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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PANSY SALE - 2023 

Spring is in the not-so-distant future and we’re looking forward to one of our favorite fundraisers—the pansy sale!  

Bowls are 12” terra cotta plastic with 7-8 plants. 
Baskets are white rectangular plastic with 10-11 plants. The cost is $15 each.

Order Form

Please mail orders to Donna Gerhold, 3097 Dartford Trce, Dublin OH 43017 by March 22.

Save the Date

2022-2023 quarterly Meetings 

Saturday, March 18, 2023 – Quarterly Membership Meeting at Jefferson Country Club

11:00am Business Meeting

12:00pm Luncheon
Tomato basil bisque, Caesar salad with grilled salmon OR chicken
Vegetarian option: Portabello mushroom tart
Dessert: Tiramisu

1:00pm Program: Our Careers with the Columbus Symphony


Saturday, June 8, 2023 – Quarterly Membership Meeting at Scioto Country Club

5:00pm Business Meeting

6:00pm Dinner

7:00pm Program: 2023 Lois H. Allen Concerto Prize Winner