Madison Symphony Orchestra Inc

MADISON, WI   |  http://www.madisonsymphony.org

Mission

The mission of the Madison Symphony Orchestra is to produce high quality concerts of orchestral, instrumental, vocal and choral music, to educate and entertain audiences of all ages in the Madison area and beyond, and to advocate music as a universal language of expression and understanding.

Ruling year info

1953

Executive Director

Mr. Robert A. Reed

Music Director

Mr. John DeMain

Main address

222 W WASHINGTON AVE STE 460

MADISON, WI 53703 USA

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EIN

39-0839707

NTEE code info

Symphony Orchestras (A69)

Music (A68)

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Programs and results

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Our programs

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

Subscription Concert Series

The MSO offers a series of eight triple-performance concerts featuring great symphonic masterworks and performances by top-tier guest artists.

Population(s) Served
Older adults
Seniors
Young adults

Four concerts featuring the Overture Concert Organ with performances by Greg Zelek, Principal Organist and Elaine and Nicholas Mischler Curator of the Overture Concert Organ and guest artists.

Population(s) Served
Older adults
Seniors
Young adults

The MSO offers concerts designed specifically for school-aged students. Concerts in the series include: Symphony Soup, grades K-3; Link Up, grades 3-5; Fall Youth Concerts, grades 4-8; and the Spring Young People's Concert, middle and high school students. Learn more by visiting: https://madisonsymphony.org/education-community/education-programs/young-peoples-concerts/

Population(s) Served
Adolescents
Children
Preteens

Up Close and Musical brings the power and beauty of classical music into the classrooms of elementary schools throughout Dane County. The curriculum is guided by the Comprehensive Musicianship through Performance model and academic standards for music, bringing the Hunt Quartet into six schools four times each year.

Population(s) Served
Children

This music therapy-informed program continues to reach beyond traditional performance settings to bring live, interactive presentations by the Rhapsodie Quartet (compromised of some of the Madison Symphony Orchestra’s best players) into healthcare and residential facilities. Our sessions have demonstrated extraordinary physical, emotional, cognitive, and social changes for people of all ages and levels of functioning, reaching nearly 3,200 individuals each season.

Population(s) Served
Older adults
Seniors

The MSO holds two competitions each season for young artists in Wisconsin: Fall Youth Concerto Competition for grades 3-8 and Bolz Young Artist Competition for grades 9-12.

Population(s) Served
Adolescents
Children
Preteens

In partnership with PBS Wisconsin and Wisconsin Public Radio, this extraordinary event is an opportunity to experience the beauty of musical expression, the drama of competition and the inspiring tale of dreams come true as four gifted young artists vie for top honors in the final round of the Bolz Young Artist Competition. The concert is free to attend and is broadcast live on PBS Wisconsin and Wisconsin Public Radio.

Population(s) Served
Adolescents
Children
Preteens

Where we work

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
Population(s) Served

Adolescents, Older adults, Seniors, Young adults, Children

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Free performances include our Free Farmers' Market Organ Concert series and Free Carol Sing featuring the Overture Concert Organ. In 2021, the MSO offered a Free Family Concert for the first time.

Total number of performances

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Older adults, Seniors, Young adults

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Number of ticketed performances are calculated by season, not calendar year (ex: 2021 total is for the 2021-2022 season). Performance totals include our Orchestra and Organ subscription concerts.

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Charting impact

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

The Madison Symphony Orchestra believes that all people, regardless of age, race, ability, or socioeconomic status, have the right to experience the transformative power of classical music, performed live.

The MSO annually offers a series of eight, triple-performance classical music concerts featuring nationally and internationally renowned guest artists in addition to a multi-media concert event—a production from the Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s acclaimed Beyond the Score® series. The MSO also offers a ticketed concert series featuring the MSO’s Overture Concert Organ.

Welcoming and delighting first-time concertgoers is key to ensuring a future base of loyal patrons (subscribers) and supporters, which is critical to the long-term fiscal health of our organization.

In addition to ticketed performances, the MSO enriches the community through an array of award-winning Education & Community Engagement Programs, including age-specific programs for children from preschool through college, and HeartStrings®, a music therapy-informed program for individuals with special needs featuring the Rhapsodie Quartet.

We know that introducing children to orchestral music at an early age is the best way to encourage their future involvement with this art form, either as audience members or as performers. Our goal is to double the impact of our Education & Community Engagement programs by our centennial year, 2025.

Entering its 97th season, the MSO is one of the most noted regional orchestras in the country. It is a vital, popular, and respected cultural resource for all south-central Wisconsin.

In order to develop strategies for increasing the number of first-time concertgoers and ticket buyers, we recently executed an extensive audience development market research study in partnership with WolfBrown. The administrative and artistic team will use the results to inform programming and develop new strategies over the next 3-5 years to increase the number of new single ticket buyers for MSO concerts. These strategies could include concerts in alternative venues, non-traditional concert formats, themed and “ritual” concerts, and increased digital programming.

In order to meet our goal of doubling the impact of our community engagement programs, we will cultivate new and existing partnerships with area schools and community organizations, and we will expand our current educational program offerings to reach a greater number of children.

Financials

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Madison Symphony Orchestra Inc

Board of directors
as of 08/04/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. Ellsworth Brown

Mike Hamerlik

Kay Schwichtenberg

Lynn Stathas

Jane Hamblen

Douglas Reuhl

Elliott Abramson

Paul Norman

Jacqueline Rodman

Elaine Mischler

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 7/26/2022

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Leadership

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Gender identity
Male, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

The organization's co-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

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