A Letter from Oregon Symphony President and CEO Scott Showalter


Thank you.

Thank you, as always, for your support and advocacy of the Oregon Symphony. Thank you, moreover, to all who have sent notes to Carlos, our musicians, the staff, and me during this trying time. And thank you, especially, for donating tickets to canceled concerts, purchasing tickets to future concerts, and making financial contributions as we work to bring the Symphony back to full force.

Based on recommendations from the CDC and Oregon health officials, we have canceled concerts and in-person events through May 11. The coronavirus has so stressed our operation that we further made the heartbreaking decision to furlough musicians and lay off many staff. But we will return to the stage with our full orchestra as soon as we can – hopefully yet this season, and in any case for 2020/21, Carlos’ final season as music director. This news has been covered by many media outlets, including the Washington Post, The Oregonian, and OPB

Additionally, we need to secure emergency funds from our government. I officially have asked Governor Brown to “come to the aid of the Oregon Symphony,” and we continue to appeal to elected officials. I encourage you too to reach out to Portland’s and Oregon’s elected officials. Our leaders need to hear how your Oregon Symphony is central to our community. 

In the meantime, your Oregon Symphony remains active! Our talented and inspiring musicians are playing and posting on social media. Explore minute for music, which they are creating for you. Our staff are actively selling subscriptions to the 2020/21 Season, and we are hosting our first “Virtual Gala” on April 19 – in which we invite you to participate from home. To make a difference now, subscribe to the Ultimate Season and make a gift today.

Thank you, again, for your patronage, loyalty, and dedication. Your Oregon Symphony looks forward to our future, together with you – at concerts in our hall and many more programs around our region. 

Until then, I wish you and your loved ones the best of health.


Scott Showalter, president and CEO