Friends of the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra was established in 1964. It is an incorporated charitable organization. Its purpose has remained unchanged since the beginning:  to support the Orchestra and promote interest in classical music among young people, who represent the next generation of musicians and concertgoers.

Over the years, FASO has sponsored a wide variety of fundraising events, from casual to elegant, designed to assist the Orchestra in multiple ways. FASO members volunteer their time at ASO events, at outreach programs and musician auditions, and in general, promote community awareness of the Orchestra while building lasting relationships among fellow music lovers. Learn more about FASO in this short video.

The organization’s efforts have provided hundreds of thousands of donated dollars to the Orchestra and its initiatives across the decades.

FASO warmly welcomes returning and new members. It is easy to join at annapolissymphony.org. Dues are $50 for an individual and $75 per couple.

We look forward to meeting you and welcoming you to our membership. Follow along on our Facebook page for up-to-date information.

FASO Trip to Santa Fe

Join the Friends of the Annapolis Symphony for a magical tour to Santa Fe May 15-21, 2024



Click here for the itinerary and to register.

Nestled 7000 feet above sea level in the foothills of the Rockies, Santa Fe is one of America’s oldest cities, and boasts a long history and rich cultural heritage. Founded as a capital city in 1607 by Spanish explorers, it has been claimed by the Pueblo Peoples, the Spanish Crown, Mexico and the Confederacy. Today it is a sophisticated city, famous for its diverse cultures, museums and galleries, outstanding cuisine, and the Santa Fe Opera. With few tourists and beautiful weather, May is a wonderful time to be there!

Evenings will be devoted to music and fine dining. The Santa Fe Symphony will perform Beethoven’s glorious monument to humanity, the 9th Symphony, and you’ll enjoy two private concerts, exclusive to the group, in wonderful, intimate venues. We are fortunate to have along the inimitable Jonathan Palevsky, popular host of WBJC radio, for commentary on the music you will hear.
During the day we will make excursions in and around Santa Fe to explore Native American and Spanish sites rich in history such as the stunning ruins of an ancient American Indian pueblo as well as a modern pueblo, a celebrated pilgrimage site, and artisan workshops.

We’ll celebrate famed American artist Georgia O’Keeffe with a private visit to her home in Abiquiu and view the dramatic landscapes she painted. We will also visit Santa Fe’s Railyard, one of the best contemporary art districts in the country. Meanwhile, you will enjoy deluxe accommodations at the historic La Fonda on the Plaza, a former Harvey Hotel (remember the movie with Judy Garland?)—at the end of the Santa Fe Trail, fine dining at area restaurants, and guided tours led by expert guides.

Registration is limited to only 25 participants, and we expect the trip to sell out early.


  • Prime tickets to a performance of Beethoven’s glorious 9th Symphony, performed by the Santa Fe Symphony
  • Two special private concerts: one featuring the folk singer Cipriano Vigil, a New Mexico legend; plus a chamber music concert in an intimate chapel
  • Private backstage tour of Santa Fe Opera
  • Deluxe accommodations at La Fonda on the Plaza, in the center of town
  • Excursions to the stunning ruins of Bandelier National Park, the modern San Ildefonso Pueblo, and the historic village of Chimayo, with expert guides
  • A private tour of Georgia O’Keeffe’s home in Abiquiu, as well as a Museum devoted to her work, in town
  • Visits to at least two artisan studios
  • Fine dining at top area restaurants, including a gala welcome dinner and farewell dinner
  • Commentary by Jonathan Palevsky of WBJC
  • Private, air-conditioned motorcoach transportation throughout the trip
  • Free time to explore Santa Fe and its wonderful galleries and museums

Tour Registration
Find registration information here.
Registration deadline: March 15, 2024
Tour limited to 25 participants, or as hotel space allows

Celebrate FASO Turning 60 at A French Country Evening

Join FASO for A French Country Evening

Step into the Blue Heron Room at Quiet Waters Park and be greeted with a Kir Royale.  Meet up with old friends, and make new ones – because you are amongst the Friends of the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra.  Nibble on passed hors d’oeuvres, browse through dining, entertainment and getaway offerings, with the lilting sound of accordion music around you.

Dinner is time to savor French comfort food, your choice of either Bouef Bourguignon or Coq au Vin. Ratatouille is the vegetarian choice.  Vin rouge or vin blanc is ready to accompany your meal.  Finally, perhaps the best part of the meal for many of us, French pastries await.  Cap off the evening with a cognac.

A jazz quartet, Speechless, provides the entertainment for the evening

DATE:  Saturday April 27, 2024

TIME:  6:00 pm

VENUE:  The Blue Heron Center in Quiet Waters Park

TICKETS:  $100.00

Please make your entrée selection at check out. Click here to make your reservation and purchase your ticket!

There is no assigned table seating.  A table of 8-10 can be purchased at the same price per person, and a table will be reserved for you and your guests.

All proceeds from ticket sales and auction items benefit the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra and the Annapolis Symphony Academy.