Circle of Friends

The Circle of Friends

In 2010 Mei-Ann’s Circle of Friends was founded as a women’s philanthropic initiative to honor the former Memphis Symphony Orchestra’s Music Director, Mei-Ann Chen, and increase support of the Symphony Fund. During its formative years, the Circle was shepherded by Ellen Robinson Rolfes, who was the driving force behind its inception, mission, and success. In 2018 MSO dedicated the Circle of Friends initiative in Ellen’s honor. 

The Circle represents community investors, who share a deep sense of social consciousness and a strong desire to serve together as an instrument of inclusion through the performing arts.  Most importantly, the membership embraces a commitment to ensure intentional inclusion as a core value of the Memphis Symphony Orchestra. Their success has been recognized in the audience and patron bases becoming more aligned with the face of Memphis. Now in its final stage, the Circle sponsors The Musician Fellowship Program to bring authentic inclusion into the orchestra itself and supports the MSO’s commitment to EDI (equity, diversity, inclusion). The members know the if the MSO is to be truly recognized as the community's symphony, it must reflect the citizens it serves to remain sustainable and to strengthen the relevance and vibrancy of our city’s cultural center.  

Become a member of the Circle of Friends and truly make a difference in your community! 

If interested in becoming a member or donating to the Circle of Friends please click HERE or download our Membership form. For additional information please contact Lindsey Stanfill at or call at 901.779.7826.

The Circle of Friends membership levels include: 

Supporter $250 |  Supporter & Sponsored Friend $500 |  Patron $1000