Our educational outreach includes:
The Orchestra Up Close - CSO musicians perform and educate students about the instruments of the orchestra in our regional schools. During the program, the students have a chance to try various musical instruments in our Instrument Petting Zoo. This is a free program offered to the schools through donations to the CSO.
Making Music Matters! - The CSO assists in providing violin instruction to students at two Empowered Youth of Columbus sites: Downtown and Dawson Elementary Schools. This program teaches discipline, powers of concentration, and team work necessary to be successful, not only in music but in life.
Art Attacks - A group of CSO musicians perform in the most unexpected places such as Publix, Target, TSYS, St. Francis Hospital. You never know where they might show up next.
Mastering Music - Columbus area music students (grades 6-12) attend a free master class taught by CSO musicians on technique and artistry. The program allows students to perform in front of an audience while receiving immediate feedback from professional musicians.
Tickets for Students- The CSO provides free concert tickets to school groups in the Columbus area.
Founded in 1855 by Mendelssohn's student, Herman S. Saroni, the Columbus Symphony Orchestra became the second orchestra formed in the United States. The symphony disbanded during the Civil War and both World Wars, but always reorganized during times of peace. In 1949, the organization as we know it today, was formed. The CSO has been a professional orchestra since the late 1970's and employs as many as 90 musicians for any given concert. Long recognized as one of the southeast's finest musical ensembles, the CSO currently performs at RiverCenter for the Performing Arts.
The mission of the CSO is "to perpetuate the orchestral tradition through the presentation of creative programs performed at the highest possible level of artistic quality, to develop audience enthusiasm, to educate future generations of concert goers and to contribute to the enjoyment and evolution of the art of symphonic music."
The CSO performs an array of concerts each season including classical, pops and family concerts in Bill Heard Theatre at RiverCenter for the Performing Arts.