Frequently Asked Questions

Here are some commonly asked questions. If your question is not answered here please contact us.
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Concerts are held at The LaSells Stewart Center, 875 NW 26th Street, on the OSU campus. Special events may be held at other venues, such as the Symphony on the Land, a joint project with the Greenbelt Trust, which has been held at Bald Hill area.

The box office at The LaSells Stewart Center opens one hour prior to each concert. It is a good idea to arrive 30 minutes in advance to give yourself time to park, buy your tickets, peruse the program, and find your seats before the doors close.

Doors close at the start of the performance.  If you arrive late you may not be seated until an appropriate break, out of courtesy and consideration for the musicians and the audience.

Tickets can be purchased online or at the symphony ticket counter at The LaSells Stewart Center starting 60 minutes before each performance. Tickets purchased in advance are discounted $3 from the price at the ticket counter.

Season tickets go on sale June 15 and can be purchased by calling the symphony office 541.286.5580.

Children are welcome to attend the concerts if they can sit quietly during the performance without disturbing the artist or other patrons.

Up to three K-8 students accompanied by at least one ticketed adult may receive complimentary tickets. To have seats together, please contact the symphony office at 541-286-5580 to reserve your seats ahead of time. All complimentary tickets are subject to availability.

High school or college students with valid school ID may receive complimentary tickets to each concert at the ticket counter prior to a concert. All complimentary tickets are subject availability.

We offer $5 tickets to patrons enrolled in the SNAP program with a limit of two tickets per patron per concert. Tickets can be purchased only at the symphony ticket counter starting one hour prior to a concert.  A valid Oregon Trail Card is required and tickets are subject to availability.

The use of recording devices is not permitted during the concert.  Some exceptions may be permitted in the last row of the balcony during some concerts.

The noise from beeps and tones from alarms, calls, and notifications can disrupt a concert.  The glare from cell phone screens, tablets, and laptops can be distracting to other patrons and can be seen from quite a distance in the hall.

Please contact the Symphony Society to make accessible seating arrangements for the concert you wish to attend, preferably one week in advance, at office@cosusymphony.org or 541.286.5580. There are several seats in the front and back of the concert hall with space for wheelchairs. The LaSells Stewart Center staff can help with seating after you arrive at the concert.

Water in a covered container is permitted in the auditorium. Food and other drinks are not permitted.

Most concerts usually last 90 minutes to 2 hours.

Contact the symphony office at 541-286-5580 if you have a large group coming to a concert.

Tickets are non-refundable. Please call the office for more information 541.286.5580

The LaSells Stewart Center features ample parking across the street in the Reser Stadium parking lot. The OSU Parking Garage, located on the corner of Washington Way and 26th Street, has approximately 1000 available parking spaces. Parking permits are not required during Symphony performances.

Shirts and shoes are required. Patrons wear business or casual attire. Please don’t wear strong scents, as a courtesy to other patrons.

Will Call is at the ticket counter, just inside the front door of The LaSells Stewart Center.

Racks are available by the front doors for coats.

Items found immediately after the concert are taken to the Symphony Society table in the lobby and to The LaSells Stewart Center main office after the concert is over, or call 541.737-2402.

After the orchestra is seated the concertmaster comes onstage and is greeted with applause before tuning the orchestra. When the conductor comes to the stage it is also customary to applaud. Wait until after all the movements of a piece have been completed before applauding.  The concert program will list the movements for each particular piece.

We appreciate the assistance of volunteers to help us during the performances and with behind the scenes organization of our other activities, such as events, fundraising, and marketing. Volunteer experts in many fields are needed to keep this organization running smoothly.  Learn more on our volunteer page.

Ticket sales account for about one-third of the cost of bringing symphonic music to our community. Support from donors and sponsors makes up most of the rest.  Your donation also helps fund scholarships for outstanding OSU students. Learn more on our donate page.