Bid Days are Coming Up for the 2017 Symphony Designers’ Showhouse

The Kansas City Symphony Alliance has selected the 2017 Symphony Designers’ Showhouse for next year, and it is quite a house!  The location of the house is 816 Gleed Terrace, Kansas City, Missouri. The residence dates back to 1908 and listed on the National Register of Historic Homes and is located in Hyde Park, Kansas City, Missouri. The house is not far from the 2015 Symphony Designers’ Showhouse on Janssen Place.

Exteriors of the KC Designer Showhouse

2017 Symphony Designers’ Showhouse in Hyde Park.

The Bid Days for our designers have been set for November 3-4, 2016 from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on each day. Please advise any designer you know that these are the times for them to come and view the house in preparation for submitting any design ideas.

Information has been sent to almost 300 designers. If you or any designer has any questions, please contact Sylvia Brush at


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Join the Kansas City Symphony Alliance for its Holiday Luncheon

The KCSA Holiday Luncheon will be held on Saturday, December 3, 2016, at Piropos in Briarcliff.  The luncheon will begin at 11:00 a.m. and end about 1:00 p.m.
Come join your fellow KCSA members to catch up on what’s going on with KCSA for this year.
Vandra Solomon and Judy Barackman are chairing the Holiday Luncheon.
Watch for your invitation, which should be appearing in your inbox soon, and please respond as soon as possible so that we have an accurate count of attendance.
We hope to see you there!
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The KCSA Massive Wine Raffle for 2017 will include….beer!

The last several years, KCSA has sponsored its Massive Wine Raffle at the Designers’ Showhouse. The raffle has proved very popular with those attending the Designers’ Showhouse. This year, KCSA is adding something new: a craft beer raffle as well!

If you have any bottles of wine or craft beer to donate to the Massive Wine (and Beer) Raffle this year, please contact our raffle chair, Mike Minor, at (913) 558-6453 or by e-mail at Thank you!


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Here is the new KCSA “elevator pitch.” Let’s all start using it!

At the KCSA Membership Meeting in September, Kate Hodel, the Vice President of Public Relations, announced the winning entry in the KCSA Elevator Pitch contest. You might remember that this contest was to develop an elevator pitch for KCSA, i.e. something you can say in a short elevator ride to explain and promote your business, your project or yourself.
Here is the winning entry, as submitted by KCSA member Carol Rothwell:
KCSA is a group of enthusiastic volunteers who support the Kansas City Symphony through many activities, including the Symphony Designers’ Showhouse.
Thank you, Carol!  Now, everybody… memorize this pitch and prepare to deliver it the next time you get on an elevator, or in another situation where you can give a short, punchy description of this organization in which you all are involved!
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A Message From the 2016-17 KCSA President

Why join the Kansas City Symphony Alliance?  Do we want the honor and privilege of serving the organization as a volunteer and do we want to provide financial support to the Kansas City Symphony which offers excellent concerts and educational programs for our community? Surely it is not just for the benefits listed in the Bylaws.  Is it because we want longtime membership to be listed on our resume? Is it for the social activities? We hope you belong because of the first reason – to support the symphony.

Patty Tibler

KCSA President Patty Bibler

Our mission statement states why the organization exists:  “The Kansas City Symphony Alliance is a nonprofit volunteer organization which promotes an interest in symphonic music throughout the greater Kansas City area, and in particular the welfare of the Kansas City Symphony, the Kansas City Symphony’s programming, young peoples’ concerts and youth activities, through volunteerism, educational projects, social activities and fund-raising projects.”

Therefore, when becoming a member we are agreeing to the following commitments; paying membership dues, serving a minimum of 20 volunteer hours, selling and/or purchasing a minimum of FIVE Designers’ Showhouse tickets (currently totaling $75).  These expectations are needed to present the level of fund-raising support anticipated.  This is a contract with KCSA to support financially as well as serving.  Substituting more of one without doing the other is not enough, unless one donates an additional $30 to opt out of volunteering.  However, FIVE tickets to the Symphony Designers’ Showhouse are always needed and expected to be sold or purchased.

Volunteer hours can easily be achieved by working at the Symphony Shop in Brandmeyer Hall at the Kauffman Performing Arts Center, at Celebration at the Station, and at the Symphony Designers’ Showhouse.  There are levels of membership offered for individuals and couples.  Also, other members are willing to help with the selling of members’ Symphony Designers’ Showhouse tickets if asked.

By fulfilling membership expectations, we reap the additional benefits of developing friendships, attending social activities, and enjoying musical concerts and programs.  This commitment certifies we are a part of contributing to a highly notable and recognized venue of the cultural arts in Kansas City.  Therefore, all of KCSA’s activities are undertaken with the purpose of furthering our mission and the welfare of the Kansas City Symphony.

It is my desire, as the 2016-2017 President, to encourage new and current KCSA members to review their membership responsibilities and privileges.  Consider refreshing your membership focus and cultivate a renewed eagerness to be a more involved and supportive part of our auxiliary.  Please rise to the occasion.

Thank you for honoring me to lead KCSA and our Board of Directors as we move forward and revitalize our purpose and goals.  Please join and participate with us in our rewarding projects and events.  KCSA needs your vital support and active membership.

Here is to another memorable year in KCSA!


Patricia (Patty) Bibler

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2016 Symphony Designers’ Showhouse Was a Great Success!

Over 6,500 visitors came to the 2016 Kansas City Symphony Designers’ Showhouse in April and May. Visitors to the Showhouse paid over $40,000 for admission tickets and spent nearly $30,000 (net profit) in the Showhouse Boutique.  The Massive Wine Raffle in the Showhouse attracted over $5,000 in ticket purchases.  Overall, the Showhouse income for the year was close to $73,000.

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Honorary co-chairs Vincent and Julie Clark and Dr. Valerie Chow and Jon Gray snipped the ribbon to open the Symphony Designers’ Showhouse on April 22, along with Symphony board chair Bill Lyon.

The Kansas City Symphony Alliance thanks our sensational interior designers, and all of the many members, friends, Boutique vendors, and volunteer groups who helped make this year’s Showhouse such a success.

The Showhouse represents a great opportunity for us to reach out to members of the community and to support the education programs of the Kansas City Symphony which benefit young people throughout our community.

The Symphony Designers’ Showhouse was located at 444 Westover Road, Kansas City, Missouri. Our kind owners are once again in possession of the Showhouse, and hope to sell the house soon, perhaps to one of the many people who visited the house during our event.


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