Individual Giving


For 23 seasons, your generosity has allowed us to create innovative music experiences that are unsurpassed anywhere in our region. Your support impacts the Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra in meaningful ways that touch all of us.

There are many ways that YOU can play a part in shaping chamber music’s impact in our community! These include:

Whether you want to sponsor as an individual or as a business, you will receive a host of benefits, including tickets, concert signage, online recognition and private receptions with the artists. You can sponsor on your own or co-sponsor with another individual or entity. This is a wonderful way to invest more fully in our concert programming.

Show your support by sponsoring an artist in our core ensemble or a guest artist. Our Artist Sponsors not only help support our organization’s longevity, but get to know their artist(s) well over time through personal meet-and-greets and at events.

A tax-deductible gift to our organization is more important than ever as we celebrate 24th season. Our supporters are members of our larger GLCO family, and your investment in us ensures outstanding chamber music as a staple in our community.

Sponsorship packages can be customized to meet each sponsor’s individual or business objectives, while providing meaningful and measurable benefits. Please contact GLCO at (231) 487-0010 or

Eric Lawson

Assistant Concertmaster

Violinist, violist, conductor and professor Dr. Eric Lawson has had a varied career in performance and education. Past performances as a conductor, soloist and lecturer have taken him to Austria, Brazil, China, Germany, Romania and Scandinavia. Before returning to his home state of Michigan, he was based in North Dakota where, in addition to serving as a violin instructor at Bismarck State College, Jamestown College, and the University of Mary, he was also concertmaster of the Bismarck-Mandan Symphony Orchestra and established the Bismarck-Mandan Youth Symphony. Other former academic appointments have included Michigan Technological University in Houghton, Central College in Pella, Iowa and the University of North Dakota where he founded the string program and the UND Chamber Orchestra.

Here in Michigan, Dr. Lawson as been very active with the Alpena Symphony Orchestra as its concertmaster, conductor and president of the board. He also performs with many other orchestras in Northern Michigan and participates in the Traverse Symphony as a first violinist, in the Gaylord Symphony as concertmaster and as assistant concertmaster in the Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra.

And finally, in what has been one of the most important experiences of his life outside of music, he also served almost four years as an Alpena County Commissioner, representing Ossineke and Sanborn Townships. In addition to serving as chair of the Salary and Personnel Committee, he also served on the Airport, Ambulance, District Court, Circuit Court Management and Jail Committees. He also represented Alpena County in Gaylord with the Northern Michigan Regional Entity Substance Use Disorder Board and continues to serve on the Northeast Michigan Community Mental Health Board. Dr. Lawson resides in Ossineke with his wife and two children.