Be a part of
the Mighty Klais.


The Overture Concert Organ, lovingly nicknamed the Mighty Klais, is owned by the Madison Symphony Orchestra. The Organ Endowment Fund, a component of the Madison Symphony Orchestra’s Endowment, provides a reliable source of support for Organ programming and maintenance. Gifts of any amount will help ensure that the Mighty Klais will be enjoyed by future generations.

Adopt-A-Stop Naming Program

With your gift of $1,000 or more to the Organ Endowment Fund, you can adopt a part of the organ in your own name or in the name of a loved one. We’ll acknowledge you in our Adopt-A-Stop donor lists, and you’ll even receive an Adoption Certificate!


Adopt-a-Stop gift levels

  • $250,000 Organ Console (not available): The cabinet containing the keyboards, pedals, and stops.
  • $100,000 Tutti (not available) : When all the stops are pulled out.
  • $25,000 Division: A grouping of stops.
  • $10,000 Stop: A grouping of pipes.
  • $5,000 Façade Pipes: Pipes that are visible.
  • $2,500 Major Pipes: Pipes located in the organ chamber that are not visible.
  • $1,000 Minor Pipes: Pipes located in the organ chamber that are not visible.
  • Up to $999: General donation to the Organ Endowment Fund (not eligible for naming opportunities).

To donate by check
Mail a check payable to Madison Symphony Orchestra Foundation, with Organ Endowment in the memo line. If your gift qualifies for the Adopt-A-Stop Program, please enclose a note describing any specific naming requests and the exact way you wish to be acknowledged. Include your phone number so we can contact you with any questions.

Please note, due to its classification as a Supporting Organization under section 509 (a) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code, Madison Symphony Orchestra Foundation Inc. is not able to accept Qualified Charitable Distributions from Individual Retirement Accounts. If you are interested in contributing to the Endowment directly through your IRA, please contact us for further instructions.

Mailing Address
Madison Symphony Orchestra
222 W. Washington Ave. Ste. 460
Madison, WI  53703

Casey Oelkers, Director of Development, (608) 257-3734, coelkers@madisonsymphony.org

Thank You

These generous donors have made gifts of $1,000 or more through the Adopt-A-Stop program. Specific adoptions are specified where applicable.

Organ Console

Catherine Burgess, in memory of Jim Burgess


Nicholas and Elaine Mischler


Friends of the Overture Concert Organ
in honor of Samuel C. Hutchison
Great Division

Gamber F. Tegtmeyer, Jr.,
in memory of Audrey Tegtmeyer
Swell Division

Friends of the Overture Concert Organ
in honor of Gregory C. Zelek
in celebration of his Golden Birthday
Solo Division


In memory of Ruth and Frederick Dobbratz
Great Principal 8’

John and Christine Gauder
Pedal Contra Bombarde 32′

Reynold V. Peterson
Swell Basson 16′

Lise Skofronick
Solo Harmonic Flute 8′

John and Carol Toussaint
Pedal Posaune 16′

Ann Wallace
Solo French Horn 8′

An Anonymous Friend

Façade Pipe

Dr. Frederick W. Blancke
Façade Pipe – Great Principal 16′ – F²

Daniel and Stacey Bormann
in memory of Larry Shrode
Façade Pipe – Great Principal 16′ – D¹

Lau and Bea Christensen
Façade Pipe – Great Principal 16′ – C²

Thomas A. Farrell
in honor of Ann Farrell
Great Principal 16′ – A³

Jane Hamblen and Robert F. Lemanske
Great Principal 16′ – B¹

Sandra L. Osborn
Great Principal 16′ – C³

Major Pipe

Anne Bolz
in honor of Greg Upward
Solo Harmonic Flute 8′ – G³

In memory of Lila Smith Lightfoot
Solo Tuba 16′ – C¹

Vicki and Marv Nonn
Pedal Double Open 32′ – C¹

Barbara and Richard Schnell
Solo French Horn 8′ – D¹

Barbara and Richard Schnell
Solo French Horn 8′ – E¹

Minor Pipe

Fernando and Carla Alvarado
Solo Principal 8′- C³

Fernando and Carla Alvarado,
in honor of Nicholas and Elaine Mischler
Swell Quintflöte 2 2/3′ – F¹

Brian and Rozan Anderson
Bassoon 16′ – A²

Chuck Bauer and Chuck Beckwith
Choir Clarinet 8′ – B²

Nancy Becknell
Solo French Horn 8′ – C¹

Ed and Lisa Binkley
Pedal – Vox Balinae 64′ – C¹

Patricia Brady and Robert Smith
Solo French Horn 8′ – B²

Capitol Lakes
Swell Fugara 4′ – D³

Friends of the Overture Concert Organ
2015-2016 Board of Directors
in honor of Elaine Mischler
Choir Clarinet 8’ – B-Flat¹

Friends of the Overture Concert Organ
2019-2020 Board of Directors
in honor of Ellsworth Brown
Solo Harmonic Flute 8’ – E³

Paul Fritsch and Jim Hartman
Solo French Horn 8’ – A³

Paul Fritsch and Jim Hartman
in honor of Karissa Fritsch
Solo French Horn 8’ – F4

Paul Fritsch and Jim Hartman
in honor of Bethany Hart
Solo Harmonic Flute 8’ – B³

Paul Fritsch and Jim Hartman
in honor of Paige Kramer
Solo French Horn 8’ – G²

Dr. Robert and Linda Graebner
Great Principal 8′ – C¹

Kris S. Jarantoski
Swell Bordun 8′ – C³

Darko and Judy Kalan
in honor of Samuel C. Hutchison
Swell Basson–Hautbois 8′ – C¹

Carolyn Kau and Chris Hinrichs
Choir Suavial 8′ – C³

Gary Lewis
Swell Basson-Hautbois 8′ – C³

Connie Maxwell
Swell Basson-Hautbois 8′ – A³

Gale Meyer
Solo French Horn 8′ – G¹

Susanne M. Michler
Swell Trompette Harmonique 8′ – C³

Stephen D. Morton
Swell Bourdon 16′ – C¹

Casey, Eric, Dylan and Kendall Oelkers
in honor of Walter and Barbara Herrod’s 50th Anniversary
Solo Harmonic Flute 8’ – G²

Larry and Jan Phelps
Pedal – Subbass 16′ – C¹

Hans and Mary Lang Sollinger
Swell Traversflöte 4′ – A²

Harriet Thiele Statz
Choir Gemshorn 8′ – A³

Two Friends
in honor of Jack Hicks
Great Principal 8’ – C³

Anders Yocom and Ann Yocom Engelman
Solo Principal 8′ – A²