Carroll Symphony Orchestra
by joining the CSO Guild
The Carroll Symphony Orchestra requests that you join the CSO Guild and help us fulfill our mission of enriching the lives of children through great music and improving the quality of life for West Georgians.
Your contribution will offset the costs of our community and educational outreach programs, including our Christmas with the CSO on December 15, and the 2017 Sounds of Liberty performance. This performance, free to the over 10,000 audience members, is a marquee event for the CSO, and provides exposure that leads to higher participation in our educational outreach programs such as our state-wide Young Composer Competition, and our Teacher Resource Program which provides support to music teachers in 52 local schools.
Here is some information about the CSO.
Carroll Symphony Orchestra History
The Carroll Symphony Orchestra was established in 2002 through a grant, secured by State House Representative Tracy Stallings, from the State of Georgia General Appropriations budget. The Carroll County Board of Commissioners officially formed the Carroll Symphony Orchestra under the Carroll Tomorrow umbrella and gave Terry Lowry the task of forming the Board of Directors, selecting players and organizing the first performance, which took place on October 19, 2002, at the newly constructed Carrollton Cultural Arts Center.
In the spring of 2003 the CSO Foundation Board of Directors convened and began its fundraising and marketing efforts. In due time the CSO adopted by-laws, elected officers and successfully completed the process of becoming an independent non-profit 501(c)(3) organization in 2005. Since that time the CSO has performed regular masterwork series and family pops concerts and has developed an extensive Music Education Outreach program, which reaches thousands of students in the West Georgia area each school year. The CSO Season includes the Fourth of July Sounds of Liberty Concert with fireworks on the grounds of the Carrollton City School System, Discover Music Concerts, and Christmas with the CSO. The Symphony also has performed with First Baptist Church for The Messiah, with the UWG Choral Program, the UWG Opera Workshop, the Thomas Dorsey Festival and other community events.
Some of the most important work of the CSO is done through its various outreach programs, including the Carroll Symphony Orchestra Young Composer Competition, the CSO Discover Music Program, the CSO Teacher Resource Program, Destination University, the CSO Teacher Placement Program, and most recently, the Carroll Community Wind Ensemble.
The CSO Symphony Guild, comprised of over one hundred individual donors and dozens of corporate sponsors including Tanner Health Systems, SouthWire, the City of Carrollton, SMI, West Georgia Ambulance, United Community Bank, Syncglobal Telecom, and other local businesses, provides much of the funding for each season. The CSO has also received grants from Alice H. Richards Fund, The Community Foundation of West Georgia, The Community Foundation of Atlanta, the Warren And Ava Sewell Foundation, Carroll EMC, as well as other family foundations in our community. The CSO has also been the recipient of several generous anonymous donations.
Since its founding in 2002, the Carroll Symphony Orchestra has performed over 65 concerts and has premiered 90 new works written specifically for the CSO. The CSO has a three-part mission statement:
1) To enrich the lives of children through great music, educational outreach programs, private instruction and the CSO Young Composer Competition
2) To provide Carroll County with a professional orchestra, thereby enhancing the area’s attractiveness to current and future businesses and residents
3) To promote the creation and performance of new music.
In fulfillment of this mission, the Carroll Symphony Orchestra performs concerts and operates educational outreach programs throughout the year. The newest of these, the Carroll Community Wind Ensemble was founded in August of 2011. This volunteer group is open to anyone living in the West Georgia/East Alabama region who played a symphonic band instrument in high school or college. The group rehearses every Tuesday evening and has grown to over 50 members in just five years. The group has become a vital part of the musical life of Carroll County by performing both a Fall and Spring concert at The Amp in Carrollton, and by performing at the Carroll County Veteran’s Park Association’s Memorial Day Ceremony, the People’s Parade on July 4, seven performances of Christmas Music at various locations in Carrollton, performances at Horizon Bay Assisted Living Center as well as Carrollton Manor, and accompanying the University of West Georgia Opera production of Bizet’s Carmen.
As a token of our appreciation, we will list you your name, along with all of our CSO Guild members, in our concert programs. For our corporate donors, we will list your name in all of our print materials, radio ads, social media outlets, and at the Sounds of Liberty on July 4. We also have a number of business develop activities to offer you and your clients, such as tickets for premium seating at events, dinners with musicians, access to rehearsals and private performances. I would welcome the opportunity to discuss these with you in person as well.
Please contact us if you need additional information.
Our 501c3 number is 20-1704788. Please make your check payable to Carroll Symphony Orchestra and let us know how you wish to be listed in our concert programs.
Terry Lowry Conductor and Music Director
Carroll Symphony Orchestra
PO Box 1756 Carrollton, Georgia 30117