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 plans 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 organizes 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 membership form.



 Friends of the Columbus Symphony 


Saturday, June 19, 2021



2196 Riverside Drive, Columbus, OH


Cost: $30.00, checks payable to Friends of the Columbus Symphony

Mail by June 13th to Barna Graves 3129 Barry Trace Court, Dublin, OH 43017


                       10:30 am         Business Meeting

                                                   Election of officers

                                                   Treasurer Report

                                                   Gift to Columbus Symphony

                                                   Review of the past year

                                                   Installation of Officers


                        11:30 am         Social Hour    Cash Bar

                                                     Sale Raffle tickets ($5/each or 3 for $10)


                         Noon               Lunch

Crepes: French pancake filled with chicken and spinach, served with asparagus Toss salad, dinner rolls, coffee and tea and Scioto’s famous pecan ice cream ball


Closing Remarks        Sandy Mathias, New President 


Raffle Drawing



Friends Membership Form 2020