Arts Access

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2015 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Rochester Symphony Orchestra and Chorale
Recipient Type
Non-Profit Business/Entity
Start Date
January 2015
End Date
April 2015
Activity Type
Counties Affected
Blue Earth
St. Louis
Legal Citation / Subdivision
Laws of Minnesota 2013, Chapter 137, Article 4, Section 2, Subdivision 3
Appropriation Language

ACHF Arts Access

2015 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Other Funds Leveraged
Direct expenses
Administration costs
Number of full time equivalents funded
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)

Approximately 200 persons who are hearing impaired will for the first time experience the beauty of symphonic music through visual effects. 1. Tally the number of persons who are hearing impaired who participate. 2. Researchers from the Mayo Clinic in Rochester will assist in evaluating the effects on the hearing impaired. 2: People who are hearing impaired will participate in the classical music concert experience. Survey of the hearing impaired concert goers will be assessed and shared with Mayo Clinic researchers for evaluation to determine value of Symphonic Vision in providing a quality live classical concert experience for people with hearing impairments.

Measurable Outcome(s)

Extrapolations from surveys answered by the audience suggested there were 30-35 hearing impaired individuals in attendance, far more than ever before. Without the partnership of an established institution for the hearing-impaired, audience surveys became the primary method of evaluation. Surveys were included in the programs for both the Saturday and the Sunday performance. Some 227 surveys were completed. Extrapolating from those surveys based on the total number of concertgoers led to the findings articulated above. 2: More people attended these concerts than usual, especially from the two target audience groups: youth and hearing-impaired. The technology used also clearly attracted more of the general public. Surveys taken at both performances (and distributed with concerts programs) were completed by approximately 29% of the audience, a larger percentage than usually occurs. Therefore it can be concluded that the survey results indicate a more reliable evaluation of effects than is often the case.

Description of Funds
Source of Additional Funds

Other, local or private

Recipient Board Members
Jeffery Amundson, John Beatty, Jay Beck, Brian Childs, Donna Cunningham, Andrew Good, Deneene Graham, James Gross, Ashley Hall, Rafael Jimenez, Valerie Lemaine, Levi Livingood, Jodi Melius, Joseph Mish, Eric Ofori-Atta, Mary Beth Sancomb-Moran, James Sloan
Project Overview
Arts Access
Project Details
Symphonic Vision™ is a multi-sensory experience of classical music performed by the Rochester Symphony Orchestra - a sight and sound spectacular that brings enjoyment of classical music to those who are hearing impaired and a richer experience for all.
Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
Rochester Symphony Orchestra and Chorale
Street Address
1530 Greenview Dr SW Ste 120
Zip Code
(507) 286-8742
Competitive Grant Making Body
Board Members and Qualifications
Ardell Brede: Mayor of Rochester, elected 2002.; Peggy Burnet: Businesswoman, art collector, and community volunteer. Chair of the Nominating Committee, Smithsonian National Board. Trustee, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden. Vice Chair, Minnesota State Arts Board.; Michael Charron: Dean of the School of the Arts, Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota. Chair, Minnesota State Arts Board.; Rebecca Davis-Lee: Touring pianist, piano and music theory teacher; Wendy Dayton: Arts and community leader and philanthropist.; Sean Dowse, Executive director, Sheldon Theatre. Board member for Minnesota Music Coalition, Minnesota Citizens for the Arts, and Anderson Center for Interdisciplinary Studies, Treasurer, Minnesota State Arts Board.; David Glenn: Executive director of the Minnesota Project, ceramic artist; Ellen McInnis: Director of Twin Cities government relations, Wells Fargo. Member of Bottineau Boulevard Partnership. Vice Chair, Minnesota State Arts Board.; Thomas Moss: Consultant to nonprofits and government agencies; Janice Sivertson: Gallery owner and visual artist
Advisory Group Members and Qualifications
Yvonne Cory: Storyteller and textile artist, marketing representative, Faribault County Fair, career and technical instructor, Blue Earth high school; Melissa Cuff: Director of grants and foundation relations for YMCA of the Greater Twin Cities.; Venessa Fuentes: Philanthropy writer at Project for Pride in Living, poet; Sandra Gillespie: Visual artist, online writing instructor, University of Alaska Anchorage, former program director, Alaska State Arts Council; Gabriel Green: Founder and executive director, Wolffe Cultural Center, Duluth, founder and senior pastor, Church of Restoration Twin Ports; Paul Robinson: Senior community leadership consultant for the James P. Shannon Leadership Institute of the Amherst H. Wilder Foundation
Conflict of Interest Disclosed
Conflict of Interest Contact
Executive director Sue Gens (651) 215-1600