MACF Announces Challenge Grant to Minot Symphony Orchestra

Posted: May 21 2024
The Minot Area Community Foundation (MACF) has granted $10,000 to the Minot Symphony Orchestra, to purchase a set of Adams Philharmonic Timpani (5 drums). Funding has been granted in the form of a challenge grant, where MACF will match dollar-for-dollar raised up to $10,000 by August 31, 2024. This grant was made possible through the Chuck & Madge Westlie Fund.
The Minot Symphony Orchestra (MSO) has encountered a need for a new set of Timpani due to the number of groups who use the instrument when performing or rehearsing at Ann Nicole Nelson Hall on the Minot State University (MSU) campus. The new percussion equipment will also be accessible to MSU Band, MSU Percussion Ensemble, MSU Percussion Students, Minot Brass Band, Minot Community Concert Band, and the Western Plains Opera Company. Minot State University also hosts several high school & middle school bands and music festivals throughout the year. Current timpani drums are unable to maintain consistent pitch and suffer when being moved for the numerous rehearsals and performances.
“This is a wonderful opportunity to finally accomplish our goal of having the caliber of timpani the MSO needs to keep bringing our patrons high-quality performances. The timpani provides the heartbeat of an orchestra, and upgrading them is vital for the orchestra's growth,” states Efráin Amaya, MSU Associate Professor and Music Director of Minot Symphony Orchestra.
The present set of 5 timpani would become the “back-up” set, to be used when needed for symphonic repertoire, and to alleviate the necessity of borrowing drums for regional music festivals. The new professional quality timpani set will remain on stage in Ann Nicole Nelson Hall, to be used for performances and on-stage rehearsals, prolonging the life of the instrument.
“For almost 100 years, The Minot Symphony Orchestra has entertained area music lovers. The ability to leverage Foundation funds with other donations to purchase essential, high-quality equipment for use not only by MSO but other musicians will enhance the experience for concert goers and musicians alike,” said Jason Zimmerman, President of Minot Area Community Foundation.
The Minot Symphony Orchestra will be raising funds to meet the challenge grant of $10,000 by August 31, 2024. Visit to donate online or contact Ellen Fenner at 701-858-4228 to make a direct donation.
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