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80th Anniversary Season, 2014-2015

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The historic Cleveland Women's Orchestra is a semi-professional orchestra that serves Greater Cleveland and Northeast Ohio. Founded in 1935, it is the last of the many women's orchestras that flourished during the early part of the century.

Under Music Director, Robert L. Cronquist, the orchestra provides performance opportunities for women musicians, showcases talented young soloists and performs a series of free "Gift of Music" outreach concerts for various social service agencies, schools, hospitals, retirement homes and nursing homes. Over its many years, the orchestra has performed over 500 free outreach concerts a record unmatched by any other orchestra in the area.

In addition, the orchestra performs symphonic concerts in cooperation with other area organizations and returns to Severance Hall each spring for its annual Anniversary Concert.

Periodically, we send out information to our supporters about upcoming events and concerts. If you would like to receive occasional communications from us, please let us know. Your contact information will never be shared or sold.

We have added archival materials to our history page. Please click here to view some of the original documents from the 79-year history of The Cleveland Women's Orchestra.


Our programs are made possible with the support of

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The Cleveland Clinic, Cuyahoga Arts and Culture, George Gund Foundation, Kiwanis Foundation of Cleveland, MetroHealth System, Mr. Sinai Health Care Foundation, Ohio Arts Council, and many other generous sponsors.


Your support of the Cleveland Women's Orchestra helps perpetuate the Orchestra's tradition of providing free Gift of Music programs to those without access. For further information on our Gift of Music programs, please contact the Cleveland Women's Orchestra at (440) 356-1303.


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2002-2014 Cleveland Women's Orchestra.Updated September, 2014. CWO logo design Mary Bartkowicz.

The Cleveland Women's Orchestra is a member of the American Symphony Orchestra League.