Mission & Vision

Founded in 1932, the Charlotte Symphony is the largest and most active professional performing arts organization in the central Carolinas, giving nearly 100 performances each season and reaching an annual attendance of 130,000 listeners.

CSO Vision

Ignite a Passion for Music ... in everyone, everywhere, every way

CSO Mission

The Charlotte Symphony will enrich the future of our community by:
  • Invigorating diverse audiences with quality entertainment
  • Inspiring every child with the transforming power of music
  • Illuminating our city's arts as an essential element to our economic vigor
  • Insisting on fiscal health as our foundation

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The Future of the Charlotte Symphony

  • Continued Artistic Excellence

      • Internationally acclaimed conductor Christopher Warren-Green has served as Music Director since 2010. He also directs the London Chamber Orchestra and conducted for Prince William and Catherine Middleton's wedding.
      • Sixty-two professional musicians are employed on full-time contracts making the Charlotte Symphony the largest employer of individual artists in our community.

  • Commitment to Youth Music Education

      • The Symphony sponsors two Youth Orchestras serving nearly 200 children from 4th through 12th grades.
      • Educational concerts and teaching programs bring music to hundreds of local school children.
      • Music education residency programs at Winterfield Elementary and Northwest School of the Arts.
      • More than half of the orchestra's musicians are also educators throughout the region.

  • Community Engagement and Outreach

      • Small ensembles of musicians perform "Healing Hand" outreach services in hospitals, retirement centers, and nursing homes, bringing the power and joy of live music to those who would otherwise not hear it.
      • The Symphony hosts special pre- and post-concert activities to enhance the concert experience.
      • CSO Pulse, the CSO's young affiliates group, are professionals who share a passion for music, a commitment to the arts, and an intellectual curiosity to explore how music affects and reflects the world.

  • Growing Volunteer Base

      • Charlotte Symphony Chorus (formerly Oratorio Singers of Charlotte), founded in 1952, is the acclaimed volunteer chorus of the Charlotte Symphony and includes the main chorus and the Chamber Singers.
      • Director of Choruses Kenney Potter and the Charlotte Symphony Chorus perform with the orchestra several times each season including "Messiah" in December.
      • The Symphony Guild of Charlotte, Inc. and the Charlotte Symphony Youth Orchestras Parents' Association engage community members to participate in youth orchestra programs.

  • Innovative and Accessible Programs

      • The Symphony's popular KnightSounds series features shorter, more informal and interactive concerts surrounded by audience engagement opportunities.
      • Onstage seating opportunities allow audience members to gain a different visual perspective with the musicians and conductor.

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