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Welcome to the WSYO Student Information Portal! Here you can submit absence notices, sign up to usher for WSO concerts, and get quick access to important documents.

Forms and Sign Up Sheets

Absence Form

Usher Sign Ups

Rehearsal Snacks Sign up

Spirit of the Season String Ensemble Sign UP

Handbook and Policies

2018-2019 WSYO Student Handbook

2018-2019 Orchestras Schedule (YS, Rep, YCP)

2018-2019 Wind Ensemble Schedule

Rehearsal Etiquette Guide

Fundraising Materials

WSYO Fundraising Nights!

Local Businesses Contact Sheet

(Make sure you check this document before contacting a business, and update it immediately once a new business has been contacted!)

Community Partners Packet
(including ad specs and silent auction donation forms)

Youth Talent Auditions

Rules and Regulations

Application

Approved Repertoire List

Definitions

Service
Service is the wichitasymphony.org website operated by Wichita Symphony Society

Personal Data
Personal Data means data about a living individual who can be identified from those data (or from those and other information either in our possession or likely to come into our possession).

Usage Data
Usage Data is data collected automatically either generated by the use of the Service or from the Service infrastructure itself (for example, the duration of a page visit).

Cookies
Cookies are small pieces of data stored on your device (computer or mobile device).

Data Controller
Data Controller means the natural or legal person who (either alone or jointly or in common with other persons) determines the purposes for which and the manner in which any personal information are, or are to be, processed.

For the purpose of this Privacy Policy, we are a Data Controller of your Personal Data.

Data Processors (or Service Providers)
Data Processor (or Service Provider) means any natural or legal person who processes the data on behalf of the Data Controller.

We may use the services of various Service Providers in order to process your data more effectively.

Data Subject (or User)
Data Subject is any living individual who is using our Service and is the subject of Personal Data.

Information Collection and Use

We collect several different types of information for various purposes to provide and improve our Service to you.

Types of Data Collected

Personal Data

While using our Service, we may ask you to provide us with certain personally identifiable information that can be used to contact or identify you ("Personal Data"). Personally identifiable information may include, but is not limited to:

·         Email address

·         First name and last name

·         Phone number

·         Address, State, Province, ZIP/Postal code, City

·         Cookies and Usage Data

We may use your Personal Data to contact you with newsletters, marketing or promotional materials and other information that may be of interest to you. You may opt out of receiving any, or all, of these communications from us by following the unsubscribe link or instructions provided in any email we send.

Usage Data

We may also collect information how the Service is accessed and used ("Usage Data"). This Usage Data may include information such as your computer's Internet Protocol address (e.g. IP address), browser type, browser version, the pages of our Service that you visit, the time and date of your visit, the time spent on those pages, unique device identifiers and other diagnostic data.

Tracking Cookies Data

We use cookies and similar tracking technologies to track the activity on our Service and hold certain information.

Cookies are files with small amount of data which may include an anonymous unique identifier. Cookies are sent to your browser from a website and stored on your device. Tracking technologies also used are beacons, tags, and scripts to collect and track information and to improve and analyze our Service.

You can instruct your browser to refuse all cookies or to indicate when a cookie is being sent. However, if you do not accept cookies, you may not be able to use some portions of our Service.

Examples of Cookies we use:

·         Session Cookies. We use Session Cookies to operate our Service.

·         Preference Cookies. We use Preference Cookies to remember your preferences and various settings.

Security Cookies. We use Security Cookies for security purposes.

Use of Data

Wichita Symphony Society uses the collected data for various purposes:

·         To provide and maintain our Service

·         To notify you about changes to our Service

·         To allow you to participate in interactive features of our Service when you choose to do so

·         To provide customer support

·         To gather analysis or valuable information so that we can improve our Service

·         To monitor the usage of our Service

·         To detect, prevent and address technical issues

·         To provide you with news, special offers and general information about other goods, services and events which we offer that are similar to those that you have already purchased or enquired about unless you have opted not to receive such information

Legal Basis for Processing Personal Data Under General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)

If you are from the European Economic Area (EEA), Wichita Symphony Society legal basis for collecting and using the personal information described in this Privacy Policy depends on the Personal Data we collect and the specific context in which we collect it.

Wichita Symphony Society may process your Personal Data because:

·         We need to perform a contract with you

·         You have given us permission to do so

·         The processing is in our legitimate interests and it's not overridden by your rights

·         For payment processing purposes

·         To comply with the law

Retention of Data

Wichita Symphony Society will retain your Personal Data only for as long as is necessary for the purposes set out in this Privacy Policy. We will retain and use your Personal Data to the extent necessary to comply with our legal obligations (for example, if we are required to retain your data to comply with applicable laws), resolve disputes, and enforce our legal agreements and policies.

Wichita Symphony Society will also retain Usage Data for internal analysis purposes. Usage Data is generally retained for a shorter period of time, except when this data is used to strengthen the security or to improve the functionality of our Service, or we are legally obligated to retain this data for longer time periods.

Transfer of Data

Your information, including Personal Data, may be transferred to — and maintained on — computers located outside of your state, province, country or other governmental jurisdiction where the data protection laws may differ than those from your jurisdiction.

If you are located outside United States and choose to provide information to us, please note that we transfer the data, including Personal Data, to United States and process it there.

Your consent to this Privacy Policy followed by your submission of such information represents your agreement to that transfer.

Wichita Symphony Society will take all steps reasonably necessary to ensure that your data is treated securely and in accordance with this Privacy Policy and no transfer of your Personal Data will take place to an organization or a country unless there are adequate controls in place including the security of your data and other personal information.

Disclosure of Data

Business Transaction

If Wichita Symphony Society is involved in a merger, acquisition or asset sale, your Personal Data may be transferred. We will provide notice before your Personal Data is transferred and becomes subject to a different Privacy Policy.

Disclosure for Law Enforcement

Under certain circumstances, Wichita Symphony Society may be required to disclose your Personal Data if required to do so by law or in response to valid requests by public authorities (e.g. a court or a government agency).

Legal Requirements

Wichita Symphony Society may disclose your Personal Data in the good faith belief that such action is necessary to:

·         To comply with a legal obligation

·         To protect and defend the rights or property of Wichita Symphony Society

·         To prevent or investigate possible wrongdoing in connection with the Service

·         To protect the personal safety of users of the Service or the public

·         To protect against legal liability

Security of Data

The security of your data is important to us, but remember that no method of transmission over the Internet, or method of electronic storage is 100% secure. While we strive to use commercially acceptable means to protect your Personal Data, we cannot guarantee its absolute security.

Your Data Protection Rights Under General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)

If you are a resident of the European Economic Area (EEA), you have certain data protection rights. Wichita Symphony Society aims to take reasonable steps to allow you to correct, amend, delete, or limit the use of your Personal Data.

If you wish to be informed what Personal Data we hold about you and if you want it to be removed from our systems, please contact us.

In certain circumstances, you have the following data protection rights:

Please note that we may ask you to verify your identity before responding to such requests.

You have the right to complain to a Data Protection Authority about our collection and use of your Personal Data. For more information, please contact your local data protection authority in the European Economic Area (EEA).

Service Providers

We may employ third party companies and individuals to facilitate our Service ("Service Providers"), to provide the Service on our behalf, to perform Service-related services or to assist us in analyzing how our Service is used.

These third parties have access to your Personal Data only to perform these tasks on our behalf and are obligated not to disclose or use it for any other purpose.

Analytics

We may use third-party Service Providers to monitor and analyze the use of our Service.

Google Analytics

Behavioral Remarketing

Wichita Symphony Society uses remarketing services to advertise on third party websites to you after you visited our Service. We and our third-party vendors use cookies to inform, optimize and serve ads based on your past visits to our Service.

Google AdWords

Facebook

AdRoll

Payments

We may provide paid products and/or services within the Service. In that case, we use third-party services for payment processing (e.g. payment processors).

We will not store or collect your payment card details. That information is provided directly to our third-party payment processors whose use of your personal information is governed by their Privacy Policy. These payment processors adhere to the standards set by PCI-DSS as managed by the PCI Security Standards Council, which is a joint effort of brands like Visa, Mastercard, American Express and Discover. PCI-DSS requirements help ensure the secure handling of payment information.

The payment processors we work with are:

When information is provided to purchase tickets, patron data other than payment details are stored through PatronManager, a Salesforce platform. Salesforce’s privacy policy can be found at https://www.salesforce.com/company/privacy/full_privacy/.

Links to Other Sites

Our Service may contain links to other sites that are not operated by us. If you click on a third party link, you will be directed to that third party's site. We strongly advise you to review the Privacy Policy of every site you visit.

We have no control over and assume no responsibility for the content, privacy policies or practices of any third party sites or services.

Children's Privacy

Our Service does not address anyone under the age of 18 ("Children").

We do not knowingly collect personally identifiable information from anyone under the age of 18. If you are a parent or guardian and you are aware that your child has provided us with Personal Data, please contact us. If we become aware that we have collected Personal Data from children without verification of parental consent, we take steps to remove that information from our servers.

Changes to This Privacy Policy

We may update our Privacy Policy from time to time. We will notify you of any changes by posting the new Privacy Policy on this page.

We will let you know via email and/or a prominent notice on our Service, prior to the change becoming effective and update the "effective date" at the top of this Privacy Policy.

You are advised to review this Privacy Policy periodically for any changes. Changes to this Privacy Policy are effective when they are posted on this page.

Contact Us

If you have any questions about this Privacy Policy, please contact us:

Advertise with the Wichita Symphony

Reach thousands of arts and music supporters in the Wichita community when you advertise in the Symphony program book! Please view our pricing/specifications below, for more information contact:

Arleigh McCormick
Marketing & Public Relations Manager
amccormick@wso.org
316.440.7097

Reserve Your Ad

Advertising Rates & Sizing - Books 3 & 4

>SAMPLE PROGRAM BOOK

We have two books left to print in the 2018-2019 Season. Prices listed pro-rated for the final two books, which include six performances.

FULL PAGE

HALF PAGE

QUARTER PAGE

EIGHTH PAGE

Specialty placement and rotating ad options available.

RESERVE YOUR AD

Publication Schedule

Program Book 3 (Jan - Feb, 2019)

Program Book 4 (Mar - May, 2019)

Reserve Your Ad

Advertising Deadlines

Reservation Deadline: All contracts and ads must be received by the Wichita Symphony no later than December 14, 2018.

Artwork Deadline: Artwork must be provided in PDF format to the Wichita Symphony by January 4, 2019.

Payment Deadline: Payment must be received in full no later than January 4, 2019. A 1.5% late fee will be assessed on all unpaid balances beginning January 5, 2019 and subsequent months.

Reserve Your Ad

Help educate and inspire audiences when you support the Wichita Symphony Orchestra. Whether it’s giving your time, making a donation, or joining the Women’s Association of the Wichita Symphony, community support allows us to continue our programs and build the audiences of tomorrow.

Donate

When you give to the Wichita Symphony Orchestra, you are benefiting the Orchestra and your community. Donations allow us to continue our educational and community programs.

Donate Today

Advertise

Reach thousands of arts and music supporters in the Wichita community when you advertise in the Symphony program book!

Reserve Your Ad

Volunteer

Throughout the season, our volunteer members give their time, support, and ideas to further the goals of the Orchestra. Learn more about our available opportunities.

Get Involved

Women’s Association of the Wichita Symphony (WAWS)

The women and men involved in the Women’s Association of the Wichita Symphony (WAWS) provide invaluable time, ideas, and financial support to advance the goals of the Orchestra.

Learn More

Ushering for Concerts

If you are interesting in becoming a volunteer usher for Wichita Symphony concerts, please contact Cathy Duncan, Audience Service Manager at WichitaTix, at cduncan@wichita.gov

Other Volunteer Opportunities

Our volunteer members provide invaluable time, ideas and support to further assist the Orchestra. Throughout the season, the symphony has various volunteer needs for our Young People’s Concerts and fundraising projects. Contact us to learn about how you can get involved today!

Contact Form

The Wichita Symphony also welcomes corporate sponsorships and company gift matching programs. For more information, contact Don Reinhold, CEO, at (316) 267-5259 Ext. 106.

 

The Wichita Symphony – A 4-Star Rated Nonprofit

The Wichita Symphony's strong financial health and commitment to accountability and transparency have earned a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator for two consecutive years. America's largest independent charity evaluator, Charity Navigator only awards the coveted 4-star rating to a quarter of the not-for-profit charities it reviews.  The Wichita Symphony is proud to have one of the highest ratings in the State of Kansas, and one of the highest ratings among symphony orchestras in the entire United States.

You can make a gift to the Wichita Symphony with confidence knowing that your generosity will ensure the that the performances and artistry of Wichita’s fully professional orchestra and the many educational programs we provide will contribute to the vibrancy and vitality of your community.

 

Donor Privacy Policy

The Wichita Symphony maintains the highest level of respect for the privacy of its donors. The Wichita Symphony does not share, sell, trade, rent or publish postal addresses, telephone numbers, or e-mails of our donors. Unless you specifically request anonymity, your name will be listed at the appropriate level with the many other patrons who make generous gifts to the Wichita Symphony in our Symphony program book. Your listing will appear for the duration of one year.

If you are making a gift in honor of, or in memory of someone, please inform us of the name and address of an individual to whom we can send a card acknowledging your gift. We will not share the amount of your gift.

Flex4 passes are the most flexible option to experience the Wichita Symphony. Here’s how it works:

Seating is best available as determined by the Box Office. Subject to availability. Some concerts may be subject to a "sold out" status, and therefore not available for flex vouchers.

WSO Musicians, please complete the following forms by August 11.  Instructions for each form is contained within each form and in the season memo you received.

Please fill out the following forms for the 2017-2018 Season:

Single Tickets on Sale July 5, 2017!

In addition to seats for all 11 of our concerts, our full-season Super Pass subscribers also enjoy:

Purchase your Super Pass below, or call the Symphony Box Office at (316) 267-7658. If you are purchasing season tickets for the first time, the Symphony Box Office will call you to assign your seats once your order is received.

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The artistic leadership at the Wichita Symphony Orchestra is made up of experienced and skilled musical directors and conductors. With their talented leadership, each concert is transformed into a beautiful performance.

Your Perfect Seat Awaits

We’ll help you find your seat with ease! Ushers are available at every performance to hand out programs and show you to your seat. Wichita Symphony concerts are held in Century II Concert Hall. The ticket prices below are based on seating arrangements for each concert. Please feel free to contact us with any questions or concerns.

Please note: Pricing for Century II Concert Hall varies depending on the concert, and pricing is subject to change.

Listen to Symphony Concerts Online and On the Radio

The Wichita Symphony is pleased to continue its partnership with Radio Kansas, bringing Wichita Symphony concerts to the airwaves. Radio Kansas broadcasts each of the programs in the WSO’s Classics season, hosted by Radio Kansas’ Music Director Mark Simmons. These broadcasts often include commentary from Wichita Symphony Conductor and Music Director Daniel Hege.

Upcoming Radio Broadcasts

All concerts will be broadcast on Fridays at 7 pm on Radio Kansas, 90.1 FM in the Hutchinson and Wichita area, 89.5 FM in the Salina and Manhattan area and 90.9 FM in the Great Bend and Hays area. To learn more about Radio Kansas and their programming or to listen online, visit radiokansas.org.

Browse the Wichita Symphony Print and Digital Archives

The Wichita Symphony enriches, educates and entertains diverse audiences in the community with performances of orchestral music. Browse through our news and media archives to learn more about our music, musicians, choruses and past events.

Listen to Our BRAVO! Podcast

The BRAVO! podcast gives greater insight into what goes on behind the scenes at the Wichita Symphony. This production allows you to develop a better understanding of our music, events, musicians and choruses. Listen to our past podcasts and stay tuned for more!

The Wichita Symphony Orchestra Board of Directors and Administrative Staff provide the Symphony with a high degree of support, which has allowed it to grow and evolve into what it is today. With their help, the Wichita Symphony Orchestra is continually able to bring great music to the community.

JOB OPPORTUNITIES

View current administrative and orchestral openings --> 

Welcome to the Wichita Symphony News and Media Center

Since 1944, the Wichita Symphony has been one of the premier symphony orchestras in Kansas, delivering inspiring performances of orchestral music to diverse audiences. Our musical performances include Classics, Pops, Family, and Community concerts, and we are also dedicated to education and outreach endeavors, including Youth Orchestras, Young People’s Concerts, Kinderconcerts and Naftzger Auditions & Awards.

Media Resources

These high-resolution images are provided as .JPG files and the bios as PDFs for use by the media. Simply click on the files you’d like to use and download them to your computer. Photos for guest artists and more are available at the "ARTIST PHOTOS" link via Google Drive.

Artist Photos

Daniel Hege Photos and Bios

Read Bio

To schedule an interview, contact Arleigh Aldrich directly at (316) 267-5259 Ext 104.

Educating Youth in the Community

The Wichita Symphony Orchestra is dedicated to the education and outreach of youth in the local community. Our programs allow children and young adults to be introduced to live symphonic music, participate in youth orchestra programs and compete for scholarships and prize money.

Wichita Symphony Box Office

225 W Douglas Ave, Suite 207
Wichita, KS 67202
(2nd floor of Century II)

TICKETS
ONLINE
 (we don't charge extra fees online)
(316) 267-7658

ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICE
316-267-5259 (Staff Extensions)
Fax: 316-267-1937

BOX OFFICE HOURS
Monday - Friday | 10am-5pm
Also open one hour prior to performances at the entry  lobby box office windows

CLOSINGS
Mon, October 1: Closed for Columbus Day

Questions / Comments

We’d love to hear from you! If you have any questions or comments, please fill out the form below. We’ll get back with you as soon as we can. You can also reach the Symphony Box Office by calling (316) 267-7658 during regular Box Office hours (see above).

Glad to Hear From You!

Your message has been sent, and we'll get back with you as soon as we can. In the meantime, you might want to refer to our Frequently Asked Questions.

Your Gift Tells a Story Through:

Thrilling Symphonic Performances

"Hearing it live? Priceless. There is no substitute."
- Facebook Review

When you think about 60 – 90 musicians playing together, moving as one, giving life to notes on paper, there is only one word to describe it: magic. Not every city has access to high quality performances of classical masters, and Wichita can be proud to say that we don’t just have a symphony orchestra – we have a great symphony orchestra.

DONATE TODAY

Music Education and Family Programming

“The concert was absolutely fantastic! Thank you for coming and sharing the talents of your members with all of us!”

Eric Hofer-Holdeman (pictured right)
Mayberry Magnet Middle School Principal

If you grew up in Wichita, chances are you have a) heard a Kinderconcert at your school performed by WSO musicians, b) ridden a bus to Century II to attend a Young People’s Concert (YPC) with thousands of other children, or c) participated in our highly acclaimed Youth Orchestras program. Just this month we welcomed 12,000 students to Century II for YPCs, and our Youth Orchestras toured three local schools to share their musical talents with their peers (pictured above). These decades-long programs have created treasured memories across our great city and beyond, and pass on the gift of music to the next generation.

DONATE TODAY

Community Vibrancy

The Symphony performs two community concerts each year, the Spirit of the Season Holiday Concert and the Twilight Pops Concert at Riverfest, and you will also find WSO musicians playing at your daughter’s wedding or teaching private lessons to your children and grandchildren. They can be heard in the pit at Music Theatre Wichita and Wichita Grand Opera. By sustaining the Wichita Symphony, you retain professional musicians in the Wichita community, and invest in the future of artists that make Wichita a cultural hub in the Midwest.

DONATE TODAY

Supporting the Wichita Symphony Orchestra is an investment in your Orchestra and your community. Your gift supports the artistic excellence that creates excitement and inspires audiences. It allows us to continue the important educational and community programs, such as Young People’s Concerts, KinderConcerts, Family Concerts and our Youth Orchestra program, which build the audiences of tomorrow.

Ticket sales cover less than 45% of the Wichita Symphony’s annual budget and your donation does make a difference. Make an impact on your community by giving to the Wichita Symphony today:

The Wichita Symphony also welcomes corporate sponsorships and company gift matching programs. For more information, contact Don Reinhold, CEO, at (316) 267-5259 Ext. 106.

Volunteer Opportunities

Ushering for Concerts

If you are interesting in becoming a volunteer usher for Wichita Symphony concerts, please contact Cathy Duncan, Audience Service Manager at WichitaTix, at cduncan@wichita.gov

Other Volunteer Opportunities

Our volunteer members provide invaluable time, ideas and support to further assist the Orchestra. Throughout the season, the symphony has various volunteer needs for our Young People’s Concerts and fundraising projects. Contact us to learn about how you can get involved today!

Contact Form

Women's Association of the Wichita Symphony (WAWS)

With approximately 150 members of women and men from the community, the Women’s Association of the Wichita Symphony (WAWS) has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars to benefit the Orchestra for more than 70 years. Members provide invaluable volunteer time, ideas and financial support to further the goals of the Orchestra. 

Get Involved

Where to Park

The main parking lot is located on Main, South of the Public Library. The parking is metered and should be fed for concerts.

In addition to metered parking around Century II, the Garvey Center has made their parking lots available to Symphony patrons at no charge. Paid parking is also available at the Hyatt Regency Hotel parking garage adjacent to Century II, Drury Plaza Hotel, the Market and Williams garage, as well as other parking lots. 

View a Parking Map

Location

All Wichita Symphony Orchestra performances are held at the Century II Performing Arts Center, primarily in Concert Hall. The Symphony box office is located on the second floor of the Concert Hall in Suite 207. For more information on Century II, visit their website.

Century II Performing Arts Center
225 W Douglas Ave
Wichita KS 67202
Phone: (316) 264-9121

2018-2019 SEASON TICKETS - 75th Anniversary

Renewing Season Ticket Holders: Call 316.267.7658 to renew your 2018-2019 75th Anniversary Season today! See the new season here.

Become a Season Ticket Holder: Season tickets are now available online!  Scroll down for our season ticket options, or call the Wichita Symphony Box Office at 316.267.7658 for more information. View the new season here.

Symphony Box Office

Century II Concert Hall
(316) 267-7658 | WichitaSymphony.org
Monday - Friday, 10am - 5pm

Why Buy Season Tickets?

If you want to experience the magic of the Symphony throughout the year, season tickets are the best value, saving you 10 - 15% off the cost of your single tickets. You also get the best seats available, reserving them before single tickets go on sale to the public!

How to Order

You can order your tickets using the links below, or by calling the Symphony Box Office at (316) 267-7658. 

2018-2019 SEASON TICKETS

A Deeper Glimpse

Discover the wonderful music we play by attending Inside the Music with Wichita Symphony Orchestra music director and conductor, Daniel Hege. You will get a better understanding and take a deeper glimpse into the lives and compositions of Classical masters featured in our programs.

Inside the Music

Upcoming Inside the Music Dates

For our Donor Privacy Policy, please click here.

Definitions

Service
Service is the wichitasymphony.org website operated by Wichita Symphony Society

Personal Data
Personal Data means data about a living individual who can be identified from those data (or from those and other information either in our possession or likely to come into our possession).

Usage Data
Usage Data is data collected automatically either generated by the use of the Service or from the Service infrastructure itself (for example, the duration of a page visit).

Cookies
Cookies are small pieces of data stored on your device (computer or mobile device).

Data Controller
Data Controller means the natural or legal person who (either alone or jointly or in common with other persons) determines the purposes for which and the manner in which any personal information are, or are to be, processed.

For the purpose of this Privacy Policy, we are a Data Controller of your Personal Data.

Data Processors (or Service Providers)
Data Processor (or Service Provider) means any natural or legal person who processes the data on behalf of the Data Controller.

We may use the services of various Service Providers in order to process your data more effectively.

Data Subject (or User)
Data Subject is any living individual who is using our Service and is the subject of Personal Data.

Information Collection and Use

We collect several different types of information for various purposes to provide and improve our Service to you.

Types of Data Collected

Personal Data

While using our Service, we may ask you to provide us with certain personally identifiable information that can be used to contact or identify you ("Personal Data"). Personally identifiable information may include, but is not limited to:

We may use your Personal Data to contact you with newsletters, marketing or promotional materials and other information that may be of interest to you. You may opt out of receiving any, or all, of these communications from us by following the unsubscribe link or instructions provided in any email we send.

Usage Data

We may also collect information how the Service is accessed and used ("Usage Data"). This Usage Data may include information such as your computer's Internet Protocol address (e.g. IP address), browser type, browser version, the pages of our Service that you visit, the time and date of your visit, the time spent on those pages, unique device identifiers and other diagnostic data.

Tracking Cookies Data

We use cookies and similar tracking technologies to track the activity on our Service and hold certain information.

Cookies are files with small amount of data which may include an anonymous unique identifier. Cookies are sent to your browser from a website and stored on your device. Tracking technologies also used are beacons, tags, and scripts to collect and track information and to improve and analyze our Service.

You can instruct your browser to refuse all cookies or to indicate when a cookie is being sent. However, if you do not accept cookies, you may not be able to use some portions of our Service.

Examples of Cookies we use:

Use of Data

Wichita Symphony Society uses the collected data for various purposes:

Legal Basis for Processing Personal Data Under General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)

If you are from the European Economic Area (EEA), Wichita Symphony Society legal basis for collecting and using the personal information described in this Privacy Policy depends on the Personal Data we collect and the specific context in which we collect it.

Wichita Symphony Society may process your Personal Data because:

Retention of Data

Wichita Symphony Society will retain your Personal Data only for as long as is necessary for the purposes set out in this Privacy Policy. We will retain and use your Personal Data to the extent necessary to comply with our legal obligations (for example, if we are required to retain your data to comply with applicable laws), resolve disputes, and enforce our legal agreements and policies.

Wichita Symphony Society will also retain Usage Data for internal analysis purposes. Usage Data is generally retained for a shorter period of time, except when this data is used to strengthen the security or to improve the functionality of our Service, or we are legally obligated to retain this data for longer time periods.

Transfer of Data

Your information, including Personal Data, may be transferred to — and maintained on — computers located outside of your state, province, country or other governmental jurisdiction where the data protection laws may differ than those from your jurisdiction.

If you are located outside United States and choose to provide information to us, please note that we transfer the data, including Personal Data, to United States and process it there.

Your consent to this Privacy Policy followed by your submission of such information represents your agreement to that transfer.

Wichita Symphony Society will take all steps reasonably necessary to ensure that your data is treated securely and in accordance with this Privacy Policy and no transfer of your Personal Data will take place to an organization or a country unless there are adequate controls in place including the security of your data and other personal information.

Disclosure of Data

Business Transaction
If Wichita Symphony Society is involved in a merger, acquisition or asset sale, your Personal Data may be transferred. We will provide notice before your Personal Data is transferred and becomes subject to a different Privacy Policy.

Disclosure for Law Enforcement
Under certain circumstances, Wichita Symphony Society may be required to disclose your Personal Data if required to do so by law or in response to valid requests by public authorities (e.g. a court or a government agency).

Legal Requirements
Wichita Symphony Society may disclose your Personal Data in the good faith belief that such action is necessary to:

Security of Data

The security of your data is important to us, but remember that no method of transmission over the Internet, or method of electronic storage is 100% secure. While we strive to use commercially acceptable means to protect your Personal Data, we cannot guarantee its absolute security.

Your Data Protection Rights Under General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)

If you are a resident of the European Economic Area (EEA), you have certain data protection rights. Wichita Symphony Society aims to take reasonable steps to allow you to correct, amend, delete, or limit the use of your Personal Data.

If you wish to be informed what Personal Data we hold about you and if you want it to be removed from our systems, please contact us.

In certain circumstances, you have the following data protection rights:

Please note that we may ask you to verify your identity before responding to such requests.

You have the right to complain to a Data Protection Authority about our collection and use of your Personal Data. For more information, please contact your local data protection authority in the European Economic Area (EEA).

Service Providers

We may employ third party companies and individuals to facilitate our Service ("Service Providers"), to provide the Service on our behalf, to perform Service-related services or to assist us in analyzing how our Service is used.

These third parties have access to your Personal Data only to perform these tasks on our behalf and are obligated not to disclose or use it for any other purpose.

Analytics

We may use third-party Service Providers to monitor and analyze the use of our Service.

Google Analytics

Behavioral Remarketing

Wichita Symphony Society uses remarketing services to advertise on third party websites to you after you visited our Service. We and our third-party vendors use cookies to inform, optimize and serve ads based on your past visits to our Service.

Google AdWords

Facebook

AdRoll

Payments

We may provide paid products and/or services within the Service. In that case, we use third-party services for payment processing (e.g. payment processors).

We will not store or collect your payment card details. That information is provided directly to our third-party payment processors whose use of your personal information is governed by their Privacy Policy. These payment processors adhere to the standards set by PCI-DSS as managed by the PCI Security Standards Council, which is a joint effort of brands like Visa, Mastercard, American Express and Discover. PCI-DSS requirements help ensure the secure handling of payment information.

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Fees

Effective February 1, 2018, fees and sales tax are included in the price of your ticket. There are no added fees, regardless of delivery or order method.

Refund Policy

All sales are final and tickets are non-refundable. No exceptions.

Can't Use Your Ticket?

If you can’t attend a concert and you’re unable to find a friend who will gratefully use your ticket(s), you may donate your ticket(s) back to the Symphony no later than 5pm on Friday of the concert weekend. We will issue a tax-deductible donation receipt for your donation, and you will save us the cost of sales tax for what is now a donation. We’ll make every effort to re-sell your unused ticket. Please give us as much notice as possible.

Please note: we are unable to accept unused tickets as donations after the concert has begun, or the following week.

Lost Your Ticket?

No problem. We’ll reprint one for you at no charge. You can call the Symphony Box Office at (316) 267-7658 and we will hold it at will call, or you can go to the "Ticket Reprint" window when you arrive at the performance.

Exchange Policy

We understand that last-minute things come up, or a business trip gets scheduled out of town. If you are exchanging into a new concert, there is no exchange fee charged. If you are exchanging into a concert with higher ticket prices, you will be expected to pay the additional cost of the ticket. We will seat you as close to your original seat as possible.

Discounted Tickets

Student Rush Discounts

Student Rush Tickets go on sale the Monday before each performance, one ticket per valid student ID. They may be purchased by phone at 316.267.7658, in person at the WSO Box Office, or at the walk-up windows before the concert. All student tickets will be held in Will Call until a valid student ID is shown to pick up the tickets. Seat change requests cannot be accommodated on the day of the concert.

Military Discounts

50% discounts for all Masterworks concerts are available with a military ID the week of the performance, subject to availability. Please call the Box Office at (316) 267-7658 for more information. Military discounts are not available on Pops concerts.

Senior Discounts

Beginning the Monday of a Masterworks performance, patrons ages 65 and up may receive a 10% discount on request, excluding section F. All seats are subject to availability. Senior discounts for single tickets are not available for Pops concerts.

Children at the Symphony

Only children who are mature enough to sit quietly during a concert, without disturbing their neighbors, should attend Wichita Symphony Masterworks or Pops performances.  We recommend patrons with young children purchase seats near the aisle in case a restless child needs to be taken out of the concert hall during the performance. The Wichita Symphony reserves the right to ask any individuals who are disrupting fellow patrons or the concert setting to leave the hall.

All people, regardless of age, must have a ticket to attend the Wichita Symphony.

If you have any questions, please contact us.

Saturday & Sunday, March 9-10, 2019

Duerksen Fine Arts Center
Wichita State University
Wichita, KS

Naftzger Young Artist Award: $5,000
Three Naftzger Division Awards: $2,000
Four Naftzger Division Runner-Up Awards: $500
Total cash prizes of $13,000 will be awarded


Application Deadline: February 4, 2019
Click to view the brochure for details regarding eligibility

2019 Naftzger Application

Please contact Tiffany Bell with questions regarding the Naftzger Young Artists Auditions and Music Awards.

Tiffany Bell
Education & Community Engagement Manager
316-267-5259 ext. 105
tbell@wso.org


The Naftzger Young Artists Auditions and Music Awards are administered by
the Wichita Symphony Society and is made possible by
The Naftzger Fund for Fine Arts, Inc.

Created by Mr. and Mrs. M.C. Naftzger in memory of
L.S. Naftzger, Ida L. Naftzger, and Lee Southwell Naftzger II


Congratulations to our 2018 Naftzger Young Artists Auditions Winners:

Pictured from left to right: Front Row - Thomas Cooper (violin), Beatrice Kim (soprano), Junwen Liang (piano), Dorien Tate (bass trombone). Second Row - Malcolm Liu (piano, division winner), Dorian McCall (bass-baritone, voice division winner), Igor Khukhua (violin, strings division winner), Damian Cheek (saxophone, overall winner)

NAFTZGER YOUNG ARTISTS AWARD RECIPIENT ($5,000 Grand Prize)

Damian Cheek, University of Oklahoma, saxophone

DIVISION WINNERS ($2,000 Cash Prize)

DIVISION RUNNERS UP ($500 Cash Prize)

ALL NAFTZGER WINNERS

Children receive their first introduction to the Wichita Symphony in the form of KinderConcerts. Members of the Bloomfield String Quartet, comprised of four Wichita State University graduate student musicians in the Wichita Symphony, perform free in-school concerts at Wichita public elementary schools each year. The programs are geared for Kindergarten through second grade and introduce students to the string instrument family and classical music in a lively manner that illustrates the basics of music— melody, rhythm, etc.— using an entertaining story that appeals to children.

 

Pictured right: The Bloomfield String Quartet performs a musical rendition of “Where the Wild Things Are” for elementary students.

KinderConcerts are underwritten by the Sam and Rie Bloomfield Foundation.

Young People’s Concerts, or “YPCs” as we like to call them, are performed for area third through eighth grade students every fall and winter, reaching approximately 24,000 students and their teachers each year. These 40-minute programs feature the full Wichita Symphony Orchestra and often utilize actors or dancers to illustrate the program. For many students, these fun and educational concerts represent their first experience with live symphonic music!

Provide a YPC Scholarship

By giving just $13, you can provide a scholarship for a student to attend two concerts!

DONATE NOW

2018-2019 Young People's Concerts

November 13-15, 2018: PROJECT Trio

Peter Seymour, double bass
Greg Pattillo, flute
Eric Stephenson, cello
Wichita Symphony Orchestra

“PROJECT Trio is packed with musicianship, joy, and surprise!” 
- Downbeat Magazine

Combining the virtuosity of world-class artists with the energy of rock stars, PROJECT Trio is breaking down traditional ideas of chamber music. The genre-defying Trio is acclaimed by the press as “packed with musicianship, joy and surprise” and “exciting a new generation of listeners about the joys of classical and jazz music.


January 15-17, 2019: Tchaikovsky Discovers America 

Classical Kids Live!
Wichita Symphony Orchestra

Based on the actual historical event, this story tells of the great composer’s arrival in New York for the grand opening of Carnegie Hall in 1891 and his famous trip to Niagara Falls. A surprise encounter with a young American girl, Jennie, reveals much about Tchaikovsky – his life in Russia, his love of music and his fears of conducting. This is a poignant story of the meeting of old world influences and new world experiences; a tale of contrast, courage and classical music.

How to Attend

The registration deadline for the WSO's 2018-2019 Young People's Concerts has passed. To inquire about YPC programming and registration, please contact:

Tiffany Bell
Education & Community Engagement Manager
tbell@wso.org
(316) 267-5259 ext. 105

Cost to Attend

Wichita Schools

Out of Town Schools

YPC Materials

General YPC Materials

Young People's Concerts are made possible by the generous support of

Bank of America
The Sam & Rie Bloomfield Foundation
Henry & Jacquelyn Byars
Cox Communications
Husky Liners
The Fred and Mary Koch Foundation
The Lattner Family Foundation
Kansas Creative Arts Industries Commission
National Endowment for the Arts
Colby Sandlian
The Westar Energy Foundation

The Wichita Symphony receives funding for general operational support from the

The Wichita Symphony Orchestra posts all openings for orchestral musicians, administrative staff and the Wichita Symphony Orchestra Chorus on this page. 

2018-2019 Wichita Symphony Orchestra Chorus

The Wichita Symphony Orchestra Chorus invites all interested singers who enjoy fast-paced, energetic and inspiring rehearsals, making music with a professional orchestra and being part of a caring community of singers to join this wonderful ensemble! No audition necessary. 

The WSO Chorus is a volunteer chorus that performs with the Wichita Symphony on selected concerts each season. Rehearsal and concert schedules are planned to allow for outside employment. Typical chorus rehearsals are Thursday evenings leading up to the concert week, when rehearsals are Tuesday, Thursday and Friday evenings. Concerts are Saturday evening and Sunday afternoon. 

CHORUS INFORMATION

Concerts, Repertoire, and Rehearsals

Weekly rehearsals take place 7-9pm in the Chorus Room in the Riney Fine Arts Building at Friends University. Full rehearsal schedules will be posted once solidified. If you have any questions, please contact Cindy Bailey, chorus assistant, via email at chorus@wso.org


2018/2019 Orchestral Auditions

Auditions for the 2018-2019 Season took place June 7-9, and all positions were filled. For inquiries about future open positions, please contact:

Matt Blauer, Personnel Manager 
Email: 
orchpersonnel@wso.org
Wichita Symphony Orchestra
225 W. Douglas, Suite 207
Wichita, KS 67202

Winning candidates must be eligible to work in the United States or be able, at the candidate’s expense, to meet all eligibility requirements no later than the date upon which services would commence.

About the Orchestra

The Wichita Symphony Orchestra is led by Music Director and Conductor Daniel Hege, and is a fully professional, part-time orchestra. Rehearsal and concert schedules are planned to allow for outside full-time employment. The 2018-2019 Season begins September 10, 2018 and ends in early June, 2019. Rehearsals and concerts are held in Wichita's Century II Performing Arts Center. Winning candidates must be eligible to work in the United States or be able, at the candidate's expense, to meet all eligibility requirements no later than the date upon which services would commence.

SEASON

The 2018-2019 season begins September 10 and ends in early June. The Orchestra will perform approximately 70 services, including eight subscription concert pairs, two Young People's Concert series, three pops concerts and other services. 

COMPENSATION

Orchestra musicians are paid on a per-service basis. Based on the requirements of repertoire to be performed during the season, the estimated salary for full season section positions is $5,000-7,000.

The Wichita Symphony is an equal opportunity employer.


Administrative Staff Openings

There are currently no administrative positions open at the Wichita Symphony.

The Wichita Symphony is an equal opportunity employer.

Women’s Association of the Wichita Symphony (WAWS)

With approximately 150 members of women and men from the community, the Women’s Association of the Wichita Symphony (WAWS) has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars to benefit the Orchestra for more than 70 years. Members provide invaluable volunteer time, ideas and financial support to further the goals of the Orchestra. Throughout the season, members volunteer their time for such important projects as the Young People’s Concerts, symphony mailings and fund-raising projects. Women’s Association members are often found in the lobby at selected Classic and Pop concerts selling CDs of the program’s featured artists.

WAWS Involvement

Young People’s Concerts

A big project for WAWS is the Young People’s Concerts, or YPCs. These are held during two weeks each year. Each week normally presents six performances, two each morning, for over 12,000 students and teachers each year. On concert days, WAWS members meet busses filled with children from the 3rd through 8th grades in Wichita and surrounding communities and usher them into Century II Concert Hall where they are met by more ushers who show them to their seats for the concerts. In between concerts, volunteers from WAWS are set up backstage to feed the orchestra members. (Their favorite part!) WAWS members donate baked goods, fruits, veggies, cheeses and beverages to give the orchestra added energy.

Let’s Do Lunch!

WAWS members and guests get together for lunch three times during the season. The places and the entertainment vary from year to year, but a good time is had by all who attend. Invitations are mailed out a few weeks before the date so you can make your reservations easily. Guests are welcome at any of these luncheons.

Need to RSVP to our next luncheon? Email Janet Elliott.

Membership

Even though we are known as the Women’s Association of the Wichita Symphony, we also admit men into our membership. Invitations to join WAWS are mailed or emailed out to those interested in becoming a member of the group in June of each year. Replies are needed before August 1st, when the membership booklet goes to print. If you are interested in becoming a member, please contact Carol Darnell.

Frequently Asked Questions & Answers 

How should I plan for the concert?

We have assembled a concert guideline for how you should plan for your evening. It includes attire, when you should arrive, nearby restaurants and concert duration.

Evening Guideline

Are discounts available for single tickets?

Student Rush Discounts

Regular Masterworks performances: $10 Student Rush 
Premium Masterworks and Pops performances: $20 Student Rush, subject to availability as determined by the Symphony Box Office.

Student Rush Tickets go on sale the Monday before each Masterworks performance, one ticket per valid student ID. They may be purchased by phone at 316.267.7658, in person at the WSO Box Office, or at the walk-up windows before the concert. All student tickets will be held in Will Call until a valid student ID is shown to pick up the tickets. Seat change requests cannot be accommodated on the day of the concert.

Military Discounts

50% discounts for all Masterworks concerts are available with a military ID the week of the performance, subject to availability. Please call the Box Office at (316) 267-7658 for more information. Military discounts are not available on Pops concerts.

Senior Discounts

Beginning the Monday of a Masterworks performance, patrons ages 65 and up may receive a 10% discount on request, excluding section F. All seats are subject to availability. Senior discounts for single tickets are not available for Pops concerts.

What about group discounts?

For our Masterworks and Pops performances, we offer:

Please contact the box office at 316-267-7658 to arrange for tickets ahead of time.

Can I order tickets online?

Yes! Simply find the concert you wish to attend on our concert listing and click the BUY NOW button. You can even have your tickets emailed.

Buy Tickets

Are Symphony concerts appropriate for children?

Only children who are mature enough to sit quietly during a concert, without disturbing their neighbors, should attend Wichita Symphony Masterworks or Pops performances.  We recommend patrons with young children purchase seats near the aisle in case a restless child needs to be taken out of the concert hall during the performance. The Wichita Symphony reserves the right to ask any individuals who are disrupting fellow patrons or the concert setting to leave the hall.

All people, regardless of age, must have a ticket to attend the Wichita Symphony.

What provisions are made for patrons with disabilities?

Where should I park?

Check out Location & Parking for more information.

Location & Parking

How can I learn more about the music?

Visit Inside the Music with Daniel for more information or join us for a Concert Talk one hour prior to each  Masterworks performance. 

Inside the Music

If you have any additional questions or concerns, please feel free to contact us


Performance Policies and Information

If you have any additional questions or concerns, please feel free to contact us!

Relive Our Dazzling Performances

When you see the Wichita Symphony Orchestra, you’ll discover an exciting and dazzling performance each and every time. Browse our gallery full of pictures and videos to relive our sensational concerts and events. Submit your photos to symphony@wso.org and we'll post them to our Gallery. Be sure to tag your photos on social media with #WichitaSymphony!

Financial Information

The Wichita Symphony Orchestra is one of the oldest and most active arts organizations in the state of Kansas. It provides a platform for the Wichita community to discover and explore orchestral music in order to enhance the vibrancy of the city. To continue growth, the Wichita Symphony Orchestra relies on the community for support. Financial assistance comes from subscribers, contributors, the Women’s Association as well as the business and industrial community.

2017

2016-2017 IRS Form 990 Public Disclosure (PDF)
FY 2017 Audit (PDF)

2016

2015-2016 IRS Form 990 Public Disclosure (PDF)
FY 2016 Audit (PDF)

2015

2014-2015 IRS Form 990 Public Disclosure (PDF)

2014

2013–2014 IRS Form 990 Public Disclosure (PDF)

Experience Spectacular Dining and Lodging

Restaurants

There are numerous options for dinner in Wichita, including these restaurants we recommend for quality, delicious food. For additional recommendations, please visit DowntownWichita.org

Hotels

The Wichita Symphony Orchestra is honored to partner with Hotel at Old Town and Hotel at WaterWalk. Discounted room rates are available using the promo code: ARTS. You may also call the hotels directly and ask for the Wichita Symphony Rate. The Hyatt Regency is another fine hotel, attached to the Century II Performing Arts Center.

Plan Your Evening (or Afternoon) Out at the Symphony

Looking for a good place to eat before the concert? Aren’t sure what to wear or where to park? Unsure how to find your seat? We’ve compiled a step-by-step guideline for having the perfect Symphony experience. 

Pre-Concert

What to Wear 

You’ll see concert tails and bow ties on stage, but you can leave yours at home. Come in what you are comfortable! There will be suits and dresses, but there will also be jeans and slacks.

Dinner

We suggest you make dinner reservations between one and a half to two hours prior to the concert. Consider the size of your party, the restaurant’s distance from Century II and how long you’d like to linger. There are several options for dinner nearby, and we have preferred restaurants we recommend for quality, delicious food.

View Recommendations

Arriving at the Symphony

You can view our location and download a parking map here.

To avoid lines, we suggest concertgoers purchase tickets one week or more in advance. Online ticket orders will be mailed if placed before one week prior to the concert. Orders placed the week of concerts may be picked up at the Symphony office. All other orders will be held at Will Call, located at the box office at the entrance of Century II Concert Hall. If you are purchasing tickets at the window or grabbing them from Will Call, we recommend arriving 30 minutes prior to the performance. The line can get pretty long!

To ensure you are seated on time, please arrive at Century II at least 30 minutes before the concert, and keep in mind that the parking meters in the South lot of Century II must be fed. 

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Concert

Finding Your Seat

Find your seat with ease with the help of our ushers. Members of our Youth Orchestras who are part of our Honors Youth Usher’s Program will be present to hand out programs and show you to your seat, so look for a fresh, young face with a badge!

If your seat number is between 1 and 30, you will want to go left when entering the lobby. If your seat number is between 101 and 130, you will want to go right when entering the lobby.

Seating Charts

Tuning

The Orchestra will tune at 8 PM on Saturdays and 3 PM on Sundays.

Late Seating

Late seating will take place after the first piece of each concert, which is typically between five and ten minutes. Speakers throughout the lobby and side ramps make it possible for latecomers to still enjoy the performance.

Concert Duration

Concerts last approximately two hours.

Make a night or even a weekend out of your Symphony experience! Start your adventure with a late lunch or delicious dinner at one of our suggested restaurants. Enjoy a delightful Wichita Symphony Orchestra concert and then experience all that downtown Wichita has to offer! We have all of the information you need about seating, hotels, restaurants, parking and more.

Evening Guideline

Browse a step-by-step guideline for having the perfect Symphony experience. If you are unsure of anything from what to wear or to how to find your seat, we have you covered.

Browse Guidelines

Location & Parking

See exactly where our Century II performances are held. Download or print a convenient map with a variety of parking options to ensure a stress-free evening.

View Location / ParkingView Map (PDF)

Seating Charts

Want to make sure you have the best seat in the house or know the best way to access your seat? Browse Wichita Symphony Orchestra seating charts.

Seating Charts

Suggested Restaurants & Hotels

The Symphony should be a special evening or weekend experience! As such, we’ve compiled a list of restaurants and hotels for the occasion.

View Recommendations

FAQs

Don’t see what you’re looking for above? If so, check out the answers to frequently asked questions or feel free to contact us directly.

Learn More

Gallery

Relive your concert experience and browse through our pictures and videos of exciting performances at the Wichita Symphony. 

BROWSE Gallery

Our 2018-2019 season is full of captivating, fun and enriching concerts. Buy tickets to a single concert, or if you enjoy attending multiple Symphony performances and want to save money, consider purchasing season tickets! We offer MasterworksPops, and Compose Your Own season ticket options, see below for more details:

Artistic Leadership

Meet our Artistic Leaders


MEET YOUR WICHITA SYMPHONY!

Musicians in the First Violin, Second Violin, Viola, Cello and Double Bass sections rotate seating for each concert and are listed alphabetically (except for the first two and a half stands of first violins and the first stands in other sections).

^ One Year Position

The Wichita Symphony Orchestra musicians and chorus members are part of a caring, energetic and inspiring community. Our professional musicians make up a wonderful ensemble, and our chorus members are a talented group of volunteers.

2018-2019 Concerts and Repertoire

Weekly rehearsals take place 7-9pm in the Chorus Room in the Riney Fine Arts Building at Friends University. Full rehearsal schedules will be posted once solidified. If you have any questions or would like to join the Wichita Symphony Chorus, please contact Cindy Bailey, chorus assistant, via email at chorus@wso.org


Chorus Personnel

Section Leaders

Michelle Baker, Sopranos

Virginia Revering, Altos

Michael Hanawalt, Tenors

Aaron Weatherbie, Basses

Sopranos

Altos

Tenors

Basses

Have you never been to the Symphony, or just aren’t sure what concert to choose? If so, we want to help make your concert experience amazing! Choose one of the options below and we’ll make a few concert suggestions just for you.

Compose your own season and choose from both our riveting Masterworks AND our fantastic Pops performances! Choose a minimum of four, maximum of seven concerts from our 2018-2019 season, and you’ll have your tickets to an incredible season catered to YOUR music taste YOUR schedule and YOUR budget. 

Purchase your Compose Your Own (CYO) season tickets below, or call the Symphony Box Office at (316) 267-7658. The Symphony Box Office will call you to assign your seats once your order is received.

In addition to seats for eight incredible concerts, our Masterworks season ticketholders also enjoy:

Purchase your Masterworks season tickets below, or call the Symphony Box Office at (316) 267-7658. If you are purchasing season tickets for the first time, the Symphony Box Office will call you to assign your seats once your order is received.

Enjoy a 10% discount off the cost of individual tickets when you subscribe to the full 4-Concert POPS Season! POPS season tickets start at just $126 for four concerts. You can also order season tickets by calling the Symphony Box Office at (316) 267-7658. If you have questions, please contact us.

POPS SEASON TICKET PRICING

Pops Series Pricing
Prices listed include all four concerts

Section A - $288     Section B - $216     Section C - $126     Section D (balcony) - $166


Single Tickets for all Four Concerts
For comparison

Section A - $320     Section B - $240     Section C - $140     Section D (balcony) - $184

About Wichita Symphony Youth Orchestras

The Wichita Symphony Youth Orchestras Program (WSYO) brings classical music to life for young people in south central Kansas. This program is a key educational outreach arm of the Wichita Symphony and shares in its mission 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.

Founded in 1947, WSYO’s Youth Symphony is a charter member of the Youth Symphony Orchestra Division of the League of American Orchestras. Today, the Wichita Symphony Youth Orchestras Program is made up of four ensembles that serve over 250 students from 22 cities and towns in central Kansas and northern Oklahoma. WSYO ensembles include the Youth Symphony, Repertory Orchestra, Youth Chamber Players, and Wind Ensemble.     

For full descriptions of the ensembles, click here.  

2018-2019 WSYO Concerts

Advertise in our Concert Program

Click below to view advertising options for our concert program and WSYO T-shirts!

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Donate to WSYO

ONE TIME DONATION      RECURRING DONATION

If you'd like to support the WSYO program, please contact Tiffany Bell at tbell@wso.org to discuss sponsorship options.

Thank You to Our WSYO Sponsors!

Wichita Symphony Youth Orchestras activities are made possible with the generous support provided by The Sam and Rie Bloomfield Foundation and The City of Wichita.

General Schedule

WSYO rehearsals take place at Duerksen Fine Arts Center on the Wichita State University campus.

Please reference your WSYO handbook for a full schedule of WSYO rehearsals, auditions, concerts, and activities.

Absence Forms

All scheduled absences must be reported to the Education and Community Engagement Manager via the online absence form at least one week prior to the anticipated absence (see link below). Dress rehearsal and seating audition absences must be reported at least two weeks prior.

ABSENcE FORM

Membership Information

The 2018-2019 auditions  have passed, however, exceptions can be made for students new to the area. If you still wish to audition for the 2018-2019 WSYO season, please contact Tiffany Bell at tbell@wso.org or 316.267.5259 xt 105.

Meet our Conductors & Staff

Youth Symphony

Dr. Mark Laycock
Director of Youth Orchestras Program
Youth Symphony Conductor
Fred and Mary Koch Foundation Endowed Chair

Conductor of the Wichita Youth Symphony and Director of the Wichita Youth Orchestras Program, Dr. Mark Laycock is a Professor of Music at Wichita State University; he holds the Ann Walenta Faculty of Distinction Endowed Professorship and serves as Director of Orchestras and Coordinator of Strings. He has been recognized with the WSU Excellence in Creative Activity Award and the College of Fine Arts Excellence in Teaching Award. Dr. Laycock is a member of the Board of Directors of the Midwest International Band and Orchestra Clinic; he serves as Chair of Orchestra Activities. His work as guest conductor, clinician, and adjudicator spans 29 states; he has conducted all-state, region, and district orchestras throughout the country. Recent overseas activity includes serving as a Keynote Presenter for the Australian Strings Association National Conference in Perth and Chief Adjudicator for the Victorian School Music Festival in Melbourne. Dr. Laycock has presented clinic sessions for numerous state education conferences, as well as the American String Teachers Association National Conference, the Northwest and Northeast Division Conventions of the National Association for Music Education, and the Midwest Clinic.

Repertory Orchestra

Dr. Wesley DeSpain, Conductor
Delmar and Mary Klocke Endowed Chair 

Dr. Wesley DeSpain began directing the high school and middle school orchestras of the Derby Public Schools in the Fall of 2010. He conducted the Friends University Community Orchestra from 2010 - 2014 and is currently in his seventh season as Music Director and Conductor of the Delano Chamber Orchestra. Dr. DeSpain was the Interim Director of Orchestras at Wichita State University for two years (2004 - 2006) and performed as clarinetist with the Wichita Symphony Orchestra for 25 seasons (1984 - 2009). His summer activities include teaching at Camp Allegro and directing two youth orchestras sponsored by the Delano Chamber Players. He is an alum of WSYO and was a member of the Youth Symphony during his Junior and Senior years at Wichita East High School. Dr. DeSpain holds degrees from Baptist Bible College (B.A.), Wichita State University (B.M.E., M.M.E., M.M.), and the University of Oklahoma (D.M.A.). He served as Chair of the Kansas Music Educators Assocation All-State Orchestra from 2015 - 2017.

Youth Chamber Players

Eric L. Crawford, Conductor

Eric Crawford was born in Dayton, Ohio, where he began playing the double bass at age ten. He received his Bachelor of Music Performance degree from Eastman School in Rochester, New York, and his Master of Music degree from Wichita State University. Mr. Crawford has played with the Wichita Symphony Orchestra for 19 seasons and with the Music Theatre Wichita pit orchestra for 15 seasons. He currently teaches orchestra at Wichita High School East, where he is also the Chair of the Performing Arts Department. Mr. Crawford serves as the Orchestra Curriculum Coach for the Wichita Public Schools. An active clinician and guest conductor, Mr. Crawford has directed numerous student groups throughout the midwest. He is also the Program Director for "Bows at the Barn," a summer camp for middle school and high school orchestra students. He served as President of the Kansas chapter of the American String Teachers Association from 2013 - 2015 and is current President of the Wichita Musician's Association.

Youth Wind Ensemble

Dr. Timothy Shade
Youth Wind Ensemble Conductor

Dr. Timothy Shade is currently the Director of Bands at Wichita State University. His responsibilities include leading the WSU Symphonic Wind Ensemble and Concert Band, coordinating the graduate wind conducting program and teaching various courses within the school of music. Previous appointments include Music Director and Principal Conductor of the Alhambra Orchestra (FL), Visiting Director of Orchestras at Florida Atlantic University, and Director of Instrumental Music at Bethel College (KS). He has garnered praise for his exciting programming, engaging personality and “marvelous conducting.” Equally comfortable in the orchestral and wind realms, Shade has worked with Greater Miami Symphonic Band, The New River Orchestra, The Naples Philharmonic, The Frost Wind Ensemble, The Florida Youth Symphony, The Wichita Wind Ensemble, The Newton Mid-Kansas Symphony Orchestra, and the Delano Chamber Orchestra.

Tiffany Bell

Education & Community Engagement Manager
Wichita Symphony Orchestra

As Education Manager, Tiffany Bell oversees operations of all Wichita Symphony Youth Orchestras and Wind Ensemble activities. For any questions regarding our youth ensembles, contact Tiffany at:

tbell@wso.org
316.267.5259 xt 105

2019 Youth Talent Auditions: December 15

The Wichita Symphony holds the Youth Talent competition annually for members of the Wichita Symphony Youth Orchestras. The auditions are open to the public. The selection committee for these awards consists of the conductors of the Repertory Orchestra and Youth Symphony and two professional musicians from the community. These auditions showcase the talent of Wichita’s brightest young musicians and provide opportunities for scholarships to attend music camps and post-secondary schools as future music majors.

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Mission Statement

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.


Our Rich History

The Wichita Symphony Orchestra was founded in 1944 and is one of the oldest and most active arts organizations in Kansas. Throughout its 75 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 Masterworks series, Pops concerts, Family Concerts and free, citywide presentations. The Orchestra’s educational activities include Young People’s ConcertsKinderconcerts, and a three-tiered Youth Orchestras Program

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.

Past Wichita Symphony Conductors