Who We Are: The Columbus Symphony inspires and builds a strong community through music. For over 70 years, the Symphony has elevated the quality of life in our community through meaningful cultural opportunities as central Ohio’s flagship music performance organization. Together with the support of our community and our musicians who live, work, and teach here, unforgettable performances are shared through our Masterworks, Pops, Picnic with the Pops, Education, and Community Engagement programming. We are committed to serving and connecting with the region’s vibrant and diverse populations through the transformative joy of music.
What We Do: The Columbus Symphony is reimagining how an orchestra serves its community and leading the way to create accessible cultural and musical opportunities for all. Our broadened reach of service and programming reflects the growth, vitality, and diversity of our region. The Symphony annually offers over 200 performances on and off the stage reaching hundreds of thousands of central Ohioans. Our deepened commitment to providing extraordinary service to the community lights the way for a bright future by creating new channels of accessibility, increasing diversity on orchestra stages, and removing barriers to quality music education.
Why We’re Important: Our next chapter of serving the community has begun, and our city is our stage. In the 2022-2023 season, we enter year two of our innovative three-year program, “We are here for you,” to remove barriers to music such as cost and physical location. Through a pioneering spirit, we are using our unique assets to reinvigorate and inspire the community with a commitment to increasing artistic excellence, elevating the status and stature of our community through music, and putting Columbus on the map as a culturally prosperous destination.
How We Impact the Community: The Columbus Symphony’s impact in the community this year has been rooted in expanded outreach, cultural equity, and accessibility. Highlights of our 2022 programing include:
56,000 children impacted by music education programs
221 schools provided with free musical content, including a remote curriculum reaching every Columbus City Schools student in Grades 3-4, and the daily Mindful Music Moments stress-reduction program
14,000 underserved individuals and families served through the CSO Cares program
162 free community outreach performances
100,000+ Holiday Spectacular TV broadcasts viewers
1,860+ free concert tickets for veterans, essential workers, and their families
How You Can Help: Help us spread the word and introduce the next generation to the joy of music. For the next two years, all children ages 6-16 are free to all Masterworks concerts. You can ensure that the Columbus Symphony is an important asset to children’s development and education by bringing the young people in your life to the concert hall! There are many ways to support the Columbus Symphony through generosity, patronage, and volunteer opportunities. Thank you for your consideration to help us be here for you and enrich lives throughout central Ohio.
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Chief Operating Officer: Daniel Walshaw
Chief Advancement Officer: Stephanie R. Davis Wallace, PhD
Board Chair: Lisa Barton