Our 57th Seaosn by the Numbers

Concerts – Total 5,919 tickets sold, including these highlights:

  • 291 Subscriptions totaling 1,552 tickets
  • 300 to Extras, 644 to Adventures on Film, 801 to Vienna: City of Dreams, 531 to Beethoven & Sanctuary
  • Four SOLD OUT performances of The Nutcracker totaling 1,600 patrons. The first time a full production was presented in Lethbridge with a live orchestra, this was produced in collaboration with the dance community.
  • In addition, we collaborated with four different community music ensembles, one for the very first time.

Vibrations Outreach Programs

  • 1,911 in attendance at our Kids Choir event nights, in addition to 785 participants
  • 220 Access & Children’s Pass tickets sold
  • After a last-minute, unavoidable programming change, Feel the Beat was presented using Peter and the Wolf, with an instrument petting zoo for all ages at the public performance (almost 2,000 in attendance)

Professional Development of Artists (and Administrators)

  • 99 RBC Mentoring Artist Experiences (58 mentees and 20 mentors, including Opera Workshop)
  • 23 U of L Opera Workshop participants
  • 9 SCiP Interns
  • Attendance at Orchestras Canada national conference in Calgary
  • Participated in ArtsVest, a program designed to increase non-profit organisations’ capacity to maximise sponsorships.

Board, Staff and Volunteers

  • 9 Board members, 12 Committee members, 4 FTE Staff
    • After nearly two years, we bid a fond farewell to Haley Neufeld, who started as our Box Office Assistant. After an extensive search and working with Erin Parker, Amber Bley joined us in May as our new Operations Coordinator.
  • 100 Volunteers, 4,000+ Volunteer Hours
  • A passing of the torch in the viola section; after two decades, we bid a fond farewell to Graham Tagg, and welcome Gabriel Kastelic to the principal chair.

Looking to the Future

  • Posted a fifth consecutive operating surplus, this year of over $33,000 – the third since bringing Symphony finances completely into the black.
  • Received a significantly higher grant from the Alberta Foundation for the Arts, in part thanks to improved records of ‘community-derived revenue’, which includes in-kind support, volunteering, etc.
  • Administration of the Walker Percussion Endowment was transferred to the Community Foundation, which will result in higher yields
  • Discussions for new revenue streams, fundraising methods and events, as well as events for raising the organisation’s profile in the community are ongoing
  • Discussions of long-term investments of Symphony capital are nearly complete

Respectfully Submitted,
Melanie Gattiker