Columbia Gorge Orchestra Association

Columbia Gorge Orchestra Association

Sponsored by Hood River Dental

PO Box 1019
Hood River, OR 97031

Mission Statement

The mission of CGOA (Columbia Gorge Orchestra Association) is to provide exceptional performing arts for the cultural enrichment, education, engagement, and enjoyment of audiences and participants.


CGOA is a regional leader in the performing arts.


Growing the artistic development of CGOA ensembles by investing in its members and participants.
Providing stable funding and financial support to meet the artistic goals of the organization.
Building awareness of CGOA’s exceptional performing arts.


Performing Arts are vital to the health of a community, and a community with an active collective of performers bring richness, entertainment, and vitality to its residents and visitors. The arts challenge, refresh, unite and inspire us and help connect us with one another.

The Columbia Gorge Orchestra Association proudly sponsors a wide variety of choral, instrumental, and theatrical ensembles and programs. Some of these groups have been bringing music to the Gorge for decades. Each performing group — Sinfonietta Orchestra, Voci Choir, Jazz Collective Big Band, Stages Theatre Company, and Hood River String Quartet — has a mission to bring outstanding experiences to local audiences, while helping its participants grow individually as performers.

The ensembles of CGOA and its artistic director Mark Steighner have invited an increasingly prestigious array of guest musicians to perform with the ensembles or as sponsored artists, including Storm Large, Vienna Boys Choir, Stephen Seifert, Mel Brown, and Blair Tindall. CGOA ensembles have given world premieres of dozens of new works.


Fundraising Events

Fundraising sources are ticket sales to CGOA events, individual donations, business sponsorship and grant funding.

Corporate Giving Opportunities

Bringing exceptional guest artists and musicians to our community is integral to our programming and underwriting programs is a perfect way to show support. CGOA’s season runs July 1 through June 30.


Whether an individual donor or a local business, sponsorship is available at all levels. Donation levels: $250 – Friend; $500 – Supporter; Patron – $1000; Guarantor $5000. Sponsorship includes a CGOA membership and ad space in event programs.


Donations can be made online at via PayPal or Network for Good


Volunteers are vital to bringing quality programs to our community and essential to audience members and performers alike. CGOA welcomes volunteer support at all levels ranging from the lobby to backstage or serving on a committee. One of the many benefits to volunteering is free admission to the event that one volunteers.
Contact Information
Mark Steighner, Artistic Director /Conductor
Linda Hardham, CGOA President
Kathryn McElwee, Office Administrator