Atlantic Symphony Orchestra

aka ASO   |   Hingham, MA   |  atlanticsymphony.org

Mission

…to transform the life of our communities through extraordinary classical performances and musical connection.

Ruling year info

2012

CEO

Karen Flynn Thompson

Music Director/Conductor

Jin Kim

Main address

PO Box 259

Hingham, MA 02043 USA

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Formerly known as

Hingham Symphony Orchestra

Hingham Civic Orchestra

EIN

23-7136079

NTEE code info

Symphony Orchestras (A69)

Performing Arts (A60)

Music (A68)

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Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

ASO Main Performance Season

The ASO public performance season is designed to serve all residents of the communities of Greater Boston and the South Shore with local access to high quality, live professional performances, and the Greater Boston community of professional classical musicians with employment and career development. A fully funded season brings 5 symphonic concerts, 2–4 chamber concerts, 3–6 soloist highlights or concerts, 2–4 Up Close in Concert music & education events, a family friendly Discovery Concert, and a concerto competition for young professionals. Our season also provides lobby performance opportunities and "meet the orchestra” connections for high school musicians, performance partnerships with other regional organizations, and K-12 in-school educational outreach. Additionally, we provide reduced pricing programs for seniors, youth & young adults, service organizations and local chambers; free ticket programs for caregivers and regional public schools, non-profits, and other charities; and fundraising support programs for school & music booster groups. See below for specifics on some of these programs.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Children and youth
Caregivers
Families
Artists and performers

ASO’s Up Close in Concert "Sunday Classical” program is intended primarily for an adult audience, although all ages over 10 are welcome. It is designed to address an identified desire for continuing music education, community building, and better connection to the musicians or the orchestra. Each event is hosted and facilitated by ASO’s music director, and offers an opportunity to meet one artist in an intimate setting, experience them in solo concert, and learn more about their instrument, background, and life as a working professional artist. Program events take place over dinner at a regional restaurant, and provide a social occasion as well as educational evening for participants.

Population(s) Served
Seniors
Adults

ASO’s Discovery Concerts are intended for our youngest audience members and their families. The concerts are designed to introduce a new generation to the pleasures of classical music with age appropriate programming in a setting that is comfortable for all ages. We also provide opportunities to meet members of the orchestra, learn about the orchestra’s composition and working life, and explore instruments and music-making with hands-on interactions.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Families

Since 2007, the ASO Concerto Competition for Young Professionals addresses an important sector need for competitive recognition and career development. It is designed to identify and recognize the best among the newest generation of professional classical musicians, and provide experience working with a high-level professional orchestra. After an initial screening process, applicants undergo rounds of blind and observed panel judging, with selected applicants advancing to the next round. The competition culminates in a live performance round before an audience. In addition to award purses and certificates of placement, first prize winners are given a solo performance highlight onstage with the orchestra during the following season, and second prize winners are given the opportunity to perform in concert with the orchestra chamber players. Past ASOCC winners include some of the most well-known names in the classical circuit today.

Population(s) Served
Artists and performers
Self-employed people

During the performance season, select groups of high school classical musicians and choral groups from the region are invited to perform in the lobby at ASO main symphonic concerts, experience a dress rehearsal, attend a concert, and to meet and interact with the orchestra’s conductor and other musicians. Future plans will introduce an audition element to the selection process. This program is intended to recognize and promote the work of regional student musicians, inspire them to continue their musical pursuits, help them visualize themselves as future professionals, and give them insight into the lives of working professional musicians and a better understanding of the working environment of a professional orchestra.

Population(s) Served
Adolescents
Artists and performers

During the performance season, free event tickets are made available for family and professional caregivers who need an important “break” for self-care, the emotional healing of beautiful music, and reconnection to friends and the larger community in a social setting, without being too far from home. Tickets are dispersed through an emerging network of community partners who focus on caregiver support or on families of disabled, seriously/chronically ill, or hospice populations.

Population(s) Served
Caregivers
People with disabilities

ASO provides support for improved access to our high quality public performances through a 3-pronged program: reduced ticket prices for seniors, youth, and young adults; free ticket programs for public school students & staff, youth organizations, human services organizations, and other identified community service organizations; and free-for-all public performances, when funded.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people
Children and youth
Seniors

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Financials

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Atlantic Symphony Orchestra

Board of directors
as of 6/6/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Stacie Madden

Dir. Annual Fund, NE Genealogical Society

Term: 2019 - 2021

Stacie Madden

Dir. of Development, New England Historic Geneological Society

Paul Pecci

President (ret), South Shore Bank

Aditya Rengaswamy

CFO, FGC Plasma Solutions

Kathleen Almand

VP Research & Analytics (ret), National Fire Prevention Association

Beth Barclay

Dir. of Individual Giving, Boston Public Library Fund

Ryan Esco

Partner/Markketing Dir., Firerock Marketing

Jennifer Murray

Principal, Jennifer Welch Murray, P.C.

Matthew Nelson

VP Strategy & Business Dev., Broadridge Financial Services

Begum Okutgen

Consultant, Bain & Co.

Turner Bledsoe

Regional Medical Dir. (ret), HMO Blue

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 06/06/2021

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Disability status
Person without a disability

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Asian American/Pacific Islanders/Asian
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender (cisgender)
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

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Sexual orientation

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Disability

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