CSO Appoints New Executive Director, Courtney Huffman

Staff Report

Wednesday, June 29th, 2022

The Columbus Symphony Orchestra (CSO) is thrilled to announce the appointment of their new Executive Director, Courtney Huffman. The selection was made after a nationwide search and selection process completed by the CSO’s Board of Directors.
Maestro George Del Gobbo comments, “The executive leadership of a performing arts organization is a vital part of the heart and soul of that organization. The Columbus Symphony Orchestra is delighted to announce that Courtney Huffman has undertaken the position of Executive Director. We are eager to introduce her to the community and know that she will brilliantly sustain the legacy and promote the future of our city's oldest arts organization. Welcome, Courtney!”
Originally born in Marietta, Huffman will be returning to her home state of Georgia. “I am so honored to have been selected to lead the Columbus Symphony Orchestra, and thrilled to be joining this vibrant community,” says Huffman. Huffman brings over eight years of experience in arts leadership, specifically in the orchestral and choral arts world. She comes to the CSO as the former Executive Director of The Arts Hub in Colorado and has previously worked with the Boulder Chamber Orchestra, Pro Musica Colorado Chamber Orchestra in Boulder, St. Martin’s Chamber Choir, the Longmont Symphony, and Seicento Baroque Ensemble in Boulder. Huffman holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology and master’s degree in organizational leadership providing her a unique perspective into the structural and human needs of each organization. She specializes in helping to create strategy and structure that allows organizations to grow and expand their impact.

Dr. Bonnie Ellis, Incoming President of the CSO Board of Directors comments, “As we welcome Courtney Huffman as the Columbus Symphony Orchestra's new Executive Director, we are excited for what she can bring to help shape our future. Her previous board members and staff have praised her forward thinking, data driven, and collaborative approach to leading their organizations. We are pleased that she has joined us here in Columbus.”

Be sure to join us for our 2022-23 Season. Season Ticket Subscriptions are currently on sale and can be purchased at the RiverCenter Box Office, Monday through Friday, 10 AM to 5:30 PM (Broadway entrance). Visit csoga.org/22-23season to order ticket packages online or to print a mail-in form. Subscribers save up to 20% off the adult single ticket price, get first pick of the best seats, can purchase additional tickets at a discount, and avoid any online ticketing fees. Individual concert tickets will go on sale in August 2022.


The Columbus Symphony Orchestra, formed in 1855, is the second orchestra founded in the nation and the first founded in Georgia. The CSO, under the direction of George Del Gobbo, has long been considered one of the Southeast’s premier musical ensembles. The CSO’s performance venue at RiverCenter for the Performing Arts, Bill Heard Theatre, seats 2,000 patrons and provides a state-of-the-art visual and acoustic experience. For more information about the CSO visit our website at www.csoga.org.