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.

CEO/Executive Director Ms. Cory Unrein
Board Chair Mr. Aaron Rowland
Board Chair Company Affiliation Physician
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 1971
Financial Summary
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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; involvement of student musicians in board leadership.
  • Presented free Community Outreach Concert to sold out crowd of 200 attendees in October 2019.
  • 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
Areas of Service
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.
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 twenty years nonprofit management experience, including eleven 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 fifteen 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.
Paid Full-Time Staff 0
Paid Contractors 1
Volunteers 50
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
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.
Leage of American Orchestras - Member2009
Board Chair
Board Chair Mr. Aaron Rowland
Company Affiliation Physician
Term May 2018 to June 2020
Board Members
Mr. David KrupkaFarmers Insurance
Ms. Hannah LuzickaOwner, Luzicka Ballet
Mr. Luke LuzickaOwner, Luzicka Ballet
Patsy Maney
Aaron Money
Dr. Aaron Rowland DOPhysician
Ms. Mary SousleyRetired, Community Volunteer
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 7
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 4
Female 3
Unspecified 0
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
Fiscal Year Start July 01, 2019
Fiscal Year End June 30, 2020
Projected Revenue $23,500
Projected Expenses $23,115
IRS Letter of Exemption
Foundation Comments
  • FYE 6/30/2017, 2016, 2015:  Financial data reported using IRS Form 990-EZ.  
  • Foundation/corporate revenue line item may include contributions from individuals.
Detailed Financials
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201720162015
Program Expense$47,413$36,088$34,230
Administration Expense$5,134$26,048$21,952
Fundraising Expense$0$0$0
Payments to Affiliates----$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses0.500.380.55
Program Expense/Total Expenses90%58%61%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue------
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201720162015
Total Assets$55,099$80,487$118,774
Current Assets$55,099$80,487$2,749
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$0$0$0
Total Net Assets$55,099$80,487$118,774
Short-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201720162015
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities------
Long-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201720162015
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201720162015
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. 

Other Documents
Organization Name Liberty Symphony Orchestra Inc.
Address 500 College Hill Box 1137
Liberty, MO 64068
Primary Phone (816) 866-0576
Contact Email
CEO/Executive Director Ms. Cory Unrein
Board Chair Mr. Aaron Rowland
Board Chair Company Affiliation Physician
Year of Incorporation 1971