Liberty Symphony Orchestra Inc.
500 College Hill Box 1137
Liberty MO 64068
LSO Sept. 2008 Concert
Web and Phone Contact
Telephone (816) 866-0576
Mission Statement
The mission of the Liberty Symphony Orchestra is to be a part of the cultural fabric of our community through accessible, entertaining and inspiring performances.

Leadership
CEO/Executive Director Ms. Cory Unrein
Board Chair Mr. Robert Hagenbuch Jr.
Board Chair Company Affiliation Musician & Teacher
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 1971
Financial Summary
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Statements
Mission Statement
The mission of the Liberty Symphony Orchestra is to be a part of the cultural fabric of our community through accessible, entertaining and inspiring performances.

Background Statement
Originally a small college and community orchestra, the Liberty Symphony has grown into a mature symphonic ensemble with complete instrumentation and a growing command of the world's great literature. More than 60 professional and amateur musicians, representing Liberty and virtually every community in the northern metropolitan area, comprise an ensemble dedicated to the finest in symphonic performance. In fall 2010, the Liberty Symphony Orchestra was named the official Orchestra of the City of Liberty and is proud to call the Liberty Performing Arts Theatre home.
Funding to support the work of LSO is generated through season and individual ticket sales, individual, corporate and foundation support, as well as support through the Missouri Arts Council, a state agency. William Jewell College provides support in numerous ways, specifically supporting the salary of our Music Director and providing office space and technology.
Impact Statement
Prior year accomplishments:
  • Completion of 3 concert series, including Young Artist Competition concert featuring winners of College and Youth Artist competitions.
  • Strategic and board development plans completed; addition of 5 new board members.
  • Presented free Community Outreach Concert to sold out crowd of 200 attendees in February 2017.
  • Revised ticket pricing structure; lowering ticket prices after research and evaluation of market, patron feedback.
Needs Statement
  • Board candidates from diverse backgrounds, interested in becoming active and involved in board service.
  • In-kind printing services for print marketing materials (programs, posters, informational materials)
  • Volunteer(s) to assist with marketing and promotion of season concerts.
  • Funding to offset costs of concerts (approx.. expenses for one concert: $7,000)
  • Long term transition plan for Executive Director (in progress).
Service Categories
Symphony Orchestras
Arts Education
Music
Areas of Service
MO
MO - Jackson County
MO - Clay County
MO - Platte County
CEO/Executive Director/Board Chair Statement
The Liberty Symphony Orchestra has a proud history of providing accessible, affordable, quality classical and pops music performances in the Northland. As we near our 50th year, the board and staff are focused on ensuring the following long term goals are accomplished:
To ensure the continued appreciation and performance of orchestral music in the greater Liberty area and surrounding communities by:
  • Performing quality orchestral and chamber concerts, highlighting a range of genres;
  • Presenting opportunities for local artists and composers to perform;
  • Providing educational programming, primarily focused on young audiences;
  • Acting in a fiscally responsible manner through the implementation of cost-effective programming, and progressive marketing and fund development strategies.
Programs
Description
Each year, the Liberty Symphony Orchestra presents a three (3) concert series at the Liberty Performing Arts Theatre. The season premiere concert, generally held in October, often features a full length classical piece or Pops themed program. The popular holiday concert often features a number of holiday classics. Our final concert features the winners of our Young Artist and College Artist Competitions. The winners of these competitions perform solos with the Liberty Symphony.
Category Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other Musical Performances
Population Served General/Unspecified, ,
Short-Term Success
  • Concert surveys will illustrate that at least 20% of concert attendees will have not previously attended a LSO concert.
  • 90% of attendees will be highly satisfied with the concert experience.
Long-Term Success
The ultimate goal is to provide affordable and accessible performances in our community for residents who might otherwise be unable to access live classical music performances.
Program Success Monitored By
Attendee surveys will show the following:
  • 90% of attendees report overall satisfaction with concert experience.
  • At least 20% of concert attendees will not have attended a prior LSO performance.
  • 90% of attendees will report they would return for another performance and/or recommend a concert to someone else.
  • Musician surveys will result in at least a 90% satisfaction rate in terms of their experience, support provided by Music Director and staff and willingness to perform with the orchestra in the future.
Examples of Program Success
• Season ticket sales remain consistent with nearly 100 seats sold as season tickets per concert.
• Concerts average 550-600 attendees (capacity is 725).
Audience member comments:
“We love being able to attend concerts in our community. The concerts are affordable and family-friendly. My kids especially love the holiday concert.”
Executive Director/CEO
Executive Director Ms. Cory Unrein
Term Start Aug 2008
Experience Cory Unrein has over fifteen years nonprofit management experience, including eight years as Executive Director of Liberty Symphony Orchestra. Ms. Unrein received a Bachelor in Public Administration from Park College (now Park University). For the past twelve years, Ms. Unrein has worked as a consultant with a number of nonprofit organizations in the Kansas City area. Ms. Unrein lives in Grain Valley with her husband and two daughters.
Co-CEO/Executive Director
Term Start 0
Compensation Last Year
Staff
Paid Full-Time Staff 0
Paid Part-Time Staff 0
Volunteers 50
Paid Contractors 30
Plans & Policies
Organization Has a Fundraising Plan Yes
Organization Has a Strategic Plan Yes
Management Succession Plan Under Development
Organization Policy and Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistleblower Policy No
Collaborations
The Liberty Symphony Orchestra regularly collaborate with local arts and other community organizations, including: Liberty Arts Commission, Corbin Theatre, Lydia Lovan Community School of Music at William Jewell College, William Jewell College, Liberty Community Chorus, Liberty High School Chorus, and Liberty Area Chamber of Commerce.
Affiliations
AffiliationYear
Leage of American Orchestras - Member2009
Board Chair
Board Chair Mr. Robert Hagenbuch Jr.
Company Affiliation Musician & Teacher
Term May 2017 to June 2018
Board Members
NameAffiliation
Dr. Ian Coleman William Jewell College
Mr. Craig Hagenbuch TEKsystems
Mr. Robert Hagenbuch Jr.Musician/Teacher
Mr. Jim Huskey Musician, Community Volunteer
Ms. Diane Karius KCUMB
Mr. David Krupka Farmers Insurance
Ms. Hannah Luzicka Owner, Luzicka Ballet
Mr. Luke Luzicka Owner, Luzicka Ballet
Mr. Robert Patterson Owner, Diversified Computer Services
Ms. Mattie Ransom Community Volunteer
Dr. Aaron Rowland DOPhysician
Mr. Bill Schmekel Retired, Community Volunteer
Ms. Mary Sousley Retired, Community Volunteer
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 13
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 9
Female 4
Unspecified 0
Governance
Board Term Lengths 2
Board Term Limits 3
Written Board Selection Criteria? Yes
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 5
Standing Committees
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Executive
Finance
Marketing
Financials
Fiscal Year Start July 01, 2017
Fiscal Year End June 30, 2018
Projected Revenue $51,000
Projected Expenses $50,480
IRS Letter of Exemption
Foundation Comments
  • FYE 6/30/2015, 2014, 2013:  Financial data reported using IRS Form 990-EZ.  
  • Foundation/corporate revenue line item may include contributions from individuals.
Detailed Financials
 
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201520142013
Program Expense$34,230$40,981$44,573
Administration Expense$21,952$29,417$36,112
Fundraising Expense$0$0$0
Payments to Affiliates$0$0$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses0.550.610.68
Program Expense/Total Expenses61%58%55%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue0%0%0%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201520142013
Total Assets$118,774$144,143$171,627
Current Assets$2,749$9,125$8,450
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$0$0$0
Total Net Assets$118,774$144,143$171,627
Short-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities------
Long-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201520142013
Top Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Organization Comments

The LSO is fortunate to have a strong base of individual support through contributions and season ticket sales. In addition, we have continued to attract business/corporate support through in-kind services, program advertising and contributions for events and general programming. We continue to seek out opportunities for grant funding and have received generous funding from the Missouri Arts Council for several years. Our endowment fund has suffered due to market conditions, but fortunately these losses do not affect our ability to operate effectively.

Organization Name Liberty Symphony Orchestra Inc.
Address 500 College Hill Box 1137
Liberty, MO 64068
Primary Phone (816) 866-0576
Contact Email info@libertysymphony.org
CEO/Executive Director Ms. Cory Unrein
Board Chair Mr. Robert Hagenbuch Jr.
Board Chair Company Affiliation Musician & Teacher
Year of Incorporation 1971