The Music Maker

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Amateur Musician's Gift Will Create 'Glorious Sounds' for Years to Come

Judy MinerJudy Miner attended her first San Francisco Symphony concert during grade school. She was a participant in Concerts for Kids, a program whose roots date to 1922. During that concert, Judy says she remembers thinking, "These are glorious sounds!" Although classical music was not a part of her upbringing, her early experiences at those concerts contributed to her lifelong love of, and support for, the Symphony.

Judy is a regular Symphony-goer and has participated in the Symphony's Community of Music Makers—a program that allows amateur musicians to make music at Davies Symphony Hall with guidance from the Symphony's musicians and artistic staff.

An avid singer, Judy participated in choir during college. While she does not have the time to be regularly involved with choral groups, she says Community of Music Makers provides her the opportunity to re-engage with choral music and individuals who share her interests.

"(I felt) such an incredible sense of community with a group of strangers, who came together for the love of music, to make music," says Judy. "That is a really special experience."

A Commitment to the Future
An educator dedicated to closing the opportunity and achievement gaps among different student populations, Judy says the Symphony's commitment to accessibility, community outreach and educational programs resonates deeply with her.

When asked why she chose to include the Symphony in her living trust, Judy says, "I care deeply about the San Francisco Symphony, and I want to be a contributor now and beyond my life. And as an educator, it is part of my DNA to invest in the future—even if I won't see that impact. Just knowing I can do that is deeply satisfying."

Share Your Vision for the Symphony's Future
Follow in Judy's footsteps and invest in the future of the Symphony. Contact David Zhang, J.D. at or 415-503-5445 at to discuss a gift that fits your goals and vision for the Symphony's future.