Musician Relief Fund

Updated as of April 15, 2020

Hello YSO Patron and Friend,
Our world has surely turned upside down over the past month and a half. Many of you were probably very saddened at our recently canceled concerts, but it is even more so for our beloved musicians! The hardworking and dedicated professional artists who regularly grace our stage have lost significant freelance income from the symphony.
Please consider participating in our YSO MUSICIAN RELIEF FUND by donating the value of your canceled concert tickets back to the orchestra as a tax-deductible contribution. Your gift will help us provide financial support to our artistic personnel as they, like all of us, navigate the economic uncertainty of this new reality.
To donate your tickets, NO ACTION IS REQUIRED. On April 23rd, your tickets will automatically be converted into a tax-deductible donation. Tax receipt letters will be sent out to all participating patrons.
If you are unable to donate, you may contact the Appell Center’s box office between now and April 23rd to discuss seat exchanges, credits, or refunds. Call and leave a message at 717-846-1111 or email The box office hours are Mon-Thur 10am-2pm. Staff is currently working remotely, so please be patient with their response time. Please note—after April 23rd, all outstanding tickets will be auto-converted into a donation.
We hope you’ll consider joining our Musician Relief Fund.
Wishing you good and stable health!
Michael Reichman                                                                           
Executive Director
York Symphony Orchestra

20/21 Season Update

Updated as of April 7, 2020

The Subscription and Pick 5 renewal deadline has been extended to June 1, 2020. To renew, contact the Appell Center Box Office:

Appell Center Office Update

Updated as of March 25, 2020

The Appell Center for the Performing Arts is working remotely. If you need to contact the box office, please leave a message at 717-846-1111 or email

York Symphony Orchestra Office Update

Updated as of March 20, 2020

The York Symphony Orchestra will be working remotely until further notice. Please email for any questions or needs. We can’t wait to share music with you again!


String Fever Cancelled & Beethoven 9 Postponed

Updated as of March 17, 2020

Dear Patrons and Friends of the YSO,

As you know, the York Symphony sadly had to cancel this past Saturday’s ‘I KNOW That Tune!’ Pops concert in response to Governor Wolf and Mayor Helfrich’s directive on the COVID-19 Coronavirus. Additionally, yesterday the CDC recommended a moratorium on public events of 50 or more people for the next 8 weeks. For the health and safety of our patrons, musicians and staff, the YSO must regrettably take the following actions on our remaining 19-20 performances…

  • Cancellation of “String Fever” on April 4th
  • Postponement of “Beethoven’s 9th” from May 2nd to a later date TBD
    • All current tickets to Beethoven’s 9th will be honored at the new date. Upon announcement, if you’re unable to attend the new date, please contact the box office for other options.


Many of you may be asking how you can help the YSO in this unprecedented period. The best way for you to help is to please consider donating the value of your tickets back to the orchestra as a tax-deductible contribution. This gift will help the YSO in so many ways, such as…

  • Providing financial support to our freelance orchestra personnel as they navigate the economic uncertainty of this new reality.
  • Funding daily operations and planning for future performances and education activities

If unable to donate your tickets, you may also exchange your seats for a 20-21 season program or apply the value to a 20-21 subscription. Or refunds are available.

For assistance, you may call or email the Appell Center’s box office at 717-846-1111 or

Your patience is inspiring, and your support at this time is deeply appreciated.  On behalf of the musicians of the York Symphony Orchestra and Maestro Lawrence Golan, we eagerly await the moment we can share when we perform for you again.

Wishing you good and stable health!

Michael Reichman
Executive Director
York Symphony Orchestra

I Know That Tune Cancelled due to Mayor’s Declaration of Emergency

Updated as of March 12, 2020

Hello again YSO family and friends,

Today, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf and Mayor of York City Michael Helfrich declared a State of Emergency effective immediately. A list of strong recommendations was given including the halting of large gatherings in confined spaces. While not an edict or mandate, we feel it is in the best interests of our guests, musicians, staff, and volunteers to follow our community’s public health guidelines and cancel this weekend’s ‘I Know That Tune’ concert on Saturday March 14.   

We understand the disappointment and inconvenience this might cause. As such, the YSO is offering multiple options for patrons who have purchased tickets to a canceled concert:

Exchange your tickets or receive a credit to an upcoming performance. You may exchange your tickets for a remaining spring 2020 concert, or we’ll happily credit your account for future seasons.

Donate your ticket. Your tax-deductible donation today means that the next time you join us for a concert, the orchestra will be here to share the joy of live symphonic music. 

Full refund. The YSO will offer patrons who purchased tickets to ‘I Know That Tune’ a full refund.

For assistance with any of the above options, call or email the Box Office at 717-846-1111 or At this time, a decision has not yet been made regarding our remaining spring 2020 concerts. We will be in touch as soon as more information becomes available.

We regret the circumstances that have brought us to this situation, but we wish you and your family good health and safety during this time.

Thank you for your support of the York Symphony Orchestra,

Michael Reichman
Executive Director
York Symphony Orchestra