Personal Giving

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.

The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic creates challenges for the CSO in the 2020/21 season, but keeping the music alive is more important now than ever.

Though concerts, education programming, and our community engagement efforts will look different this year, the CSO is still 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

Giving ensures that the CSO will weather this crisis and be poised to return to our new sense of normalcy when we’re on the other side of the COVID-19 pandemic. Please consider becoming or renewing your participation as an Annual Fund donor. Only with your help can we continue to inspire, engage, and enrich the greater Chattanooga community with music and music education.

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The CSO is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization, so your donations are tax-deductible.
Chattanooga Symphony & Opera Association Tax ID: 62-6002098

If you would like to learn more about giving to the CSO, please contact a member of our Development staff:

Rebekah B. Cheney, Development Director
Phone | 423.267.8583 ext. 2103
Email | rcheney@chattanoogasymphony.org
Mail | 701 Broad Street, Chattanooga, TN 37402

Cathy Dreger, Development Assistant
Phone | 423.267.8583 ext. 4001
Email | cdreger@chattanoogasymphony.org
Mail | 701 Broad Street, Chattanooga, TN 37402 


Donor Benefits: benefits are valid for 12 months from the time of your gift or pledge.

Follower Circle ($1-$49)

  • Recognition in CSO Annual Report and concert programs

A gift in this range helps provide books for Music in Our Schools Month, which we celebrate every March in area schools.

Friend Circle ($50-$99)
All benefits above plus

  • Access to Friends & Family Pre-Sale for special concert tickets

A gift in this range helps provide CSO concert tickets for two CSOYO students.
 

Supporter Circle ($100-$249)
All benefits above plus

  • 10% Food Discount voucher for Bluff View Art District

A gift in this range helps provide new music for our Ensembles in Schools program.

Patron Circle ($250-$499)
All benefits above plus

  • Attend a CSO open rehearsal for free

A gift in this range helps provide for one musician to perform in our Young People’s Concerts.
 

Sustainer Circle ($500-$999)
All benefits above plus

  • Access to the VIP studio for available concerts during intermission

A gift in this range helps provide for an Ensembles in Schools performance.
 

Symphony Circle ($1,000-$2,499)
All benefits above plus

  • Exclusive Opening Night Dinner invitation
  • Bring a Friend: 2 passes to a concert of your choice (special events do not apply)

A gift in this range helps provide a Sensory Friendly Concert for individuals with social, behavioral, sensory, or learning disabilities.
 

First Chair Circle ($2,500-$4,999)
All benefits above plus

  • Exclusive invitation to a CSO open rehearsal and pre-rehearsal dinner

A gift in this range helps provide an instructor in local elementary schools for our Strings in Schools program.
 

Crescendo Circle ($5,000-$9,999)
All benefits above plus

  • Two complimentary tickets to Bob’s Bootcamp Series

A gift in this range helps provide a Young People’s Concert performance.
 

Concertmaster Circle ($10,000-$24,999)
All benefits above plus

  • Invitation to a post-concert gathering with guest artist and conductor

A gift in this range helps provide for one musician to perform in our Education programs for the season.
 

Conductor’s Circle ($25,000+)
All benefits above plus

  • Opportunities for exclusive experiences depending on your interests

A gift in this range helps provide annual operating support for all of our education and engagement programs. 

If you have any questions regarding your contribution or associated benefits, please contact Cathy Dreger, Development Assistant.