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We’re at the half way mark! Chosen as the charitable organization to receive the 15th donation out of 30 being awarded, in honor of PDS Planning, Inc.’s 30th year in business, is the Columbus Symphony Orchestra’s Education Programs division! PDS CARES is happy to select the education programs of CSO, nominated by Bob Cochran, one of the two people who have been with PDS since the beginning! We are very happy to support an organization so close to Bob’s heart.

Bob said “Music has been an important part of my life for as long as I remember. My college degrees are in music.  My first 12 years of working were spent teaching music at three different colleges, and I still continue to perform with orchestras and ensembles as my time allows.  I firmly believe that the arts should be a part of every young person’s experience.  Unfortunately, the arts are usually the first things cut when schools have financial difficulties, and this means many young people no longer have the opportunities to grow, to be a part of something bigger than themselves, and to experience the magic of being on stage.

As a member of the Columbus Symphony Orchestra’s board of directors, I am aware of the wonderful programs offered to school students throughout Central Ohio. Six youth orchestras, young people’s concerts, family programs like Popcorn Pops, in-school programs, and young musician competitions are just a few of the many ways the CSO supports arts education for all young people, regardless of their background and economic situation.  The symphony also recognizes outstanding teaching each year with awards for elementary, secondary, and community educators.”

The goal of the Columbus Symphony’s education and outreach programs is “to educate and entertain people of all ages, to foster talent and create future audiences and to nurture intellectual development and spark creativity.”

We invite you to participate in the numerous programs and opportunities we offer throughout the year for classrooms, for young musicians, families, and communities.

In 2014-2015, nearly 17,000 individuals participated in or attended an education event.

To learn more about the educational programs offered by CSO, visit: http://columbussymphony.com/education/

 PDS CARES “30 Years, 30 Gifts” is a charitable gifting program which will make donations to thirty 501(c)(3) charities in 2015 in celebration of PDS Planning, Inc’s 30th year anniversary.