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Metropolitan Youth Symphony Inc

Orchestrating a love of music, one note at a time.

aka Detroit Metropolitan Youth Symphony, DMYS   |   Lathrup Village, MI   |  www.detroitmys.org/

Mission

Our mission is to provide an advanced youth ensemble experience that is challenging and fun, stimulates musical development, and supplements the school program.

Ruling year info

2014

Executive Director

Courtney Essenmacher

Main address

PO Box 760230

Lathrup Village, MI 48076 USA

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EIN

38-2417617

NTEE code info

Symphony Orchestras (A69)

Performing Arts (A60)

Music (A68)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

DMYS aims to provide an advanced youth ensemble experience that is BOTH challenging AND fun while stimulating musical development.

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?

Youth Orchestras

Since 1982 the Detroit Metropolitan Youth Symphony has developed students from nearly 50 communities in its four orchestras. We have weekly Saturday morning rehearsals September through May at Berkshire Middle School (Beverly Hills), and perform three concerts each season at different venues across metropolitan Detroit.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Hours of expertise provided

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adolescents, Children

Related Program

Youth Orchestras

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

With 2.5 hour rehearsals, DMYS provides more hours of instruction per student than any other local youth orchestra, giving our students the best chance to learn and grow.

Total number of audience members

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Youth Orchestras

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

The Detroit Metropolitan Youth Symphonys concerts are meant to showcase the work of our student performers to their family, extended family, friends, and community members from across Metro Detroit.

Number of students enrolled

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Youth Orchestras

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Pre-Covid, the high quality of the DMYS experience is demonstrated by a 14% increase in enrollment, and 30% improvement in retention.

Number of students who receive scholarship funds and/or tuition assistance

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Economically disadvantaged people

Related Program

Youth Orchestras

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Our goal is to ensure that every student, regardless of financial circumstances, has access to music.

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

1) Provide a high quality of experience while growing enrollment so that DMYS has the right mix of students.
2) Build an organization that is sustainable for the long run.

1) Continue to build relationships with music educators and private teachers. Continue to build a culture that promotes the love of music.
2) Comprehensively manage expenses while building and compensating a cohesive high caliber musical and execution team.

We are the Detroit Metropolitan Youth Symphony and we are unique:

Students who grow exponentially each year in music and friendships

Professional Conducting Team (which includes a college professor, 2 MSBOA Orchestra Teachers of the Year, and a Michigan Teacher of Promise) who knows exactly how to pull the best performance from our students

College-aged pre-professional mentors who rehearse with and develop our students, and guide sectionals

Parent volunteers and board members who provide support and guidance

Donors who are passionate supporters of kids and music

FUN - we are unique because not only do we have accomplished musicians, talented conductors and exceptional music, but we have FUN creating a life-long passion for music

New students come to DMYS looking for “more of a challenge” and they stay because it is “fun.” In the last 2 years the high quality of the DMYS experience is demonstrated by a 14% increase in enrollment, and 30% improvement in retention.

DMYS has hired an executive director to manage ongoing operations, reducing the impact of transition and time constraints of a formerly all-volunteer staff. DMYS Conducting team has grown in comaraderie and trust, working as a team to provide a high quality musical experience. DMYS decreased total Operating Expense 35% between 2017 and 2018, and 6.5% between 2017 and 2019.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Metropolitan Youth Symphony Inc

Board of directors
as of 02/01/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Ray Lyle

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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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 ? Yes
  • 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? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 5/18/2021

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

Disability

Equity strategies

Last updated: 02/01/2024

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Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.