSO maestros—William Steinberg, André Previn, and Lorin Maazel—Sid Kaplan's significant contributions to the Pittsburgh Symphony are still evident today.

For more information, please contact Myra Toomey, Gift Planning Officer, at (412)392-3320 or mtoomey@pittsburghsymphony.org.