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Organization Name as listed in the IRS Business Master File as of 09/08/2014: KANSAS CITY SYMPHONY

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Kansas City Symphony Organization Name provided in the GuideStar Exchange* as of 09/12/2014: Kansas City Symphony

Organization Name as listed in the IRS Business Master File as of 09/08/2014: KANSAS CITY SYMPHONY

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Physical Address: Kansas City, MO 64108 1212
EIN: 43-1297475
Web URL: www.kcsymphony.org 
NTEE Category: A Arts, Culture, and Humanities
A69 Symphony Orchestras
A Arts, Culture, and Humanities
A68 Music
A Arts, Culture, and Humanities
Performing Arts
Ruling Year: 1983 


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Mission Statement

To transform hearts, minds and communities through the power of symphonic music, accomplished by great performances for greater audiences.

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Mr. Frank Byrne

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Since July 2002

Profile:

Frank Byrne was named executive director of the Kansas City Symphony June 26, 2002. Prior to the appointment, he served as the Symphony's general manager, functioning as the chief operating officer and coordinating all divisions of the Symphony. Before joining the Kansas City Symphony in January 2001, Byrne spent twenty-seven years in Washington, D.C., with ""The President's Own"" United States Marine Band, which performs at the White House for State functions. During his career with the Marine Band, Byrne combined managerial ability with broad musical experiences as a performer, writer, lecturer and active member of national and international music associations. Byrne studied music at the University of Hawaii. After joining the Marine Band, he continued his formal education at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia, and took every opportunity to study under his musical icon, the late Arnold Jacobs, legendary principal tubist for the Chicago Symphony Orchestra from 1944 to 1988. Byrne produced a recording, "Portrait of an Artist," for Summit Records in tribute to his former teacher and mentor. Frank Byrne lives with his wife, Debbie, in Overland Park, Kansas.

Leadership Statement:

The Kansas City Symphony is our region's only full-time professional symphony orchestra. With a 2012-13 budget of $13.5 million, the KCS is a vital, thriving institution that is setting the standard for artistic excellence in the Kansas City region. The Symphony's artistic accomplishments continue to attract national recognition, and the orchestra's potential has only begun to be realized, especially with the incredible resource of Helzberg Hall's marvelous acoutics in a state-of-the-art facility such as the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts. It is said that the health of a community's symphony orchestra is a bellwether of the state of the arts in that area. The Kansas City Symphony has a remarkable record of financial stability and good stewardship as evidenced by a three-star overall rating from Charity Navigator and a four-star accountability rating (http://www.charitynavigator.org/index.cfm?bay=search.summary&orgid=5353 ). We have responded thoughtfully and decisively to the extremely challenging economic circumstances of the past few years, always keeping artistic integrity at the forefront of the process. Because of such proactive steps, the Symphony is well-situated to continue the artistic and organizational development that has marked recent years. The KCS is also recognized as a national leader in seeking innovative ways to transform the institutional culture of symphony orchestras. Through our public performances, educational programs and community programs, we seek an ever deepening relationship and a more vital role in the lives of our citizens and their families. Our greatest desire is to share the wonder of great music with the widest possible audience. We feel it is the most important contribution we can make to the quality of life of this very special community. When audience members tell me how good the Symphony sounds, I always respond very sincerely when I say, "Thank you, but this is just the beginning." With the opening of the Kauffman Center, people are finally hearing the brilliance of our ensemble. Whether onstage or behind the scenes, everyone involved with the Kansas City Symphony is committed to excellence.

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Program: Concert Series (GuideStar Exchange,
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Budget:
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Category:
Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other
Population Served:
General Public/Unspecified

Program Description:

The Symphony's Classical Series offers 42 performances of 14 different programs that combine timeless classics with pivotal modern works and groundbreaking contemporary pieces, mixing internationally-renowned soloists with rising stars. The four-concert Pops Series draws a diverse audience through programs offering a wide variety of musical styles and nationally-known guest performers. The Family Series consists of shorter concerts in a format that appeals to the young imagination. The free Happy Hour Series consists of six short programs designed to present an informal taste of chamber music. The Classics Uncorked Series offers four orchestra concerts that explore repertoire in a casual atmosphere with the opportunity for relaxed social interaction. Our Screenland at the Symphony Series presents classic movies with the score performed live. Holiday programming includes Handel's Messiah and Christmas Festival. We also offer numerous special concerts each year featuring top artists.

Program Long-Term Success:

The Symphony seeks to transform hearts, minds and our community through the power of symphonic music. The Symphony's objectives include the growth and diversification of our audience, advancing the Symphony's profile in the Kansas City area and beyond, and enhancing the orchestra's artistic achievements and financial stability. Those success indicators will mark the level of engagement and transformation achieved.

Program Short-Term Success:

The Symphony's Music Director, Michael Stern, recognized as one of the most dynamic and talented conductors of his generation, is leading the Symphony to new levels of artistic excellence and is drawing many of the most accomplished artists in classical music to appear with the Symphony. Continued ability to draw top artists and strong attendance are markers of this excellence.

Program Success Monitored by:

The Symphony pays close attention to community response to concerts. In order to assess program impact, we conduct extensive ongoing analysis of ticket sales, constituent surveys, and individual feedback. In addition, we maintain close contact with community and business leaders throughout the region, seeking their perceptive analysis of Symphony programs.

Program Success Examples:

The 2013-2014 season yet again set a new record for overall ticket revenue while accompanied by critical acclaim. Concert series averaged 96% sold with earned revenue representing 38% of expenses, an enviable ratio. Pops series subscriptions continue to enjoy strong sales and Family series admissions are close to sold-out. Happy Hour, Classics Uncorked, and special concerts drew upwards of 38% first-time attendees, reflecting excellent community interest. The Symphony's latest CD "Miraculous Metamorphoses," released on the critically acclaimed Reference Recordings label, has garnered high praise from critics in the U.S., Canada, and the U.K. Reviewing the recording for Classical Net, Brian Wigman said, ""Michael Stern deserves a ton of credit for putting the Kansas City Symphony on the musical map. … The Symphonic Metamorphosis features some outstanding playing right from the start. The witty interplay between the winds and strings is exceptional throughout.""

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Budget:
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Category:
Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other
Population Served:
Children and Youth (0 - 19 years)

Program Description:

Symphony education programs enable thousands of students to learn, create and become inspired through orchestral music each year. Through our Instrument Petting Zoo program, thousands of pre-school and elementary children learn about the orchestra and have the opportunity to create sounds on various musical instruments. Close to 20,000 young people and chaperones learn about orchestral music in our KinderKonzerts (K-3) and Young People's Concerts (grades 4-6), which are designed specifically for these age groups. Nearly 2,000 middle and high school students are inspired by hearing virtuosic guest artists and orchestral masterworks at the Symphony's Open Rehearsals. The highly successful Support School Music program brings the Symphony to area schools for rehearsals, classes and a performance which raises money for the school district's music programs. And we are pleased to continue offering the Carnegie Hall-designed program Link Up, an interactive music program for elementary-age students. The Symphony nurtures students of all ages through many opportunities to experience the full spectrum of orchestral music.

Program Long-Term Success:

A crucial part of the Symphony's mission is to provide students of all ages with exposure to orchestral music and the opportunity it presents for stronger self-development and classroom achievement. Music education is an essential way for students to understand the heritage of our culture as well as others, past and present. It provides experiences that open the door to a lifetime of appreciation of and engagement with the arts. Participation in music enhances students' cognitive development and their understanding and appreciation of the world around them. Students who are involved in music and the arts accomplish more in school, and participation in the arts helps at-risk children become more productive, successful adults. We envision extending participation in Symphony education programs to every student in Greater Kansas City.

Program Short-Term Success:

The Symphony's Education Manager works with area teachers and administrators to coordinate orchestra performances with classroom teaching activities and enhance concepts being taught in the school curriculum. The Symphony provides detailed curriculum materials to participating schools, focusing educational activities on the relevant standards. Short-term success for the Symphony's youth education programs includes increasing program participation overall and maintaining the diverse geographic distribution of participating school districts. Another goal is to provide opportunities to explore symphonic music for the increasing number of home schools in the area. We also plan to improve the Web-based program content and educational tools made available through the Symphony's website.

Program Success Monitored by:

The Symphony regularly assesses program effectiveness and impact through feedback obtained from student participants, teachers, music instructors, students' families and Symphony musicians and staff. We evaluate the degree to which students experience, discover and explore the symphonic music tradition in light of programmatic objectives. This qualitative assessment relies primarily upon informal data that are not statistically controlled. Many of the Symphony's presentations are for small groups of students thus maximizing individual contact and benefit. This quantum of contact students have with Symphony musicians and the Symphony as a whole is another important evaluative consideration. The Symphony's Education Manager regularly consults teachers, school administrators, parents and students to assure that Symphony education programming best meets the needs of the communities we serve. We also measure success in terms of numbers of students, families and community members attending

Program Success Examples:

Annually, the Symphony's youth education programs directly reach more than 50,000 area children directly and many more through regular Symphony concerts. In nine years, the Support School Music program has raised more than $140,000 for school music programs in Liberty, Olathe, Lawrence, Blue Springs, Lansing, Leavenworth, Lee's Summit, Pleasant Valley, Raytown, Shawnee Mission, North Kansas City, Overland Park, Kansas City, Kan., Kansas City, Mo., and Independence.

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Budget:
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Category:
Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other
Population Served:
General Public/Unspecified

Program Description:

The Symphony's community engagement activities include the annual Bank of America Celebration at the Station, a free, outdoor, family-oriented concert performed during the Memorial Day weekend in front of historic Union Station that draws upwards of 60,000 each year and is televised across Missouri, Kansas, Iowa, and Nebraska; an annual Labor Day weekend concert at Shawnee Mission Park; a collaboration sustaining the 98-year old holiday tradition of the Independence Messiah performance; an annual Cabaret Concert serving the North Kansas City area; and various other concerts presented each year in numerous locations throughout the region. In addition, recordings of performances from the Symphony's Classical Series are broadcast weekly on KCUR-FM, Kansas City's NPR-affiliated radio station. The Community Connections program also offers more than 100 community-based performances and events each year presented by Symphony musicians.

Program Long-Term Success:

The goal of our engagement programs is to assure that people are comfortable interacting with classical music. The Symphony strives to make certain that people of every age, income level, cultural background, and level of past exposure to symphonic music will find an opportunity to engage with the Symphony.

Program Short-Term Success:

The short-term success of our activities is evidenced by an increased demand for high-quality symphonic music. Attendance at the Independence Messiah performance has increased, and an overflow crowd fills the Theatre in the Park for the annual Labor Day weekend concert. Bank of America Celebration at the Station draws close to 60,000 people for a tremendous civic celebration; up to 1 million people across Missouri, Kansas, Iowa and Nebraska share in the event through numerous public television broadcasts and re-broadcasts of the program. Thousands more listen to the Symphony every week on KCUR-FM, reaching a 60-mile radius around Kansas City. Community Connections served more than 12,000 people of all ages throughout the community last season.

Program Success Monitored by:

We evaluate the success of our community engagement programs through overall attendance, feedback from community organization leaders and participants, and the extent to which we assure opportunities for a new and diverse audience to experience Symphony performances of all types, thus meeting the musical needs of our community.

Program Success Examples:

Attendance at Celebration at the Station grows dramatically each year, and the approximately 60,000 people in attendance at the most recent performance reflected the diversity of the community. Subsequent television rebroadcasts of the program reached 1 million people in 14 regional markets in six states. Some 6,000 people enjoyed the Symphony's free Labor Day concert at Shawnee Mission Park. The Symphony's performance of Handel's "Messiah" with the Independence Messiah Choir draws thousands for this 98-year tradition. More than 100 Community Connections presentations throughout Greater Kansas City reached over 12,000 people last year.
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The Kansas City Symphony strives to reach people of every age, income level, cultural background, and level of past exposure to orchestral music. Our third season in Helzberg Hall at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts continued the stunning success of the first two years. Guest artists Leon Fleisher, Andre Watts, and Joshua Bell, among many others, gave memorable performances. We presented a world premiere by Chris Rogerson (commissioned by the Symphony) and welcomed composers Steven Stucky and John Corigliano to Kansas City for performances of their works. Concerts covered repertoire across two centuries. The 163-member Symphony Chorus sounded superb in performances with the Symphony, including Faure's Requiem and Verdi's Requiem. Three organists were featured performing on the magnificent Julia Irene Kauffman Casavant Organ in Helzberg Hall. The Classics Uncorked and Happy Hour series both met with tremendous success, drawing large crowds of first-time concertgoers. Our new recording, "Miraculous Metamorphoses," received rave reviews from critics across the U.S. as well as Canada and the U.K. and we recorded a CD of music by Adam Schoenberg. The Symphony's varied programs continued to have broad appeal; audience members came from all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and eight countries. Overall ticket revenue increased 16% over the previous season, driven by a 43% increase in single ticket sales. Contributed revenue also reached the record level of almost $7.5 million in annual fund support. Recent studies show that the Symphony has a $19.5 million impact on the region, supporting 443 FTE jobs and generating $1.7 million in state and local tax revenue. We can hardly overstate the importance of Helzberg Hall as a catalyst for continued improvement and achievement. As we perform in the crystalline acoustic of this stunning hall, we are reminded that excellence requires vision and dedication. We are committed to this journey.
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