How to support the Alton Youth Symphony

AYS is a 501(c)3 Corporation registered in the State of Illinois.

To donate via PayPal, please go to: 

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To donate via check, print this form and send to:

 Alton Youth Symphony

 P. O. Box 3036

 Alton, IL 62002

It is through the generous support of our community that AYS is the only youth orchestra in Illinois that does not charge fees to its members and is able to offer study grants to deserving young artists. AYS is grateful

for the continued support from our community.

AYS Named Scholarships

AYS offers several named scholarships which have been funded through large donations or memorials.

AYS welcomes contributions to any of these scholarship funds in order that we may continue to memorialize those that dedicated their lives to music education. 

Jack Brummer Scholarship

One of the Alton Youth Symphony's most dedicated benefactors was Jack Brummer who lived in Alton. Jack chose to fund an endowment for the symphony upon his death because he believed in providing opportunities for children. Jack chose the symphony because he loved music, and he admired the dedication of his friends Ken Conrady and Teri Ortman. Each year a private lesson scholarship is awarded to a student based on auditions. 

Suzanne Rodgers Scholarship

This scholarship is dedicated to the memory of Suzanne E. Rodgers. Suzanne was an educator in the Jersey Community School District for 27 years before her untimely passing in the spring of 2015. Suzanne was an ardent supporter of music in the Alton community, serving on the AYS Board when her sons Adam and Nicholas were AYS members. She also served on the board of ABOB (Alton Band and Orchestra Builders). In recognition of Suzanne's dedication to education and music, AYS has named a scholarship in her honor. 

Leroy Fritz Scholarship

This scholarship is dedicated to the memory of Leroy Fritz. Leroy, a prominent musician in the Alton area and former board member of the Alton Youth Symphony, passed away on April 18, 2012. Mr. Fritz was the Director of Music for many years in the Alton School District and was responsible for starting the string program in Alton. He was a fine violinist and played with the Alton Symphony for years. When AYS was being formed in 1969, he was very helpful to Ken Conrady and Larry Crabbs in forming the structure of the Alton Youth Symphony. He will be fondly remembered as an enthusiastic supporter of music in our community. 

Snow Scholarship

This is a full tuition scholarship to the prestigious Illinois Summer Youth Music camp on the campus of the University of Illinois, Urbana. The scholarship is in honor of the late Jim & Peggy Snow, the proud grandparents of two AYS alumni. They loved watching the Bloomfield (New Jersey) High School Marching Band practice and perform in the stadium behind their home. The criteria for this scholarship is that the applicant be a graduating (8th grade) AYS student, who is a wind or percussion player, that will participate in the Alton Marching 100 in the 9th grade. The student needs to have a letter of recommendation from their middle school music teacher and be in good standing with AYS. Click HERE for more information about ISYM. 

Michael J. Trout Scholarship

This scholarship was established in 2006 by Pauline Trout in memory of her late husband, Michael J. Trout. Michael was devoted to the artistic and musical education of his loving daughter, Rachel, an AYS alum. He was active in working with children; always volunteering for school events and being an active participant in Rachel's early Suzuki violin studies. This scholarship for private lessons is awarded to a student based upon auditions. 

Bev Carter Scholarship

Bev Carter in an AYS Board member who is active in several other fine arts organization in our community. Her generosity enables AYS to provide a scholarship for students based on an audition. 

Deborah Fox Scholarship

This scholarship is dedicated to the memory of Deborah Fox. Deborah was a sectional coach for AYS for many years until her passing in March of 2011. She was a respected musician and a private flute instructor, and an active member and former president of the Alton Symphony Orchestra. 

2017- 2018 Donors and Grants
Special Contributors
Ann & Joseph Cacciottoli
Beverly Carter
Joyce Cooper
Andrea Crabtree
Duke Bakery
Jeanna & Michael Hasty
John & Janet Jaffry
Illinois American Water
Senator & Mrs. William Haine
Phillips 66 Wood River Refinery 
Woodman Collision Center
Stanley Sidwell

Endowment Fund Contributors
Rebecca Boerio
In memory of Leroy Fritz
Mark & Catherine Droste
Diane Thompson
In memory of Erwin Thompson

Ray & Melinda Bock
Edmund Gray
Susan Parton Stanard

Supporting Members
B & B Custom T's & Gifts
C. David Brinkman, DDS
Jim & Sandy Beckman
Representative Dan Beiser
Connie Clayton, Ph.D.
Brian Conrady
Jean & Kenneth Conrady
Cathy & Mark Droste
Alan & Barbara Evans
Lucinda & Robert Fulton
 Senator William Haine
King Air Conditioning & Heating
Anne Laney
George & Laurie Milnor
In memory of Sissy Milnor
Dennis & Catherine Nobbe
Todd & Laura Plummer 
Quality Buick GMC Cadillac
Roberts Motors
Mike & Pam Stumpf
Chad & Megan Stevenson
Katherine & Harry Swanger
Karen Wilson
Frances Ziccardi 

Sustaining Members
Leonard Berg, Attorney
CNB Bank & Trust
Christina Daniels 
Marjorie DuVivier
Janet Hoehn
Inspector Plumber
Marge & Dick Propes
Blaine & Peggy Shaffer
LaDonna Watkins

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John & Liz Ammann
Robert & Wilma Brooks
(In memory of Suzanne Rodgers)
Gail Drillinger
Pat Fischer
Martha Ann Harpstrite 
Karen & Patrick Heitzig 
John Maloy
William Meyer
Lynda Ortwig
Bill & Janet Steinbrueck 
Ted & Terry Tanner
Carolyn & Richard Watsek 
Linda Winslow 
M. Woodcock 

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