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

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Symphony Ball


On Saturday, September 19, 2015, 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 2015/16 season. Enjoy a festive preconcert reception at Symphony Center, followed by Riccardo Muti leading the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in Mussorgsky's popular Pictures from an Exhibition. Gala patrons will continue their evening with postconcert dinner and dancing. Symphony Ball is one of Chicago's not-to-be missed parties! 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