ISO Annual Meeting


The Indiana Symphony Society (ISS) released its audited

financial results for the 2015-2016 season at its

Annual Meeting, held Monday, Dec. 5, at the Hilbert Circle Theatre. It also

elected six new members of its Board of Directors, and the Society Board of

Directors appointed Yvonne Shaheen as its new Chair.

Vince Caponi, outgoing ISS Board Chair, reported that the ISO's total ticket sales increased by 15 percent

over FY15, for a total of $8.49 million, an all-time high in income from

tickets and the fourth consecutive increase since FY13. Subscription revenues

increased by 1 percent over FY15, and the ISO sold 9,392 student tickets, the

most ever in a single season and double the number of student tickets sold in

FY13. Though Marsh Symphony on the

Prairie ticket sales were lower than projected because of unusually bad

weather, total revenues were still higher than any other summer since the

popular series began 35 years ago.

Annual fundraising of $9.3 million surpassed the total

raised in FY15 and marked the fourth consecutive year that annual contributions

have exceeded $9 million. All told, operating revenues increased 6.2 percent

over FY15.

The ISS attributed much of this increase to the artistic

achievements of Krzysztof Urbański's fifth season as ISO music director and

several milestone events, including the 30th anniversary of IPL Yuletide Celebration and the 20th

anniversary of the Metropolitan Youth Orchestra.

"It is gratifying that as the relationship between our music

director and orchestra continues to grow, so does our attendance and community

support, demonstrating that the ISO's music is reaching far and wide into our

community," said ISO Chief Executive Officer Gary Ginstling (pictured above).

"As we reflect on the many wonderful accomplishments of the

past season, the Board of Directors reaffirms its commitment to achieving our

artistic goals while operating the institution in a fiscally responsible

manner," said Vince Caponi. "On behalf of our Board, I express my gratitude to Krzysztof,

principal pops conductor Jack Everly, the wonderful ISO musicians, our staff, patrons, and community for their ongoing dedication to the


Another season highlight was the celebration of the 20th

anniversary of the ISO's Metropolitan Youth Orchestra (MYO), led by founder and

artistic director Betty Perry. The MYO is a youth and family development

initiative that engages students in kindergarten through 12th grade and their

families in music through lessons, coaching, and

ensemble opportunities. Other educational programming such as the Teddy Bear Series, performed at the

Indianapolis Public Library, and the sold-out Anthem Blue Cross & Blue

Shield Discovery Concerts were

recognized for introducing students to the joy of orchestral music.

The ISS also acknowledged the new three-year collective

bargaining agreement that was reached more than a year in advance of the current

CBA's expiration. Dec. 5


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