For almost nine decades, the CSO has enhanced the vitality and quality of life in the Chattanooga area by positively impacting the community and contributing in a unique way to the city’s growing economy and development. As a premiere regional symphony orchestra in Southeast Tennessee, the CSO’s presence fills a need beyond Hamilton County’s borders by providing significant services ranging from cultural enrichment, music education, and community engagement across a tri-state area. 

In a regular season, we bring more than 160 professional musicians into the community. Over 30 of our contract musicians live in the greater Chattanooga region. These artists represent a huge community asset: they teach in area universities, colleges and schools, or in private studios, perform for private events, and have a profound impact on a variety of musical communities outside the CSO. 

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Through concerts, education programming, community engagement efforts, and more, the CSO is committed to:

  • Supporting our musicians, staff, and volunteers 
  • Making and sharing music through creative channels 
  • Finding opportunities to serve our community virtually and with small live performances 
  • Staying connected with donors, patrons, funding partners, and other constituents 
  • Focusing on our current Strategic Plan to deepen community partnerships, increase our education and engagement initiatives, and present inclusive and accessible programming to the greater Chattanooga area

Only with your help can we continue to inspire, engage, and enrich the greater Chattanooga community with music and music education.

To learn more about giving to the CSO, please contact: