Friends of the Columbus Symphony

About Friends of the Columbus Symphony

Friends of the Columbus Symphony is committed to youth education, volunteer support, and fundraising. The group was formerly known as the Women's Association of the Columbus Symphony. The roots of “Friends” go back to the founding of the Columbus Symphony when dedicated women played a key role in promoting and garnering support for the orchestra. Today this volunteer group is open to everyone who wishes to help our Symphony flourish.

To enrich musical education, Friends plan hands-on activities preceding family concerts. Each spring, the group provides a cash award to the senior division winner of the Young Musicians Competition. Friends organize annual appreciation luncheons and receptions for the musicians, staff, and Symphony Chorus. 

Four quarterly general membership meetings are held on Saturdays during lunch with a fee charged for food service. Meetings rotate at various venues in the Columbus area and the programs include a Symphony-related speaker or musical performance.

As a Friend, you can participate in

  • Our annual musician/staff appreciation luncheon
  • Recognizing the Columbus Symphony Chorus with a rehearsal reception
  • Children’s activities prior to family concerts
  • Conducting backstage tours during rehearsals
  • Staffing the Young Musicians Competition
  • Quarterly General Membership Meetings
  • Fundraising events
  • Enjoying the camaraderie of other Symphony advocates.

New members are welcomed year-round. Annual dues are $40 per individual, $100 sustaining, and $75 per household. See below for the membership form.


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2022 Annual Meeting

Saturday, June 11, 2022
Scioto Country Club
2196 Riverside Drive, Columbus, OH

10:30am Business Meeting

11:30am Meet & Greet

12:00pm Luncheon

1:00pm Performance, Award, Installation of New Officers, and Raffle Drawing




As we prepare to welcome the warmth and brightness of spring, the Friends of the Columbus Symphony is hosting the annual pansy sale once again! All proceeds benefit the Columbus Symphony’s mission to inspire and build a strong community through music. Click below to order your flower bowls or baskets!




70th Anniversary

As the Columbus Symphony celebrates its 70th anniversary season, the Friends of the Columbus Symphony has a goal of recruiting 70 new members to our organization. Join us for the fun, the philanthropy, and the service to help our orchestra inspire and build a strong community through music.



Membership Card

Friends Membership Form 2022