Oregon Symphony Narrative
The Oregon Symphony currently has 76 professional musicians on contract, and is led by Music Director Carlos Kalmar. Each year it engages dozens of guest conductors and artists, both popular and classical, to perform with the orchestra. The organization’s operating expense budget was $16.2 million in FY ’15, of which just over 78% was spent on programs.
The Oregon Symphony is managed by a full-time staff of 37 who are responsible for concert production, marketing, public relations, education, community engagement, fundraising, customer service, accounting, and financial reporting.
It is governed by a volunteer board of directors who, together with the trustees of the Oregon Symphony Foundation, last year contributed thousands of hours and almost $1.5 million in support of the organization.
The Oregon Symphony performs nearly 80 concerts a year at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall in Portland, in a wide range of music to suit many tastes and preferences. It presents two end-of-summer outdoor concerts in Portland and travels regularly for performances in Salem, Newberg and smaller communities elsewhere in the state. It also provides an award-winning program of educational and community engagement activities.
The Oregon Symphony’s programs serve more than 225,000 people annually. It is supported by thousands of individuals, businesses and foundations and receives funding from the Regional Arts & Cultural Council, the State of Oregon Arts Commission, and the National Endowment for the Arts. The Symphony’s principal volunteer organization, Friends of the Oregon Symphony, supplies valuable volunteer assistance and fundraising revenue.
Now in its 120th season, the Oregon Symphony is the oldest orchestra west of the Mississippi.