Kansas City Symphony
1703 Wyandotte Street
Suite 200
Kansas City MO 64108-1212
Kansas City Symphony - March 2012 (Photo by Chris Lee)
Web and Phone Contact
Telephone (816) 471-1100
Mission Statement
To transform hearts, minds and communities through the power of symphonic music, accomplished by great performances for greater audiences. 
CEO/Executive Director Mr. Frank Byrne
Board Chair Mr. William M. Lyons
Board Chair Company Affiliation Retired President and CEO, American Century Companies, Inc.
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 1983
Financial Summary
Projected Revenue $16,134,461
Projected Expenses $16,134,461
Mission Statement To transform hearts, minds and communities through the power of symphonic music, accomplished by great performances for greater audiences. 
Background Statement
The Kansas City Symphony was founded in 1982 by R. Crosby Kemper, Jr., just months after the dissolution of the Kansas City Philharmonic. With a mission to "advance and advocate the art of classical music for the enrichment of the community," the Kansas City Symphony has grown steadily under the leadership of its artistic directors, Russell Patterson (1982-1986), William McGlaughlin (1986-1997), Anne Manson (1998-2003) and Michael Stern (2005-present). The Kansas City Symphony serves a metropolitan population of 2.1 million people. The orchestra's 80 full-time musicians are area residents and perform during a 42-week season. A typical Symphony season includes a variety of subscription, educational, and community engagement concerts. The ensemble serves as the orchestra for the Lyric Opera of Kansas City, the Kansas City Ballet, and Symphony in the Flint Hills.
The orchestra currently offers 43 performances of 14 different programs on the Classical Series. Additional offerings include a Pops Series, Family Series, Classics Uncorked Series, Screenland at the Symphony Series, holiday concerts, chamber music programs and numerous special concerts. The Symphony is governed by a 25-member board of directors and administered by a full-time staff of 35. The Symphony's five auxiliaries, with total membership around 700, raise as much as $1 million annually, making it one of the most successful orchestra volunteer forces in the nation. From a budget of $1.5 million in its first season, the Symphony's annual operating budget has grown to more than $16 million.
Each year the Symphony reaches more than 57,000 area children and teachers through our education programs and many others through our regular concerts. The Symphony's education activities include specially programmed youth concerts for area elementary students and open rehearsals for middle school and high school students. Other activities include school residency presentations, free masterclasses with visiting guest artists, the musical instrument petting zoo, an annual Young Artist Competition and our Support School Music program which has raised more than $152,000 for 16 public school music programs in the metro area.
We are also pleased to partner with other organizations in serving the community. Collaborative endeavors include programs with the UMKC Conservatory of Music and Dance, Youth Symphony of Kansas City, KCPT, and University Academy.
Impact Statement

The Kansas City Symphony strives to reach people of every age, income level, cultural background, and level of past exposure to orchestral music.

Our fifth season in Helzberg Hall at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts continued the stunning success of the first four years. Guest artists Midori, Jeremy Denk and Jeffrey Kahane, among many others, gave memorable performances. We presented two works commissioned or co-commissioned by the Symphony: David Ludwig's Violin Concerto and Jonathan Leshnoff's Symphony No. 3. Concerts covered repertoire across two centuries. The 160-member Symphony Chorus sounded superb in performances with the Symphony, including an evening of operatic choruses and Beethoven's Ninth Symphony. The Classics Uncorked, Screenland at the Symphony, and Happy Hour series all met with tremendous success, drawing large crowds of first-time concertgoers. Several special programs generated excitement, including performances by Matthew Morrison, Doc Severinsen, and Kristin Chenoweth. In June, we recorded a CD of three one-movement symphonies by Barber, Sibelius, and Scriabin. Education and community engagement programs reached more than 57,000 children and teachers from 328 schools in 56 districts in 77 Missouri and Kansas communities.

The Symphony's varied programs continued to have broad appeal; audience members came from all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and six countries. Overall ticket revenue posted a record and contributed revenue totaled over $7 million in annual fund support. Recent studies show that the Symphony has a $22 million impact on the region, supporting 443 FTE jobs and generating $1.7 million in state and local tax revenue.
Helzberg Hall has served as the catalyst for these achievements. 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.

Needs Statement The Kansas City Symphony is committed to ensuring that the experience of live performance is accessible to people throughout our diverse community by keeping ticket prices affordable. Because ticket sales cover only a fraction of the cost of a Symphony performance, the bulk of the Symphony's program and operating costs are funded by the generous support of foundation, individual and corporate donors. Every contribution, no matter the size, is important to the financial well-being of the Symphony and our ability to serve the community.
Service Categories
Symphony Orchestras
Performing Arts
Areas of Service
MO - Jackson County
MO - Clay County
MO - Platte County
KS - Wyandotte County
KS - Johnson County
MO - Eastern Jackson Co
MO - Jackson County Urban Core
KS - Wyandotte County Urban Core
CEO/Executive Director/Board Chair Statement
We are incredibly fortunate to have so many opportunities in our community to enjoy the arts. The Symphony is integral to the "arts ecology" in our region and is committed to its leadership role. Yes, we must continue to face the significant challenges of broadening donor support while building new audiences and bringing back previous audiences, but there are clear signs that our community values the Symphony and the standard of excellence it has come to represent. 
In the midst of ongoing economic difficulties for states and our national government, the Symphony - and all arts organizations - have an important role to maintain our cultural infrastructure. Whether through one-on-one conversations or taking the opportunity at group meetings to tell our story, we must focus on the viability of arts organizations for the long-term. We must expand the donor base for our great resident orchestra -- musicians who live here, pay taxes, teach our children and bring economic stimulus to our region. We must make difficult choices as we steward this important public trust, but our commitment to excellence – and the people involved – is unwavering.
The generosity of individual and foundation donors has enabled the Symphony to sustain fiscal responsibility and balance. Naturally, it continues to be a priority for the Board of Directors to identify new donors and to seek continuing and increasing support from existing contributors.  It is more important than ever that the Symphony diversify its economic base without compromising the tremendous strides in artistic development that have taken place in recent years. The Symphony's Board of Directors represents a broad cross-section of our community with each director committed to the challenges ahead. Through the support of many generous donors and the incredible leadership of Music Director Michael Stern, we have experienced great artistic growth of our orchestra. Our attendance is at an all-time high. And performing in Helzberg Hall at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts is a dream come true. We are deeply grateful to all those who play a part in making the Kansas City Symphony flourish.
The Symphony's Classical Series offers 43 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 seven 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.   
Category Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other Music
Population Served General/Unspecified, ,
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/ticket revenue are markers of this excellence.
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 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.

Examples of Program Success
The 2015-2016 season maintained high levels of ticket revenue while accompanied by critical acclaim. Concert series averaged 95% sold with earned revenue representing almost 40% 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 close to 40% first-time attendees, reflecting excellent community interest. The Symphony's recording of Saint-Saens' "Organ" Symphony was nominated for a Grammy Award. Additionally, the Symphony was named as Best/Favorite Performing Arts Organization by KC Magazine and KC Visitors' Choice.    
Steve Paul of the Kansas City Star wrote, "Believe me, people, the Kansas City Symphony has never sounded as confident and powerful as they have lately." A Star editorial stated, "No matter what happens in local baseball's postseason this year, rest assured that the Kansas City Symphony is playing like champions." 
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. More than 20,000 young people and chaperones learn about orchestral music in our KinderKonzerts (K-3) and Young People’s Concerts (grades 3-6), which are designed specifically for these age groups. More than 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 that reaches over 8,000 elementary students and teachers each year. The Symphony nurtures students of all ages through many opportunities to experience the full spectrum of orchestral music.
Category Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other Music
Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years), ,
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.  
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 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
Examples of Program Success Annually, the Symphony's youth education programs directly reach more than 57,000 area children and teachers directly and many more through regular Symphony concerts.

In 11 years, the Support School Music program has raised more than $152,000 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.

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 century-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 120 community-based performances and events each year presented by Symphony musicians.
Category Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other Music
Population Served General/Unspecified, ,
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. 

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 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.
Examples of Program Success
Attendance at Celebration at the Station reflects the diversity of our community. Subsequent television rebroadcasts of the program reach 1 million people in 14 regional markets in six states. Some 5,000 people enjoy 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 century-old tradition. More than 120 Community Connections presentations throughout Greater Kansas City reached over 12,000 people last year.  
Concertgoer Kim Gandy writes, "We had the pleasure of attending a Symphony concert last night that was nothing less than a life event. I truly consider it a gift to be able to hear such a performance. Bravo and thank you, Kansas City Symphony!" 
Sam Crust commented, "Your incredible talents made Celebration at the Station a roaring success. Thank you for making music to nourish and enlighten our souls. Bravo!" 
CEO Comments

The Kansas City Symphony has recognized that in order to realize its artistic potential and to be the greatest asset for this community, we must invest in the musicians who create the sound. To that end, our board has made significant investments in the salaries of our musicians. Despite current economic circumstances, it must remain a priority to keep these highly talented people here. With the resource of these gifted artists as full time residents of Kansas City, the entire region is enriched by their presence whether as teachers giving private instruction to students around the area, as chamber musicians who populate many performances around the region, or by having this wonderful orchestra to perform for the Lyric Opera and Kansas City Ballet. Were the Symphony not here, such excellence in the community would simply not be possible.

The Symphony seeks to broaden our engagement with the community through many different avenues. The Symphony has raised more than $152,000 to support public school music education through our "Support School Music" program. This is an exciting partnership where our orchestra goes to area schools and young people have the opportunity to interact with them, as well as observe an open rehearsal. The culmination of this time together is a public concert by the Symphony where all proceeds from ticket sales are donated to that district's music program. Another example of community engagement is the free public concert over Memorial Day weekend, which attracts more than 50,000 people, and is an ongoing public gift to the community. The Symphony views itself as a major resource to this community, and the scope of our activities is defined in part by available funding. Sustainable funding will allow the Symphony to continue our community presence.

Executive Director/CEO
Executive Director Mr. Frank Byrne
Term Start July 2002
Experience 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.
Co-CEO/Executive Director
Term Start
Compensation Last Year
Former CEOs
Ms. Susan Franano July 1985 - June 1995
Mr. Roland Valliere July 1995 - June 2002
Senior Staff
Title Director of Business Operations
Experience/Biography Ms. Tate was hired in 1996 as Director of Finance and Administration. She became the Director of Business Operations in 2000. Her current responsibilities include accounting, human resources, risk management, technology management, and facilities management. She currently supervises a staff of four. Previously, she worked as an independent consultant to major non-profits in the Kansas City area. She has a Masters in Business Administration and Management from Webster University.
Title Director of Marketing

After spending more than 20 years in the radio industry, including 15 years as Marketing Director for four CBS-owned stations in Kansas City, Marketing Director Jeff Barker joined the Kansas City Symphony in March of 2006.  Mr. Barker brings an extensive knowledge of electronic media, telemarketing, print, and direct mail marketing to KCS, in addition to years of experience in concert presentation.  A lifetime Kansas City resident, Mr. Barker also directs the Symphony’s box office operations and group sales efforts. 

Title General Manager

Since July 2011, Emma Kail has served as the General Manager of the Kansas City Symphony. She served as the Symphony's Director of Operations for one year prior, overseeing the overall artistic operations of the orchestra.  She came to the Symphony after a two year post at the Alabama Symphony Orchestra as Director of Artistic Administration.  Kail has previously held positions with the University of Chicago, Omaha Symphony and Grant Park Music Festival.  As a 2008 graduate of the League of American Orchestras’ Orchestra Management Fellowship Program, she has worked for the Aspen Music Festival, Pacific Symphony, Dayton Philharmonic and Atlanta Symphony and has degrees in music performance from the Cleveland Institute of Music, Indiana University, Glenn Gould School and Interlochen Arts Academy. 

Title Director of Operations

Rebecca Martin was appointed Director of Operations in October 2011, following several years as the Symphony’s production coordinator and operations manager. With a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Missouri State University in Springfield, Mo., and Master of Arts degree from the University of Missouri-Kansas City, Martin has served as production manager for the Unicorn Theatre and education/community programs associate at the Kansas City Repertory Theatre. She is responsible for the Symphony’s artistic operations, ranging from production details and logistics to contractual and administrative duties.

Paid Full-Time Staff 115
Paid Part-Time Staff 4
Volunteers 700
Paid Contractors 181
Retention Rate 94%
Formal Evaluations
CEO Formal Evaluation Yes
CEO/Executive Formal Evaluation Frequency Semi-Annually
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Non-Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Non-Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Semi-Annually
Plans & Policies
Organization Has a Fundraising Plan Yes
Organization Has a Strategic Plan Yes
Management Succession Plan Yes
Organization Policy and Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistleblower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes
The Kansas City Symphony is pleased to collaborate with other arts organizations in assuring that people throughout the region have access to creative art of the highest quality.
It is important to note that we have been musical partners for decades with the Lyric Opera of Kansas City and the Kansas City Ballet. We value these partnerships and look forward to continuing the relationships.
One of our most popular collaborations is serving as the orchestra for Symphony in the Flint Hills. Each year, more than 6,000 people from across the country converge in the Flint Hills of Kansas to celebrate the convergent beauty of music and landscape.     
A highly visible collaboration is our work with KCPT to televise Celebration at the Station. Each year, KCPT and public television stations in six states broadcast this exciting program, reaching a million people.  
Our educational collaborations with the UMKC Conservatory of Music and Dance, Youth Symphony of Kansas City, and University Academy help introduce young people to all facets of symphonic music.  
We also continue to seek out new collaborative opportunities with other  organizations throughout the community.  
League of American Orchestras1984
Best Performing Arts GroupKC Magazine2010
Favorite Performing Arts OrganizationKC Visitors' Choice2010
Award of Excellence - Symphony League of Kansas City SymphonyLeague of American Orchestras - Volunteer Council2010
Grammy AwardThe Recording Academy2010
Best Performing Arts GroupKC Magazine2011
Best Performing Arts GroupKC Magazine2012
Favorite Performing Arts OrganizationKC Visitors' Choice2012
Favorite Performing Arts OrganizationKC Visitors' Choice2013
Best Classical Music EnsembleThe Pitch - Best of Kansas City2013
Best Performing Arts GroupKC Magazine2015
Best Free Arts Event435 Magazine - Best of Kansas City2015
Favorite Performing Arts OrganizationKC Visitors' Choice2015
Government Licenses
Is your organization licensed by the government? No
CEO Comments

The Kansas City Symphony’s senior management brings tremendous experience and imagination to the challenges of effectively running a nonprofit arts organization. With broad perspective and keen vision for the future, the management team leads the talented administrative staff in implementing the artistic mission at the heart of the organization. The staff continues to develop, evaluate and improve the policies/procedures that help the Symphony operate effectively.


Staff/Contractors: The number of full-time staff indicated includes the 80 full-time musicians in the Symphony and the administrative staff. The Symphony also contracts with as many as 200 individuals (including substitute and extra musicians, stagehands, production crews, etc., noted in paid contractors) in order to provide a wide variety of programming throughout each year.  Many of these individuals may provide services for only a few hours per year but are important to the smooth operation of the orchestra.
Board Chair
Board Chair Mr. William M. Lyons
Company Affiliation Retired President and CEO, American Century Companies, Inc.
Term July 2013 to June 2017
Board Members
Ms. Ann Kaufmann Baum Community Volunteer
Mr. Tom Bowser Retired CEO, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas City
Ms. Sylvia Brush President, KCS Auxiliary Council
Mr. Vince Clark Treasurer, H&R BLock, Inc.
Mr. Cary DeCamp Chief Marketing Officer, Perceptive Software
Mr. Michael D. Fields Chairman, Richard J. Stern Foundation for the Arts
Ms. Kelli Glynn Senior VP and Managing Director, BMO Private Bank in Kansas City
Mr. Michael Gordon Kansas City Symphony Musician
Mr. Evan Halloin Kansas City Symphony Musician
Mr. Spencer Heddens Former Kansas City Market President, Bank of America
Mr. Jim Heeter Retired President and CEO, Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce
Ms. Shirley Bush Helzberg Shirley & Barnett Helzberg Foundation
Mr. Irvine O. Hockaday Jr.Retired President and CEO, Hallmark Cards, Inc.
Mr. Lamar Hunt Jr.Founder; Loretto Companies, LLC
Mr. Robert A. Kipp Hallmark Cards, Inc.
Mr. William M. Lyons Retired President and CEO, American Century Investments
Mr. Pat McCown CEO, McCownGordon Construction
Mr. Joshua C. Rowland Vice Chairman; Lead Bank
Mr. Richard Ryan Kansas City Symphony Musician; Chair, Musicians' Committee
Ms. Marny Sherman Community Volunteer
Mr. Joshua Sosland Sosland Publishing, Sosland Companies, Inc.
Mr. Kent W. Sunderland Vice Chair and Secretary; Ash Grove Cement Company
Mr. William B. Taylor Retired Partner, Ernst & Young LLP
Ms. Linda Gill Taylor Founder; Of Counsel, Inc.
Ms. Ursula Terrasi Owner; Scandia Home and Terrasi European Collections
Ms. Susie Yang Kansas City Symphony musician
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 25
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 18
Female 8
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 2
Board Meeting Attendance % 73%
Written Board Selection Criteria? Yes
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 0%
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 6
Standing Committees
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
CEO Comments The Kansas City Symphony Board is a working board comprised of civic and business leaders, each of whom shares a passion for symphonic music and understands the value of a resident symphony orchestra to the community. Continuity of leadership has contributed greatly to the Symphony's success, with stability and continuity helping the organization to build consistently and with a strong sense of corporate identity. Symphony Board veteran William M. Lyons is leading the organization aptly following Shirley Bush Helzberg's decision to assume Chair Emerita status in 2013. She has continued her strong advocacy on behalf of the Symphony. The Board adheres to policy governance while devoting tremendous time and energy to efforts aimed at the Symphony's fiscal well-being.
Fiscal Year Start July 01, 2016
Fiscal Year End June 30, 2017
Projected Revenue $16,134,461
Projected Expenses $16,134,461
Endowment Value $76,282,201
Spending Policy Percentage
Percentage 5%
Foundation Comments
  • FYE 6/30/2015: Financial data reported using the IRS Form 990.
  • FYE 6/30/2014, 2013: Financial data reported using the organization's audited financial statements.  
  • Individual revenue line items include gross auxiliary contributions. 
  • Total financial results for FYE 6/30/2013 reflect Capital Endowment Campaign.
  • Foundation/corporate revenue line item may include contributions from individuals.


Detailed Financials
Revenue SourcesHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available) and revenue sources may not sum to total based on reconciliation differences. Revenue from foundations and corporations may include individual contributions when not itemized separately.
Fiscal Year201520142013
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
Government Contributions$222,475$212,484$175,069
Individual Contributions--$11,249,575$16,663,525
Investment Income, Net of Losses$1,697,123$1,594,838$1,445,426
Membership Dues$72,434$0$0
Special Events$1,398,732$2,531,805$1,845,878
Revenue In-Kind$133,385$165,677$0
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201520142013
Program Expense$12,735,086$12,197,466$10,973,745
Administration Expense$1,711,135$1,718,226$1,639,738
Fundraising Expense$1,058,817$2,118,605$1,814,243
Payments to Affiliates--$0$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.101.702.28
Program Expense/Total Expenses82%76%76%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue12%11%7%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201520142013
Total Assets$46,277,998$43,493,882$31,295,938
Current Assets$23,608,167$12,988,238$10,961,173
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$95,851
Current Liabilities$5,424,749$4,656,774$4,933,121
Total Net Assets$40,853,249$38,837,108$26,266,966
Short-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities4.352.792.22
Long-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201520142013
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountSubscription Ticket Sales $2,808,035Subscription Ticket Sales $2,895,173Subscription Ticket Sales $2,796,185
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountEndowment/Investment Income $1,689,182Endowment/Investment Income $1,594,838Endowment/Investment Income $1,445,426
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountMuriel McBrien Kauffman Foundation $980,000Muriel McBrien Kauffman Foundation $980,152Muriel McBrien Kauffman Foundation $928,000
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? Yes
Campaign Purpose We are in the "quiet phase" of an endowment campaign.
Goal $55,000,000.00
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years Yes
Organization Comments

Financials reported from KCS audited financial statements will provide the most complete and consistent picture of Symphony operations. We strive to be accountable and are committed to wise stewardship of our fiscal resources. We would be happy to review our audited financial statements and IRS Form 990 returns with you. Please contact Grant Manager Eric Williams at 816-218-2615 or ewilliams@kcsymphony.org if you have questions.

KCS has a significant investment in human resources and salaries/benefits constitute a large expense. We continually strive to achieve the greatest value while protecting the artistic integrity, well-being and effectiveness of our musicians and staff. We keep resources focused on programs while balancing necessary administrative and fundraising costs.  We consistently devote the vast majority of resources to programs.

We continue efforts to increase earned revenue without impeding financial accessibility for audiences. Even with budgets growing by 66%, earned revenue has increased from 22% to 38% of operating revenue over the past ten years. Despite market volatility, endowment income has also become a critical revenue source, providing about 12% of total operating revenue. Our auxiliaries contribute another 8%, with foundations and corporate support constituting 28% of operating revenue. We continue to increase the number of individual donors, well on our way to the target of 6,000. Broadening our support base is crucial to financial sustainability.

IMPORTANT NOTES: The Symphony is in the midst of a capital endowment campaign. Total financial results for FY13 through FY16 reflect this campaign. Please see Operating column of audits for consistent comparisons.

Beginning in FY08, all auxiliary organization transactions are included on the Symphony’s financial statements and tax returns. Because of the auxiliaries’ unique history, net contributions previously had been recorded. This change is intended to improve financial reporting transparency and align the Symphony with the Form 990 tax return. This change significantly impacts comparisons with previous years but the considerable ongoing benefit is worth the change. While our level of program service remains consistent, the reporting change particularly impacts total expense/revenue lines, individual contributions, fundraising expense and fundraising expense/contributed revenue ratio.


Organization Name Kansas City Symphony
Address 1703 Wyandotte Street
Suite 200
Kansas City, MO 641081212
Primary Phone (816) 471-1100
Contact Email ewilliams@kcsymphony.org
CEO/Executive Director Mr. Frank Byrne
Board Chair Mr. William M. Lyons
Board Chair Company Affiliation Retired President and CEO, American Century Companies, Inc.
Year of Incorporation 1983