Fine Arts Orchestral Society of Yonkers

Keep the music playing/

Yonkers, NY   |


To provide high quality live orchestral music - free-of-charge - to the general public, especially under-served populations of school-age youth, their families and senior citizens who reside in Yonkers and its surrounding communities.

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Ms. Victoria Jimpson-Fludd

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PO Box 705

Yonkers, NY 10704 USA

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NTEE code info

Symphony Orchestras (A69)

Other Recreation, Sports, or Leisure Activities N.E.C. (N99)

Music (A68)

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

We address teaching and exposing people to classical and semi-classical music performed by an orchestra free of charge. We run a Concerto Competition offering scholarships and the unique opportunity to perform as soloists with the Yonkers Philharmonic Orchestra to Westchester County High School students encouraging our Competition winners to continue studying music. We expose children in Yonkers Public schools to live performances by an Orchestra - something most Yonkers Public School students are not normally exposed to. Attending a free concert helps people relax and forget their problems for a few hours. Helping new young musicians gain experience performing with an orchestra or as soloists.

Our programs

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

Yonkers Philharmonic Orchestra (YPO)

Each concert season the orchestra performs 3 full orchestra concerts for audiences of about 700 concert- goers in the auditorium of Saunders Trade and Technical High School in Yonkers , as well as several chamber music ensemble concerts in various locations (Hudson River Museum, Untermyer Gardens, Philipse Manor Hall and the Will and Riverfront libraries) in Yonkers. All concerts are free of charge. In addition, each year the Fine Arts Orchestral Society of Yonkers (FAOS) - YPO's fundraising and organizational support arm - organizes the Young Artist Concerto Competition for Westchester high school-age students who are planning to further their music education after graduation.
Founded in 1962, YPO is a 50+member community orchestra composed of 60% professional musicians (who make their living as musicians) and 40% highly trained avocational musicians (who are retired or make their living in other fields (such as teaching in the public school system).

Population(s) Served

Each year, the orchestra performs a special concert of German -composed or -inspired music in the auditorium of Saunders Trade and Technical High School in Yonkers for audiences averaging about 700 concert goers. The concert - which is held on a Sunday afternoon in February, from 3pm to 5pm - is open to the general public and is free of charge.

Population(s) Served

In honor of its founder, Dr Kathleen Pistone Carucci, the Orchestra has established a series of small group ensemble concerts which will be performed in venues seating 300 to 400 concert goers ( e.g. Hudson River Museum, Will and Riverfront Library auditoriums) and special public venues such as Philipse Manor Hall.

Population(s) Served

For each year, since 1979, FAOS organizes an annual concerto competition for Westchester high school-age students who plan to further their higher education in music. The competition attracts some of the finest and most highly talented music students in the county. Many applicants are already enrolled in the most highly- regarded pre-collegiate music programs and conservatories in the metropolitan area. Modest cash scholarships are awarded along with the rare opportunity to rehearse and perform as soloists in a special concert with YPO in May.

Population(s) Served

Where we work


Promoting Arts and Culture in Yonkers 2005

East Yonkers Rotary

Promotung the Arts in Westchester County Jo Caruso Concerto Competition 2003


STAR Award 2010

WNYC Radio

Community Service Award 2012


Official Orchestra City of Yonkers 2023

City of Yonkers - Mayor Mike Spano

Distinguished Organization 2023

New York State Assembly - Hon. Nadar Sayegh

Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

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

Our Goal is to provide musical entertainment and education free of charge in the city of Yonkers where approximately 30% of the residents live at or below the poverty level. Provide the opportunity for seniors and families to attend an event close to home. We sponsor four free Yonkers Philharmonic Orchestra concerts. These concerts are held in the auditorium of Saunders High School in Yonkers. We also sponsor free outdoor Yonkers Philharmonic Orchestra summer concerts. These are held at the beautiful Untermyer park in Yonkers and/or at the Hudson River Museum Amphitheater. We run a Concerto Competition annually for Westchester County High School age students. Winners of this competition receive scholarships and perform as soloists at the Yonkers Philharmonic annual Young Artists Concerto Concert. We also aim to give young musicians the opportunity to gain experience performing with a symphonic orchestra.

The organization is run by volunteers. The 50 member, semi-professional orchestra is a mixture of community members (30%) and professional musicians. The Yonkers Philharmonic Conductor and Music Director selects the programs, contracts musicians and soloists and conducts all the rehearsals and concerts. The Board is responsible for all fundraising and organizational functions (marketing, PR, administrative). The Board and the Conductor establish rehearsal and concerts dates annually. Board members do all the fundraising. The Grants Officer is responsible for grant writing. The Orchestra is primarily supported by Grants from Arts Westchester, the Westchester Community Foundation, the Thomas And Agnes Carvel Foundation, the New York Council on the Arts (NYSCA) and the City of Yonkers - Community Development Block Grant (CDBG). Board members are responsible for private donations. The conductor and the board set up concert locations and dates. Our Conductor and Music Director uses connections within the field to find talented soloists willing to perform for minimal fees. Normally, we perform 4 live, full orchestra concerts - free of charge - for the general public which numbers about 650 per concert. In addition, YPO musicians also perform 4 small ensemble concerts for audiences numbering about 300, per concert.

A number of Board Members have been doing their jobs for many years. The conductor / music director is an experienced conductor who won a number of international conducting awards. Many musicians have performed with the orchestra for a number of season. Many of the professional musicians are regularly employed by some of the most highly-regarded orchestras in New York City and the metropolitan NY area. The semi-professional community member musicians are highly trained musicians who have pursued careers in non-performance areas. Many community members are current or retired music teachers in the Yonkers and nearby school systems. The orchestra was founded in 1962. Our conductor and music director is a full time faculty member of the Aaron Copland School of Music, Queens College teaching Conducting. When we need to replace or add a musician the conductor knows a number of young musicians that can be asked to join the orchestra. Our conductor and music director uses connections to find excellent soloists willing to perform for minimal fees.

Every season, we present four free Yonkers Philharmonic Orchestra concerts (audiences average 600) in Yonkers as well as 4 smaller ensemble concerts (audiences average 300). We also present at least one free outdoor summer concert. We are also expanding our grant/funding opportunities by soliciting multiple year contributions from local businesses and community banks.

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 identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, 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 take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, 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 look for patterns in feedback based on demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), 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?

    People attending concerts don't want to be bothered filling out forms.


Fine Arts Orchestral Society of Yonkers

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Fine Arts Orchestral Society of Yonkers

Board of directors
as of 02/13/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Victoria Jimpson-Fludd

Victoria Jimpson-Fludd

Anne Frascarelli

Alan Murray

Rosemarie Doerr

Joyce Henery

Carole Adsluf

Henry Doerr

Rhonda Erlich

Pedro Mayme

Dr. Madeline Mignone

Dr. Rosemary Uzzo

Josie Violin

Annette Volino

Helen Henkel

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 2/13/2024

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


The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Black/African American
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation


Equity strategies

Last updated: 08/29/2022

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  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We disaggregate data by demographics, including race, in every policy and program measured.
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.