Mission & Vision
Founded in 1932, the Charlotte Symphony is the largest and most active professional performing arts organization in the central Carolinas, giving nearly 100 performances each season and reaching an annual attendance of 200,000 listeners.
Mission & Vision
The mission of the Charlotte Symphony is to perform great symphonic music. We aspire to serve our whole community through music that educates, entertains and enriches the human spirit.
The vision of the Charlotte Symphony is to be recognized as a “best in class” orchestra, reflecting and leading a dynamic and growing region.
The Future of the Charlotte Symphony
Continued Artistic Excellence
- Internationally acclaimed conductor, Christopher Warren-Green, has led the CSO as Music Director since 2010 and recently renewed his contract through 2016. He is also the music director for the London Chamber Orchestra and served as the conductor for Prince William and Catherine Middleton’s wedding.
- Sixty-two professional musicians are employed on full-time contracts making the Charlotte Symphony the largest employer of individual artists in our community.
Commitment to Youth Music Education
- The Symphony sponsors two Youth Orchestras serving more than 160 children from 4th through 12th grades.
- Educational concerts and teaching programs bring music to hundreds of local school children.
- Development and expansion of the after-school music education program at Winterfield Elementary, an initiative that could ultimately serve many schools throughout the community.
- More than half of the orchestra’s musicians are also educators throughout the region.
Community Engagement and Outreach
- Small ensembles of musicians perform “Healing Hands” outreach services in hospitals, retirement centers, and nursing homes, bringing the power and joy of live music to those who would otherwise not hear it.
- The Symphony hosts special pre- and post-concert activities to enhance the concert-going experience.
- CSO Pulse, the young affiliates group, was formed to bring young people together around concerts, ultimately working to expand the Charlotte Symphony audience base.
Partnerships with Local Organizations
- The Symphony will expand current collaborations with North Carolina Dance Theater and Opera Carolina to include more performances and innovative collaborations.
- We will continue to work with the museums at the Levine Center for the Arts to offer Charlotte Symphony patrons the chance to engage with visual art that reflects the music we perform.
Growing Volunteer Base
- The Oratorio Singers of Charlotte, founded in 1952, is the acclaimed volunteer chorus of the Charlotte Symphony and includes the 140-voice main chorus and the 50-voice Chamber Singers.
- Oratorio Director Scott Allen Jarrett and the choruses perform with the orchestra several times each season including increased participation in the KnightSounds Series along with the annual “Messiah” in December.
- The Symphony Guild of Charlotte, Inc. and the Charlotte Symphony Youth Orchestras Parents’ Association engage community members to participate in youth orchestra programs.
Innovative and Accessible Programs
- The Symphony will expand the popular KnightSounds series, which features shorter, more informal and interactive concerts surrounded by audience engagement opportunities.
- Experimentation with new technology and social media at select concerts to build on the positive feedback received after using image magnification at a 2012 Classics concert.
- On-stage seating opportunities for audience members to get up-close and personal with the musicians and conductor, thus involving the audience member in the music-making process.