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Columbus Symphony

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Who We Are: The Columbus Symphony is here for the well-being of our community, and we are here to uplift our community, strengthen families, and reinvigorate spirits. For 70 years, the Symphony has been inspiring and building a strong community through music 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, Specials, Picnic with the Pops, Education, and Community Engagement.

What We Do: The Columbus 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. Highlights from 2020-2021 include:

  • 66,000 children participated in music education • 5,100 attended free, outdoor Community Concerts

  • 58 free outreach performances to isolated populations

  • 100,000+ individuals viewed Holiday Spectacular TV broadcasts

  • 154 schools provided with free musical content, including a remote curriculum reaching every third grader in Columbus City Schools and the Mindful Music Moments stress-reduction program

  • 4,000+ free tickets for veterans, essential workers, and their families to a special Patriotic Pops concert

Why We’re Important: Our next chapter of serving this community has begun, and our city is our stage. In August 2021 the Symphony launched an innovative three-year program, “We are here for you,” to remove barriers such as cost and physical location. The Symphony upholds the idea that music can create life-altering opportunities through accessibility. Through a pioneering spirit of extraordinary service, we will use our unique assets to reinvigorate the community and increase artistic excellence that is a driving force to elevate the status and stature of our community, putting Columbus on the map as a prosperous and cultural destination.

How We Impact the Community: Columbus is now the 14th largest city in our nation, and our broadened reach reflects the region's growth and vitality. Adjusting to new realities, the transformative power of music reinvigorates community well-being. We are committed to being the national exemplar of a vibrant dynamic orchestra and using music as a universal language to speak to our diverse community. “The case of the Columbus Symphony is worthy of note,” as recently mentioned by The New Yorker, and national recognition allows Columbus to set the pace to establish a vital civic role that orchestras play in a city’s cultural, education, and economic ecosystem.

How You Can Help: Help us spread the word and expose the next generation to the joy of music. For the next three 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 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.

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55 E State St.

Columbus OH 43215


Executive Director: Denise Rehg

Development Director: Stephanie Davis Wallace, PhD

Board Chair: Lisa Barto


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