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Who We Are: The Columbus Symphony inspires and builds a strong community through music. For over 70 years, the Symphony has been here to elevate 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 Masterworks, Pops, Picnic with the Pops, Education, and Community Engagement. We are committed to amplifying our future to serve the region’s vibrant and diverse populations through the joy of music.

What We Do: The Columbus Symphony is lighting the way for cultural opportunities for all by redefining what an orchestra can mean to its community members. 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. We reach hundreds of thousands of central Ohioans through meaningful work and accessible programming. Our deepened commitment to providing extraordinary service to the community lights the way for a bright future by advancing 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 this 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. We uphold the idea that music can create life-altering opportunities through accessibility. Through a pioneering spirit, we will use our unique assets to reinvigorate the community and increase artistic excellence that is a driving force to heighten the status and stature of our community, putting Columbus on the map as a prosperous and cultural destination.

How We Impact the Community: A bright and connected future as the 14th largest city in the nation will be made possible by opportunities rooted in cultural equity and accessibility, through 2023 program highlights including:

  • 70,000+ young people were impacted by CSO music education programs

  • Over 200 schools were 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 were served through the CSO Cares program

  • Over 170 free community outreach performances were provided by the orchestra

  • 2,000+ free concert tickets for veterans, essential workers, and their families

How You Can Help: Help us to Inspire and Build a Strong Community through Music. All children ages 6-16 are free to all Masterworks concerts in the Ohio Theatre. Assist us in ensuring that the Columbus Symphony is an important asset to children’s development and education opportunities 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.

Columbus Symphony Orchestra

55 E State St, Columbus OH 43215


Chief Operating Officer: Daniel Walshaw

Vice President of Development: Steve Crissinger

Board Chair: Dr. Steve Markovich


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