Planned Giving

The Bertha Walburn Clark Society


For friends of the KSO who have included the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra in their estate plans.

The founder and first conductor of the Knoxville Symphony was Bertha Walburn Clark, a handsome, snowy-haired woman who was a cultural force in Knoxville for nearly 70 years.

Mrs. Clark believed that music was “as vital to a community as the flow of commerce” and she worked tirelessly to build the KSO. Mrs. Clark had the vision to build a great orchestra for Knoxville and we seek to continue building that ensemble while securing its place in our community well in to the next 70 years.

Your gift to the KSO Endowment will:
  • Ensure a music director of superior ability
  • Retain talented musicians through naming a symphony “chair” in the orchestra
  • Bring the music of the Knoxville Symphony to more than 60,000 East Tennessee children annually.
  • Support the KSO’s Music & Wellness initiative, which brings live, therapeutic music into hospital settings
  • Ensure the longevity of the Knoxville Symphony Youth Orchestra program
  • Contribute to expanding the reach and repertoire for the KSO through special commissions


With your help, the legacy of the KSO’s music and education programs will continue to serve our community for generations to come.


The Bertha Walburn Clark Society recognizes those who have provided for the KSO in their wills or estate plans.  Society members are committed to ensuring the future of the KSO and at the same time providing for future generations.  If you would like to join this dedicated group of supporters, please contact the KSO Development Office at 865-521-2304.  If you have already named the KSO in your estate plans, please let us know so we may thank you.