About Us

Founded in 1950 as the Charlotte Symphony Women's Association, The Guild has grown steadily in size, scope, and support to the Charlotte Symphony and the Charlotte Symphony Youth Orchestras. During this time, The Guild has initiated and sustained many award-winning youth music education projects.

Our goal is to create, develop, and promote an interest in symphonic music in the community of Charlotte and the surrounding metropolitan area and to promote financial and volunteer support to the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra Society, Inc., the Charlotte youth symphonies and symphonic educational activities.

Successful fundraising is one of the Guild's hallmarks. Youth music education programs include Young Artists Competition, Project Harmony, and Musical Petting Zoo, which appears at the CSO's Family Concert Series as well as other venues in the region. The Guild also supports the Charlotte Symphony Youth Orchestras with their auditions, rehearsals and concerts.

The Symphony Guild, Inc. is not only noted in Charlotte for its good works, but also the organization is a perennial awardee by the national League of American Orchestras. In the past several years, the Guild has received the Gold Book Award for its fundraising programs, and in 2013, the organization was named The Best of the Best for its "consistently outstanding and creative endeavors" in governance, diversity, education, and community engagement. This marked the first time in its 50-year history that the League bestowed this tribute.