Membership in the Jackson Symphony League extends far beyond raising funds to sustain the productions of the Mississippi Symphony Orchestra.  Members have the opportunity to make three additional designations to works which support the musical aspirations of all ages, from the elementary aged child needing an instrument for early instruction to an advanced collegiate student looking to continue to develop his or her skills through international coursework.  Learn more about these additional giving opportunities below:

Eddie Hodges Scholarship Foundation TrustIn 1958, an 11-year-old redheaded boy captured audience members' hearts at a Jackson Symphony Orchestra pops concert. The boy, Eddie Hodges, was a Mississippi native and already a Broadway star. Today, a scholarship fund named in his honor is helping other young musicians pursue their own dreams.  The Jackson Symphony League oversaw the establishment of the Eddie Hodges Scholarship Foundation Trust after Hodges' 1958 performance, and the group has continued to contribute through proceeds from concerts, symphony balls, league memberships, and personal donations. 

From an initial balance of $507, the trust has provided more than $208,000 in scholarship grants through 2016, allowing scores of talented musicians to attend summer music camps. Most of the scholarship recipients attend the Mississippi Symphony Orchestra's Premiere Orchestral Institute, a string camp with nationally recognized faculty held each June.  "Over the years, the fund has grown significantly, due to the tenacity of the Hodges board and the Jackson Symphony League," says MSO president and executive director Michael Beattie, who adds that the orchestra also supports music education through instructional partnerships with public and private schools, concerts for students, and competitions for young soloists.  Donations to the fund are always welcome, and any young musician from Mississippi can apply for a scholarship; this year's recipients will be announced in May. 

Instrument Loan Fund

MSO is passionate about making instruments available to children, especially in instances of hardship.  Toward this end, JSL assists the Mississippi Symphony Orchestra in raising the funds needed for the purchase and maintenance of instruments to students participating in the MSO Strings Program.  

Premier Orchestral Institute - 

MSO’s celebrated week long summer string camp for elementary through college age serves students from the metro area, state and region (including beyond Mississippi and from South America). Faculty from all over the country teach the 200 campers in several age-appropriate ensembles and through master classes and recitals. A scholarship group is also formed from our most talented young Jackson Public Schools students. The camp is held at Millsaps College and the artistic director is Raul Gomez.

Your donation of any amount will be evenly divided to support these three great programs.  Thank you for your generosity.


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