Can you beat Beethoven?

Happy Friday! My name is Kelsie Fields, and I am thrilled to be a part of the Summer Fellowship program at The Columbus Foundation! For the next ten weeks, I will be working with the Westerville Symphony at Otterbein University on fundraising, event planning, and design projects. Most importantly, I will be planning the Beat Beethoven 5k! Do you think you could run a 5k faster than Beethoven’s 5th Symphony? Come join us as we race through the streets of charming Westerville with this classic yet epic symphonic piece pushing us along! (More details to come-stay tuned!)

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So what IS the Westerville Symphony?

I’m so glad you asked! The Westerville Symphony is a local symphony orchestra that brings together over 80 professional musicians, semi-professional musicians, and students at Otterbein University to perform for the community. In addition to the many orchestral performances throughout the year, however, we also create other events designed to inspire new audiences to engage with classical music in new and exciting ways. I love this approach because it is so important to create bridges for your audience, especially when working within a niche such as orchestral music. My constant thought for this summer will be:

“How can I create new opportunities for people to connect with the symphony in meaningful ways?”



Otterbein University

It’s the exact same reason Hamilton is so successful–Lin-Manuel Miranda effectively created a bridge (and more than one, in fact) for non-typical patrons to engage with both music and history in a way that was meaningful to them. And that’s exactly what we’re trying to do here at the Westerville Symphony.


We host our summer concerts at the Alum Creek Amphitheater!

Each day during these ten weeks will be unique, and that is one of the many reasons why I enjoy every minute of working in the nonprofit sector. There’s so much to do, so little time, and so many passionate people with incredible goals for our community working their butts off to make a difference–and that’s why nonprofits work: when passionate people come together and believe in our community, positive change is inevitable.

I look forward to sharing my adventures this summer with you all, anonymous readers! I hope you enjoy learning about the amazing nonprofits in Columbus and are inspired by the causes and projects. And don’t forget that you live in one of the most amazing cities in the world!

Thanks for reading!
Kelsie Fields


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