Chattanooga Symphony and Opera Association

aka CSO   |   Chattanooga, TN   |  www.chattanoogasymphony.org

Mission

The mission of the Chattanooga Symphony and Opera is to inspire, engage, and enrich the greater Chattanooga community through music and music education.

Ruling year info

1951

Executive Director

Ms. Samantha Teter

Main address

736 Georgia Ave STE 101

Chattanooga, TN 37402 USA

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EIN

62-6002098

NTEE code info

Symphony Orchestras (A69)

Opera (A6A)

Music (A68)

IRS filing requirement

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

The CSO aims to keep orchestral music alive and relevant in this ever-changing environment. Our robust music education programs helps teach basic music knowledge and provides performances to students through our Ensembles in the Schools programs. Our Youth Orchestra program engages over 200 youths in classical music and instrumental performance.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

General Music Programming

The CSO offers a Masterworks (Classical) Series, Pops Series, Chamber Series, Family Concerts, Special Events, and a Grand Opera (every two years).

Population(s) Served
Adults

Our Ensembles in Schools program sends our String Quintet or Wind Quintet to elementary, middle, and high schools in a 12-county region. These performances are free to schools and are available upon request. The CSO performs approximately 65 times each season in this program.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

This free four-concert series is geared towards families who have children with atypical developments, but is open to all. Our String or Wind Quintet performs a child-friendly 50-minute program, where children are encouraged to move or dance along with the music. Manipulatives, such as scarves and shakers, are available for children to use.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
People with disabilities

Where we work

Goals & Strategy

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Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

We hope to diversify our audiences, our guest artists, our board, and those we serve. We hope to have a larger reach into more communities surrounding Hamilton County with performance and education opportunities.

We are making conscious efforts to consider and hire more guest artists of color. We want to expand our education programs into underserved communities, such as rural locations. We want to ensure that our programming is attractive to a variety of audiences.

We have a strong board of directors and administrative staff, creative and passionate musicians who assist in program development, and communities that are starving for more arts opportunities.

The CSO is participating in Thriving Communities 2.0, in which we will work with communities on developing new arts initiatives. Our artistic staff are committed to hiring guest artists of color. Our five-year financial projection model is allowing us to know what programs we can expand or introduce over the coming years.

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Chattanooga Symphony and Opera Association

Board of directors
as of 02/22/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Don McDowell

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 5/20/2021

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

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Gender identity

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Sexual orientation

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Disability

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