Metropolitan Symphony Orchestral Association

aka Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra   |   Minneapolis, MN   |  www.msomn.org

Mission

Performing outstanding symphony concerts for diverse audiences throughout the Twin Cities region of Minneapolis/St. Paul.

Ruling year info

1985

Executive Director

Jon Lewis

Main address

P.O. Box 581213

Minneapolis, MN 55408 USA

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EIN

36-3305025

NTEE code info

Symphony Orchestras (A69)

Performing Arts (A60)

Music (A68)

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Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra FY19 Concert Season

Our concert season for FY19 runs from October, 2018 through May, 2019. Our first concert, on October 14, 2018, in Mahtomedi, Minnesota, entitled "Three Centuries of Musical Genius," features Minnesota composer (and MSO Composer Laureate) Dominick Argento's "A Ring of Time;" Béla Bartók's Suite from his ballet "The Wooden Prince;" and the overture to Rossini’s one-act farce, "Il Signor Bruschino." Our second concert, "Two Master Symphonists & New Bass Clarinet Showpiece," centers around a recently composed concerto for bass clarinet and orchestra by Todd Goodman, with MSO principal clarinet Paul Schulz as soloist. The concert starts and ends with symphonies, beginning with, Hadyn's Symphony No. 87, and closing with Shostakovich's Symphony No. 9. Our special one hour family friendly concert in February in St. Paul, "Dinosaur Extravaganza!," features "The Jogger and the Dinosaur" by Gould, for narrator (the wonderful Jake Endres) and orchestra. Also on the program is the theme from "Jurassic Park" by John Williams, Bernstein's "Overture to 'Candide'", and two short pieces featuring MSO musicians as soloists. In March the MSO and the Minnesota Chorale collaborate on the World Premiere of "The Notebooks of Leonardo da Vinci," which they commissioned from Minnesota composer Jocelyn Hagen. We close the season by re-creating our very first concert, originally performed in 1983 when we were the Central Chamber Orchestra. This concert is part of the celebration of the 100th anniversary of the founding of Central Lutheran Church in Minneapolis. All of these performances are free and open to the public

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Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Total number of free performances given

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Total number of free seats filled for performances

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

A collaboration on a new work with the Minnesota Chorale, with an additional concert, led to the higher total for 2019.

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

We are aiming to play more challenging new music, while continuing to improve our performance of works from the standard repertoire. We want to perform in larger spaces in which a symphony orchestra of over 80 players can fit comfortably. We want to bring in more diverse audiences - diverse in age, race, and socio-economic background.

We continue to seek out different venues that are closer to our audience. We are working to strengthen our relationships with our hosts to better engage their communities. We are commissioning new works from local composers. We are doing more outreach to local colleges and music organizations to help recruit new players. We collaborate with other arts organizations for outreach and artistic growth.

We have a very stable board and staff, most of whom have been with the MSO for many years. We have developed strong relationships with our hosts and our collaborators. We work with non-profit development groups like ArtStart.

Our audiences are getting younger, but they are not getting as diverse as we would like.
We still look for better performance spaces.
We are doing a very good job of performing new music.

Financials

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Metropolitan Symphony Orchestral Association

Board of directors
as of 2/26/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Brian Anderson

Medtronic

Term: 2013 - 2019

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? No
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? No
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 10/02/2020

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

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Gender identity

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Sexual orientation

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Disability

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