Who We Are

Symphony in the Flint Hills, Inc. is a 501c(3) non-profit organization that works to build awareness for the last stand of tallgrass prairie. Throughout the year we share the story of the Flint Hills worldwide through arts and cultural exhibitions in our Cottonwood Falls gallery, articles in our acclaimed Field Journal, and family fun at WoodFest. Each June, 7,000 kindred spirits join us for our Signature Event, where we showcase the region’s heritage and beauty through visual art, dialogue, and music. The organization is led by a 16-member volunteer Board of Directors and operated by a small staff with the help of 700 dedicated volunteers. Our Signature Event and year-round prairie education activities are made possible only through the generosity of contributors like you. View our 2018 Annual Report.


Heighten appreciation and knowledge of the Flint Hills tallgrass prairie.


We envision a future where our efforts inspire people to strengthen the Flint Hills by sustaining the region’s unique culture and landscape.


Flint Hills leaders founded Symphony in the Flint Hills, Inc. in 2004 to heighten appreciation and knowledge of the Flint Hills tallgrass prairie. The organization hosted the first of its annual prairie concerts in 2006.

Flint Hills Media Project

Symphony in the Flint Hills Overview from Flint Hills Media Project. Compilation of Flint Hills Media Project photographs, video and time-lapse from Symphony in the Flint Hills 2014, Rosalia Ranch, Rosalia, KS. Music provided by Cousin Avery.


Leslie VonHolten

Executive Director

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Louise Carlin

Merchandise/Art Manager

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Sandy Carlson

Volunteer/Education Coordinator

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Gwen Obermeyer

Director of Engagement

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Kelly Tastove

Donor Relations Manager

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Please direct media inquiries to Carrie Lindeman.

Board Members

Mike Stout | Chair

Wichita, KS

Bill Riley

Manhattan, KS

Mike Collinge

Hamilton, KS

Kathy Kelly | Vice Chair

Kansas City, MO

George Terbovich | Secretary

Kansas City, MO

Bruce Breckenridge

Leawood, KS

Rhonda Atkinson

Alma, KS

Jeff Davidson

Eureka, KS

Beth Harshfield

Wichita, KS

Julie Hower

Council Grove, KS

Mary Ice

Manhattan, KS

Debbie Miller

Council Grove, KS

Virginia Moxley

Council Grove, KS

Larry Patton

El Dorado, KS

Matt Perrier

Eureka, KS

Melanie Thompson

Lake Quivira, KS