Over 1.8 million nonprofits and charities for donors, volunteers and funders

SOUTHWEST FLORIDA SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA AND CHORUS ASSOCIATION I

Rating: 4.63 stars   27 reviews 418

Nonprofit Issues:

Arts & Culture

Address:

12651 McGregor Blvd. Bldg. 4-403 Fort Myers FL 33919 USA

Mission:

The Symphony and its family of affiliates are committed to sharing their passion for music with the entire Southwest Florida community through continuous improvement of the artistic quality, programmatic breadth and cultural relevance of our concert programs and presentations. We are determined to accomplish this mission by creating an infrastructure of educational programs, institutional support and personal participation that we can build upon with pride in the 21st Century.

Programs:

Each season the Orchestra offers a series of five Classical Masterworks concerts. Performances are usually at the Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall in Fort Myers. For program dates and details, visit the Symphony's website at www.swflso.org

2012 Top-Rated Nonprofit
Write a Review
Donate
Invite Reviews Share This Nonprofit

More Info

www.swflso.org

Promote This Nonprofit

GreatNonprofits badges allow you to raise awareness of your favorite nonprofits on your own web sites!

Review this charity on
GreatNonprofits

Reviews for SOUTHWEST FLORIDA SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA AND CHORUS ASSOCIATION I

Rating: 5 stars  

I thoroughly enjoyed the concerts this past season - 2014/2015. Excellent music. To the members of the orchestra, well done.

Was this review helpful? 
Review from Guidestar
Role: General Member of the Public
Rating: 5 stars  

As a short-term yet enthusiastic patron of the Southwest Florida Symphony Orchestra (aka SOUTHWEST FLORIDA SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA AND CHORUS ASSOCIATION), the musical, educational and social quality is truly enticing across audiences. The new multicultural Music Director, NIR KABARETTI, and his TEAM, produces engaging programming for audiences ranging from youth to elderly - namely, educational, sophisticated, and enjoyable for all. BRAVO!

Was this review helpful? 
Review from Guidestar
Rating: 4 stars  

I have been involved inside and outside of the Southwest Florida Symphony for about 20 years. During that time I have seen ups and downs. The organization has struggled throughout it's history to bring a level of quality music, education and culture to the slowly maturing arts community of Fort Myers, Florida. As the community and the audience has matured, so has the SWFL Symphony. It has reached now reached a level only dreamed of years ago. Top quality musicians, an effective and productive Board and Executive staff, and a World-Class Music Director. Programming and execution were superb this last season, and I am confident the best is yet to come!

Was this review helpful? 
Review from Guidestar
Role: Board Member
Rating: 5 stars  

In the twenty years I've served this board, things have never been better! The strongest, most dedicated board ever, a transformed staff, a truly world-class music director and inspired programming promise even greater things to come. In an age when many fully-professional orchestras are suffering, the Southwest Florida Symphony is in great condition. Subscriptions, overall ticket sales, donations and sponsorships are all UP. We're adding concerts and new programming this coming season. Stay tuned; the best is yet to come!

Was this review helpful? 
Review from Guidestar
Rating: 5 stars  

Tickets +8% '14-'15. Concerts +40% '15-'16. Downhill? Stephen Qua

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2015

Was this review helpful? 
Review from Guidestar
Rating: 1 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

Going downhill quickly. Future not bright way it is going with the staff. Musicians are ok. Concerts ok. Organization is non-functioning state.

Was this review helpful? 
Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

The Symphony shines in our community. I have been a patron, concert goer and volunteer over the past 14 years and have watched this organization evolve into a top notch organization. The concerts during the 2014-15 season were amazing. The board, the staff and the Symphony Society are as one, aligned in working to meet goals and create opportunities for all of the residents to be able to take advantage of this class organization.

The conductor candidates were quire impressed with our musicians. Often in non-profit organizations some board members are not very engaged. That is not the case with the Symphony's board. Several years ago the Symphony board worked to create a very clear and aggressive strategic plan. All the committees (governance, education, development, finance and marketing) have identified and prioritized the items in that plan and are addressing and completing a very large number of those. This strategic plan was not put in a drawer!

Attendance at the classics concerts increased by 21% this past season, a true indication of the audience's take on the qualify of the music.

The financial environment for the arts has been tight. Nevertheless, the symphony carefully managed expenses and the overall budget, resulting in a positive net profit for the 2103-15 season with forecasts of continued positive net income for the upcoming years, while still being able to expand programs for the audiences and students in the area.

If you have not attended a concert, this is the time to do so.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

Was this review helpful? 
Review from Guidestar
Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 1 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

This organization does not function in a legitimate fashion.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

purge the entire board and the concertmaster, hire a staff who has actual experience in the arts industry, abide by union guidelines

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Badly

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

None

Will you recommend this organization to others?

No

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

Was this review helpful? 
Role: General Member of the Public
Rating: 4 stars  

Read the the reviews. I am an artist . I am a stand up comedian. I just wanted to pass on a little info. Check out a web site called Reward25.com. It helps non profits and charity with no cost to the organization. It can raise awareness and also can help get well deserved contributions simply by filling out surveys for companies. Its free to sign up. Good luck.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Unsure

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Some

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

Was this review helpful? 
Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

The current recession has been especially diffucult on arts organizations, and fully professional symphony orchestras are a luxury item to many donors and subscribers. Since a community's culture is dramatically enhanced by professional arts organizations, we have chosen to increase our support of the Southwest Florida Symphony Orchestra over the last several years. Our charitable budget demands that we support organizations which add substantial value to the community, and we feel that the Symphony does just that. We attend almost all concerts and frequently bring guests, who are inevitably impressed with the high professional quality of this orchestra. Unfortunately, the Symphony does not receive much credit for the extensive educational programs it offers to youth in the community, but the committment to education is especially important as arts in the schools are shrunk each fiscal year.

Was your donation impactful?

Definitely

How likely is it that you would recommend that a friend donate to this group?

Definitely

How likely are you to donate to this group again?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

Was this review helpful?