Seattle Symphony Press Kit

Fact Sheet

Mission Statement
To provide the highest quality symphonic music in a distinctive way for the cultural enrichment, education, engagement and enjoyment of audiences locally, nationally and internationally.

Music Director
Ludovic Morlot is Music Director of the Seattle Symphony, and celebrates his fourth year in that role during the 2014–2015 season. He is assisted by Thomas Dausgaard, Principal Guest Conductor; Jeff Tyzik, Principal Pops Conductor; Stilian Kirov, Associate Conductor; and Joseph Crnko, Associate Conductor for Choral Activities.

The orchestra consists of approximately 81 full-time musicians, all of whom are members of the Seattle Symphony and Opera Players' Organization, a chapter of the International Guild of Symphony, Opera and Ballet Musicians.

In the 2014–2015 season, the Seattle Symphony presents over 200 performances.

Performance Venue
The orchestra performs in Benaroya Hall, which opened on September 12, 1998, in downtown Seattle. The Seattle Symphony presents programs in the S. Mark Taper Foundation Auditorium (capacity 2,479) and the Illsley Ball Nordstrom Recital Hall (capacity 536), as well as groundbreaking programs in the Samuel & Althea Stroum Grand Lobby. In July 2000, the Symphony debuted its Watjen Concert Organ in Benaroya Hall. Built by C.B. Fisk, Inc., the Watjen Concert Organ has 4,490 pipes and 83 stops.

More than 315,000 people attend Seattle Symphony, Benaroya Hall and community performances annually.

Budget Size
The operating budget for the 2013–2014 season was $24 million.

The Seattle Symphony is represented on more than 140 recordings, available on the Naxos, Delos, Koch, JVC Classics, Artek, MMC, Harmonia Mundi and Crystal labels, as well as on the Seattle Symphony’s new in-house recording label, Seattle Symphony Media, which was launched in 2014. The Symphony plans to build a new discography to include both live and in-studio recordings spanning genres and time periods and including both core repertoire and some of the eclectic and contemporary programming the Seattle Symphony has become recognized for at home. For more information, visit

Education and Community Programs
The Seattle Symphony's education and community programs annually reach nearly 100,000 people of all ages, including more than 50,000 students from preschool through college. For more information, please visit our Education and Community Programs pages.

The Seattle Symphony opened Soundbridge Seattle Symphony Music Discovery Center in April 2001. Located in Benaroya Hall, Soundbridge is an interactive space dedicated to fostering love of symphonic music in people of all ages. Since opening, Soundbridge has served more than 500,000 visitors. For more information on Soundbridge, visit