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While we know that precautionary measures put in place by the City of Chattanooga are the right course of action to combat the potential spread of COVID-19, we need your help now more than ever.

This time is difficult for all of us at the CSO, but it is especially difficult for our musicians. As the backbone of our organization and as pillars of our community, musicians are incredibly affected by school closures and concert cancellations. The CSO has taken steps to ensure that musicians will still be paid 50% of their lost wages for cancelled performances, including instituting a temporary salary reduction for all other administrative and artistic staff, but your support also plays a crucial role.

Will you help us by giving to the CSO today?


Learn More About Charitable Giving and the CARES Act

The $2.2 trillion stimulus package – or the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act –  was recently passed and provides incentives for charitable giving. We’ve collected a few articles for reference so you can learn how this potentially impacts your charitable giving:

We know this national crisis impacts everyone – especially non-profits like ours. If you’re able to give to the CSO at this time, we would truly appreciate it. We’re relying on the generosity if individual donors now more than ever.

If you have questions about ways that you can leverage incentives of the CARES Act to give to a charitable organization, we recommend you contact your tax adviser.



A Message from CSO Executive Director Samantha Teter

CSO Executive Director Samantha Teter updates you on the planning process for the 2020/21 season.

The Chattanooga Symphony & Opera will cancel all remaining regular series performances for the 2019/20 season due to the COVID-19 health crisis.

Affected concerts include Michael Cavanaugh: The Music of Billy Joel on April 18 and Pictures at an Exhibition on April 30. All educational events to be held in conjunction with Pictures at an Exhibition have also been cancelled. Lights! Camera! Pops! on March 21, Disney in Concert Tale as Old as Time on March 28, and Dona Nobis Pacem on April 2 were previously cancelled after the City of Chattanooga recommended that the Tivoli Theatre suspend all concerts until the city gives clearance for them to reopen. The CSO’s performance of Apollo & Jupiter with Chattanooga Ballet on March 15 was cancelled after Chattanooga State’s decision to suspend all on-campus events until March 31. All remaining Chattanooga Symphony & Opera Youth Orchestra performances and practices for 2019/20 have also been cancelled.

Ticketholders are encouraged to donate their ticket back to the CSO or exchange tickets for a performance in the 2020/21 season. Refund requests for cancelled performances will be honored, but requests must be submitted by the first Sunday following the scheduled performance date. Please contact the CSO Box Office at to learn more. Refunds can take up to 10 business days to process.


We encourage current subscribers to renew as normal for our 2020/21 season. Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke has announced a shelter-in-place order for the city beginning April 3, and the CSO staff will not be working in the office until this measure is lifted. Renewals received by mail may be delayed during this time, so to ensure your subscription can be fulfilled, please subscribe online at If you prefer to subscribe via phone, please call 423.267.8583 ext. 2101 and leave a voicemail request, and a member of our box office staff will be in touch to complete your order.

Because we will be implementing remote work for staff, please bear with us on response times to your inquiries as we transition to this new work model. Thank you for your continued support of the CSO!

Full Listing of Cancelled Events

Apollo & Jupiter – March 15
Lights! Camera! Pops! – March 21
Disney in Concert Tale as Old as Time – March 28
Dona Nobis Pacem – April 2
Michael Cavanaugh: The Music of Billy Joel & More! – April 18
CSOYO Chamber Ensembles Dessert Concert – April 26
Open Rehearsal – April 28
Pictures at an Exhibition – April 30
Youth Orchestra Spring Concert – May 4
Sensory Friendly Concert – May 9