In 1949, Beverly Lund and Ginny Mathei decided they wanted to add even more culture to Weber County. So, they fundraised enough money to bring The Utah Symphony to perform at Ogden High School. The total cost was $400, and three hundred people attended the concert.
After the success of that first concert, the women organized a committee within the Welfare League (later the Junior League) to raise funds to present more Utah 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 1977, the organization became the Ogden Symphony Ballet Association. In 2019, the organization was renamed Onstage Ogden to better reflect the broader range of performances offered.
Under the direction of numerous dedicated Board Members and long-serving Executive Directors like Jean Pell (27 years) and Sharon Macfarlane (14 years), all women, Onstage Ogden 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.