Volunteer Q&A: Courtney Shea

Courtney Shea is a member of the Women's Board of the CSOA.

What inspires your love of music?

When I was a young girl, I took both piano and violin lessons, which taught me to enjoy music at a very early age.

What drew you to the Chicago Symphony Orchestra?

When in grade school, we had an event called Little Symphony, and members of the symphony would come to our grade school to perform. I asked my mother if we could go to the real symphony once, and she complied. I was hooked.

Why did you decide to join the Women’s Board?

I was looking for an opportunity to give back in the community, and the combination of my love of music and a group of interesting, like-minded professionals made it a perfect fit.

What is one of the most fulfilling activities or events that you’ve been part of during your time with the Women’s Board?

The Remix event when we had Yo-Yo Ma and Emanuel Ax perform for a small group in Grainger Ballroom at Symphony Center.

Do you have a favorite concert or other memory of the CSO?

Probably when the CSO performed with the Joffrey Ballet in the spring of 2019. I am also on the Joffrey board, so it was the perfect combination.

Why do you believe it’s important for volunteers, donors and patrons to support the CSO?

Cultural institutions are such a rich part of Chicago, and we need to continue to support the arts in order for our city to remain vibrant and world-class.

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