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The Gateway Festival Orchestra is a non-profit organization with IRS 501(c)(3) status. All donations are deductible as allowed by law.

Since the 1960s, a major source of funding for free public concerts in the United States and Canada has been the Music Performance Fund (MPF). This fund was set up through the recording industry at a time when business was booming. In recent years, disc sales have declined sharply. Therefore, MPF is able to offer only a small fraction of the help that was available in the past. Grant monies have also dwindled, so we are seeking new fund sources. We have some relatively new ways that individuals can help.

Donor Gift

Donor GiftIt isn’t summer in St. Louis without Ted Drewes Frozen Custard! When you make a donation of $100 or more you will receive 2 coupons good for mini concretes. If you’ve already made your donation stop and pick up your coupons at the concerts! We’ll have them waiting for you at the Trinity Avenue entrance to the 560 Music Center. If you can’t pick them up, they’ll be mailed to you after the season. Please save the date for a special donor reception with Darwin Aquino on Thursday August 22 from 6-8pm at Artisans in the Loop Art Gallery, 6511 Delmar. More information to follow. 

Donate by Mail

Donations can be sent to:

The Gateway Festival Orchestra
P.O. Box 50211
St. Louis, MO 63105

If your donation is for a special fund (see below), please let us know which fund to apply your donation.

Donate Online

Donations can also be sent online using PayPal.

When completing your PayPal transaction, please let us know in the special instructions which fund to apply your donation.

Support Our General Operations

Help support the Gateway Festival Orchestra’s general operations. Your contribution will help to pay for our summer concert season, including the musicians, rent for rehearsal and concert space, sound equipment and the written programs.

Active Listener Children’s Concert Programs

Help support our Active Listener Children’s Concert Programs, a chamber music group – usually a string quartet – visits elementary schools considered to be in underserved areas of the local community. We introduce classical music through engaging, fun activities that teach structure, rhythm, melody, harmony and the expressive qualities of music. Through pre-listening activities that include movement, song and an introduction to the instruments, we ready the children to listen to a group of professional musicians playing classical music. We then make the listening experience even more interesting by focusing the children’s attention on different aspects of the music, describing what they hear and see and allowing interaction with the musicians and their instruments.

William Schatzkamer Memorial Young Artists’ Fund

William Schatzkamer, Conductor Emeritus, was born in New York City and received his musical training at the Juilliard School of Music. He was a fellowship student in piano under Alexander Siloti, the celebrated Lisztian and teacher of Rachmaninoff, from 1934 through 1940. In 1941, Schatzkamer was chosen from amongst 60 pianists to play Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue at New York’s Lewisohn’s Stadium with a National Youth Administration Orchestra. He then began playing regular engagements with the Cleveland and other major American orchestras.

During the years 1941 through 1946, Schatzkamer toured the United States, Canada and Mexico as the assistant artist (opening act) of Paul Robeson, famed singer and actor. From 1948 through 1950, Schatzkamer made recital and concert tours of the United States, Canada and Mexico under the direction of Columbia Artists Management. During these years, he played a total 175 concerts and recitals in all parts of North America, including three very successful recitals in New York’s Town Hall. Immediately after the first of these Town Hall recitals, he signed a contract with RCA Victor.

In 1951, he joined the faculty of the Music Department of Washington University in St. Louis. In 1956, William Schatzkamer made his debut with the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra. He retired from the University faculty in 1987.

Schatzkamer was the founding conductor of the Gateway Festival Orchestra of St. Louis. He retired from that position in 2002. He has also served as the conductor of the Washington University Orchestra, the Northwest Plaza Orchestra, the Belleville Philharmonic Orchestra, and the University City Symphony Orchestra.

Schatzkamer had 6 children: William, Laura, Mark, Nina, Kyriena and Helena. His daughter Nina Schatzkamer Miller is on the board of the Gateway. This fund honors his memory and helps to support the presentation of young artists who are given the opportunity of solo performances with the orchestra each summer.

Chair Endowment Sponsorship

Patrons who feel an affinity for a particular musician or instrument are invited to sponsor an orchestra chair with a gift of $500.00 or more. The chair may be named for one or more individuals, a business or an organization.

The name of the benefactor and of the honoree will be listed in the program and printed on the fabric cover of the sponsored chair. Gifts may be given anonymously. For further information, contact Nina Schatzkamer Miller, nina-miller@att.net or 618-978-9773.

Donor Rewards Gifts

We are grateful to our donors! We are currently selecting this year’s donor rewards gift.

Program Advertising

Ads run for the entire season, and are seen by thousands of audience members. This is a great opportunity for local businesses to reach the public while helping to maintain free public concerts.

Advertising Pricing

Back Cover 5″ wide x 8″ tall full color $600.00
Inside Front or Back Cover 5″ wide x 8″ tall $300.00
Full Page 5″ wide x 8″ tall $200.00
Half Page 5” wide x 4” tall $120.00
Quarter Page 2.5” wide x 4” tall $70.00

Please download and complete the Advertisement Sales Form to advertise with us in our concert program. If you have any questions, please contact Marie Brown at brownvln@swbell.net