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The String and Wind Quintets of the CSO are composed of principal members from the orchestra.  The CSO quintets regularly perform in over 60 schools annually for over 20,000 students and perform in a variety of other community locations including libraries, hospitals, public parks, community centers, and Chattanooga businesses. Performances are available at limited times from October through May.

The musicians of the quintets are some of the finest musicians in the area, performing and teaching regularly throughout the community.  For individual biographies, please visit the Musicians page.

For information about scheduling an ensemble at your organization or event, please contact Community Engagement and Education Manager Staci Spring


Sensory Friendly Concerts & Resources

Our sensory friendly concerts feature performances by our String or Wind Ensembles in a space that allows for movement, interaction, or easy listening.  Attendees are invited to sit close to the performers, but quiet rooms are provided for attendees who need a break from the stimulation.

Concerts are free, but please RSVP  to let us know you’re coming. Join us this season for one of our sensory friendly concerts!

2017/18 Concert dates

Spooky Strings and Things – October 28 – 11am to 11:45am

Located at Siskin Children’s Institute
Come in costume and join us we listen to spooky (but definitely not scary!) music with the CSO String Quintet

Winter Wonderland with the Wind Quintet – December 2 – 11am to 11:45am
The winter weather might be frightful, but the CSO Wind Quintet will be delightful with a concert of holiday favorites

All American with the Wind Quintet – February 3 – 11am to 11:45am

Grand Ole Opera with the String Quintet – April 14 – 11am to 11:45am
The CSO String Quintet takes us to the opera with a selection of kid-friendly pieces from famous operas

2017/18 concerts sponsored by

All performances and activities are free for children and adults, but pre-registration is appreciated.  Doors open and pre-concert activities begin at 10:30am.  Scarves, props, and other manipulatives will be on hand, but please bring any you prefer to use.

For more information or to request special accommodations, please contact Staci Spring at or 423.267.8583 x2100.

Sensory Friendly Resources

Concert Social Narrative (Word)
Concert Narrative (PDF)

Tivoli Theatre Sensory Map (PDF)


Play Along With the CSO

Play Along color logo

Sunday, May 6, 2018
Chattanooga Market


This year, we invite all Chattanoogans to join us and Play Along! We’ll have music makers on hand for you to play and conduct with as the orchestra performs a 45 minute concert of classical and Pops favorites. These performances are FREE for Chattanooga Market attendees.  For more details about the Chattanooga Market, visit

To register, please click here.

To complete your registration and pay, please click here.



A student tries out the Viola at a 2014/15 PopTots performance

A student tries out the Viola at a2014/15 PopTots performance

Instrument Petting Zoo

The CSO operates an “instrument petting zoo” at many community concerts and family events.  At the petting zoo, a variety of real orchestral instruments are displayed and participants are encouraged to pick up, touch, and play the instruments.  The instruments are donations received from community members and are gently used, which allows the CSO and participants to experiment with them.

For more information, please call  423.267.8583.