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A Decade of Foundations...A Season of Growth


Fellow Music Lovers,

Citizens of Cleburne, Keene, and many surrounding communities have enjoyed the founding and growth of live classical music concerts given by the Brazos Chamber Orchestra for 10 seasons now. Many of you have attended our concerts and have supported the BCO in a number of ways. We thank you for a solid start to our first ten years.

As we begin our second decade, we have set a goal of increasing the number of performances in Cleburne each season. With our base funding, and the generosity of the musicians in giving of their time and talents, we have typically been able to have 2 performances a season. For the 2010–2011 season, we would like to increase this once again to 3 performances, and then sustain this in future seasons.  Thank you for helping us reach our goal for the 2009-2010 and 2010-2011 seasons!

We are seeking an additional $10,000 in funding through individual patron donations and from corporate sponsors. Will you be a part of achieving this goal of an additional performance during the 2010–2011 season?

Patrons wishing to contribute towards achievement of this goal can select any one of our Patron Categories beginning at $25.

Friend $25–$99

Virtuoso Circle $1,000–$2,499

Sustaining Member $100–$499

Maestro’s Circle $2,500–$4,999

Musicians Circle $500–$999

Underwriter $5,000 and up

All patrons will be recognized in the following ways:

• You will receive a confirmation of your contribution to the BCO, a non-profit organization

You will be recognized as a donor in our concert programs under the donation category you select (unless you wish to remain anonymous)

A reception honoring our donors will be held at one of our concerts during the season

Maestro Circle and Underwriter level donors will receive special recognition as a sponsor of one of our concerts

Please make your donation by filling out the enclosed Donation Card, writing a check to the Brazos Chamber Orchestra, and mailing it in the enclosed envelope. Please return your donation or pledge by October 15, 2011.

Once again, thank you for your support of the Brazos Chamber Orchestra. Your contribution will help bring more great classical music performances to your community.



Brazos Chamber Orchestra Frequently Asked Questions

How will my donation be used?

Your donation will go towards the funding of a third concert in Cleburne, TX during the 2010-2011 season.

What are the expenses of the BCO that require funding?

The few musicians we have that live in the Cleburne area typically give their time and talents on a volunteer basis. Filling out a 45 piece orchestra requires musicians from the Fort Worth and Arlington areas. In order to attract the quality musicians that we have become accustom to requires some level of compensation, primarily for expenses for traveling to rehearsals and performances. About 95% of the BCOs expenses go to musicians with the remaining expenses for music, recording, and other miscellaneous costs. All administrative services are given on a volunteer basis, which is rare amongst non-profit organizations.

Who attends BCO concerts?

Patrons come from all over. A large percentage of our audience comes from the senior adult community, making this an important quality-of-life event for these important members of our communities. Our concerts are also well attended by families and by students with musical interests.

Who has traditionally provided financial support of the BCO?

Funding during our first 10 seasons has come from a variety of sources, including individuals, foundations, program advertising sales, arts grants, and fees generated from performances in other cities. Our concerts have generally been given free of admission, although ticket sales as a source of funding are in our long range plans.

When will the concerts be for the 2010–2011 season?

Concerts in Cleburne will be in November, 2010 and late April, 2011. If this funding campaign is successful, the additional concert will be in early May, 2011.

What happens if the goal is not reached?

The funds that are raised as part of this campaign would be held over to the 2011-2012 season to attempt having an additional concert during that season.

What is the BCO and who leads it?

The Brazos Chamber Orchestra is a symphonic orchestra that typically has 45 musicians at its performances.  Programming consists of a cross section of music from the classical repertoire and popular music from all time frames of the 20th century, including music from Broadway, the movies, and pops music. The orchestra is led by its founder and conductor David Anavitarte with operational and business functions being lead by Todd Evans.  BCO board members and BCO musicians help with the many behind-the-scenes activities.

Can I pledge a donation now and send a check in at a later date?

Yes, you may pledge now and give your donation any time prior to February of 2011.

by Katherine Anavitarte
updated 11/2011