Symphony League of Canton

Upcoming Meeting

The next Symphony League of Canton meeting will take place on Thursday, May 30th at 5:30pm in the board room within the CSO Administrative office.

The meeting will also be held on Zoom for those who can only join remotely. For the Zoom link, please email

Who We Are

The Symphony League of Canton maintains and furthers the Canton Symphony Orchestra’s tradition of excellence by promoting the orchestra and the community by developing financial and volunteer staff support for the Orchestra Association, and by providing educational outreach to the community and educational enrichment for the membership.

What We Do

The Symphony League of Canton meets on a monthly basis to discuss fundraisers, event volunteering needs, and brainstorm ways to support the Canton Symphony Orchestra. Meetings are held in the board room in the CSO Administrative offices. If you cannot join us in person, there is also the option to “Zoom” into the meetings.  If you have to attend virtually please email the Director of Marketing and Development, Nathan Maslyk at

Types of Membership

After the first Symphony League of Canton meeting, it was decided that there would be two forms of membership: Active and Sustaining. Any member of the Symphony league will be listed in the season program book separately from the annual fund. 

Active Members: $65 annual dues

Active Members are expected to attend most scheduled meetings, volunteer at a reasonable number of events (3/5 MasterWorks, 2/3 Pops), and help with gathering raffle materials. They receive two tickets to every event they sign up to volunteer and receive a 30% discount to all other events (except the Divergent Sounds Series.)

  • Running the raffle basket table for concerts
  • Helping gather materials for raffle baskets and other fundraising items
  • Plan upcoming fundraisers
  • Maintain snack table for musicians

Sustaining Members: $100 annual dues

Sustaining Members do not need to attend meetings but want to publicly be acknowledged as supporters focused on providing services to the orchestra musicians. They would be expected to attend at least 2 meetings per year and volunteer at at least 2 events, but these are not requirements. They receive two tickets to every event they sign up to volunteer and receive a 30% discount to all other events (except the Divergent Sounds Series.) 

Rita Albright, Refounding Chair

Rita Haines, a longtime supporter of the Canton Symphony Orchestra, is chairing and heling to revitalize the Symphony League of Canton. Her extensive organizational background includes serving on the Canton Symphony Orchestra board of directors and was a member of Symphony League of Canton. 
She and her husband were founding members of M.A.P.S. Air Museum. She has remained active as a volunteer for the past 29 years. She has been active in the Titanic Historical Society for three decades, presenting lectures for area schools and organizations. For 39 years, she has served on the board and held various offices for the Jackson High School (JHS) Alumni Association and has served on the Jackson Local School Foundation Board. She has actively supported the JHS School for the Arts for 22 years.
Rita is a former member of the Canton Museum of Art board of trustees as an Angel Member, and a founding member of the National First Ladies Library where she remains as a member. She was involved with the Professional Football Hall of Fame activities for four years.
She served as a Deacon at Central Presbyterian Church were she chaired many church activities, taught Sunday School, and Bible School. She was a Vestry Member at St. Timothy’s Church.
Her business background includes ownership of Photo Factory and Victorian Reflections. She studied at Kent State University, College of Nursing. She is a licensed realtor and was employed at The Dehoff Agency.
Rita is the widow of William K. Haines Sr.m the mother of four grown children, grandmother of seven and three great grandchildren.

Invitation to Membership Form