Mission: To Seek and Share Inspiration


Arts Bridge Cultural Divides




This season the CSO officially launched its groundbreaking Diversity Fellowship in collaboration with the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (CCM). The five members of the inaugural class of fellows performed alongside the CSO for various concerts including subscription weekends, Pops, Lollipops, Young People’s Concerts and more while receiving focused mentorship by CSO musicians and working on their master’s degrees or artist diplomas at CCM. The program, supported by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, is garnering positive attention from industry leaders around the country. 

 I knew the Fellowship was my top choice as soon as I read their mission statement: ‘We want to change the face of the American symphony.' - Emilio Carlo, Fellowship class of 2018 



Classical Roots


 This year’s “pay it forward” theme shined a light on what this annual concert program means for the participating guest artists as well as the Cincinnati community. To accommodate the large crowd size during Music Hall’s renovation, the event moved to Crossroads Oakley, a generous host for the performance.

 This entire experience is very positive because the members come from various churches throughout the greater Cincinnati area, and the pastors of these churches that I have personally interacted with are proud of the fact that they have members in the group. - William Henry Caldwell, Classical Roots Resident Conductor 

This year the Classical Roots Community Mass Choir expanded its performance schedule beyond the annual Classical Roots concert. Members of the Choir performed at various events including with the Cincinnati Pops at Riverbend Music Center and at the Taft Theatre, at the national Chorus America Conference hosted in Cincinnati, and collaborations with the Young Professionals’ Choral Collective and the Middletown Symphony Orchestra. In April, the Choir also presented its first stand-alone concert program. 

I truly believe that the environment and regular schedule of singing inspired me and got me out of a rut. When I think of all the things that have happened to me in the past year, [the Classical Roots Community Mass Choir] was a real catalyst for that. - Classical Roots Choir Member





A free, pre-conservatory training program for young African American and Latino string players.

The Nouveau Chamber Players program is truly a musical gem. Over the past 10 seasons, Nouveau members have grown into caring, creative, successful leaders with an enthusiasm and passion for the arts. Watching many of Nouveau’s members go on to college, continuing their passion for the performing arts, proves Nouveau’s future is destined for continued success.

- Kathy Finley Nouveau Chamber Players Founder

Maxwell Fairman

Maxwell Fairman is an eighth grader at The Bethany School, and is in his second year of performing as a violinist with the Nouveau Chamber Players. In his first year, at age 11, he was the youngest musician to ever be selected for the Nouveau Chamber Players. “My dream is to become a professional violinist and Nouveau will help me to create a network that is necessary to become a successful musician. I have already met important figures that develop my skills through Nouveau, and I have been given chances to perform at famous places like Music Hall and the White House!”

The CSYO Nouveau Chamber Players celebrated their 10th anniversary in a big way, attracting an audience of 300 to Memorial Hall for a celebration concert on April 30. Nouveau alumni flocked to the event and participated in the Alumni Chamber Orchestra. 

Titilayo Ayangade

Nouveau Chamber Players members and alumni are regularly achieving success in their musical careers. After graduating from the University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music, Titi enrolled in the Master of Music program at Chicago College of the Performing Arts where she studied Cello Performance. In addition to being a 2016-2017 Project Inclusion Fellow with the Chicago Sinfonietta, Titi has also been a member of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago and currently maintains an active chamber music performance schedule and photography business

Myles Yeazell

Myles Yeazell started playing the cello in seventh grade at Walnut Hills High School and graduated last June. He was a member of Nouveau Chamber Players for all four years of high school and now studies Cello Performance at the University of Cincinnati College- Conservatory of Music . 


Multicutural Awareness Council

The CSO’s Multicultural Awareness Council (MAC) continues to foster and increase awareness of the CSO in the greater Cincinnati area through culturally diverse music programs, educational and community partnerships, scholarships for talented minority student musicians and building diverse audiences. This year, MAC Open Door Concerts featured the Pops Season Opener with Edward James Olmos; One City, One Symphony with Branford Marsalis; Vanessa Williams; and Smokey Robinson.