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The Nadene Bean Endowed Cello Chair

“Endowed chairs are a favorite way for most symphony orchestras to financially support themselves. It is a way to have names remembered. I am hoping this is an inducement for other people to honor not only symphony members but prominent members of the board or others in the music community.

Flagstaff has a much better symphony than a community this size should have. This symphony is the equivalent to what you find in much larger cities. Nadene played in it for 39 years. I think historical context is important for current musicians and concertgoers.

The endowed chair exists as a memorial that is better than a gravestone or plaque because it appears in a place important to the person honored. Also, I think the idea of having a permanent impact as opposed to saying I am supporting this concert this year appeals to a lot of people — the permanent versus the temporary effect. Someone’s name lives on attached to something they loved.”

— Kenneth Bean speaking about the Nadene Bean Endowed Cello Chair, named after his wife Nadene, a cellist with the FSO for 39 years

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The Karen Kitt Endowed Oboe Chair

The Karen Kitt Endowed Chair was inaugurated in June 2014 on the occasion of Karen Kitt’s 65th birthday, to celebrate a lifetime of appreciation of classical music. Karen is a patron of the arts, with a particular interest in ensuring that the Flagstaff community of today and the future continues to have the opportunity to enjoy the classical music art form. The Karen Kitt Endowed Chair shall be permanently associated with the Principal Oboe position in the Flagstaff Symphony Orchestra beginning in the 2014-15 season.

Contact the office to endow a chair.