Governing Membership provides those most interested in the Chicago Symphony Orchestra with an opportunity to engage with greatness through unparalleled access to the CSO.

As the Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s first established philanthropic society, the Governing Members (GMs) have been dedicated to ensuring the Orchestra’s success since 1894.

Today’s Governing Members are music lovers who have a strong appreciation for the excellence of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and who enjoy getting to know others who share that enthusiasm and passion for the CSO. Members serve as advocates for the Chicago Symphony Orchestra Association in Chicagoland and throughout the U.S.

Each season, the Governing Members provide over $3 million in vital support that enables the CSOA to:

  • • Pursue artistic excellence, develop new audiences and expand innovative education and community programs.
  • • Reach more than 500,000 people each year through live performances—including more than 45,000 students, teachers and families—in concert at Symphony Center, in communities across Chicago, around the U.S. and the world.
  • • Partner with over a dozen Chicago public elementary, middle and high schools that receive in-school performances by CSO and Civic musicians and take field trips to Symphony center for School Concerts and Open Rehearsals.

With over 500 members, this dynamic group enjoys substantive, unique opportunities and access to a range of benefits and privileges that deepen their engagement with the CSOA.

Governing Members (GMs) are nominated to a three-year renewable term. A minimum of $14,500 must be contributed throughout each term, with a minimum required gift of $4,500 to the GM Annual Fund each season.

Upcoming Governing Member Events
Governing Member Brochure


Jared Kaplan

Immediate Past Chair
Timothy A. Duffy

Vice Chair of the Annual Fund
Charles Emmons, Jr.

Vice Chair of Member Engagement
Eric Kalnins

Vice Chair of Nominations & Membership
Michael A. Perlstein


Contact us here or at 312-294-3337.


Governing Members