Established in 1923, The Cincinnati Symphony Club is a 501c3 non-profit organization. All proceeds go to benefit the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Cincinnati POPS and scholarships to deserving students.
Mrs. William C. Greenland founded The Cincinnati Symphony Club in May of 1923. It was in cooperation with 14 other women who wished to promote the music culture of their city. Originally the group met in Hyde Park homes of members. The maestro of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra came to the club’s meetings to discuss with the members the compositions and composers of works to be performed on the next Orchestra program. Max Rudolph was the last Music Director to do so. As membership grew the meetings were held at various venues including the Metropole Hotel, the Gibson Hotel, the Taft Museum and currently, the Queen City Club.
With an influx of dues and the desire to expand the club’s mission, members voted to financially assist students of the then Cincinnati Conservatory of Music. In return for the scholarships, recipients performed at club meetings. In the 1960’s and 70’s however, The Cincinnati Symphony Club membership declined for a number of reasons and budget constraints forced an end to the granting of scholarships. In the 1980’s, members of the dissolved Women’s Symphony Committee then joined the Symphony Club, injecting new energy as well as financial assets.
The Club’s fundraising goals for the club were changed to promoting the then newly established POPS “Lollipop” concerts which introduced music to young children. Proceeds from the Club’s annual fundraiser, April Affair, supported this program and continues to do so to this day. With the increased success of April Affair, the club now has the ability to sponsor one of the CSO season’s concerts in addition to its ongoing support of the “Lollipop” concerts.
The scholarship program began anew in 1998 with awards to three College Conservatory of Music students. Since that time, over $116,600 has been awarded to organizations for their musical outreach programs. Organizations participating in the 2017-2018 program were: College-Conservatory of Music Preparatory Department, Cincinnati Symphony Youth Orchestra, Northern Kentucky University Music Preparatory Department, Cincinnati Opera Outreach Program, MY Cincinnati (Music for Youth Cincinnati) and Melodic Connections.
We are deeply honored and grateful to have received a significant grant from the Cincinnati International Wine Festival in support of our scholarship program for each of the past four years.
A few years ago, a bequest was received upon the death of a Club member. In her memory, the fund is now known as The Audrey Dick Scholarship Fund. This bequest will allow the fund to carry on its mission well into the future.
With current membership at 250, the Cincinnati Symphony Club carries on the aims of its founders by promoting interest and understanding of symphonic music, by showcasing talented musicians at monthly meetings and by giving financial support to the Pops Lollipop concerts, the Cincinnati Symphony and Pops Orchestra, as well as to talented and deserving music students and organizations.