About the Catskill Symphony Orchestra
The Catskill Symphony Orchestra (CSO) was founded in 1953 by a committee of concerned citizens for the purpose of providing access to live symphonic music to area residents, who otherwise would have to travel great distances in order to enjoy such performances. In 1974, the committee filed for articles of incorporation, applied for tax-exempt status, and oversaw the transition from a volunteer community orchestra to a professional organization that has grown steadily in the quality of its musicians and programming. Maestro Charles Schneider served as the orchestra's conductor from 1973 until 2017. In 2020, after an extensive international search, Maciej Żółtowski was appointed the new Music Director.
Since 1953, The Catskill Symphony Orchestra (CSO) has provided an unparalleled resource to entertain, educate, and inspire audiences of all ages in upstate New York—by presenting an ensemble of the highest artistic quality performing the full range of symphonic literature. The CSO typically holds five concerts per season to an audience of over 3,500 patrons offering a diverse repertoire from the Baroque, Classical, Romantic, Modern, and Contemporary eras. Each season includes beloved, familiar works, unfamiliar traditional works, and new music.