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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. Please fill out the CSO Ensembles Community Performance Request form.

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 additional information about scheduling an ensemble at your organization or event, please contact Community Engagement & Education Manager Staci Spring.


Sensory Friendly Concerts & Resources

Our April 2018 Sensory Friendly concert featured music of the opera, and was held in the children’s area of the Downtown Public Library.

Join us this season for one of our sensory friendly concerts! 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. All performances and activities are free for children and adults, but pre-registration is appreciated.  Doors open and pre-concert activities begin 30 minutes prior to the performance.  Scarves, props, and other manipulatives will be on hand, but please bring any you prefer to use.

Concerts are FREE, but please RSVP by filling out the online form to let us know you’re coming. Click here to RSVP to a Sensory Friendly Concert!

2018/19 Concert dates

Saturday, October 20, 2018 – 11am – CSO String Quintet @    Tivoli Center (701 Broad St.)

Saturday, November 10, 2018 – 12pm – CSO Wind Quintet @ Chattanooga Theatre Center

Saturday, January 12, 2019 – 11am – CSO String Quintet @ Tivoli Center (701 Broad Street)

Saturday, March 2, 2019 – 11am – CSO Wind Quintet (location TBD)

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)
SF Social Story – Strings (PDF)
SF Social Story – Winds (PDF)


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 email Staci Spring.

FREE and open to the public, these workshops are designed with you in mind! Join Principal Pops Conductor Bob Bernhardt as he explores the fascinating world of classical music!

    • 10.2.18, 5:30-7:30pm – Chattanooga Public Library, Downtown Branch, 4th Floor
    • 4.6.19, 11am-1pm – Chattanooga Public Library, Downtown Branch, 4th Floor

Light refreshments will be provided. Please RSVP below!

Bob's Community Lecture RSVP

Bob's Community Lecture RSVP

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