What We Believe

To seek and share inspiration 

To be the most relevant orchestra in America 

Determined for Greatness

The CSO is a thriving, dynamic orchestra situated in the heart of a city on the rise. This has taken nothing short of tenacity, passion and a relentless commitment to artistry.

A Place of Experimentation
From commissioning and premiering new music, to new initiatives like CSO Proof, the Orchestra has—and always will—seek to be bold.

Cincinnati’s Ambassador
We represent our city with pride through international tours, digital broadcasts and recordings that have sold 10 million copies around the world. We aim to spread the joy of music on a global scale.  

Cincinnati’s Own
We’re changing the face of American orchestras through our partnerships and collaborations, contributing at every level to serving our community, and elevating Cincinnati’s vibrant cultural scene.


Representation and visibility matter. As we strive to be the most relevant orchestra in America, we begin with these statements that recognize historical problems in our Organization and industry and define our hopes for the future.

We Believe

Music lives within us all regardless of who we are or where we come from. We believe that music is a pathway to igniting our passions, discovering what moves us, deepening our curiosity and connecting us to our world and to each other.

We are committed to diversity, equity and inclusion

Our commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion is catalyzed by systemic injustice and inequality perpetuated by individuals and institutions. We believe that reflecting our community and the world around at every level—on stage, behind-the-scenes, and in neighborhoods throughout the region—is essential to the CSO’s present and future.

We honor the land and Indigenous peoples

We acknowledge that Cincinnati Music Hall occupies land that has been the traditional land of the Hopewell, Adena, Myaamia (Miami), Shawandasse Tula (Shawanwaki/Shawnee), and Wahzhazhe Manzhan (Osage) peoples, who have continuously lived upon this land since time immemorial. We honor past, present and future Indigenous peoples.