Our Donors

The Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra is extremely grateful for our extraordinary donors who continue to generously support
our mission to inspire, entertain and educate through live, professional, community-connected orchestral programming.

Donations are reflective of those who have made cash donations between January 1, 2023 and March 31, 2024.

MAESTRO $35,000 and above

Carolyn Klender

Michigan Arts & Culture Council

Offield Family Foundation


VIRTUOSO $25,000 to $34,999

Michigan Nonprofit Relief Fund


CONCERTMASTER $15,000 – $24,999

Matt and Kathleen Davis

Bob and Wally Klein

Nancy Monroe

Robert and Alice Pattengale



PRINCIPAL $10,000 to $14,999

Petoskey Harbor Springs Area Community Foundation

Mason and Lynne Rosenthal

Bill and Betty Wadland



ORCHESTRA $5,000 to $9,999

David and Connie Donovan

Louis and Dawn Marie Kasischke

Kathy and Jim Schroeder

William E. & Mary S. Malpass Fund

Women Who Care in the Tip of the Mitt



AMBASSADOR $3,000 to $4,999

Neil and Marsha Bidwell

Norma Brown

Charlevoix County Community Foundation

Dave and Ellen Kendall

National Endowment for the Arts



PATRON $1,500 to $2,999

Anonymous Donor

Gay Cummings

Karen Butler-Dlouhy and Thomas Dlouhy

Great Lakes Energy People Fund

Fred and Barbara Malpass

Jeff and Anne Miller

David and Ingrid Nedwick

David and Joan Robinson

Lorraine Lund and Randy Seiss

Dibby and Scott Smith

Gary and Susan Stewart



SUPPORTER  $1,000 to $1,499

John and Beth Baravetto

Pier and Renee Borra

Anne Chaffee

Jim and Mary Daniels

Dau Family Foundation

Bill and Greta Gappy

James Graves

Bruce and Joyce Herbert

Hestia Women’s Giving Circle Fund

Bill and Elizabeth Hicklen

John and Meg Ideker

Ann Irish

Paul Knapp

Drs. Russell and Suzanne LaBeau

KC McAlpin

Petoskey Rotary Club Charities

Shary and Matt Price

Carrie and Dick Smith

Jan and Ken Stewart

Maggie Stewart

Edward and Karla Stokel

Willem and Patti Van Der Have

Paul and Linda Weston



FAMILY  $500 to $999

Caroline Bacon

Paul and Lisa Blanchard

Barbara Butler

Bethe Carpenter

Mike and Rhea Dow

Ted and Marilyn Dumbauld

Chip and Jean Frentz

Bill and Linda Henry

Irish Boat Shop

Charlotte Koger

Maureen Delaney-Lehman and John Lehman

Steven and Kathie Libert

Marana Webber Tost Charitable Fund

Michele Montague and John McCutcheon 

Dorothy Miller

Sharon Schappacher

Stafford and Janice Smith

Jack and Kathy Weber

Sharon and John Zimmerman



FRIEND  $250 to $499

JD Friley and Kathy Ackerman

Shirley Anderson

Heidi Marshall and Tom Bailey

Maureen and Brian Burkey

Jim and Connie Burt

Walt and Nancy Byers

Mark and Callie Celichowski

Nancy Frasch

Balky and Patti Grannis

Mary Beth and Peter Hansen

William and Joan Hartwig

Steve and Barbara Jaquith

Jim and Fran Kochensparger

Connie Landis

Jeanine Larsen

Roy and Linda Longworth

Gary and Annette Malkus

Katharine Nielsen

Ann and Patrick O’Brien

Marge Parmenter

Jeanne and Dennis Phelps

Mary Phillips

Dave and Chris Scharrer

Stefan and Kim Scholl

Maureen Abood and Dan Shaheen

Bill Shelton

Verle Hansen and Cheryl Staats

Clifford and Lucia Storr

Joe and Gail Tomlinson

Hal and Gail Willens

Roger and Kay Winslow


COMMUNITY  $50 to $249

Nancy Foults Adams

Martha and Stephen Alexander

Roberta Barger

Robert and Anna Rita Barron

Christine and Michael Bartlett

Kathy & Steve Biggs

Heidi Black

Andy and Mary Bowman

John R. Bradbury

Linda and Dave Burnham

Jim and Carole Carroll

Mr. and Mrs. Robert Chapman

Polly Cheney

Steven and Amy Cross

Al and Jane Damschroder

Bob and Sue Davis

Megan and David DeWindt

Debbie and Mike Esposito

Gary and Denise Fate

Ms. Wendy Fershee

Cheryl and Dean Fleury

Elizabeth Frey

Fred and Kay Geuder

Patrick and Francie Gibbons

Darwin and Rita Gilbert

Christine and Thomas Hammond

Michelle and Karl Hansen

Allison and Wilson Hart

Dale and Diane Herder

Bob Herrema

Sam and Pam Himmelrich

Margo Hodder

Edgar and Susan Howbert

Pauline K Hudson

Cecelia Johnston

John and Kerry Keyser

Ms. Ellen Kilpatrick

Ken and Nancy Koski

Gail Kozlowski

Judy Landis

Scott and Cynthia Langton

Cheryll Leach

Diane Lissfelt

Bill Lychuk and Joan March

Sophie McGee

Jim and Diane McMahon

John and Mary Merrill

Valerie Meyerson

John and Nancy Miett

Drs. Bill and Jane Millar

Victor and Wilhelmine Miller

Linda and Richard Mueller

Ruth Mueller

Marlene Murphy

Franz and Joan Neubrecht

Maureen Nicholson

Gary and Darlene Nordberg

sujo Offield

Peter O’Rourke

Dr. H. Ted and Lori Pall

Bill and Judy Patberg

Dr. Jeff and Nancy Porter

Roy Pulaski

Bill and Jan Salisbury

Ralph and Kathleen Scafuri

Rob Schroeder

James and Ann Scott

Solomon and Deborah Smith

Teri and Bud Stout

James and Elise Straus

Michael and Peggy Supernault

James Taup

Cheryl and Steve Timyan

Julian and Sissy Van Winkle III

Carole Vial

James and Rachel Votruba

Connie Warner

Kay and Bruce Wasilewski

Carolyn Whittle

Ian and Onalee Wilson

Ken Winter

Anna and John Young

Pahl Zinn

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.