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Kansas City Symphony Volunteer and Support Groups

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The Kansas City Symphony’s five support groups, or auxiliaries, are comprised of dynamic men and women who are passionate about the Symphony and its mission. The support groups raise more than $1 million each year to support the Symphony through fundraising projects and events.

Members are offered special access to the Symphony through exclusive events and receive the following benefits:

  • Discounted single tickets to Symphony performances
  • Invitations to exclusive auxiliary events
  • Volunteer opportunities
  • Invitation to the annual Symphony’s Contributors’ Concert, conducted by Music Director Michael Stern
  • Opportunity to support music in Kansas City through a variety of fundraising and social events

For more information on how to get involved with any of the Kansas City Symphony Auxiliaries, please contact Manager of Event and Volunteer Engagement, Karen Hardcastle at (816) 218-2616.

Auxiliary Support Groups:

  • Jewel Ball Committee
    Chairman: Nancy Sachse
    The Jewel Ball Committee hosts the Jewel Ball each summer. This annual debutante ball is a benefit for the both the Symphony and the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art.

  • Kansas City Symphony Alliance 
    President: Patty Bibler
    The Kansas City Symphony Alliance (KCSA) coordinates the Symphony Designers' Showhouse each year. Volunteers also usher at youth concerts, operate the Symphony Shop at Helzberg Hall.

  • Kansas City Symphony Guild
    President: Terry Becker
    Focused in the Northland, the Kansas City Symphony Guild sponsors two events each year: the Home of Note Tour and the Cabaret Concert, which features a performance by the Kansas City Symphony.

  • Kansas City Symphony League 
    President:  Deb Debusk 

    The Symphony League is a major financial and social benefactor to the Kansas City Symphony.  Their major event is the Symphony Ball, offered every September, where people enjoy a gourmet dinner, bid on unique items at a silent auction, listen to the Symphony perform an imaginative program led by Music Director Michael Stern, and dance to the music of one of Kansas City's own unique dance bands.

  • Kansas City Symphony Women’s Association 
    President: Shirley Erickson
    The Symphony Women's Association (SWA) supports the Symphony through the "Swing Fling," and sponsors "The Healing of Music" program in which members of the orchestra perform for children in area hospitals and health care facilities.