Our COVID-19 Response

The Columbus Symphony has developed a plan to brighten your world during COVID-19. We are here for you during this difficult time.

The Symphony is continuing to live our mission to inspire and build a strong community through music. Our goal is to alleviate the current stress we feel as individuals and a community since COVID-19. We are working strategically to expand our reach to even more residents throughout central Ohio from every walk of life and every background. Since March, we have continued to be meaningful and relevant by:


Nationwide Community Concerts

News channels of accessibility created musical opportunities for the community during this time.

  • 20 free outdoor concerts
  • 18 concert venues
  • 4,000 central Ohioans attended
  • 6 different artistic programs
  • 4 health departments providing safety protocol approval
  • 67 volunteers

A pops concert performing for local residents in the Franklinton neighborhood.

More than 600 people attended the outdoor classical concert in Somerset, Ohio.



Outreach Concerts

Through outdoor chamber ensembles, we continued to serve our community's most isolated and vulnerable populations.

  • 26 Retirement Communities
  • 4 Food Pantries
  • 1 LGBTQ+ engagement event 

Small chamber groups performed outdoors at retirement communities and nursing homes for seniors isolated by the pandemic.

Musicians performed for children and families at the Salvation Army Hilltop food pantry.


Diversity and Inclusion

The Symphony is committed to diversity on our stage and to create opportunities for underserved young musicians of color and future leaders of our community.

  • Instituted a Diversity and Inclusion Committee chaired by CSO board member Chief Judge Algenon Marbley
  • Established a new program to focus on the pathway to equity through symphonic music for Black and Latinx musicians to reach our youngest musicians in the All City Youth Orchestra, Urban Strings and more
  • Developed a diversity fellowship for conservatory/university students entering preparing to enter professional orchestra careers
  • Created a robust partnership with Urban Strings Columbus
  • Included a diverse range of Black and Latinx composers featured in our 20/21 programming
  • Recorded a special performance for the King Arts Complex HeART of Protest


Music Education

Our strategic plan calls for us to double the number of children we serve from our current 25,000+ over the course of the next three years, and to date has included:

  • Developed free music education curriculum for Columbus City Schools that reaches every third-grade student in the district during the 2020-2021 year
  • Launched two interactive websites, “Kids Korner” and “Symphonic Teens” for students, parents, teachers, and caregivers
  • Expanded access to the Mindful Music Moments program to every school in the Columbus City Schools district, every pre-school in central Ohio, and additional local schools to teach children stress-reduction techniques and mindfulness through classical music
  • Conducted 250 video auditions online for the youth orchestras

The Symphony has expanded access to Mindful Music Moments to every school in Columbus City Schools and every preschool in central Ohio.

Interactive websites offer fund music education resources for students, parents, teachers, and caregivers.


Columbus Symphony at Home

  • 4 Free Virtual Masterworks Concerts
  • 85 videos recorded for music education
  • 28 #columbussymphony at home videos
  • 2 CSO Teaches live stream student recitals
  • 20 videos showcasing musician’s personal lives and hobbies
  • 12 videos to engage and update our audience members
  • 1 rebroadcast of the sold-out Paganini Concert
  • 1 Virtual Symphony Gala
  • 6 Custom Virtual Telegrams Developed


Musicians recorded over 150 videos in total for viewers to safely watch at home.

Andy Millat, Principal Trombone, shares his bee keeping talents.


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