SYMPHONY SOCIETY OF SAN ANTONIO

aka San Antonio Symphony   |   SAN ANTONIO, TX   |  www.sasymphony.org

Mission

The San Antonio Symphony's mission is to delight, engage, and inspire the entire community through excellent performance, education, and outreach.

Ruling year info

1941

Executive Director

Mr. Corey Cowart

Main address

P.O. Box 658

SAN ANTONIO, TX 78293 USA

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EIN

74-1185669

NTEE code info

Performing Arts (A60)

Symphony Orchestras (A69)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Our activities contribute to the development of cultural capital and economic vitality, supporting the cultivation of the arts sector and stimulating economic activity in the business community. The Symphony plays a vital role in the City of San Antonio’s SA2020 goal to become “a leading creative community” and “world-class city.” During a time when communities are challenged with securing economic stability and ensuring an environment of opportunity for individuals, the arts are an important component within a comprehensive strategy for growth. The Symphony also places a high-priority on education and community outreach. A broad set of research shows participation by students in music activities fosters a number of important developmental skills and enhances academic success through improved grades, increased graduation rates, and college recognition.

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?

2019-20 Season Programming

The San Antonio Symphony will perform 14 Classics, 6 Pops, and 2 Movie Series concerts throughout the 2019-20 season. Our world-class guest artists reflect the diversity of our city and include Pablo Sainz-Willega, guitar; Angelo Xiang, violin; Olga Kern, piano; and Anthony McGill, clarinet.

Our education programs include our Young People's Concerts, G6-12 Discovery Concerts, and High School Residency Program. Each season, we impact over 50,000 students through our robust education programs.

Additionally, our musicians are active in our community, performing community concerts and community engagement activities at local hospitals, libraries, nursing homes, and community centers.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Children and youth

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 open rehearsals

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

Children and youth

Related Program

2019-20 Season Programming

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Over 8,000 students attend our Open Rehearsals each season. Students observe a working dress rehearsal and participate in a "Talk Back" session with the Maestro and guest artist.

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.

1. Engage a broad audience through a diversity of Classics, Pops, Movie, Education, and Community concerts. We will expose San Antonio to world-renowned artists of color including Anthony McGill, J'Nai Bridges, Pablo Sainz Villegas, and Kevork Mourad. Additionally, our repertoire will showcase the continued relevance of the symphonic genre through innovative Pops and Movie programs, as well as honor the great works and composers of the past.

2. Meet the needs of the community through robust education and outreach programming. We will continue to expand our collaborations with area arts, family service, military, and health service organizations and engage our corporate partners as volunteers in our programs. We will also take the entire orchestra to community accessible venues such as Alamo Colleges and the Lila Cockrell Theatre.

The San Antonio Symphony will bring internationally recognized guest artists to the Tobin Center stage and will perform repertoire relevant to the cultural identity of the city of San Antonio.

The San Antonio Symphony will create and make accessible relevant and engaging education programs that help to meet the gap of public school music education. Our programs bridge music with other academic subjects such as English Language and Reading, Science, and History. We have programs available for elementary through high school ages.

The San Antonio Symphony will engage the entire community through robust collaborations with other arts and service organizations including Ballet San Antonio, OPERA San Antonio, the Children's Ballet of San Antonio, Guadalupe Dance Company, and the Youth Orchestras of San Antonio.
Our collaboration with QWILL Media & Education, Inc. brings our literacy program to over 9,000 students annually, and our collaboration with San Antonio Independent School District will allow us to reach inner-city students at all levels of their academic careers. Each spring, we perform at all 29 branches of the San Anotnio Library System. Our collaboration with Hearts Need Art brings arts and music to patients with cancer and other illnesses at Main Methodist Hospital and the UT Health Science Center.
Additionally, we collaborate with organizations such as Haven for Hope and Barshop Jewish Community Center and colleges such as St. Philip's and Palo Alto to bring free music to communities that might not otherwise have access.

The San Antonio Symphony is comprised of 72 world-class musicians. These musicians are full-time and have studied at some of the most prestigious music institutions in the world.

Our Maestro, Sebastian Lang-Lessing, has been with the Symphony since 2010. His career as a professional symphonic conductor has taken him all over the world including Germany and Tasmania.

The Symphony's Associate Conductor, Noam Aviel, has degrees in orchestral conducting from the University of Tel Aviv and the University of Illinois. She has been with the San Antonio Symphony since 2017.

Our administrative staff is comprised of arts administration professionals with backgrounds in professional orchestras, theatre, non-profit management, and fundraising.

This 2019-20 season, the San Antonio Symphony is celebrating its 80th Anniversary. We engage over 160,000 people, including 50,000 students, in experiences that enhance individual lives, strengthen arts community collaborations, and contribute ot the cultural identity of San Antonio.

The Symphony ensures accessibility to the arts to everyone through community outreach. We create strategic collaborations with a diversity of service and community organizations throughout the city. Through over 100 events each season, we bring meaningful arts experiences to people in places where they live, work, and play.

As part of its refined vision for the future, the San Antonio Symphony will reflect the dynamism of its home city and become a more vibrant and energetic organization that respects the symphonic tradition while embracing the youthful spirit and diversity of San Antonio.

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 demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    The San Antonio Symphony serves the entire community of San Antonio.

  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.),

  • 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,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    Many changes were made due to the COVID-19 pandemic. These changes were informed by audience surveys and local ordinances and guidelines.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    Our board, Our funders, Our community partners,

  • 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 take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, 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 engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback, We ask the people who gave us feedback how well they think we responded,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback,

Financials

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Operations

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

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SYMPHONY SOCIETY OF SAN ANTONIO

Board of directors
as of 7/29/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Ms. Kathleen Weir Vale

Ernest Bromley

Eric Dupre

Lauren Eberhart

Susan Fox-Harris

Joseph Jarmon

Vickie Kinder

Robert Knapp

Alfredo LaRosa

Cindy Marini

Taddy McAllister

Ryan Murphy

Michael Ozer

Diane Persellin

Brian Petkovich

Karen Pozza

Beverly Purcell-Guerra

Ritchie Spence

Frank Stenger-Castro

Shelia Swartzman

Don Thomas

Kathleen Weir Vale

Didi Weinblatt

Jeff Galt

Gini Garcia

Kay Harig

Marguerite McCormick

Stacy Phillippe

James Waters

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? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 07/29/2021

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

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

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 07/29/2021

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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 analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • 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 disaggregate data by demographics, including race, in every policy and program measured.
  • 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 use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • We have a promotion process that anticipates and mitigates implicit and explicit biases about people of color serving in leadership positions.
  • 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 measure and then disaggregate job satisfaction and retention data by race, function, level, and/or team.
  • 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.