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The Charlotte Symphony is committed to building community through exceptional musical experieneces.

Founded in 1932, and led by internationally renowned Music Director Christopher Warren-Green, the Charlotte Symphony is the largest arts employer in the region, supporting 62 full-time musicians from diverse backgrounds.

Delivering exceptional musical experienes to our community doesn't just happen in the concert hall. The Charlotte Symphony performs in parks, schools, jails, breweries, and senior care centers, and are deeply committed to the notion that music, accessible to all and experienced in many forms, unifies our community.

We actively nurture the next generation of musicians and music lovers by supporting two youth orchestras, under the direction of longtime orchestra member Ernest Pereira. Each season, Charlotte Symphony youth orchestraas present several concerts, including a side-by-side performance with the Charlotte Symphony.

More than half of our musicians are educators in the region, teaching not only the budding musicians of the youth orchestras, but students at our residency programs at Winterfield Elementary School and at Northwest School of the Arts.

Our youth orchestra program at Winterfield, an ethnically diverse school serving a high poverty area in east Charlotte, engages more than 80 students in learning to play instruments in a free after-school program. Several students from Winterfield have been admitted into Northwest, the Charlotte area's only middle and high school public arts magnet, where our musicians also coach nearly 200 students.
These programs are just a few ways we work to ensure the future of music appreciation and education in our community. 

Vision Ignite a passion for music in everyone, everywhere, every way

Mission The Charlotte Symphony will enrich the future of our community by:

  • Invigorating diverse audiences with quality entertainment

  • Inspiring every child with the transformative power of music

  • Illuminating our city's arts as an essential element to our economic vigor

  • Insisting on fiscal health as our foundation