The Cincinnati Civic Orchestra is chartered as an Ohio not-for-profit corporation and has received 501 c (3) recognition from the Internal Revenue Service. Since its founding in 1929, the orchestra has provided Greater Cincinnati area musicians the opportunity to play classical, light classical and pops music in a full symphony orchestra open to all without auditions. All members are volunteers, including those with extensive professional training and experience. The orchestra encourages interested musicians to join even if they have not played for many years; the membership is supportive of its less experienced musicians and measures the orchestra's growth by individual improvement and accomplishment. The orchestra's Charter prohibits auditions for membership and also contains a non-discrimination clause that is strictly adhered to. The orchestra performs concerts, which are free and open to the public; the orchestra's Charter specifically prohibits performances where an admission fee is charged. Each season the orchestra performs at least four regular season concerts; an outdoor summer pops series of five or six concerts and also performs at Oktoberfest Cincinnati. Special concerts are presented for community groups and municipalities as well as occasional chamber concerts. As part of the orchestra's commitment of service to the community, rehearsals are periodically held at area retirement communities and the public as well as adult and student groups are invited to attend rehearsals. The orchestra has maintained a music library for its own use since its founding and also loans music to other community and educational groups at no charge. The Cincinnati Civic Orchestra is dedicated to providing musicians of all ages, talents and cultural backgrounds a time to enjoy, rehearse and perform music for our community.
The Cincinnati Civic Orchestra will not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, sex, national or ethnic origin, age, or handicap. If any musician develops a handicap or physical limitation that makes it impossible for a member to continue playing with the Orchestra, the member will be offered any non-performing activities in preference to nonmembers. The Cincinnati Civic Orchestra will in its recruitment of new members seek a broad based representative cross section of all those musicians in the Cincinnati area, and will refrain from policies and practices that limit or give preference to persons recommended by current members.
The Cincinnati Civic Orchestra will not knowingly perform at, for, or with an organization that does not adhere to practices similar to this non-discrimination policy.