Joseph E. Fischoff Society

Named in honor of the Competition's founder, Joseph E. Fischoff, members of the society support Joe's original mission of excellence, educating the next generation of musicians, and instilling a love of chamber music.

Thank you to our 2020-2021 society members

John DeSouza  
Kitty Rose & Ed Everett  
Tessa Bysong & Derek Lindblom  
Teresa Roberts  
Jeny & John Sejdinaj  

Thank you to our 2019-2020 inaugural members

$10,000+ Sherri & Dean Goodwin
$7,500 - $9,999 Arthur J. Decio
$5,000 - $7,499 Susan Ohmer & Don Crafton
  Ann & Paul Divine
  Kitty Rose & Ed Everett
  Nancy L. Hawkins
  Pat & Bob Kill
  Tessa Bysong & Derek Lindblom
  Kathleen & Mark Neal
  Teresa & Jack Roberts
  Jeny & John Sejdinaj
  Cari & Barry Shein
  Deirdre Mylod & Paul Worland


Membership in the JEF Society begins with a minimum annual donation of $5000


Joe Fischoff loved music, especially chamber music. Born in Hungary in 1907, his family settled in South Bend where he graduated from South Bend High School in 1925. As a young man, he simultaneously attended Philadelphia's Wharton School of Business, earning a degree in Economics, and the Curtis Institute of Music, where he studied chamber music with the legendary violist Louis Bailly.

While he did not professionally pursue music, he played chamber music in his home every week for as long as he could continue to play. In the furniture business by trade, Joe was a musician at heart and loved to encourage young people to continue the art of chamber music through The Fischoff Competition.

Members receive exclusive chamber music experiences, contact Kara Kane at (574) 631-0984 or