THE QCSO STRATEGY
QCSO, Where Access Meets Inspiration
ESSENTIAL GOALS & KEY STRATEGIES
We will OPEN community access to the QCSO
- Develop enduring and authentic partnerships with diverse community organizations
- Unleash concert potential by creating many entry points and reducing barriers
- Increase awareness of our programming
We will ENGAGE with the entire community
- Develop educational programming to meet the community’s needs
- Nurture community relationships and strengthen the case for what we do by activating the entire QCSO Family.
- Release potential of QCSO musicians.
- Develop enhanced digital strategies to wide community networks and increase funding.
We will LEAD through artistic & Educational partnerships
- Innovate and take risks to achieve greater impact
- Create big partnerships and be a convener
- Achieve diversity through QCSO governing structure
- Be the brand for music education.
Serve all the Quad Cities region
Committed to innovation and risk-taking
Try new things outside of our comfort zone
Use music to start and continue conversations
Diverse, accessible and inclusive
Reflect the community in our organization
Strategy in Action
QCSO Partners with United Way’s African American Leadership Society
The Quad City Symphony Orchestra (QCSO) has partnered with United Way’s African American Leadership Society (AALS) for Masterworks VI: For America. In addition to celebrating the diversity of American Music, $1.00 from every ticket sold to the concert will be donated to the AALS. Prior to the concert, the organizations are holding a digital panel discussion on “The Student Experience in K-12 Music Education”.
QCSO joins the National Alliance for Audition Support
The Quad City Symphony Orchestra (QCSO) Association is a member of the National Alliance for Audition Support (NAAS), a national initiative to increased diversity in American Orchestras. The QCSO joins more than 100 partner orchestras representing every size community and virtually every region throughout the US in supporting this vital work.
QCSO Awarded Arts Experience Grant from the Iowa Arts Council
The Quad City Symphony Orchestra has been awarded a $10,000 Virtual Arts Experience Grant from the Iowa Arts Council. The QCSO was one of only eight arts organizations and schools in the state to receive funding in this first round of this new grant opportunity that addresses the needs of arts organizations to pivot some or all of their programming and services to their communities from in-person to online, digital engagement.
QCCF Capacity Grant Funds Support Musician Teacher Training.
A $6,485 Capacity Grant from the Quad Cities Community Foundation (QCCF) for Teaching Musician training and development will help the QCSO make a more meaningful impact on the students involved in the QCSO’s educational programs, specifically the School and Community Engagements and the Instrumental Music Programs.
Disney/Pixar’s Coco™ in Concert
On January 18, 2020, the QCSO presented two performances of the Academy-Award®-winning film, Disney and Pixar’s Coco™ in Concert Through partnerships with Mercado on Fifth, Greater Quad Cities Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (GQCHCC), and the Figge Art Museum, the Adler Theatre/River Center was transformed into the Land of the Dead with special pre-show activities including performances from Ballet Folklorico and Glenview Middle School Mariachi Band.
Living Proof Exhibit Opera: Karkinos
In collaboration with Living Proof Exhibit, the QCSO has commissioned local composer and Augustana Professor Jacob Bancks to create a dramatic oratorio entitled Karkinos that will provide hope and celebration for those with cancer and all who love them.
QCSO Celebrates the Quad Cities with Commission of CitySpeaks by James Stephenson
In April 2019 the QCSO premiered James Stephenson’s CitySpeaks. This multimedia tone poem, inspired by the Quad Cities past and present, combines orchestral music with photos, video, poetry, spoken-word, and a recording by local jazz legend Bix Beiderbecke.