ACHF Arts Access
Worthington Area Symphony Orchestra's goals for this project include: 1) To remain dedicated to providing an opportunity for life-long musical expression and the enjoyment of orchestral music for musicians and audiences of all ages. 2) To perform traditional and contemporary orchestral literature which presents a technical and artistic challenge to its players. 3) To feature the local talent of two piano soloists and Worthington Area Symphony Orchestra's orchestra members performing high quality artistic repertoire. 4) To increase audience attendance and support for the orchestra. 5) To promote the rich repertoire and legacy of the Worthington Area Symphony Orchestra. Worthington Area Symphony Orchestra will evaluate the rehearsals and concert through written surveys filled out by Worthington Area Symphony Orchestra musicians and concert attendees. An additional part of the success of the concert will come from the number of people attending the concert and completing the evaluation and contribution forms. Reserved seating tickets will be sold for the concert, allowing Worthington Area Symphony Orchestra to record attendance numbers. Results from the written evaluations will be gathered and recorded by the Leadership Team, shared with the Worthington Area Symphony Orchestra conductor and musicians, and finally, if granted, submitted in a final report to Southwest Minnesota Arts Council. Survey results along with the feedback and response from musicians and audience members will aid Worthington Area Symphony Orchestra in determining future endeavors for their organization.
After WASO's concert on 11/22/16, 44 people voluntarily filled out evaluation forms. Of these 44, 61% were female & 64% were between the ages of 50-75+. 82% of the responders were Caucasian & 73% were from Worthington with 10 additional communities identified. Over 90% of the evaluators knew someone in WASO and have attended a symphony orchestra concert before. 16% of these evaluators were first time attendees at a WASO concert. 50% heard the featured soloists for the first time and 57% heard Saint-Saens' composition for 2 pianos for the first time. 60% knew that the event was an activity sponsored by SMAC. 73% knew that additional funds come from individuals & area businesses supporting this activity. Comments highlight appreciation for Swan Lake, Carnival of the Animals and FROZEN as repertoire they enjoyed hearing. Orchestra members comment that they love playing & the challenge WASO provides for them. Tickets were purchased from 54 different communities tallied at the box office.
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