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.


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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


Shopping With Friends

November 14-21

Shop online all week-long through the Friends online silent auction.
Every purchase supports the Columbus Symphony’s ability to be here for our community through the joy and inspiration of music.


For more information contact Sandra Mathias at


December Quarterly Meeting & Luncheon

Saturday, December 18
Brookside Country Club

For more information contact Barna Graves at

Invitation and Reply

Register Online


Friends Membership Form 2021