Symphony League of Canton

Mission Statement

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.

Rita Haines, 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.

Goals of Rita Haines

  1. To continue the work and support of the Canton Symphony Orchestra and the Educational Programming as laid down by the Mission statement of the Symphony League of Canton.
  2. To follow the fundraising campaigns of the past and investigate possible new adventures. This will be accomplished by studying the leadership ideals and practices of the great women who have led this organization in the past years, their board members, and the volunteer membership.
  3. To provide the Symphony League of Canton with a slate of officers and chairpersons. In January 2024, to hold the first meeting of the League. At this meeting to have a slate officers and chairpersons in place and ready to be voted on.
  4. To continue the valued traditions of the League and investigate new ones.
  5. Personally, to be available to assist the CSO officers and staff members with upcoming events.
  6. To continue to reach out to veterans’ groups and nursing home facilities to encourage them to attend out concerts “without charge.”
  7. To invite and encourage Stark County schools to bring their school for the art students to attend our concerts.
  8. To donate an elite basket that is themed for every MasterWorks concert and Pops concert in this upcoming season. The basket will be raffled and given to the winner at the concert’s end. 
  9. To continue to expand my knowledge of the workings of the CSO and its staff. 
  10. To contact past members and officers of the League to gain a greater understanding of the workings of the League.
  11. To work each day towards my goals and stay open for new ideas and thinking.
  12. To do my very best at each goal established.
  13. To remember… “there is nothing stronger than the heart of a volunteer.” – Lt. Colonel Jimmy Doolittle.

Invitation to Membership Form