Passionate, Invested, Empowered

Classic, classy, and world-class—that’s Chicago’s own CSO! But what’s behind the baton? Since 1934, the League of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra has worked behind the scenes to serve and support our renowned symphonic institution.

Comprised of nearly 250 men and women, the League offers myriad music education programs for youth and adults alike, creates fund-raising events that top the million dollar mark, hosts diverse and elegant salons and seminars and showcases opportunities to meet a global assortment of musicians, conductors, and artists.

Whether your goal is concert subscriber, program planner, project leader, financial supporter, or all-round volunteer, the League of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra needs you. The world may be getting smaller, but music will always be the universal language—so help spread the word! Be a part of something spectacular: Power up to partner up and join the League today.



Programs of the League span music appreciation, fundraising, and education. Our members are passionate ambassadors volunteering through a wide range of activities. Here are just a few of the many programs.

  • • The signature Fall in Love with Music Luncheon featuring a CSO Guest artist.
  • • The Annual Musicians’ Luncheon that honors CSO musicians.
  • • Adventures In Music (AIM) partnership program with school and community organizations that provide access to CSO educational resources and CSO Family Matinee concerts.
  • • Docent Program in which a CSO volunteer prepares students for concert attendance and appreciation of symphonic music. Learn More
  • • Area Engagement Events that provide opportunities for fellowship and audience-building in local Chicago-land communities.
  • • And many more!


Join the League today!



  • • VIP Ticketing service
  • • Opportunities to meet world-class artists
  • • Voting privileges
  • • Subscription to Opus (League e-newsletter)
  • • Invitation to hear upcoming hopefuls at the Youth Audition Finals
  • • Invitation to an exclusive luncheon with CSO musicians
  • • Invitation to annual Appreciation Week (complimentary event)
  • • An invitation to the CSO’s Annual Meeting
  • • Advance sales to CSO fundraising events
  • • Member discount at The Symphony Store 
  • • Pay annual dues of $100
  • • Contribute $100 or more to the CSO Annual Fund (tax-deductible)
  • • Support the CSO by concert attendance
  • • Join one or more League committees that plan programs
  • • Financially support one League fundraising event
  • • Attend a League meeting. Formal meetings occur three times per season combining a business meeting and musical program.

View our 2015/16 season calendar (pdf). Stay up to date on all League happenings by visiting us on Facebook

March 26, 2016, Crain-Maling Foundation CSO Youth Auditions

Join us in Orchestra Hall for the exciting final round of the Crain-Maling Foundation CSO Youth Auditions, a competition featuring the finest young musicians in the state of Illinois. This year’s competition will feature woodwinds, brass and percussion. In this free public event, one talented young musician will win the opportunity to perform onstage with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra at a CSO Youth Concert in the following season. The final round of Youth Auditions is a fantastic opportunity to see tomorrow’s international concert artists early in their careers. Previous winners have included such well-known musicians as pianists Walter Liberace, Eugene Istomin and Herbie Hancock; violinist Rachel Barton Pine; and several members of the CSO—including current Associate Concertmaster Stephanie Jeong and harpist Lynne Turner. 

April 5, 2016, 30th Annual Celebrating Art and Music Program: Intimacy and Virtuosity in Van Dyck’s Time

Join Victoria Sancho Lobis and Gerard McBurney in a celebration of the seventeenth century, when the social status of visual artists shifted to allow painters and printmakers to be recognized as noble intellectuals instead of manual laborers and craftsmen. This lecture will discuss how the portrait prints of Anthony van Dyck—the core objects of the related exhibition at the Art Institute—contributed to the elevation of status of the artist. Musicians from the Chicago Symphony Orchestra honor this historic breakthrough in the arts with repertoire and performances curated to deepen the connection between music and art in the seventeenth century.

June 20, 2016, Salute to Corporate Partners Gala

Details to be announced!



Executive Committee


Mimi Duginger

Barbara Dwyer
Vice President of Administration

Mary Torres 
Vice President of Areas

Sarah Good 
Vice President of Education

Elizabeth Peters
Vice President of Events

Claretta Meier
Vice President of Finance


Barbara Zutovsky 
Vice President of Fundraising

Jayne Alofs
Vice President of Membership

Cheryl Istvan
Strategic Planning Chair

Betsy Beckmann 

Amy Peisker 
Christine Uhlig 



Photo: 2016 Youth Audition Winners sponsored by the the Crain-Maling Foundation