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For more information on Governing Members, please call 312-294-3355.

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Symphony Ball


On Saturday, September 20, 2014, the Women’s Board of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra Association proudly presented Symphony Ball, a prestigious gala evening of music and celebration that launched the 2014/15 season. Following a festive preconcert reception at Symphony Center open to all ticketholders, Music Director Riccardo Muti lead the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Chorus in Beethoven’s jubilant Ninth Symphony. Gala patrons continued their evening with postconcert dinner and dancing at the Palmer House. For information about next year's event, please call 312-294-3185 or send us an email at

Governing Membership provides those most interested in the Chicago Symphony Orchestra with an opportunity to get involved, be heard, and have unparalleled access. There are no obligations, only opportunities. From serving on committees to attending events, Governing Membership is your backstage pass to the CSO.

Governing Members (GMs) are nominated by the GM Nominations & Membership Committee to a three-year renewable term. A minimum of $10,500 must be contributed throughout each term.

A minimum gift of $3,500 to the GM Annual Fund each year is required.

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Executive Committee

Timothy A. Duffy

Marlene Kovar Hersh
Vice Chairman of the Annual Fund & GM Chairman Elect

Jared Kaplan
Vice Chairman of Nominations and Membership

Patricia Heestand
Vice Chairman of Member Engagement

R. John Aalbregtse
Immediate Past Chairman