Cleveland gets $5m youth orchestra gift from two teachers

Cleveland gets $5m youth orchestra gift from two teachers


norman lebrecht

November 19, 2022

The Cleveland Orchestra Youth Orchestra has received a $5 million gift from Geoffrey and Sarah Gund, it was announced tonight.

‘Sarah and I are both teachers and have watched the development of young minds throughout our professional lives. There is nothing more important than supporting students who are working hard and show potential for special achievement. The Cleveland Orchestra Youth Orchestra combines our love of music and our admiration of professional musicians who teach the discipline required to achieve excellence. We are delighted to support the Youth Orchestra that gives so much to Cleveland and beyond,’ Geoffrey Gund said.


  • John Dawson says:

    Teachers? $2m?!
    I’m in the UK.
    In the words of The Pet Shop Boys, ‘It Couldn’t Happen Here’

  • Larry W says:

    What great people the Gunds are! Their faith in music and those who teach it is exemplary. Bravo!
    Look at our children. The future is bright.

  • Leporello says:

    I would have given the money to Dolly
    Parton instead !

  • Joel Kemelhor says:

    The photo of Mr/Mrs Gund shows them at the Mohonk Mountain House, a venerable resort in New Paltz, New York.

  • Rob says:

    You can’t buy talent