SI-YO MUSIC SOCIETY FOUNDATION INC

Inspiring a Global Community with Classical Music

New York, NY   |  www.si-yomusic.org

Mission

Si-Yo Music Society Foundation has been renamed Classically Connected, Inc. Founded in 1966, Classically Connected, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) international non-profit educational and cultural institution dedicated to inspiring a global community with classical music. Believing that live classical music should be available to everyone, CCI offers educational and community outreach events to those with limited exposure to it, such as schoolchildren from remote areas and senior center residents. The organization also presents concerts in traditional performance venues including Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall.

Ruling year info

1974

Acting President

Robert O'Brien

Main address

Lincoln Square 157 Columbus Avenue, 4th Floor

New York, NY 10023 USA

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EIN

13-6202532

NTEE code info

Arts, Cultural Organizations - Multipurpose (A20)

Arts, Cultural Organizations - Multipurpose (A20)

Arts, Cultural Organizations - Multipurpose (A20)

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Programs and results

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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?

Si-Yo Arts Partners™

Si-Yo collaborates with public and private arts organizations around the world that provide opportunities for musicians such as international music festivals, competitions, concerts, instrument loans, scholarships, and other special programs.

Population(s) Served
Artists and performers

Si-Yo Music engages aspiring and professional musicians from around the world as Si-Yo Artists™. Through their dedication to performances, education, and community service, they are the organization's ambassadors of western classical music. Si-Yo Music provides them with international teaching and performance opportunities, an instrument lending program, and a support network of kindred souls who are diverse in talents and passions yet united in their love of music.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Adolescents
Artists and performers

For children ages 8–13, the Power of Pondering is an educational outreach series that combines original musical performance with spoken word. It aims to have music spark the act of pondering to expand their imagination, empathy, and appreciation of their surroundings. The pilot program is based on T.A. Barron’s children's book "Tree Girl."

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Si-Yo Musical Phone Pal™ uses teleconferencing devices or the phone to bring music and one-on-one conversation to the more vulnerable members of the community who are self-isolating due to COVID-19. This program enables caregivers and musicians to give back to society by providing joy, comfort, and companionship to people in their homes.

Population(s) Served
Seniors

The Classically Leonia™ concert series—co-presented with Leonia United Methodist Church in Leonia, NJ—is free to the public. Being free of charge, the series removes barriers that might prevent local residents from regularly appreciating live classical music or from beginning to build a relationship with it.

Population(s) Served

This virtual performance series began in April 2020 during the spread of COVID-19, while people were self-isolating. This series brings together artists and allows the perform remotely together as well as bring their music to audiences around the world. It serves as a reminder that during difficult times, music can transcend barriers to reach and unite communities around the world.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Children and youth

The Si-Yo Fine Instrument Center™ is dedicated to the conservation, preservation, exhibition, and use of the world’s finest stringed instruments.

Population(s) Served

Presented by the Si-Yo Fine Instrument Cultural and Education Center™, Si-Yo Talks™ is a free webinar series explores various classical music topics with luthiers, players, experts, and collectors.

Population(s) Served

After the onset of COVID-19, this curated playlist featuring Si-Yo Artists™' past performances was developed to continuously bring music to audiences remotely.

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

Where we work

Awards

Cultural Ambassador Award 2017

New Jersey Chinese American Chamber of Commerce

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Total number of free seats filled for performances

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Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Seniors

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Si-Yo Musical Phone Pal™, which started in 2020, reached 308 participants by July 2020; by August 2021, we reached 1,228 participants.

Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

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CCI aims to continue to widen its musical reach, increase its support of its artists, and deepen its impact on audiences.

Continue to add international artists to the Si-Yo Artist™ roster and offer more performance and educational opportunities to them, both virtually and in-person (as more pandemic restrictions lift); continue to provide grants to support their creative projects and emergency needs.
Grow the Si-Yo Fine Instrument Cultural and Educational Center to make it a global leader of fine instrument conservation, preservation, exhibition, and use.
Continue to find new ways to bring music to more audiences, such as expanding the Si-Yo Musical Phone Pal™ program, which uses teleconferencing devices or the phone to bring virtual performances and friendly conversation to those who are isolated, such as the elderly.

Financials

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Operations

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SI-YO MUSIC SOCIETY FOUNDATION INC

Board of directors
as of 06/17/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Karen Neus

Rosaline Yin

Si-Yo Music Society Foundation

Paolo Bodini

Yin Long

Tian Jiang

Elaine Sheng

Karen Neus

Risa Rosenberg

Ellen Thompson

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

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