The mission of the Wichita Symphony is to enrich, educate, and entertain diverse audiences of all
ages in our region through performances of orchestral music, thereby enhancing the
vibrancy and vitality of Wichita.
The Wichita Symphony Orchestra was founded in 1944 and is one of the oldest and most active arts organizations in Kansas. Throughout its 73 years of existence, the orchestra’s mission has been to provide the state with the highest quality musical presentations for as many different audiences as possible.
Over the years, the Orchestra has gone through artistic growth to become a highly respected and acclaimed ensemble. The Orchestra’s annual activities include an 8-concert Classical series, Pops concerts, Family Concerts and free, citywide presentations. In January 2016, the Symphony introduces a new WinterFest dedicated to the music of a single composer (George Gershwin in 2016) or musical era. The week-long Festival includes Young People’s Concerts, a Family Matinee, subscription concerts, plus special events, such as a movie screening.
The Wichita Symphony is governed by a Board of Directors who are respected members and leaders of the Wichita community. Wichita and the surrounding area provide the Symphony with a high level of support, which has encouraged its growth during the years. Financial and volunteer assistance come from subscribers, contributors, the Women's Association, and the business and industrial community. It is because of this support that the Wichita Symphony Orchestra can continue to provide great music to south-central Kansas.