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Volunteers for the CSO are part of a long-standing tradition in Cincinnati. It was a group of dedicated, music-loving volunteers who founded the Cincinnati Symphony Volunteer Association (CSVA) and established our Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra back in 1895. Today, the CSVA continues its legacy by providing volunteer support for all aspects of the Orchestra, raising nearly $100,000 each year through fundraising efforts and donated volunteer hours.

CSO Spectrum and CSO Encore bringing Orchestra fans together to benefit Orchestra

By Meghan Berneking

The Cincinnati Symphony Volunteer Association provides unique opportunities for members of the community to get involved with the Orchestra—all while promoting a cause they care about. Two such groups are CSO Spectrum and CSO Encore.

CSO Spectrum (formerly Pride Night) began in 2003 and has grown to support LGBT artists and programs with the CSO and Pops. The group has since garnered a reputation of hosting some of the most highly anticipated and unique events in support of the Orchestra. “In addition to the incredible events we’ve seen over the years—which include everything from a flaming donut bar to happy hours—we’ve been able to sponsor such renowned artists as pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet through our fundraising efforts,” said William Stenger, CSO Spectrum Presenting Sponsor and co-chair along with Tim Giglio, Kathy Nardiello and Jared Queen.

M.A.C. Open Door Concerts

The Multicultural Awareness Council (MAC) is a group of diverse community volunteers whose mission is to foster and increase awareness of CSO programs in the greater Cincinnati area through cultural and diverse music programs, educational and community partnerships, scholarships for talented minority student musicians and building diverse audiences.

Spotlight on Catherine Feig

As a lifelong Cincinnatian, Catherine Lepley-Feig began attending Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra concerts when she was in the ninth grade. Her seats in the gallery at that time cost $.90, plus $.10 to take the streetcar to 6th and Main. While she knew and loved all the pop songs in her youth, she and her sisters always had a love for classical music. Her mother played the piano, and they would spend Sunday afternoons listening to music. “I could kick myself around the block for not learning to play the piano, though,” she said. She recalls her first opera experience was Tannhäuser at the Cincinnati Zoo.