Named in honor of the founding music director of the North Carolina Symphony, the Lamar Stringfield Society celebrates individuals who have embraced the Symphony's bright future by including the North Carolina Symphony in their estate plans or establishing endowed chairs or special funds.
Over 110 patrons across North Carolina have taken steps to remember the Symphony in their estate plans. Their engagement with the orchestra is diverse: current and former Symphony Trustees, loyal patrons from Raleigh and across the state and chapter volunteers. Yet each donor shares a passion for how the North Carolina Symphony has touched their lives and desires to keep this cultural treasure strong for future generations.
A composer, flutist and conductor, Mr. Stringfield was born in Raleigh in 1897 and studied at the Institute of Musical Arts in New York, Wake Forest University and Mars Hill College. He was awarded a Pulitzer traveling fellowship for his promising work in music composition and served as conductor of the North Carolina Symphony from 1932–1938.
We welcome anyone to leave a legacy with North Carolina Symphony. For more information about the Lamar Stringfield Society or about including the North Carolina Symphony in your estate plans, contact:
Director of Statewide Development
North Carolina Symphony Endowments, Funds and Legacy DonorsThe following donors have made special gifts to the North Carolina Symphony’s endowment by establishing endowed chairs or funds, or have included the North Carolina Symphony in their estate plans to provide a strong and stable base of continuing support for the orchestra:
The J. Felix Arnold Violin Chair established by Mrs. Frances Arnold Parker in memory of her husband.
The Beethoven Assistant Principal Bassoon Chair established by Maurice and Bobbi Courie.
The Jack and Sing Boddie Flute Chair established by Jack G. B. Boddie, Agnes “Sing” Boddie and John H. Boddie.
The Tom and Mary Mac Bradshaw Violin Chair established by Mr. and Mrs. Thomas W. Bradshaw, Jr.
The Governor and Mrs. J. Melville Broughton
Associate Conductor Chair established by the J. Melville Broughton, Jr. Family.
The Frances Armour Bryant Assistant Principal Trombone Chair established by Douglas and Mary Jane Bryant in memory of his mother.
The James C. Byrd and Family Violin I Chair established by Mrs. Rex G. (Ina Mae Byrd) Powell in memory of her parents, James C. Byrd, Melinda H. Byrd and Mamie W. Byrd.
The Florence and Charles Jacob Cate and Alma Yondorf and Sylvan Hirschberg Principal Viola Chair established by Geraldine S. Cate and Nell Hirschberg in memory of their parents.
The Roger Colson and Bobbi Lyon Hackett French Horn Chair established by Marla and Ted Cramer in memory of her parents.
The Richard and Joy Cook Violin Chair established by Mr. and Mrs. Richard F. Cook in honor of their children.
The Kathryn Powell and Green Flavie Cooper Clarinet Chair established by Valerie S. and Jerry Cooper in honor of his parents.
The Lizette T. Dunham Associate Principal Oboe Chair established in memory by her son Edgar W. Dunham, Jr.
The Jessie Wyatt Ethridge Violin Chair established by William C. and Beth M. Ethridge in honor of his mother.
The Annabelle Lundy Fetterman Concertmaster Chair established by Lewis M. Fetterman in honor of his wife’s commitment to the North Carolina Symphony and its statewide educational program.
The Mary Susan Kirk Fulghum French Horn Chair established by Elizabeth Robertson Stoker and Susan Foster Stoker in honor of Mary Susan Kirk Fulghum.
The Dr. and Mrs. Preston H. Gada Assistant Principal String Bass Chair established by Preston and Ginny Gada.
The Anne Heartt Gregory Assistant Concertmaster Chair established by Mrs. Anne Dewey Heartt Gregory.
The Patricia R., Steven T. and George F. Hackney III
Principal Timpani Chair established by Mr. G. Frank Hackney, Jr., in honor of the Symphony’s commitment to the musical education of the youth of North Carolina.
The Hardison and Stoltze Principal Oboe Chair established by Dr. Joseph Hammond Hardison and Dr. Cynthia Stoltze Hardison in memory of their parents, Joseph Hammond and Katherine Smith Hardison and Norris Sanborn and Frances Virtue Stoltze, and her brother William Norris Stoltze.
The Harvey At-Large Chair established by Mr. and Mrs. C. Felix Harvey.
The Herbert Family Assistant Principal Cello Chair established by Jennette Hartshorn Campbell and Robert Beverly Herbert, Jr. and their daughters.
The Nell Hirschberg Cello Chair established by the North Carolina Symphony Foundation.
The Sara Wilson Hodgkins Cello Chair established by her husband Norris L. Hodgkins, Jr. in honor of her commitment to the North Carolina Symphony.
The Mr. and Mrs. Fitzgerald S. Hudson Principal Bassoon Chair was established by Susan and Fitzgerald S. Hudson.
The Albert and Susan Jenkins and Family Organ Chair established by Dr. and Mrs. Albert M. Jenkins.
The Harllee H. and Pauline G. Jobe Double Bass Chair established by Miss Mary Anne Jobe in memory of her parents.
The Margery and Earl Johnson, Jr. Principal Percussion Chair established by Margery and Earl Johnson, Jr.
The Samuel H. and Anne Latham Johnson Viola Chair established by Mr. and Mrs. Samuel H. Johnson.
The Abram and Frances Pascher Kanof Assistant Principal Percussion Chair established by Dr. Elizabeth Kanof Levine and Dr. Ronald Levine in honor of her parents.
The Bruce and Margaret King English Horn Chair established by Drs. Margaret and Bruce King in honor of their godsons John Ross Huffman, Michael Brian Wainright, Evan Christopher Anhorn, Ryan Gregory Engstrom and Erwin Thompson Williams IV.
The J. Sidney Kirk Viola Section Chair established by Nancy Wallace Kirk in memory of her husband and in honor of grandchildren Molly Fulghum Heintz, Emily Fulghum Roberson, Susan Kirk Brahs, & Katy Kirk and great grandchild Margaret Josephine Roberson.
The Ron and Jamie Kupferman Principal Harp Chair established by Ron and Jamie Kupferman in honor of their children Matthew, Spencer and Lindsay.
The Betty Ellen Madry Assistant Principal Viola Chair established by Dr. Herbert Raymond Madry, Jr. in honor of his wife.
The Governor and Mrs. James G. Martin, Jr. Principal Tuba Chair established by friends of Governor and Mrs. Martin.
The Mary T. McCurdy Principal French Horn Chair established by Daniel P. McCurdy in recognition of her support of emerging artists.
The Mark W. McClure Foundation Double Bass Chair established by the Mark W. McClure Foundation.
The Assad Meymandi and Family Associate Concertmaster Chair established by Dr. Assad Meymandi.
The John C. and Margaret P. Parker Bass Section Chair established by Margaret Parker in memory of her husband, John, and in recognition of their mutual love for the North Carolina Symphony and its educational outreach mission.
The Clarence and Alice Aycock Poe Oboe Chair established by Mr. and Mrs. Charles Aycock Poe.
The George Smedes Poyner Principal Trumpet Chair established by the George Smedes Poyner Foundation.
The James Marion Poyner French Horn Chair established by Mrs. Florence C. Poyner and children in memory of James Marion Poyner, husband and father.
The William Charles Rankin Cello Chair established by Emily O. Rankin, Elizabeth O. Rankin, Sherrill and William C. Rankin, Jr.
The Herman and Marga Roberg Principal Cello Chair established by Thomas and June Roberg to honor his parents.
The Lucy Moore Ruffin Assistant Conductor and Director of Education Chair established by Elizabeth M. Ruffin in memory of her mother.
The Blanch Martin Shaw Assistant Principal Violin II Chair established by Mr. and Mrs. Henry M. Shaw, Jr. in memory of his mother.
The Thomas Warwick Steed, Jr. Family Principal Trombone Chair established by Margaret, Thomas, Jr., Thomas III, McKenzie Bradford, William Adams, and Durwood Robinson Steed.
The Mr. and Mrs. George M. Stephens Principal Flute Chair established by Karin and George Stephens.
The Dr. and Mrs. Shaler Stidham, Jr. Assistant Principal Flute Chair established by Dr. and Mrs. Shaler Stidham, Jr.
The Maxine and Benjamin Swalin Music Director and Conductor Chair established by the Friends of the North Carolina Symphony in honor of Dr. and Mrs. Swalin.
The Mary Colvert and Banks C. Talley Librarian’s Chair established by the Banks C. Talley, Jr. Family in memory of his parents.
The Mr. and Mrs. J. Christopher Walker II Principal Clarinet Chair established by J. Christopher and Janet S. Walker.
The Nancy Finch Wallace Principal Second Violin Chair established by Mrs. William Frederick Wallace (nee: Nancy Ford Finch) and her daughter Mrs. J. Sidney Kirk (nee: Nancy Finch Wallace).
The Phyllis (“Pat”) Conrad Wells Violin I Chair established by Dr. Charles L. Wells and Family in loving memory of “Pat” Conrad Wells, who herself, truly made “...a joyful noise.”
The Jean Dunn Williams Principal Piccolo Chair
established by Edward M. Williams, Jr. in memory of his mother.
The Paul R. Villard and Gabriel Wolf Associate Principal French Horn Chair established by David and Andree Wolf to honor their fathers.
The Martha and Peyton Woodson Principal Double Bass Chair established by Mr. and Mrs. R. Peyton Woodson III.
The Henry and Martha Zaytoun and Family Associate Principal Trumpet Chair established by Dr. and Mrs. Henry S. Zaytoun in honor of Mrs. Elizabeth Buffaloe Scott, piano teacher.
The Principal Bass Trombone Chair, the Trumpet Section Chair, the Assistant Principal Cello Chair as well as a Cello Section Chair have been anonymously endowed.
The Bell Family Fund
The Ruby and Raymond A. Bryan Foundation Fund established by the R. A. Bryan Foundation and Raymond A. Bryan, Jr. of Goldsboro for music education concerts for Wayne County schoolchildren.
The Kathleen Price and Joseph M. Bryan Youth Concerto Competition Fund
The Capitol Broadcasting Company Fund established for the broadcast of the North Carolina Symphony’s Labor Day pops concert.
The Else R. Couch/John N. Couch Fund established by Dr. John Philip Couch to support guest soloists who appear in concert with the North Carolina Symphony.
The Melissa Jane Moran Carawan Fund established in loving memory by her daughter Frances May Carawan.
The Marion Stedman Covington String Internship Program Fund
The Charles E. Couns Viennese New Year’s Eve Concert Fund established by Charles E. Couns for the annual New Year’s Eve concert.
The Distinguished Guest Artists Fund of the North Carolina Symphony established by Dr. Emily Mann Peck
The Robert H. and Eva Davies Duncan Memorial Fund established by Robert H. and Eva Davies Duncan for the purchase of a pipe organ for Meymandi Concert Hall.
The Margaret E. and Edgar W. Dunham Fund
established to present an opera or a concert version of an opera.
The Edgecombe/Tarboro Fund for concerts in Tarboro and Edgecombe County.
The Mary Whiting Ewing Charitable Foundation Fund
for music education concerts in Craven, Jones, Orange and Pamlico Counties.
The A.J. Fletcher Foundation Fund
for a joint Opera production by the North Carolina Symphony and the National Opera Company.
The Drs. James and Mary Susan Fulghum Fund
established for the Symphony’s Young People’s Concerts.
The Glaxo-Wellcome Fund
for conductors, string interns and youth programs.
The Guilford/Greensboro Fund for support for concerts in Greensboro and Guilford County.
The Betty Lou Fletcher Goodmon Guest Pianist Fund established by James F. Goodmon and Raymond H. Goodmon III for internationally acclaimed guest pianists to appear with the North Carolina Symphony.
The Helton Family Foundation Fund established to sponsor Russian and Slavic music.
Hulka Ensemble and Chamber Music Programs Fund
The Janirve Foundation Fund for music education concerts in the Asheville and Buncombe County schools.
The Elaine Tayloe Kirkland Fund established in memory of Elaine Tayloe Kirkland to support the education programs of the North Carolina Symphony in accordance with the mission of the Symphony.
The Kyser Foundation String Internship Fund
The Carolyn S. Leith Fund established for the Music Library.
The Marynancy McLaughlin Fund
established by Miss Margaret McLaughlin for the music education program.
The Moore County Fund
for concerts in Moore County.
The Arthur and Campbell Moss Solo Artist Fund for the appearance of an outstanding solo artist each year.
The New York Times Foundation Fund
The Charles E. Potts/Fanny R. Potts Guest Pianist Fund established by Dr. John Philip Couch.
The Ina Mae and Rex G. Powell Wake County Music Education Fund established by Mrs. Powell for education concerts in Wake County.
The Raleigh Fine Arts Fund established by the Raleigh Fine Arts Society for projects or equipment for North Carolina’s music teachers.
The E.T. Rollins, Jr. and Frances P. Rollins Foundation Fund established to support the presentation of a classical concert in Durham, NC, preferably conducted by the North Carolina Symphony Music Director.
The Smith Family Fund
The Kay Struffolino Fund established to support the addition of new full-time musicians to the orchestra.
The Alice Wynne Suiter Fund established by Dr. Thomas Bayton Suiter, Jr. and Mrs. Alice Wynne Suiter Gatsis in memory of their mother.
The Summerfest Endowment Fund for the outdoor summer pops series.
The Banks C. Talley, Jr. Fund established by friends in recognition of his distinguished services as Executive Director of the North Carolina Symphony (1984-1995).
The Wachovia Bank of North Carolina N.A. Overture to Greatness Fund for endowed chairs.
The Wake County Chapter of the North Carolina Symphony Fund for a guest artist with the North Carolina Symphony.
The Gerhardt Zimmermann Fund for Artistic Excellence established upon the occasion of the conclusion of Maestro Zimmermann’s tenure as Conductor Laureate.
Six special Memorial Funds were used for the acquisition and replacement of orchestral scores and parts. The funds are in memory of Patricia R. Hackney, Sara Wilson Hodgkins, George Holcomb, J. Sidney Kirk, Kobra Meymandi, Louisa Farmer McLeod Reaves and Alice Wynne Suiter.
Special Gifts to the North Carolina Symphony Foundation were given by the William C. Ethridge Foundation, Mr. and Mrs. George Fishman, the Robert P. Holding Foundation, Dr. and Mrs. William A. Jenkins (The Banks C. Talley, Jr. Fund), Mr. and Mrs. John Jernigan,
Mrs. Susan Montgomery and Mr. and Mrs. W. Trent Ragland, Mrs. Margaret P. Parker.
Next Stage Campaign Launched in Fall 2010 to celebrate the 10th anniversary of Meymandi Concert Hall. Gifts to this fund were made by Drs. Victor and Lenore Behar, Wendy Brown, Mr. and Mrs. Richard Daugherty, Bob and Connie Eby, Mr. and Mrs. A. C. Hall, Jr., Mrs. Susan Montgomery.
Mrs. Sondra Hall Jones*
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