The Atlanta Symphony announced that it has received commitment of a $1.85 million endowment gift from the Mabel Dorn Reeder Foundation. In recognition of the gift, the ASO will establish the Mabel Dorn Reeder Honorary Chair, to be awarded to an ASO musician once every five years, based on merit, taking into consideration musical artistry, leadership, collegiality, and community engagement. Recipients will receive a one-time $10,000 stipend at the start of their five-year term as the honoree, to be utilized for professional development. Mabel Dorn Reeder (1908-2007) lived in Atlanta most of her life and was a long-time supporter of the Woodruff Arts Center and the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. “This historic contribution represents a new model for supporting the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra—in which a contribution can transcend Symphony Hall and marry our institutional goals with unique philanthropic vision. The Mabel Dorn Reeder Foundation’s honorary chair model will inspire others to think outside of the traditional named,” said ASO President Stanley E. Romanstein in a statement.

Posted January 19, 2011