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THE STEPHEN H. LORD
FUND FOR MUSIC

To honor Stephen Lord and his remarkable accomplishments, Opera Theatre established the Stephen H. Lord Fund for Music, a new endowment fund that supports the musical infrastructure Stephen has built during his tenure with the company.  The new fund was created with a transformational gift of $750,000 from longtime Opera Theatre board member, Patricia G. Hecker. Mrs. Hecker’s leadership gift is a one-to-one challenge, requiring Opera Theatre to raise $750,000 in gifts designated for the new fund.

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We invite you to consider a gift to the Stephen H. Lord Fund for Music to honor Maestro Lord’s 25th anniversary as Music Director at Opera Theatre. Your gift will support the talented assistant conductors, repetiteurs, and vocal coaches who provide invaluable training for the company’s young artists, and will sustain OTSL’s national audition tour. Your support at any level is greatly appreciated and will qualify for Mrs. Hecker’s challenge, bringing us closer to our $750,000 goal. 

If you choose to pledge $2,500 or more by March 24, 2017, you will be recognized in Opera Theatre’s 2017 Season Program Book and will have the opportunity to include a special tribute message to Stephen Lord in the commemorative program for the 2017 Center Stage concert. 

MUSIC DIRECTOR CIRCLE: $50,000 AND ABOVE
• A prominently placed table for ten at the Stephen Lord Celebration Dinner and ten Section One tickets for the Center Stage performance on June 20, 2017.

• An invitation for two for an intimate pre-performance dinner on Sunday, June 18 prior to Titus (La clemenza di Tito).

• An opportunity to include a special tribute message to Maestro Lord in the 2017 Center Stage program and prominent recognition in the 2017 season program book.

ANNIVERSARY CIRCLE: $25,000 - $49,999
• An invitation for six for the Stephen Lord Celebration Dinner and six Section One tickets for the Center Stage performance on June 20, 2017.

• An invitation for two for an intimate pre-performance dinner on Sunday, June 18 prior to Titus (La clemenza di Tito).

• An opportunity to include a special tribute message to Maestro Lord in the 2017 Center Stage program and prominent recognition in the 2017 season program book.

CONDUCTOR CIRCLE: $10,000- $24,999
• An invitation for four for the Stephen Lord Celebration Dinner and four Section One tickets for the Center Stage performance on June 20, 2017.

• An invitation for two for an intimate pre-performance dinner on Sunday, June 18 prior to Titus (La clemenza di Tito).

• An opportunity to include a special tribute message to Maestro Lord in the 2017 Center Stage program and recognition in the 2017 season program book.

ARTIST CIRCLE: $5,000- $9,999
• An invitation for two for the Stephen Lord Celebration Dinner and two Section One tickets for the Center Stage performance on June 20, 2017.

• An invitation for two for an intimate pre-performance dinner on Sunday, June 18 prior to Titus (La clemenza di Tito).

• An opportunity to include a special tribute message to Maestro Lord in the 2017 Center Stage program and recognition in the 2017 season program book.

ANNIVERSARY PATRON: $2,500- $4,999
• An invitation for two for the Stephen Lord Celebration Dinner and two Section One tickets for the Center Stage performance on June 20, 2017.

• An opportunity to include a special tribute message to Maestro Lord in the 2017 Center Stage program and recognition in the 2017 season program book.

ARTIST PATRON: $1,000 - $2,499
• An invitation for two to join the Stephen Lord Celebration Dinner on Tuesday, June 20 prior to the Center Stage performance.

• Recognition in the 2017 season program book.

ANNIVERSARY FRIEND: $250 - $999
• Acknowledgment on the donor list in the 2017 Center Stage program.

All gifts to the Stephen H. Lord Fund for Music will be placed in Opera Theatre’s permanent, restricted endowment and invested and distributed according to the policies established by OTSL’s Board of Directors. Certain donor benefits will impact the tax deductibility of your gift. Tickets purchased for the 2017 Center Stage performance prior to receipt of your gift will not be refunded. Opera Theatre gratefully acknowledges your generosity for the Stephen H. Lord Fund for Music, but is unable to offer Friends of the Festival or Patron Program membership benefits in recognition of your endowment gift.

If you have questions or would like more information about tax deductibility of your gift, please contact Director of Development Nicole Ambos Freber at (314) 963-4222 or nambos@opera-stl.org.