In 1949, Beverly Lund and Ginny Mathei decided they wanted to add even more culture to Weber County, so, with the help of a few friends and their husbands’ checkbooks, they brought the Utah Symphony to Ogden for a single performance. The total cost was $200, and three hundred people attended the concert.
This 1949 concert was a big success, so the women decided to present even more concerts in Ogden. They organized a committee within the Welfare League (later the Junior League) to raise funds for the Symphony Concerts. Then, in 1957, this committee reformed and incorporated as the Ogden Guild. After a few more name changes and the addition of Ballet West performances in 1982, the organization became the Ogden Symphony Ballet Association.
Under the direction of numerous dedicated Board Members and long-serving Executive Directors like Jean Pell (27 years) and Sharon Macfarlane (14 years), OSBA has expanded its programming but remains committed to its mission to enrich the lives of people in northern Utah by sponsoring world-class classical music and dance programming in the Greater Ogden Area. Since its inception, OSBA has presented over 800 performances.