Our Story

The Charlotte Symphony is committed to delivering exceptional music experiences that connect and strenghthen the Charlotte community.

Our Organizational Values

  • Innovation/Creativity
  • Patron Service
  • Community  
  • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
  • Relevance


Founded in 1932, and led by internationally renowned Music Director Christopher Warren-Green, we are the largest arts employer in the region, supporting 59 full-time musicians from diverse backgrounds.

Core programming runs from September through May each season and includes Classical, Pops, edgy altsounds, and family-focused Lollipops series, among other special performances with notable soloists. Annual favorites Magic of Christmas and Handel's Messiah delight during the holidays each season, and we also serve as the soundtrack to our community's ballet and opera productions.

Exceptional musical experiences happen outside the concert hall, too. The Charlotte Symphony performs everywhere from community parks and schools to jails, breweries, and senior care centers. We are deeply committed to the notion that music, accessible to all and experienced in many forms, unifies our community. Longstanding Summer Pops at Symphony Park, continually voted Best Concert Series in the city, rounds out each season; and our popular On Tap series at NoDa Brewing Company and CSO On the Go neighborhood series mark an important expansion of our core programming, aimed at bringing an intimate and affordable orchestra experience to our wider community.

We actively nurture the next generation of musicians and music lovers by supporting two youth orchestras. Each season, the Charlotte Symphony Youth Orchestras present several concerts, including Youth Festival, a signature side-by-side performance with professional Charlotte Symphony musicians. The students also perform as prelude acts before Symphony events.  

More than half of our musicians are educators in the region, teaching not only the young musicians of the youth orchestras, but students in our residency program at Northwest School of the Arts and in Project Harmony. Inspired by the renowned El Sistema youth and community development program of Venezuela, Project Harmony, in collaboration with Community School of the Arts, serves Charlotte's Winterfield and Montclaire neighborhoods with a free afterschool orchestra program in the 2017-18 season and aims to serve 500 children by 2020.

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