Arts, Culture, and Humanities


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Greens Farms, CT


The American Chamber Orchestra is a 65-member ensemble based in Fairfield County, Connecticut. Our mission is to present music in the high baroque, classical, and early romantic repertory, and selected modern works, along with featuring young professional musicians in our programs as featured soloists.

Ruling Year


Board President

Thomas Jordan

Music Director/Conductot

Christopher James Hisey

Main Address

POBox 222

Greens Farms, CT 06838 USA


classical music, live music, concerts, symphony, orchestra, opera,





Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Music (A68)

Symphony Orchestras (A69)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990-N.

Programs + Results

What we aim to solve New!

As an all-volunteer non-profit organization with a budget under $40,000 a year, it is extremely difficult to find organizations/foundations that would provide grants. Most require a larger budget, and it is almost impossible to improve exposure and awareness when fighting to maintain current programming and marketing efforts.

Our programs

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

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Annual Concerto Competition

3-Concert Season

Where we workNew!

Charting Impact

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

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?

What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?

How will they know if they are making progress?

What have and haven't they accomplished so far?

Would like to expand programming to include more performances with other educational and arts organizations. Have enough revenue coming in to allow for that growth.

Until the revenue issue is resolved, we are working at creating some partnerships to share the expense. Having more audience as a result of partnerships will also help improve the revenue situation.

Board and Music Director are local and have numerous opportunities for creating performance partnerships.

Revenue at the end of the season will improve!

We are in our 16th season and holding our 10th annual Concerto Competition for teens where the top three competitors perform with the orchestra at the end of the year. We are doing a collaboration with a local theatre company for a seasonal production between two scheduled concerts. Music Director has made arrangements with same local company for the American Chamber Orchestra to be their "house" orchestra for their annual spring production.

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Board Leadership Practices

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SOURCE: Self-reported by organization


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?



Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year?



Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year?



Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership?



Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?