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Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, Inc.

aka MSO   |   Milwaukee, WI   |  www.mso.org

Mission

The Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, led by Music Director Ken-David Masur, is among the finest orchestras in the nation and the largest cultural institution in Wisconsin. The Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra engages and captivates diverse audiences through acclaimed musical performances and inclusive education and community experiences of exceptional quality.

Ruling year info

1959

President & Executive Director

Mr. Mark Niehaus

Main address

212 W Wisconsin Ave

Milwaukee, WI 53203 USA

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Formerly known as

Milwaukee Symphony

EIN

39-6023436

NTEE code info

Symphony Orchestras (A69)

Symphony Orchestras (A69)

Symphony Orchestras (A69)

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Programs and results

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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?

Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra Programming

The Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra is among the finest orchestras in the nation. Since its inception in 1959, the MSO has found innovative ways to give music a home in the region, develop music appreciation and talent among area youth, and raise the national reputation of Milwaukee.

The MSO’s full-time professional musicians perform more than 135 classics, pops, family, education, and community concerts each season in venues throughout the state. A pioneer among American orchestras, the MSO has performed world and American premieres of works by John Adams, Roberto Sierra, Philip Glass, Geoffrey Gordon, Marc Neikrug, and Matthias Pintscher. Beginning in 1971, the orchestra’s nationally syndicated radio broadcast series, the longest consecutive-running series of any U.S. orchestra, is heard annually by more than two million listeners on 147 subscriber stations in 38 of the top 100 markets.

Population(s) Served
Adults

The MSO's standard of excellence extends beyond the concert hall and into the community, reaching more than 30,000 children and their families through its Arts in Community Education (ACE) program, Youth and Teen concerts, Family Series, and Meet the Music pre-concert talks. The MSO's nationally-recognized ACE program integrates arts education across all subjects and disciplines, providing opportunities for students when budget cuts may eliminate arts programming. The program provides lesson plans and supporting materials, classroom visits from MSO musician ensembles and artists from local organizations, and an MSO concert tailored to each grade level. Annually, 6,000 students and 500 educators participate in ACE throughout SE Wisconsin.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Children and youth
Economically disadvantaged people

Where we work

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We look for patterns in feedback based on demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We act on the feedback we receive, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, The people we serve tell us they find data collection burdensome, It is difficult to get honest feedback from the people we serve

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 06/13/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Ms. Susan Martin

Eric E. Hobbs

Ogletree Deakins

Alyce Coyne Katayama

Quarles (Retired Partner)

Andy Nunemaker

Groupware Technologies

Christian Mitchell

Northwestern Mutual

Gregory Smith

Church Mutual Insurance; UWM Lubar College of Business, Executive-in-Residence

Patrick Murphy

Godfrey & Kahn S.C.

Kate Brewer

Greenfield Rehabilitation Agency

Jeff Costakos

Foley & Lardner LLP

Jennifer Dirks

TEMPO

Douglas M. Hagerman

Rockwell Automation (Retired)

Steve Hancock

University School of Milwaukee

Charlotte Hayslett

VISIT Milwaukee

Robert Klieger

Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, Inc.

Peter Mahler

Mahler Enterprises, Inc.

Ken-David Masur

Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, Inc.

Mark A. Metzendorf

FIS Global (Retired)

Robert B. Monnat

Mandel Group, Inc.

Maura Packham

Quad

Leslie Plamann

Ernst & Young LLP

Michael J. Schmitz

Civic Leader, Executive Vice President U.S. Bank (Retired)

Craig A. Schmutzer

Westbury Bank

Jay E. Schwister

Robert W. Baird & Company, Incorporated

Ilana Setapen

Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, Inc.

Dale R. Smith

U.S. Bank, Executive Vice President (Retired)

Pam Stampen

Church Mutual Insurance Company S.I.

Haruki Toyama

Madison Investments

Herb Zien

LiquidCool Solutions, Inc.

Susan Martin

WEC Energy Group (Retired)

Mark Niehaus

Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, Inc.

Sachin Chheda

Forward Printing, LLC

Theodore Perlick Molinari

Perlick Corporation

Pegge Sytkowski

Milwaukee Public Museum

Fiesha Lynn Bell

Greater Milwaukee Foundation

Garren Randolph

Randolph Strategies LLC

David Uihlein

Uihlein/Wilson Architects (Retired)

Julia Uihlein

Medical College of Wisconsin (Retired)

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? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • 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? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Not applicable

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 6/13/2024

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 06/13/2024

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.