About Us

Music has the power to enrich the human spirit.

For 85 years, the Charlotte Symphony has served this belief through performances and outreach programs that entertain, educate, and unify our community.  

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, performing in and out of area concert halls.

Bringing quality music everywhere from performance halls to parks, schools and jails, we are committed to the notion that music, accessible to all and experienced in many forms, enriches our community.

We actively nurture the next generation of music lovers by supporting two youth orchestras, under the direction of longtime orchestra member Ernest Pereira. Each season, the youth orchestra presents several concerts, including a side-by-side performance with the Charlotte Symphony.
More than half of our orchestra musicians are educators throughout 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.

Last season, we provided education experiences for over 30,000 local children. Our orchestra musicians taught nearly 700 hours of music and coached in classrooms across our community, including in high-need public schools.

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

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