Cheri Comasco, Director of Development
Dear Friend of the Symphony,
I am so grateful to be a part of the Harrisburg Symphony Orchestra family. I arrived in late July 2019 with a lengthy background of years of development work at Bishop McDevitt High School, Harrisburg. I am very excited to be here.
The HSO is very fortunate to have generous patrons and friends who give to the symphony because they recognize the importance that the HSO has had in their lives and they want to be a part of the community working to make it even better.
I have a tremendous appreciation for the simple act of giving. I have seen it come in all shapes and sizes and I have witnessed the good that it does for the giver and the receiver. The simple act of giving can be good for numerous reasons.
Below is a list I read recently about why giving is good.
Giving is good because it:
- Helps us think about others before ourselves.
- Inspires others to give.
- Can be habit-forming.
- Makes dreams come true.
- Makes people proud.
- Can turn bad days into good days.
- Lets us share our blessings.
- Has benefits that can last long after we are gone.
- Can be a wonderful expression of gratitude.
- Changes people for the better.
I hope it inspires you and validates with you one or more reasons why you give to the symphony. If you have any questions about ways to give, please feel free to contact me directly.
Together we can make a difference. Thank you for your generous support. I am truly grateful,
Director of Development
Christina Stetler, Assistant Director of Development
My name is Christina Stetler and I am the Assistant Director of Development. I come to the Harrisburg Symphony Orchestra with more than twelve years of fundraising experience, working with organizations such as the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, UCP of South Central Pennsylvania, York College of Pennsylvania, and the Pennsylvania Heritage Foundation. I am grateful for the opportunity to work for such an incredible organization as the Harrisburg Symphony.
One of my favorite quotes I believe fits giving so well is by the author Anne Frank, “How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.” To me, nonprofit organizations were created to improve the world and those who support them, no matter how they do so, are finding a way to create a world we all want to live in.
This idea of not waiting a single moment to improve the world fits the Harrisburg Symphony so well. It shows from the very beginning when at a meeting in 1929, Jacques Jolas asked Alice Decevee Mitchell, “why can’t we start an orchestra in this town?” Two years later, during the early years of the Great Depression, the Harrisburg Symphony Orchestra played its very first concert at William Penn High School Auditorium. Jolas and Mitchell, along with many other Harrisburg citizens, did not wait to start an orchestra, they knew having one would improve the lives of those in Harrisburg at such an unprecedented time.
I look forward to getting to know you! Please reach out at any time to chat.
All the best,
Assistant Director of Development