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Auxiliaries

Kansas City Symphony Volunteer and Support Groups

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Become a supporter of music in Kansas City.

The Kansas City Symphony’s four 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.

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.

Member Benefits

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 Symphony’s annual Contributors’ Concert, conducted by Music Director Michael Stern
  • Opportunity to support music in Kansas City through a variety of fundraising and social events

Auxiliary Groups

Susie Heddens, Chairman

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.

Gloria Christison, President

The Kansas City Symphony Alliance (KCSA) coordinates the Symphony Designers’ Showhouse each year. Volunteers operate the Symphony Shop in Brandmeyer Great Hall lobby inside Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts.

Sharon Kavanaugh, President

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

Elaine Mann, President

The Symphony League’s 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.